1- PACK LIGHTLY
While visiting the Holy Land in Israel, you will most likely be on a pilgrimage tour, traveling from place to place, visiting many sites a day. Keeping that in mind, you should remember that you are going to be carrying your bag around most of the time, even though you will probably travel around with a tour bus. That’s why it is essential to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend bringing a large suitcase and a traveling backpack for your daily travels. Always keep in mind, that you will be traveling with your backpack on you for several hours each day, so don’t forget to pack as lightly as possible.
2- MODEST DRESSING
The holy places and religious sites that you are going to visit will not let you in with certain types of clothing. You probably knew that, but you should be aware that Israel is twice as strict as the other countries about this. When you are packing, avoid putting bright and fancy dresses; go for modest and neutral-colored clothes instead. Out of respect, you should also avoid packing any cloth that reveals knees and shoulders, such as miniskirts, sleeveless t-shirts, and shorts above the knee level regardless of your gender.
3- BRINGING CASH
Because the tourism in Israel thrives and they are already accommodated to the many tourists arriving, the US dollar and Euro is valid everywhere. Important fact – in Israel all types of credit cards apply, everywhere. The most common card to use here is either MasterCard or Visa. If you don’t have any of these, it might be recommended to bring extra cash just in case.
Something to keep in mind before your trip is to break down your cash into many 1 USD denominations. It will become handy when shopping throughout the many local markets available here, as well as for donations to local churches, riding with taxis and much more. If necessary, there are many currency exchange stores available all over.
The average distance you will cover on a pilgrimage tour ranges from 2 to 5 miles per day. Considering this, you need to refrain from bringing elegant shoes for the pilgrimage. Instead, bring shoes that provide good support while keeping your feet cool and comfortable. Tennis shoes, hiking shoes, or jogging shoes are ideal for such daily treks.
The climate is Israel is hot almost all year round. During the summer it reaches 30-35 Celsius, and during the wintertime roughly 5-10 Celsius. Normally it is dry, with few rainy days.
During the days, the weather is fairly warm. However, during the night (depending on the area) it might get cold as Israel have a few places with a desert climate (hot days, cold nights). Keep this in mind while packing. We recommend bringing a few warm clothes just in case. Also, don’t forget to bring a bathing suit as Israel has many lakes and watery hikes that are very recommend. A trip to the Dead Sea is also a must, where you will definitely need your bathing suit. For your travels, it is recommended to bring mostly comfortable clothes.