What should you bring with you on your trip to Israel?
In the summer, the weather is hot and dry during the day and cool at night.
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 a duffel bag (checked baggage) per person, and a school-sized backpack for your carry-on. We recommend that you carry important, personal and 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 of shorts/pants
- 3 long-sleeved shirts
- 2 sweaters/sweatshirts
- 1 lightweight 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 and supportive hiking shoes
- 1 pair of shoes for Shabbat
- 1 outfit for Shabbat (a long skirt, dress, or blouse for women, and khakis and a button down or polo shirt for men)
- 1 towel
- 1 hat for hiking (required)
- Going out clothes (for going out at night)
- All medications (including copies of any prescriptions)
- Prescription glasses, contact lenses, cleaner and/or solution
- Cash/ATM Card/Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in Israel.)
- Camera, charger/batteries and an adapter for electrical appliances (Electrical equipment must be adaptable to 220 volts and have a European adapter for the prong. Equipment on a motor must be adaptable to 50 Hz as opposed to 110 volts and 60 Hz for North America.)
- Mini flashlight
- Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
- Kippah (traditional Jewish head covering) (optional)
- Refillable water bottle or Camelbak
- Snacks for the plane (particularly for those with 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. We recommend, however, that for religious sites (e.g. the Western Wall and Synagogues in Tzfat) you dress modestly.
For women, a skirt that comes to the knees and a shirt that covers one’s shoulders and 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.