Is a sleeping bag really necessary for one night on the camping departures?
Yes, if you want a decent night sleep! Its gets cool in the desert and in winter, nights can be quite cold. The only other option might be a scratchy berber blanket, and we can't always guarantee availability or cleanliness of these ! You won't be carrying the bag around and can leave it on the bus the whole time until needed.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Tips from staff who have done A Week in Jordan
Shorts are fine as long as they're down to your knees. Same with t-shirts - fine as long as shoulders aren't exposed. A light scarf is a good idea, as it guards against the sun when it's hot, and sand when it's windy. I had some shorts, canvas trousers and then just layers, so t-shirts, a couple of long sleeve tops and a warm jacket (it can get chilly cold at night). I didn't take full on walking boots, as it is really just one day when you are doing any real walking. Light walking boots or shoes are fine. I also had a pair of flip flops and some Converse trainers, as they are nice and light - but sandals are fine as well. No need for anything formal, you can dress as you like but generally people wore long trousers and a shirt at dinner (but t-shirt is absolutely fine as well!).
You don't need to be too severe. As long as shorts come to your knees, you'll be fine. It's best to cover shoulders but you will see plenty of tourists with bare shoulders around the place. Tourism has grown quite a lot in Jordan, so they are used to seeing less conservative dress, but it's good to still be aware of local sensibilities.
At the end of the day, nobody will probably say anything to you but this doesn't mean they are the most appropriate or suitable.
I changed Sterling cash when I arrrived (there's no real need to get Dinars in advance) and topped up with my ATM card towards the end. It's quite a safe country and, as long as you excercise the same degree of common sense you would at home, you shouldn't have any problems.
I did Petra by night, which was amazing, and about £10. The camel trek in the desert is ok if you haven't done it before, but quite expensive for what it was, being led along by the owner. We also went to one of the private beaches in Aqaba and this was about £10 as well.
A normal suitcase is fine, I just took my soft bag with handle and wheels. A shoulder bag or small rucksack is fine for the day, just to carry what you want like books, camera, suncream, wallet, phone etc. If you like taking photos and have an SLR camera, a polarising lens is a good idea as the sunlight can be quite strong.
Camping in the desert
The beds in the camp are basic and will have a sheet on the mattress, and some heavy blankets. The blankets just stay at the camp and probably don't go through a washing machine very often, so minimum you would need a liner between you and them.
It does get chilly and, while you'd probably be fine with the blankets, a sleeping bag would definitely be more comfortable but it depends on the time of year you're going. The sleeping bag is also good if you want to sleep around the camp fire, which people do sometimes. If you don't have one, you'll have to sleep in the beds, which are fine, but can't really be moved outside the tents.
Lyndal Montgomery - Sales
What is the food and water situation in Jordan?
Middle Eastern food is delicious and you're in for a treat! Kebabs and grilled meat are ubiquitous and plentiful. Local salads are fantastically fresh, with lots of flavour. Fresh bread is provided with most meals, along with lots of nut/bean based dips and humous. Drinking water, in the form of cheap bottled water, is on sale everywhere. Enjoy!
Kai Aylward - Sales
Is it easy to get a Jordanian visa on arrival?
If you are on the group flights, and the group is 5 or more, then it is obtained free of charge. When the group arrive in Amman, a local representative will meet you before immigration and take you though the process. The tour leader will then meet you on the other side, once you are through. If you are not on the group flights, and are a British passport holder, it is still quite straightforward. The cost is approx 10JD (Jordanian Dinar).
Alessandra Van Dyk - Customer Operations