How Much Luggage Should I Bring?

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 be very few, if any, opportunities to wash your clothes, so you definitely do not want to pack too little. We recommend that you bring one carry-on bag and one main piece of luggage. Duffel bags and rolling bags work fine. 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. Luggage rules will vary from airline to airline. Once you are confirmed on a specific trip, check out the relevant airline website for updated baggage rules.

Packing Advice

What you pack for the trip depends in large part on the season of travel. The following are some general packing tips no matter what month you are traveling.

For All Trips You Should Bring:

• Comfortable light-weight 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 but are fine for downtime.

• A small day bag for extra clothing and personal belongings you want to carry while we are out and about.

• We will be visiting some religious sites, such as the Western Wall, where “modest” clothing is more appropriate. All you will really need is something to cover your shoulders at these sites.

• On Friday night and on Saturday during the day, we celebrate Shabbat with a fancier dinner and lunch. We recommend bringing something a bit nicer but still casual for Shabbat.

Other Items to Pack:

• Pajamas/Sleepwear

• 14 pairs of underwear

• 14 pairs of socks

• Water shoes or shoes that you do not mind getting wet (not flip flops)

• One or two bathing suits plus a beach towel (even for winter trips)

• Water bottle or Camelback

• Flashlight and batteries

• General toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, soap/body wash, deodorant, comb/brush, etc)

• Medications and prescriptions for your medications (including glasses/contact lenses)

• Sunscreen (the sun is very hot at the Dead Sea year-round)

• Hat

• Flip Flops (not good for most activities but you might want for downtime)

• Kippah (optional)

• Notebook/Journal with pen & pencil

• Passport and passport photocopy

• ATM or Debit card; Credit card; Cash

• Camera

• Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes

• Watch

• Alarm clock

•Power adapter/converter for your electronics (Israel is on a 220 voltage system vs 110 in the U.S. and the outlets are a different size)

Packing for Winter Trips

During the winter season trips, the weather can vary from warm (60’s and 70’s) to cool (40’s and 50’s) depending on where we are in Israel and the time of day. Rain is always a possibility as well, although less so in the desert. Once in a while, light snow will even fall in Jerusalem. Participants on winter trips need to bring a variety of clothes, and preferably clothes that can be worn in layers and carried in a backpack as needed. Here are some specific items to pack:

• Rain jacket and umbrella

• Coat and/or fleece

• Gloves and warm hat

• Scarf

• 6 short sleeved t-shirts

• 8 long sleeved t-shirts

• 4 sweatshirts or sweater

• 3 pairs of pants/jeans

• 1 pair of sweatpants

• 2 pairs of shorts

• 1 button down shirt for Shabbat (Boys)

• 1 nice modest top and skirt or modest dress for Shabbat and holy sites (Girls)

Packing for Summer Trips

Weather during the summer varies from hot to hotter during the day (80’s to 90’s) and is cooler in the evenings (60’s). The good news is that humidity is low to minimal in most parts of Israel in the summer. Wearing a hat at all times during hikes is mandatory. The sun in Israel is especially strong, and wearing a hat as well as carrying water at all times will protect you from the risk of sun stroke and dehydration. Here are some specific items to pack:

• Wind breaker or a light sweater (especially for desert nights)

• 12 short sleeved t-shirts

• 4 pairs of shorts

• 2 long sleeved t-shirts or sweaters

• 3 pairs of pants/jeans

• 1 button down shirt for Shabbat (Boys)

• 1 nice modest top and skirt or modest dress for Shabbat and holy sites (Girls)

This trip is a gift from Taglit-Birthright Israel

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