What should you bring with you on your trip to Israel?
The weather in Israel in the winter can be cold and rainy, or sunny and mild, so a versatile wardrobe is key. In the summer, the weather is without fail hot and dry during the day and cool at night. Casual, comfortable clothes that can be layered are best for both seasons.
It should be assumed that there will NOT be time to do laundry, however, you should pack as lightly as possible. We recommend one large suitcase or duffel bag (checked baggage) per person, and a school-sized backpack for your carry-on. We recommend that you carry important, personal, valuable items such as medications in your carry-on.
Note that you will be responsible for packing and transporting your own bags numerous times during the trip, so if you can’t carry your bags, they are too heavy!
Summer Packing List:
- 12 short sleeved shirts or tank tops
- 6 pairs shorts/pants
- 3 long sleeved shirts
- 2 sweaters/sweatshirts
- 1 light weight jacket (for the plane and cool desert nights)
- 2 bathing suits
- 14 pairs of underwear
- 14 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of water shoes
- 1 pair of comfortable hiking shoes
- 1 pair of nicer shoes for Shabbat
- 1 Shabbat outfit (long skirt or dress with a nice blouse for women, nice khakis and a button down or polo shirt for men)
- 1 towel
- Hat for hiking (required)
- ‘Going out’ outfits (for city nights)
- All medications (including copies of prescriptions)
- Prescription glasses/contact lens supplies
- Cash/ATM Card/Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted)
- Camera, charger/batteries and adapter for electrical appliances (Electrical equipment has to be adaptable to 220 volts and have a European adapter for the prong. Equipment on a motor (i.e., electric shaver) must be adaptable to 50 Hz as opposed to 110 volts and 60 Hz for North America).
- Mini flashlight or penlight
- Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
- Kippah/headcovering (optional)
- Refillable water bottle or Camelbak
- Snacks for the plane (particularly for those with special dietary needs)
- Journal/notebook (optional)
*Amazing Israel is not responsible for the loss or damage of personal belongings.
In Israel people dress very casually and in most places anything goes. However, we recommend for religious sites such as the Western Wall and Tzfat that you dress modestly in order to show respect for the people and the holy sites. For women, a skirt that comes to the knees and a shirt covers shoulders/upper arms. Low cut tops are not recommended. We also recommend having a pashmina or scarf that can be wrapped over regular clothes. For men, long pants and a shirt that comes at least halfway down your upper arm.