trip to Israel

Summer Packing List

The weather in Israel during the Summer varies from hot to hotter, especially during July-August. Temperatures will be in the high 80? and 90?’s. Tel Aviv and Tiberias will be hot and humid (like New York or Miami). Jerusalem is dryer and cooler, particularly at night. Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry.

There won’t be a drop of raining Israel during the Summer!

NOTE: During summer trips, wearing a hat at all time is mandatory for all outdoors activities. The sun in Israel is especially strong, and wearing a hat as well as carrying a CamelBak with water at all time will protect you from sun stroke and dehydration. Wearing tank tops may be comfortable, but beware of sun burning.

Clothing
  • Sweatpants
  • Sweatshirt/sweater/fleece (it can get chilly at night, especially in Bedouin tent)
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts for daily activities (tank-top or sleeveless/strapless shirts cannot be worn while touring during the day)
  • Bathing suits
  • Long skirt for Shabbat (girls)
  • Nice blouse/top for Shabbat (girls)
  • Button-down shirt for Shabbat for guys
  • Pair of nice khakis/slacks for Shabbat (guys)
  • Pair of nice shoes for Shabbat
  • Kipah (yarmulke) for Shabbat (guys)
  • Pairs of underwear
  • Pairs of socks (some you need with sneakers)
  • Sleepwear
  • Outfit that can get dirty (for archaeological dig)
  • Baseball cap/hat (very important to block sun, no visors – must cover top of head)
  • Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes without heels or sandals (a must)
  • Old gym shoes [closed-toe] (must be able to get wet – sandals, or Crocs cannot be worn while touring during the day)
  • Hiking boots (or sturdy sneakers)
  • Pair of water shoes or athletic sandals (Crocs are fine. Flip flops arent.) Eilat has rocky beaches and the Dead Sea floor is covered with salt crystals.

REMEMBER! You will be walking a lot so comfortable shoes are a must! Ladies – don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Please note: we will be visiting some religious sites such as the Western Wall or Jerusalems religious neighborhood, where “modest” clothing (skirts covering to the knees for women, head coverings for men, and shirts covering shoulders for both men and women) is more appropriate. As long as your shoulders are covered at these sites, you will be fine. A jacket and tie are not necessary. Friday night Shabbat dinners tend to be on the nicer side, and some participants will wear casual “dressy” outfits (optional).

Miscellaneous
  • Toiletries (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, aftershave, deodorant, hair brush etc.)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Flashlight (mini)
  • CamelBak
  • Camera and charger (don’t forget the charger!)
  • Film or memory cards (bring extra, because it’s much more expensive in Israel)
  • Batteries (probably rechargeable are the best choice, but make sure you have charger)
  • Camcorder with charger and blank tapes
  • IPod or CD player
  • Day bag (purse, fanny pack, money belt, etc.)
  • Small duffel bag (packed empty to carry home all the souvenirs you purchase!)
  • Medication, like cold medication, medication for upset stomach, Tylenol/Excedrin, Emergen-C, band aids. If you have severe allergies be sure to bring a few EpiPens or Benadryl – one to be carried by you, one for the medic and one spare.
  • Bath/pool/beach towel (for swimming outside of hotels)
  • Sunscreen (minimum SPF30)
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses/contact lenses
  • Laptop
  • Socket adapter for shavers
  • Socket adapter for blow-dryers
  • Voltage adapter (converter) from 110 to 220 volts. Try to find one that converts voltage automatically. Also make sure it fits the socket of your appliance.

Linens and pillows will be provided by the hotels!

Remember, this is just a suggested packing list, so bring whatever else you think you will need.

A good hint: If you can’t lift your bag yourself, then you’ve got too much stuff in it. Your bag will only get heavier once you buy gifts and souvenirs!

Always try to use luggage with wheels.

And if you forget anything, don’t panic. You can purchase what you might need in Israel.

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