What to bring?
- Most importantly, good walking shoes.
- A hat, sunglasses, water carrier and either a backpack or shoulder bag. You want to keep your hands free to take pictures or shop while at the same time, protecting your items. I carried an over the shoulder purse that was not very accessible if I wasn’t looking.
- Drink lots of water!! You may not feel thirsty but the climate is different and you will get dehydrated. STAY HYDRATED!
- From March to throughout the summer, it gets hot during the day and cool at night. So pack a light jacket (windbreaker) or cardigan and scarf.
- Bathing suit for the Dead Sea and water shoes.
- Medication! Do not forget your medication. Extra pair of contacts and glasses just in case.
- A small notebook for notes and memories, bible and pen. Camera with extra USB for storage.
- In the majority of rooms, a safe is provided so it is up to your discretion if you want to carry your passport and money. Always keep the number and address to the hotel you are staying in handy.
- It is cheaper to change currency at the airport than in the cities. You will need some Israeli money to shop in certain places and ride the bus line.
Now we discuss packing your suitcase. I found these tips very helpful.
- Invest in packing cubes or x-large ziplock bags. These are a game changer. You will be amazed by how many shirts, shorts, and pants you can roll into one of these. It leaves more room in your suitcase and you don’t have to pay that extra fee for the second suitcase.
- You don’t need necessarily need to pack shampoo, conditioner, lotion or mouthwash because there are local stores that carry them. This allows freeing up additional room.
- However, when packing soap, shampoo, toothpaste, or any liquids make sure it fits into the travel size containers or a small ziplock bag. Tip: leave room for pressure build up. This will prevent the liquid from squeezing out or busting.
- Suitcase tags and locks. Use TSA approved locks to avoid damage to your bags. Also, write down your name, name of the hotel – address & telephone # just in case the bag gets lost. Along with an emergency contact. Add a color tag or string to make locating your suitcase or bag faster and easier.
Carry on Bag
- Be sure to include a change of clothes, your personal hygiene items (toothbrush/paste, chapstick, lotion, deodorant), medication, glasses/ contact cleaners. Since space is limited, try to keep this in a small ziplock bag to place by your seat for easy access.
- Phone charger, camera, passport and important documents such as flight ticket.
- Snacks and water.
- Just in case your luggage gets misplaced, you have the necessities.
On the flight
- Make sure your electronics are charged. If you have a set of headphones, you can bring them to watch movies or use the ones the airline provides.
- Dress comfortably for the 10-12 hour flight. Layer up too. It gets cold on the flight. My suggestion, bring a cardigan or a small blanket.
- You are going to want to freshen up on the plane or prior to departing, so try to keep your hygiene accessible.
- You can also try to switch seats a day or two prior to the departure if you need an aisle or window seat.
- Must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of entry.
- Make copies and leave one at home with a reliable person and the other with you.
- 1 page available (although passports are normally not stamped upon entry.) Bummer because I wanted mine stamped.
Important Contact Information
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem
14 David Flusser Street,
Telephone: +(972) (2) 622-7230 or +(972) (2) 630-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(972) (2) 622-7250
Fax: +(972) (2) 630-4070
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem, Branch Office
71 HaYarkon Street
Tel Aviv 6343229, Israel
U.S. Consular Agency – Haifa
26 Ben Gurion Boulevard
Telephone: +(972)(4) 853-1470
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv
Fax: +(972)(4) 853-1476
U.S. Citizens with emergencies, please call 02-630-4000 for Embassy Jerusalem and 03-519-7575 for Branch Office Tel Aviv
Outside of Office Hours, contact: 02-630-4000 (Jerusalem) or 03-519-7575 (Tel Aviv)
Outside of Israel: 011-972-2-630-4000 (Jerusalem) or 011-972-3-519-7575 (Tel Aviv)
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