Dress is generally informal in Israel. The summer months are hot and humid, although in Jerusalem it tends to be a bit drier. We suggest that you bring comfortable, easily laundered, “travel weight” clothing, shorts, t-shirts, and skirts and a light jacket.
The holy sites we will visit tend to have an expectation of modesty for women. This usually means covering shoulders, (short sleeves will do), and capris or long pants, or a skirt. Many participants carry a light pashmina and a light skirt to slip on over shorts in their backpack.
Expert Tip: Israel is also a great shopping place for skirts, so bring money and extra room in your suitcase too!
Comfortable walking shoes, such as sneakers, Merrels, or Keens are a must—especially on Shabbat, there will be a lot of walking. A light jacket, sweater, or pashmina, may be needed as Jerusalem may get cool at night.
Expensive jewelry, electronics and other valuables should be kept to a minimum or better yet, left at home. If you do decide to bring any of these items, please pack them, your passport and a sufficient supply of any prescription medications you are taking, in your carry-on luggage. Once in Israel, we suggest placing your valuables in the hotel safe and carrying your passport, camera and cash/credit cards with you at all times. A small travel purse which can be worn comfortably messenger-style (across your body) is a good idea.
Here are some packing suggestions:
To be carried with you (in carry-on or purse)
- Credit Card/Debit card
Note: Photocopy the inside photo/signature page of your passport, which includes your passport number. Keep it in your suitcase. There is no need to bring your drivers license. You passport will serve as photo ID. Also, don’t bring personal or travelers checks. Credit cards are much easier to deal with, and accepted in many more places.
There is no need to bring your drivers license. You passport will serve as photo ID. Also, don’t bring personal or travelers checks. Credit cards are much easier to deal with, and accepted in many more places.
Basic Travel Wardrobe
- Hat for sun – really, we can’t stress this strongly enough.
- T-shirts and tops (some with sleeves that cover the elbow for time when you wish to be modest)
- Jeans/ pants / capris
- Walking shoes
- Skirts/Dresses (to or below the knee length) for Shabbat, the Kotel, other times where you wish to be respectfully modest
- Swimsuit, water shoes and large towel (for Dead Sea)
- Hoodie, light jean jacket or pashmina (can serve both as warmth for cool evenings and as coverage for modesty)
- Jewelry (bring very little)
- Undergarments (there will be opportunity for laundry)
Small Carry-on Bag for Each Person
- Snacks/gum/hard candy- trail mix, granola bars, mixed nuts, toast/peanut butter crackers are all good options that will provide energy
- One change of clothing
- Reading material / puzzle books
Note: No tweezers or sharp instruments in your carry-on
Here are some suggestions
- Prescription medications
- Diarrhea medication
- Alka Seltzer/Pepto Bismol
- Motion sickness medication
- Cold capsules
- First-aid cream
- Extra pair eyeglasses/contact lenses and all assorted liquids and cases
- Sleeping pills
Note: Coordinating with other participants can free up valuable room in your luggage. All medications should be kept in your purse or backpack bag. Do not pack in checked bag.
- Sanitary Supplies
- Comb & Brush
- Hairdryer/Curling or Flat Iron
- Electrical converter/adapter
- Pre-moistened towelettes
- Make-up/Facial Cleanser/ Moisturizer
- Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Dental floss
- Cotton swabs
- Clothes washing liquid, small container for washing in the sink – optional as the hotel does have laundry services
- Sewing kit
- Safety pins
- Camera/Batteries/Cables for charging electronics