Summer weather in Israel:Temperatures will be in the high 80º’s and 90º’s. Tel Aviv and Tiberias will be hot and humid (like New York or Miami). Jerusalem is dryer and cooler, particularly at night. Masada and Eilat are extremely hot…but dry. There won’t be a drop of rain! Be sure to check the weather forecast close to your departure, to help you choose what to pack! The weather can sometimes be unpredictable.
Expect several days of outdoor activities, a few evenings out on the town, and one night staying in a bedouin tent in the desert, where it can get a bit cold. You will also spend time inside museums, archeological sites and at shopping areas.
Although some of the hotels may offer laundry services it is very inconvenient. Try and pack enough clothing for ten days, bearing in mind you’ll probably want a change of clothes after hikes, and water activities.
ISRAELI FORECAST For the current Israeli forecast click here.
LUGGAGE SIZE For exact Luggage Size and weight restrictions please visit our Airlines page.
A good hint: If you can’t lift it yourself, then you’ve got too much stuff in your bag. Remember, it will only get heavier once you buy gifts and souvenirs! Try to use luggage with wheels.
- Short sleeve shirts and pants/shorts for eleven days
- 1 Sweatpants
- 1 Sweatshirt – it can get chilly at night
- 2 Long-sleeve shirts
- 2 Bathing suits
- 1 or 2 casual long skirts for weekday touring at religious sites
- 2 Long skirts for Shabbat for girls
- 2 Nice blouses/tops for Shabbat for girls
- 2 Button-down shirts for Shabbat for guys
- 2 Pairs of nice khakis/slacks for Shabbat for guys
- 1 Pair of nice shoes for Shabbat
- 1 Towel (for swimming outside of Hotels)
- 12 Pairs of underwear
- 12 Pairs of socks
- Hat (very important to block sun)
- Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes without heels or sandals
- Hiking boots (or sturdy sneakers)
- Water shoes (You will need them! Crocks are fine. Flip flops aren’t.)
For the airplane
- Passport (You can not come to Israel without a valid passport. If you have a US and Israeli passport, you will need to bring both.)
- Calling Card
- Change of clothes
- Camera and/or camcorder (and charger)
- Magazines, books, etc…
- Water (if allowed by the airline)
- If you have layover, you might want some cash to buy snacks in the airport
ToiletriesMost American products are available in Israel, although at a substantially higher cost. The following is a list of items you should bring.
- Shampoo / Conditioner
- Lip balm
- Shaver / razors
- Feminine Products
- Sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF – very important!)
- Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Imodium, etc.
- Eyeglasses and/or contact lenses
- Antibacterial hand lotion
- Any prescription medication
A few more suggestions that will make your trip to Israel more comfortable:
- Cell phone or calling card
- Backpack for everyday on the bus
- Tissue Packs
- Photocopy of your passport and drivers license.
- Photocopy of prescriptions of any prescription medication that you are on.
- Gum/ candy
- Travel Alarm Clock
- Flashlight (you will need it!)
- Baseball caps/hats (this is a necessity; hats are important to prevent sunstroke)
- Plug adapter for Israel (for appliances that convert voltage automatically. Click here for an example.)
Adapter for shavers
Adapter for blow-dryers
- Plug converter for Israel (for devices that don’t convert automatically. Click here for an example of a converter, but best to ask in your local electronics store)
- It is essential to leave a photocopy of your passport at home
- If you have severe allergies be sure to bring a few EpiPens with you – one to be carried by you, one for the medic and one spare.
And if you forget anything, don’t panic. You can purchase what you might need in Israel!