Our equipment recommendations for trekking in Jordan
Waterproof duffle bag:
To carry your main gear we recommend using a 80-90L duffle bag.
Your main gear will be transferred by vehicle. You will need to carry your own daypack. 30-40L is sufficient. We recommend Osprey daypacks.
You will need a 2-season sleeping bag and compression sack. We recommend Mountain Hardwear or The North Face sleeping bags.
Trekking poles can reduce the impact on your joints by up to 20%. They are great for all of the stepped paths around Petra! We recommend adjustable Black Diamond or Alpkit trekking poles.
Capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water.
Preferably wide-brimmed for protection, and with a neck cover if you aren't going to be using a neck gaiter.
Warm beanie style hat:
Go for a version of beanie that is either knitted or fleeced for extra warmth.
Neck gaiter or balaclava:
It can get surprisingly chilly in the evenings and at night. We recommend bringing a neck gaiter or bandana. The most versatile options are made by Buff or Hoo-Rag Headwear.
Choose a pair of high UV protection glasses. Julbo are a great mountain sunglass brand but any brand with high UV protection will suffice.
You will need a headlamp with good light output for any late night toilet journeys or early morning wake up calls. Petzl make market-leading and affordable headlamps.
Hands and Feet
For daily use we recommend lightweight, fleece or quick drying fabric gloves. Berghaus and The North Face make good lightweight gloves.
3-4 pairs of outer socks and 2-3 pairs of liner socks. We also recommend bringing a minimum of 1 x thick thermal socks for cold nights. Merino wool is the best material and Bridgedale or Smartwool make good trekking socks.
To wear around camp after a day's trek we recommend bringing a pair of training shoes or sandals.
Long sleeved shirt:
Go for a light or medium weight, moisture wicking long sleeve shirt (x2). Icebreaker, Berghaus and Under Armour.
Fleece or Soft shell jacket:
A mid-weight Polartec fleece jacket is ideal. Berghaus, Helly Hansen and The North Face all make great fleeces.
Hard shell outer jacket:
A water/windproof hard shell outer jacket to protect you from the elements. Goretex material is best. Recommended brands include The North Face, Berghaus and Mountain Equipment.
A good quality, warm, down or Primaloft jacket is required for the cold nights. Recommended brands include The North Face, Rab and Mountain Equipment.
A swim in the Dead Sea will be exactly what you want after spending a week in the desert. Make sure to come prepared!
'Lightweight' shorts for your legs. We recommend Craghoppers, Rab or Mountain Equipment.
Light or medium weight (x1) trekking trousers. Convertible trousers are an option. Recommended brands include Craghoppers and Columbia.
Hard shell trousers:
A good pair of waterproof / windproof hard shell trousers. Ideally Goretex. Patagonia, The North Face and Rab make good outer trousers.
Odds and Sods
Sun and lip screen:
High SPF sunscreen and lip protection balm. SPF 40 or higher.
Toothbrush and toothpaste:
Ideally travel size.
Wet wipes and hand sanitizer:
Staying clean on any long trek can be challenging. Wet wipes and hand sanitizer are a huge help.
Personal medicines and medical kit:
We recommend bringing Paracetamol and Imodium at a minimum.
Pee bottle (optional):
Useful for late night toilet needs when it is cold outside.
For light sleepers. Snoring can be pretty bad in camp.
Boiled sweets, nuts, energy bars and dried fruit are all a good shout.
Only required if your main duffle bag or rucksack is not waterproof. Sturdy rubble sacks will also help to keep your kit dry.
Camera and spare batteries:
Unless you are a keen photographer we recommend taking a good quality and lightweight point and shoot camera like the Panasonic Lumix.
Perfect for washing hands and face each day, especially if you don't want to carry enough wet wipes for the entire trip.