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What to Wear in Wadi Rum

See Wadi Rum presents the essential guide on what to wear in Wadi Rum.
What to wear in Wadi Rum woman in desert

One of the questions we get asked most here at See Wadi Rum is, “What clothes should I bring for my desert tour?” Wadi Rum is a stunning desert landscape unlike any other. Towering sandstone cliffs, vast stretches of red sand, and ancient inscriptions create an unforgettable backdrop for your desert adventure – but before you pack your bags and set off for your Jordanian escapade, it’s important to consider what to wear in Wadi Rum.

The desert environment presents unique challenges, and dressing appropriately will ensure you’re comfortable, protected, and ready to fully experience the magic of Wadi Rum.

This guide will equip you with all the information you need to pack perfectly for your Wadi Rum adventure, whether you’re embarking on a thrilling 4×4 jeep tour, a gentle camel ride, or an overnight stay under the vast desert sky.

Before You Start Packing

Packing for Wadi Rum requires a bit more thought than throwing together your usual beach vacation attire. Here are some key factors to consider before you dive into your suitcase:

  • Wadi Rum’s Climate and Seasons: Wadi Rum experiences a hot desert climate with significant variations depending on the season. Summers (June-August) can be very hot, with average highs exceeding 38°C (100°F). Winters (December-February) are mild, with daytime temperatures averaging around 15°C (59°F), but nights can get chilly, dropping below freezing on occasion. Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) offer pleasant temperatures, making them the most popular seasons for exploring Wadi Rum. Check the latest forecast here.
  • Religion and Traditions: Jordan is a Muslim country, and while Wadi Rum is a tourist destination, respecting local customs is important. Women are not expected to cover themselves completely, but it’s advisable to dress modestly. Avoid overly revealing clothing like short shorts or low-cut shirts. Men can wear shorts and t-shirts, but long pants are always a good option.
  • Consider What Activities You’ll Be Doing: Wadi Rum offers a variety of activities, each with slightly different clothing requirements. Here’s a quick breakdown:
    • Jeep Tours: A sturdy pair of closed-toe shoes is essential for navigating rocky terrain when getting in and out of the jeep. Comfortable clothing that allows for movement is ideal.
    • Camel Rides: Long pants and loose-fitting clothing are recommended for comfort while riding a camel. Closed-toe shoes with good ankle support will protect your feet.
    • Hiking: If you plan on doing any hiking, pack sturdy hiking boots and breathable clothing that wicks away moisture. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for sun protection.
    • Overnight Stays: While nights can be cool, desert camps typically provide comfortable bedding. However, you might want to pack an extra layer for evenings spent socialising under the stars.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can start building a practical and comfortable wardrobe for your Wadi Rum adventure.

Guests on a camel tour through the Wadi Rum desert, Jordan

What to Wear in Wadi Rum: Your Packing List Essentials

Now that you’ve considered the desert environment, local customs, and your planned activities, let’s dive into the specifics of what to wear in Wadi Rum:

  • Closed-toed Shoes: This is a non-negotiable. The desert terrain can be rocky and uneven, and sturdy shoes will protect your feet from the sun, sand, and potential scrapes. Hiking boots are ideal for those planning on doing any serious hiking, while comfortable sneakers work well for exploring the desert by jeep or camel. Avoid sandals or flip-flops, as they offer little protection and can be uncomfortable in the hot sand.
  • Sunglasses: The desert sun is intense year-round, so a good pair of sunglasses is essential. Look for sunglasses with UV protection and consider a polarised lens to cut down on glare.
  • Headwear (Hat or Bedouin Scarf): Protecting your head from the sun is crucial. A wide-brimmed hat is a great option, or you can embrace the local style with a Bedouin scarf, which can be worn in various ways to provide shade and keep sand out of your hair.
  • Breathable Clothing: Natural fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal for desert adventures. Avoid synthetic materials that trap heat and sweat. Loose-fitting clothing allows for air circulation and will keep you cooler. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are recommended, especially during the cooler months and evenings.
  • Season-Appropriate Jacket: It is always recommended that you bring a jacket with you. In the summer months, this might be a light jacket that primarily just blocks the wind. In the colder months you may instead want to bring a warmer jacket, especially for later at night when the temperatures can drop significantly.

Additional Essentials for Your Wadi Rum Adventure

While clothing is key, there are a few other non-clothing items to consider for your Wadi Rum adventure:

  • Sunscreen: Sun protection is essential year-round in the desert. Pack a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and reapply frequently, especially after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget lip balm with SPF protection to keep your lips from drying out.
  • Items Your Camp Might Not Provide: While most camps in Wadi Rum provide comfortable bedding and meals, it’s always a good idea to check beforehand. If you have any specific dietary needs or preferences, you might want to bring some snacks or drinks to supplement what the camp offers. If you’re staying in our camp, we can assure you that all meals are included and we have plenty of spare blankets should you want them.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Staying hydrated is crucial in the desert. Pack a reusable water bottle and fill it up before your tour or camel ride. Our guides will ensure there are opportunities to refill your water bottle throughout the day. See Wadi Rum also provide water on tours, but this may not be the case with all guides.
  • Personal Toiletries: Pack the essentials you normally would, including a toothbrush, toothpaste, and any medications you require. Deodorant and insect repellent can also be helpful, although insects are not a major concern in Wadi Rum.
  • Camera: Capture the breathtaking beauty of Wadi Rum with a camera. A wide-angle lens is ideal for capturing the vast desert landscapes. Don’t forget a portable charger to ensure you don’t miss any photo opportunities.
  • Sense of Adventure: Most importantly, pack a sense of adventure and a willingness to embrace the unique beauty of the desert!

Photographer standing on cliff in Wadi Rum


We hope we’ve answered your concerns over what to wear in Wadi Rum. By following these tips and packing the recommended items, you’ll be well-prepared for your Wadi Rum adventure. Remember, comfort and sun protection are key. Dress in layers so you can adjust to the changing desert temperatures, and choose breathable fabrics that will keep you cool during the day and warm at night.

With the right clothing and a spirit of exploration, you’re all set to experience the magic of Wadi Rum and create unforgettable memories under the vast desert sky.

Ready to embark on your Wadi Rum adventure? Contact See Wadi Rum today and let us guide you through this awe-inspiring landscape in comfort and style!

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