Saturday, February 28, 2009

Pack what you can carry...

Yeah right.

Packing List

Know that it can be rainy, snowy and as cold as 40°F in Israel during the winter. You are allowed to check two pieces of luggage (maximum of 50 lbs. and 62 inches [L + W + H]) and carry-on one piece of luggage (maximum of 45inches [L + W + H]), however we strongly suggest coming with one suitcase and an empty small duffle to expand into as you travel and shop. We will be traveling to several hotels around Israel throughout the trip. A good guideline – don’t bring more than you can comfortably carry up one flight of stairs on your own.

Required items:

  • Backpack for daily use (this will be your carryon for the airplane)
  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF30)
  • Hat (no visors - must cover top of head - must be packed in backpack)
  • Sneakers or walking shoes (with traction for wet Jerusalem stone, and with straps or laces)
  • Old gym shoes [closed-toe]

Suggested clothing list:

  • 4 Jeans (for hiking, for going out at night)
  • 1 Sweatpants
  • 1 Sweatshirts/ Sweaters
  • 2 Long sleeve shirts
  • 4 Short sleeve shirts
  • 1 Shorts
  • 1 Bathing suit
  • 2 Button-down shirts
  • 2 Long skirts
  • 1 Khaki or corduroy pants
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Light jacket
  • Hiking boots or sturdy sneakers (must be closed-toe, for rougher terrain)
  • Teva/water sandals
  • Sleepwear/ Long Johns
  • Raincoat/ anorak/ poncho (or anything waterproof – winter is RAINY season)

Other stuff you’ll want:

  • Umbrella
  • Gloves - Gore Tex (or anything waterproof – winter is RAINY season)
  • 1 beach towel (for swimming outside of hotels)
  • 2 Plastic bags for wet clothes
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Nalgene water bottle
  • Imodium (your system may react to the new foods)
  • Flashlight (mini)
  • Camera (don’t forget your charger and a plug adapter (Israel uses the European adapter)
  • Film (bring extra film, because it's much more expensive in Israel)
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses
  • Fanny pack or money belt
  • A kipah/ yarmulke and tallit/ prayer shawl (although not required, you may want to bring them)
  • Extra duffle packed empty to expand into while you travel


In Israel, most of the same products they sell in America are available, although they are at a substantially higher cost:

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Razor
  • After-shave
  • Band-Aids
  • Tampons/pads
  • Tylenol/ Ibuprofen
  • Eyeglasses/ contact lenses
  • Anti-bacterial hand lotion
  • Topical antibiotic ointment (such as Bacitracin or Neosporin – you can’t buy this over the counter in Israel and is handy for small cuts, blisters, etc.)
  • Any prescription medicine (acquiring the generic name is recommended)

Airplane Backpack:

  • Don’t forget your passport
  • Change of clothes
  • Deodorant
  • Camera
  • iPod
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Magazine, books, etc.
  • Journal
  • Snacks
  • Medications – You should carry on all medications you need to take while you’re travelling rather than packing them in your checked suitcase. If they are clearly labeled, there wil be no problem getting them through security.

Shabbat Attire:

We recommend modest dress for religious sites - shirts with at least short sleeves for both men and women, a skirt covering the knees for women (a jacket and tie are not necessary). Please be sure your Shabbat clothes are warm.

Out on the town clothing...

You can wear exactly what you'd wear here. For example, a nice shirt and pants or a casual skirt. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. FYI- many of the streets are paved with's challenging to wear shoes with awkward heels/soles on uneven pavement.


A few more suggestions that will make your trip to Israel more comfortable:

  • Batteries
  • Tissue packs
  • Sunglasses
  • Photocopy of your passport (keep one in your suitcase, one in your backpack)
  • Gum/ candy

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