06 Feb 10 tips to pack right for your trip to Wadi Rum desert
10 tips to pack right for your trip to Wadi Rum desert
Whether you are packing for a business trip or going on vacation, it pays to keep things simple. Especially when you are going to an inhospitable place like Wadi Rum desert.
Wadi Rum desert has a ‘hot arid’ desert climate. Which means high temperatures and very limited rainfall. In our blog An interesting insight on Wadi Rum climate and seasons you can find more information on our climate. In this blog we give you 10 tips to pack right for your trip. We tell you about the extra’s you need to pack to make your stay in the desert a pleasant and unforgettable one.
Make sure these items are part of your packing list
Hat or headscarf
A hat or headscarf will protect you from the harsh sun. It will also protect you from wind and sand. And it can keep you warm during chilly nights. A baseball cap is not fit because it will leave your neck exposed to the sun. In our blog about Bedouin wear you can read about our headscarf (shemagh), our traditional male headwear. If you want, we can buy you a headscarf and we will teach you how tight it Bedouin style.
It is best to protect as much of your skin as possible. From the harsh sun and the blowing sand. Wearing loose, long sleeves is the best way to do this. Clothes that are light-weight and light-colored are most suited. Skirts and dresses are impractical if you want to go camel riding. Bring layers of clothes so you can easily adept yourself to the heat of the day and the cold of the night. By covering your shoulders, arms and legs you also respect our custom of dressing modestly.
Preventing your eyes from getting damaged by ultraviolet radiation is very important in the desert. The sun is harsh and almost always there. Sunglasses that are close to your face can also give some protection from blowing sand.
The parts of your skin that still are exposed to the sun need to be protected. Bring sun crème or, if you get sunburn quickly, sunblock.
Lip and facial salve
The desert air is extremely dry. Bring salve to moisturise your skin and lips.
The most comfortable and suitable footwear in the desert are sandals, walking shoes, sneakers and trainers. Flip flops are fine too although they don’t come in handy while camel riding and walking in the hot sand. In case you go hiking and scrambling add hiking shoes and walking socks to your packing list too.
Bring a backpack to carry your daily essentials during your tour.
Camera, batteries and memory cards
Wadi Rum desert is stunningly beautiful. It is very likely you will make much more pictures than you anticipated. Bring enough memory cards and charged batteries for your camera. If you plan to make pictures with your smart phone consider taking an extra charged battery pack for your phone too.
In case you stay overnight in the desert a torch or flashlight comes in very handy on moonless nights. Of course these days all smart phone have a light too. But do you really want to use your battery for this? Or do you want to use it to capture the beauty of Wadi Rum?
We only offer sleeping under stars bivouac-style. So no toilets and showers. Still a towel can come in handy. As you can refresh yourself by using a little bit of the water in the morning.
Once you are well prepared, make sure to enjoy and experience Wadi Rum desert as much as you can. As it is a very special place on earth. Have a look at our tours. For example our 2 day Wadi Rum desert tour Jabal Um ad Dami during which you will seen most of the famous sites and climb the highest mountain of Jordan!
See you in Wadi Rum desert,
Team Wadi Rum Nomads