Packing Guide for Traveling Abroad: Israel
You booked your flight and made travel arrangements. You’re excited for your trip and it’s about a week, or 3 days, or 1 day before your trip, and you haven’t packed yet…Here are some things that the agents at Gil Travel recommend you to bring on your trip.
This could be taken as a general guide for any trip, but it’s compiled with Israel in mind. This is not meant to be the definitive guide, everyone’s needs are different; it’s not even meant as a checklist for travel (you’ll notice that obvious items such as clothes, underwear, toiletries, passport are not included). Rather, this is a checklist for miscellaneous items that are often forgotten but would make your trip so much more convenient!
1. Flip flops/water shoes: for floating on the Dead Sea, getting ready to shower, going to the many beach, relaxing by the pool, hiking water trails
2. Comfortable walking shoes: regardless if you’re going on a tour, backpacking, or visiting family and friends, walking is going to be a big part of your Israel trip. In addition, the terrain in Israel varies a lot by region, and Jerusalem is very hilly, so make sure you have comfy walking shoes that you’ve already broke in!
3. Sun protection: wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunburn treatments. The sun is strong all year round, not just the summer, be prepared!
3a. In the summer, it is advised to cover your skin as much as possible. Ladies, no spaghetti straps, short shorts, halter tops, and gentlemen, don’t go topless. This is not for modesty, the sun BURNS. Opt for some light, cotton clothing that covers skin.
4. Modest clothing: it is best to plan ahead and verify the acceptable clothing at religious sites, but in general, have clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.
5. Light jacket/Sweatshirt: this is important to bring even in the summer time. The temperature significantly drops once the sun sets, especially in the desert areas. It gets chilly, even in the summer when you were burning 3 hours ago.
6. Adapter for electronics: Israel’s power supply is single phase 220 V at 50 Hz. The power sockets usually have three pin holes, but they will work with double-pin plugs as well.
7. Prescriptions: In addition to bringing a couple extra days worth of medication with you, bring along copies of your prescriptions as well, for medicine or glasses, and keep them in your carry on luggage.
8. Hand sanitizer/Wet towelettes: they’re very handy on travels and helps reduce chances of illnesses
9. Communication method: Israel is a very connected country, and there is usually free WiFi in most cafes and tourist attractions. You may chose to bring your laptop or tablet to keep in touch with friends and family back home. If you’d prefer not to lug around your laptop during your travels, you can rent a phone or buy a SIM card. Consider Gil Travel Phones for your trip to Israel. (Or read our blog post about the different phone options in Israel.)
10. Camera, memory card(s), charger/batteries: There are many beautiful photo-op locations in Israel. You’d want to take pictures of everything, so make sure you have sufficient battery the night before and enough memory space. For the average Gil Travel tour with a point and shoot camera, 4 GB should provide sufficient storage for some short videos in addition to many photos. However, you may choose to bring a spare memory cards with you, just in case.
11. Extra quart-sized storage bags: you’ll need it for your liquids in your carry on and they are a wonderful (and cheap) way to protect your phone or other items you won’t want to get wet or sandy while at the beach, or if it starts raining.
12. First-aid kit: band-aids, alcohol pads, pain-killers, cough drops, motion-sickness pill, diarrhea medicine; items you think and hope you won’t need, but would be thankful to have brought along if the need arises.
Israel is a very modern and technologically advanced country. There are pharmacies and shops around that carry everything you need and more, so don’t stress too much and have fun!