What to Bring?

What should you bring with you on a trip to Israel?

Here’s a packing list filled with great suggestions. 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!

What kind of weather should you expect?

Israeli Winter (Dec/Jan):
Winter weather can fluctuate. Some winters are mild & sunny, some severe & overcast. Rain can be expected and rarely even snow. It will probably be b/w 12-19 degrees Celsius in most places, but lower in Jerusalem & the North & a little colder at night.

Winter clothes

  • 4 pants (for hiking, going out at night)
  • 1 tracksuit pants
  • 2 jumpers
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 4 Short-sleeve shirts
  • 1 Shorts
  • 1 Bathing suit
  • 2 nice shirts / Long skirts (4 Shabbat)
  • 1 Towel (for swimming outside of Hotels)
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • PJs/thermals
  • Raincoat/jacket (waterproof)
  • Hiking boots (or strong runners)
  • Walking shoes (with traction for wet surfaces)
  • Hat (a must for all participants for outdoors)

Some areas that the groups will be visiting request modest dress. We suggest that you bring a long skirt or pants that you can keep in your bag in order to respect the residents of those areas.

What to bring on the Airplane

  • Passport (You can not come to Israel without a valid passport)
  • Change of clothes
  • Deodorant
  • Camera
  • Walkman/MP3
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Magazine, books, etc…
  • Journal
  • Snacks
  • Toiletries

Most western products are available in Israel, although at a substantially higher cost.
Below is a list of items you should bring:

  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Lip balm
  • Aftershave
  • Band-Aids
  • Feminine Products
  • Sunscreen
  • Asprin
  • Eyeglasses/ contact lenses
  • Antibacterial hand lotion
  • Any prescription medicine

A few more suggestions that will make your trip to Israel more comfortable:

  • Batteries
  • Walkman/MP3
  • Journal
  • Tissue Packs
  • Sunglasses
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Gum/ candy
  • Travel Alarm
  • Flashlight (mini)
  • Camera
  • Baseball cap/hat (this is a necessity, hats are important to prevent sunstroke)
  • Money belt
  • Spending Money- for snacks, night out &/or free weekend (if relevant)

And if you forget anything, don’t panic. You can purchase what you might need in Israel!

It is essential to leave a photocopy of your passport at home

Travel Documents

You must have ALL travel documents (passport, visa, etc.) in order to participate in our Taglit-birthright israel trip. The process can take up to 3 months. If you don’t have current travel documents, you’re in trouble!!!

To participate on our birthright israel trip, you must have an Australian passport that is valid for six months after the program. No visa is necessary. For more details, go to the Australian Government site.

If you have not yet obtained or renewed your passport, please do so immediately. The process may take 4-6 weeks! You would need to do an express passport (& pay additional fee)

Make sure you come excited and ready to have the experience of your lifetime!!!