The weather at Wadi Rum, while predictable, varies widely based on the season. Summers are quite hot, with average daytime temperatures between 38* and 45* (100* - 113* F). However, at night the temperature drops significantly (15* - 20*; 60* - 68* F). Light, loose, comfortable clothing is best, with perhaps a light jacket for the night time. During the winter, daytime temperatures are usually between 15* to 20*, with temperatures at night hovering near freezing. If you are traveling to Wadi Rum in the winter, be sure to bring a warm jacket for the nights.
Please remember that we are in a conservative Islamic country. While we have no problem with what you choose to wear while you are in Wadi Rum, you should be mindful of local sensitivities during the rest of your trip to Jordan.
Useful in the Desert
• Pair of lightweight trekking shoes, sneakers, or sandals
• Hat**, sunglasses, sun screen
• Personal medicine
• Flashlight or Headlamp (for walking around camp late at night)
• (Optional) Sleeping bag if you choose a sleep under the stars package (all tents in camp come with beds, blankets, and mattresses)
**On your tour you will have the chance to purchase a Arab head dress that is the best defense against the sun...it's why the Bedouin have worn them for centuries!
PACKING TIPS FOR JORDAN'S WADI RUM
The Basics: Questions to Ask
These are some questions you should ask yourself or your tour operator before deciding what to bring:
What kind of activities are you doing?
Most Wadi Rum overnight tours include a slew of activities such as a 4x4 adventure around the desert and sand boarding. You can also opt for a camel trek at the camp or even sign up for rock climbing. Deciding your activities will help you choose what gear you’ll need in the desert. For climbing, you’ll clearly need specialized shoes and clothing.
What is your travel style? Staying in a Bedouin camp or sleeping under the stars?
Most travellers bed down in several Bedouin camps at the edge of the desert. These camps usually supply mattresses, blankets and pillows. There is no real need to bring sleeping bags—but check with your tour operator to ensure there are no suprises.
When and how long will you be in the desert?
In winter (Dec–Feb), it can rain in Wadi Rum and snow in the mountains is not uncommon. In summer (May–Sep), daytime temperatures often soar past 40°C (104°F). Throughout the year (including summer), however, night-time temperatures can fall to ~0°C (32°F)—so come prepared with lots of layers.
We would advise leaving your main luggage in the city (even if that means you’ll need to return to pick it up), to minimize what you have to carry into the desert. A day pack should be sufficient if you are just staying in the desert for a night or two. Most Bedouin camps don’t have showers or WiFi so leave your rubber ducky, and tablet or laptop behind.
Layers are the way to go regardless of season. There can be a huge swings in temperature between day and night—so always put on a t-shirt followed by a fleece and jacket. Ladies should not wear anything too skimpy especially when in the village (halter neck, singlets or shorts).
Unless you're rock climbing, you don't need hiking boots in the desert. All the walking you’ll do is light hiking. Trainers or any shoes with covered toes will suffice. Trekking sandals are a good option when it warms up.