Packing Info & Baggage Rules

PACKING INFO

The trip is only ten days long and packing can be a challenge. On the one hand, you do not want to bring too many things or else you will get weighed down schlepping your stuff from hotel to hotel. On the other hand, there will not be any opportunities to wash your clothes, so you definitely do not want to pack too little. We recommend that you bring one main piece of luggage (duffel bags, frame packs, and rolling bags all work fine) and one carry-on bag. Be sure to bring at least one change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on bag just in case your main luggage gets delayed.
More than any other piece of advice about clothing, remember to bring comfortable walking shoes. Good sneakers are fine, you do not need to purchase special hiking boots just for this trip. Clogs or other slip-on shoes are not suitable for daily touring. We do recommend bringing a pair of water shoes with backs or athletic sandals (summer trips only).
 
NOTE: During summer trips, wearing a hat at all time during hikes is mandatory. The sun in Israel is especially strong, and wearing a hat as well as carrying water at all time will protect you from the risk of sun stroke and dehydration.
 
Also, we will be visiting some religious sites such as the Western Wall where "modest" clothing is more appropriate. As long as your shoulders are covered at these sites, you will be fine. Finally, Friday night Shabbat dinners tend to be on the nicer side, and some participants will wear casual "dressy" outfits (optional).
 
The weather in Israel during the summer varies from hot to hotter. Wearing tank tops may be comfortable, but beware of sun burning on long days in the desert. During the winter season trips, the weather can vary from beach weather to snow weather (although snow is very rare) depending on where we are in Israel at any given time. Rain is always a possibility as well...although less so in the desert. Participants on winter trips need to bring a variety of clothes, and preferably clothes that can be warn in layers.
 
SPECIAL STUFF TO PACK FOR ALL TRIPS
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • One or two bathing suits plus a beach towel (even for winter trips)
  • Flashlight + batteries + spare batteries
  • General toiletries & medications (extra prescription is a good idea)
  • 2 Sets casual-nice attire for Shabbat: skirts & tops for girls/shirts & slacks for guys (recommended)                       
  • Kippah (optional)
  • Day pack
  • Overnight bag (for Bedouin camping)
  • Notebook with pen & pencil
  • Passport + passport photocopy for safekeeping
 
EXTRA STUFF TO PACK FOR SUMMER TRIPS ONLY
  • Clothing that is appropriate for hot weather....really hot
  • Wind breakers and light sweater (especially for desert nights)
  • Athletic sandals that can be used in water (e.g. Tevas or Chacos)
  • Hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Camelback or similar equipment for storing water (Optional)
  • Extra bathing suits and a beach towel
 
EXTRA STUFF TO PACK FOR WINTER TRIPS ONLY
  • Clothing that is appropriate for weather that ranges from the 20s F to 80s F (including gloves & winter hat)
  •  Rain jacket and umbrella
 
NOTE: Sleeping bag, tent, and frame backpack are all unnecessary.
 
ELECTRONIC STUFF TO PACK FOR BOTH WINTER AND SUMMER
  • Cell Phone with charger (ordered through Talk'n'save).
  • Alarm clock with batteries
  • Ipod, MP3 with charger
  • Camera with charger or lots of batteries
  • Camcorder with charger
  • Shavers/razors
  • Hair blow dryer
 
 
NOTE: You should also bring $150-$200 spending money. Here's why.
Also, if you forget anything, don't panic. You can purchase most American products in Israel!

 

 

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