The weather in Israel during the winter season can be rainy, snowy, and as cold as 40° F (4° C). In the summer, it is hot and dry during the day, and can be cool during the night. Comfortable and casual clothing that can be layered are recommended for both the summer and winter trips.
We recommend one large suitcase or duffel bag* (to be checked) per person, and a backpack as your carry-on luggage. You are responsible for packing and carrying your own bags during the trip; if you can’t carry it, it is too heavy!
*The buses are only designed for one large bag per passenger under the bus, so it will not be possible to accommodate more than one piece of large luggage per person.
We recommend bringing $400 USD on the trip: $300 to cover one meal per day / souvenirs, and $100 for the tip for the tour educator, bus driver, and guard.
You will be able to exchange USD to Shekels at the beginning of the trip.
The following list is a suggestion only:
- 6 short-sleeved t-shirts (12 in summer)
- 3 pairs of jeans/pants
- 2 pairs of shorts (4 in summer)
- 8 long-sleeved shirts (3 in summer)
- 4 sweaters or sweatshirts (2 in summer)
- 1 mid-weight jacket
- 1 heavy jacket (carry on plane in winter)
- 1 bathing suit (2 in summer)
- 14 pairs of underwear
- 14 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of water shoes
- 1 pair of sturdy shoes for hiking / walking
- 1 pair of nicer shoes (for Shabbat)
- 1 long skirt (women) / nice khakis (men) (for Shabbat)
- 1 nicer blouse or shirt (for Shabbat)
- 1 towel
- 1 hat
- Water bottle
- ‘Going out’ outfits (for city nights)
- Passport (in your carry on luggage)
- All medications (including copies of prescriptions)
- Prescription glasses/contact lens supplies (no liquids more than 3 oz.)
- Cash/ATM Card/Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted)
- Camera, charger/batteries
- Journal/address book
- Mini flashlight or penlight
- Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
- Backpack or day pack
- Kippah/head covering (men)
- 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).