• The Dead Sea, accessible from Israel, the West Bank and Jordan, is a popular tourist destination in the region. One of its unique qualities is its high salinity. Bathers are encouraged to float facing up; swimming is not recommended. A shower rinse-off at one of the public showers or hotels with a washcloth should be sufficient to remove the salty, greasy residue that most people notice after leaving the water.

    Bathe in a Touristy Area

    If you enter the Dead Sea on the Israeli side, Ein Gedi and Ein Bokek both have public shower facilities, and many hotels and guesthouses offer day use of showers or baths. The same goes for the Jordanian side. Have a plan for where you will rinse off after bathing in the Dead Sea and bring your own washcloth.

    Bring Towels and Older Clothing

    The most difficult part about bathing in the Dead Sea is the oily sensation many people feel even after they rinse off with freshwater. You may wish to bring several extra towels to remove this as much as possible before dressing. You probably should not wear your best clothes until you are sure the oiliness is gone.

    Rinse Off Your Clothing Quickly

    If anything you ever want to wear again has touched the Dead Sea water, make sure to rinse it thoroughly in freshwater soon after getting out so no salty deposits are left behind.

    If You Bathe in Mud, Bring a Scrub Brush

    Some bathers also soak in the hot mud at Dead Sea resorts. To remove this, you may need more than just a washcloth and a shower; a scrub brush may come in handy if the water pressure isn't high enough or there is no bath nearby.


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