What to pack for Israel

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    Travel Light

    by gabriellefox Written May 11, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Large Beach bag or hold all with a zip to stop the contents falling out when they go through security checks at the border.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Flip flops, rubber reef shoes, hat, sunglasses, suncream, swimwear.

    Photo Equipment: Remember to take lots of pictures of your trip but not in or around the border crossings

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Towel

    I practice what I preach

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    What to pack

    by tzuki Written Nov 5, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: I recommend to travel easy and small weight.
    Be ready to show your luggage at the airports for security requirements (specially in the return flight), so if you carry many bags with you will take you longer and very stressful.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember to bring:
    a hat
    swimming gear (swimming wear for summer - raincoat for winter)
    walking shoes
    long sleeves and long trousers (these are required to entry in religious sites)
    sweaters (in winter)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are plenty of pharmacies, so is easy to find normal medicaments.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of memory in your photo card or some good films, because there are loads of things to photo in Israel, beautiful landscapes and diversities in cities and cultures.
    Israel is plenty of colour!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are travelling in summer, get swimming gear because there are fantastic beaches and also the Dead Sea to experience.
    If you are going to trek, bring also trekking gear. There are good places as Ein Gedi to trek around.

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    One word: Casual

    by MossCanoe Written May 28, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: I took one carry on and didn't even need that much.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's cold in Spring and winter, take sweaters

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sun block

    Photo Equipment: digital? Take your own lithiums as there are none in Israel. Seriously.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you camp out, you know what to bring.

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    Plugged In

    by gilabrand Updated Mar 11, 2006

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    Miscellaneous: Most North Americans who visit Israel are not lugging anything like a refrigerator with them, but they may have small electrical appliances like shavers and battery chargers for mobile phones, laptops or digital cameras.

    While American appliances operate on 110-115V, Israel uses 220-230V (which is standard in Europe). Battery chargers and shavers tend to be dual voltage. This information is usually printed in tiny letters on the appliance. Sometimes there is a switch.

    If the appliance is only 110-115V, it CANNOT be used in Israel. I have ruined several gifts from well-meaning relatives this way....If the voltage is suitable, take a look at the shape of the prongs. If they are flat, you will need a plug adapter - a small gadget that slips onto the flat prongs so the plug can be inserted in a wall socket with round prongs.

    Any hardware store should have them. If you forget to bring one with you, don?t worry. You can purchase them for a few shekels in any store that sells electrical goods or house-wares.

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    Protect or burn!

    by pinay_ako Written Sep 10, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A medium-sized backpack for camera, wallet, documents (bring passport along) and maps.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For sightseeing: keep cool, wear a hat and comfortable shoes. For most religious places: cover shoulders, avoid wearing shorts and absolutely no skimpy clothes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock! As most things are labelled in Hebrew, bring your own medication.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of batteries, adaptor for 3-pronged Y-shaped outlet.

    Miscellaneous: A Hebrew for English speakers translation book.

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    Sensible Clothes

    by CADUM Written Mar 4, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Something you can carry

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember sensible clothes and shoes. Some religious sites require your legs covered.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Easily purchased in country.

    Photo Equipment: Again easy to find.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Plenty of swimming opportunites with 4 seas on the borders.

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    If you like reading...

    by Salek Updated Jul 24, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: bring books. It's easy to find books in English in Israel, but they cost twice as much, and used books cost as much as new books in the US. Bring some good books with you (if you don't keep shabbat, youre going to have a lot of free time on friday nights), and when you're done, bring them to a used books store or pass them on.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Israeli's don't wear big bulky winter coats like most of America. They tend to wear layers and there's a good reason for it. Israel is a small country, but the weather can change drastically in the course of the day. Add and remove layers until you're comfortable. It can be hot in Tel Aviv when it's cold in Tzfat. In either place, is cold at night.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Cosmetics, shampoo, etc is expensive, but not so much tht it's worth packing a lot and lugging it half across the world, unless you're a total diva that doesn't leave the house without make-up on. If you are, what are you doing in Israel?

    Photo Equipment: Israel is just as advanced as the US when it comes to technology. Bring a digital camera, and finding a place to download it onto a CD is very easy to find, especially in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping is great in Israel. Everyone does it, there's enough room for everyone, but you'll pass a few groups on your way to your own spot in the North. You don't need to bring anything from home, it's all here and it's cheap enough. Be sure to pack a small pot to make nachleh coffee, some bedding, water, cigarettes. It's so comfortable sleeping outside in Israel, you won't find you need much. Even if you never camp, this is the country to make an exception.

    Miscellaneous: Clothes are expensive here. The economy in Israel is a confusing one. Many Israeli's have the same living standards as Americans, but they are a small country in the middle east surrounded by people they don't trade with really. So many things aren't produced there, and so need to be imported. Hence, the price tag. Make-up, clothes, english books, movies, cd's. You will pay a little more here than you would for the same thing in the US.

    Camping in Northern Israel
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  • Packing List

    by Gili_S Updated May 25, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer you might need a jacket at night in the mountains (Jerusalem, Galilee) At winter have good shoes and jacket.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: European standards, pharmacies available everywhere.

    Photo Equipment: Have all with you from advance, equipment will cost you more to buy in Israel.
    Have a good zoom with you... believe me, you will not regret it...

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Never sleep on the ground, especially in the south of Israel. Even when camping or outside, have a field bed or sleep on the car roof. There are many reasons why; I am too short of lines to explain it now. Obviously to all of European and Nordics origins. Suntan lotion is a must from April to October (in Eilat & the desert, almost the whole year).

    Miscellaneous: The photo here is from Arad.

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    Needful things ...

    by KettyDK Written Apr 9, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Clothes :

    In case you're arriving on Summer ( which is about between mid-April to early October ) - do not bring any Winter clothes ! The temperatures there are over 28C . Although you can find use in a not very warm sweater in case you spend a night in a desert - it can be kinda chilly in the night ;-)

    On Winter take a couple of sweaters with you , plus a raincoat .

    Shoes :

    On Summer , have a comfortable pair of sandals with you , although it's a good idea to have a pair of more "practical" shoes in case you would decide to travel to the mountains/wild nature .

    On Winter you should have a pair of good , closed shoes with .

    During late Autumn/Winter take an umbrella with you , but don't worry if you forgot one home - you can buy umbrellas for reasonable prices pretty much anywhere in the country !

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: On mid-Spring/Summer/early Autumn you should always carry sunscreen with you - the sun is shamelessly agressive there - you wouldn't even notice before you'll become burned out !

    Another must-have is good deodorant ;-)

    You can buy all this in Israel , but it might be a cheaper solutions to just bring them with you - these things aren't cheap in Israel !

    As for medicin - it's always a good idea to not take chances , and , in case you should take some special medicin , bring enough of it from your country !

    Photo Equipment: I believe you can buy pretty much everything in IL , but it's much more clever to have all the needed equipment with you !

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Swimming suit/shorts and a pair of open , summer shoes .

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    Sizzle or Freeze

    by gilabrand Updated Mar 31, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The temperatures in Israel fluctuate widely from one end of the country to the other, and from day to night. This is true in winter AND summer. How you feel, of course, has a lot to do with where you're coming from and the kind of climate you're used to. Israel can be freezing or sizzling. In the winter, hilly places like Jerusalem and the Golan can be very cold. Even in the desert, temperatures at night drop really low. I have never been so cold in my life as in the Sinai in January.

    Miscellaneous: If you are visiting Jerusalem in the summer, bring a sweater or light jacket for the evenings. You probably won't need it in other parts of the country where there isn't such a difference between day and night. In the winter, bring layers. Remember that houses are not heated all day long as they are in other countries (although this won't be a problem if you stay at a hotel). The truth is, other countries may be colder, but even Russians freeze in Israeli winters (I know - my husband has Russian workers). The wind just seems to blow into every crevice...From my experience, the best way to keep out the cold is to wear a clingy undershirt (yes, ladies - you, too) under your clothing.

    weather map - april 3,2004
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    It's all about respect

    by Iced_Tea Written Jan 24, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: Be prepared to have all your luggage thoroughly examined by hand at the Tel Aviv Airport. You will be asked alot of questions, please answer them without hesitation...it is for your protection.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's all about respect....ladies please remember to bring a long skirt, or wrap around skirt to visit the holy sites or synagogues in Israel. Shorts are fine, but please toss on the skirt before entering any holy sites.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you float in the Dead Sea, please remember the "don't splash" rule! If you get the water in your eyes, your eyes will close instantly due to the high salt content. A fellow traveler was splashed accidentially, got water in her eyes and had to be helped to a shower provided on the beach front. Her eyes had swollen shut and it took quite a while before she was "back to normal". It is so beautiful and so relaxing...don't miss it due to getting water in your eyes!

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  • Film, water and clothes!!

    by Jenny.Tear Written Oct 20, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: When going, if you know you're going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, you must take a big back pack. Sightseeing can involve spending most o your day on your feet!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lots of light, but covering clothes. There are a lot of places that require you to be respectfully dressed and if your not, you won't be going in. Long skirts or light trousers for women and light trousers for men are good. If your wearing vest tops or anything, remember to bring a light jumper or something to cover up with you for when your going into religious places

    Photo Equipment: You can't pack too much film! I got through 150 photos there and I still didn't have enough. Remember to pack lots to avoid being charged lots in the tourist areas.

    Miscellaneous: Lots and lots and lots of water. You get dehydrated so fast without realising it!!!

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  • Trip to Israel with Lots of walking

    by kisunya Written Jul 29, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I took a basic wheeled luggage and backpack for everyday.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, tee-shirts, tees, couple of dresses, capri pants, jeans, sweatshirt, swimming suite, and long skirt with long sleeved shirt for attending Shabbas and Western Wall. Walkings shoes, sneakers, sandals, fleep flops, dressy shoes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, hairbrush, shampoo, deodorant, parfume, makeup (try to go easy espessially in the summer).

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera or film camera. If you have a camcorder, great, I didn't.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Towel, water.

    Miscellaneous: Don't forget the documents, also sunglasses

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    Water, and a lot of it

    by roym Written Jul 5, 2003

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: When you go for a walk, make sure you have enough water. You can't refill water from a stream because you don't know if it's good.

    The minimum amount of water for a walk during the day is 3 litres per person. Of course, when temprature or humidity rise - make sure you increase this amount.

    A desert way not far from Tsin Wadi

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  • Temperature

    by mosheeps Updated May 23, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Average summer temperatures range from 18 degrees to 32 degrees C (65 degrees to 90 degrees F) over most of the country. Winters (from October to March) are mild, with temperatures averaging 14 degrees C (57 degrees F) along the coast and 9 degrees C (48 degrees F) in the mountains. The Rift Valley is about 9 C degrees (15 F degrees) warmer than the rest of the nation in winter. The Dead Sea area is the lowest place on the planet and the climate is one of the hottest regions in the world.

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