Here’s my full Jordan Trail kit list from my 12-day expedition hiking from Dana to Rum Village!
You might also want to check out my guide to hiking the Jordan Trail.
Jordan Trail packing list: general
- Osprey Eja 38 (really great bag. Comfortable and lightweight)
- Osprey Ultralight Dry bags
- Merrel MQM Flex Mid Boots (sand got stuck between the Goretex so would have swapped these for a non-Gortex Merrel shoe)
- Black Diamond walking sticks
- Swiss Army Penknife
- Silva Compass
- Flip flops
- Source 3L hydration
- 2 x Nalgene 1L bottles
- Petzl Head Torch and spare batteries
- Olympus Tough waterproof camera, case and 2 spare batteries
- Garmin GPS InReach Explorer & Sat Phone (we downloaded all the maps free from the Jordan Trail website)
- Anker Power Bank
- Bloc Sunglasses
Sleeping packing list
- Hubba Hubba NX 2 man lightweight tent (it was really windy and too rocky most nights to peg the tent properly so it ended up with a tear. I would still take the same tent but be more conscious of pitching in sheltered areas. I also cowboy camped some nights.)
- Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Ztherm Mattress
- Tundra Pure and Dry 0 Sleeping bag (amazing!!! Very warm and lightweight)
Cooking packing list
- Lightweight cooking pan
- Primus Stove (wouldn’t bother taking a stove next time as can just build fires)
- Tin camping mug
Toiletries packing list
- First Aid Kit
- Sunscreen factor 50+
- Aqua Prove purifying drops (didn’t need to use purification tablets at all)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- LUSH solid shampoo (for washing myself and clothes)
- Duct tape (wrapped around Therm-a-Rest repair kit)
Clothes packing list
- Buff (makes a good eye mask!)
- Sun hat
- 1 x Fleece
- 1 x cotton long sleeve shirt (sun protection)
- 2 x t-shirts
- 1 x Shorts
- 1 x bra
- 2 x Wool hiking socks
- 3 x quick dry underwear
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Thanks for all the info! 🙂 I’ve got a couple questions:
1) Any idea whether one would be able to find fuel cans (as in gas, not liquid) along the trail?
2) Did you have any problems with sharp desert things and the inflatable pad?
3) How did the inReach perform for navigation purposes? I know it’s great for communication but wondering whether more specific Garmin devices for navigation would be easier to use for navigation.
4) Since you also cowboy camped: Scorpions etc not a problem? They never were for me in the California desert on the PCT but I was wondering if they might be different in Jordan 😉
5) I’m thinking about switching to a bivy/tarp combo. Think that would work? Any issues with (sand)storms?
That’s all for now, would really appreciate your answer 🙂 Happy trails!
1 – There are definitely no gas canisters along the way! If you want a stove there are 3 options. Stay in a reputable hotel in the beginning and to post yourselves the canisters. You can also ask the hotel to try and source them for you and can buy them off them with interest when you arrive. Or use a petrol stove so you can just fill up from a petrol station. There were always enough dry twigs around to start a fire though.
2 – Not on this trip. When I hiked in the Negev desert though (similar terrain) I had plenty of punctures.
3 – It worked great! There was one section with no signal while walking in the Wadis. It was a great comfort having the communication device specifically as I was able to check with a friend for weather forecasts in case of flash flooding. (note that on the downloaded map they highlight areas where there is high risk of flash flooding and it is only on a few sections)
4 – I only cowboy camped and this was high up on a rock. We saw 1 scorpion on the trip who was hiding under our tent.
5 – I wouldn’t recommend this. When the temperature drops the wind can be brutal. On one night it was so bad it tore my tent!! (I’m talking 60+mph winds). Even in the tent, the sand in the face was unbearable. I cowboy camped on one night….it was a cool experience but I wouldn’t do it again. It wasn’t even a sandy area but each slight breeze and sand was dumped on my face!
Hope that helps 🙂