Have just come back from a week in Jordan - we departed 13 February 2010. It is out of this world. Temperatures in the 30s - didn't take enough warm weather clothes. Didn't need anything other than the sleeping bag in the desert (Wadi Rum) and a fleece for the evenings. I won't spoil it for you, but I hope you have Khalid as your guide. He is so knowledgeable and is really passionate about his country. Make sure you eat at Heathrow before you leave as the food on the plane is not too good and you get there late at night - so no more food on the Saturday. Don't take strappy vests as you need to keep your shoulders covered most of the time. T-shirts are ok. Hope you have a great time and if you have any questions I would be pleased to answer.
It was really good to hear from you and thank you for your tips. I hadn't realised it would be so hot this time of year. I was expecting it to be quite cold in the evenings.
I am travelling with my husband and my 16 yr old son and 22 yr old daughter. I'd be grateful of any other useful tips. My daughter and I went to Morroco last year for two weeks and travelled from Casablanca to Marrakech. During that holiday we stayed overnight in the desert so I know something of what to expect.
I don't eat any meat so do you think that will be a problem?
Did you take a rucksack or a holdall?
What sort of clothes do you suggest we take? For example will I need anything smart or will shorts and T shirts with sleeves do?
Really looking forward to hearing from you again.
Smart clothes are not needed. Shorts are ok, but not too short. We wore the type of trousers that the legs unzip. A scarf (pashmino in style) is handy as it not only covers your shoulders, but also acts as a dust shield in the desert. We took small suitcases and a back pack, because we couldn't get the sleeping bags in the suitcases. You practically live out of the suitcase. When you go to the Dead Sea some people wore bikinis, but not many. You will need a good pair of walking shoes with a good tred and I also took my walking sandals and a pair of dressy flip flops for the evening. When you go to the Red Sea and if you do take the extra Glass Bottom Boat trip, be aware that you have to walk through a line of men/boys on the jetty which can be quite intimidating. Make sure you take enough money, beer on average was about £4 a glass. Jordan is really a dry country alcohol-wise, so if you drink take some with you from the duty free. You can buy alcohol in some of the restaurants/hotels, but the last day in Amman was totally dry. Food-wise lots of salads. Meat is mainly chicken or lamb or fish.
I hope you and your family have a great time - we certainly did.
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Sue and Richard
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