What to pack for Israel ?

It depends on the period that you choose to visit Israel, of course. See the average temperatures in Jerusalem and the average temperatures in Tel-Aviv.
You will find In Israel everything you need in the many commercial centers.
See about the shopping in Tel-Aviv.
See about the shopping in Jerusalem.
Still, you may want to be prepared for your trip to Israel with these items :

Hidden Pocket to carry the cash

This product is very useful and important during a trip. There are 2 versions : one is  vertical and is hanged on your belt by two loops and the other one is horizontal and doesn’t requires a belt. I personally like the vertical version.

The pocket is kept inside the trousers, so nobody sees it and it is very comfortable because one side is made with a soft tissue.
You can also put your passport inside.

Note : Be careful at the body checks at the airport, just don’t forget that you have money hanged on your belt. It happened to me that I was asked to remove my belt and I forgot about the pouch that was attached to it. Luckily, when I arrived to my hotel I still found the pocket in my trousers, but it was not attached to anything 🙂
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Universal Plug Adapter + multiplier  + Power Extension Cord.

In most hotels, there will be sockets that are suitable for international travellers, but you cannot count on it. You may also want to use sockets in cafés and at the airport. If you move between many countries, you should definitely be equipped with a plug adapter.

In addition to the plug adapter, consider being equipped with a plug multiplier, because in some hotel rooms, you may find that there is only one socket located where you want to put your stuff.
I personally have with me also a Power Extension Cord.

Keep in mind that the universal plug adapter doesn’t convert voltages so make sure your electronics devices are adapted to 220 volts and also 110 volts (nowadays, they do).

Luggage Tags


I have 3 tags on my suitcase. It is a question of statistics, some of the suitcases are not reaching their destinations and some of the bags are lost. If you want to improve the chances of getting your suitcase, put a tag with your name and your address (at least 2 tags).

Small Padlock for the suitcase

I’m pretty sure that it won’t stop a very determined thief, but it may help in some cases.

Of course that the ones with a combination number lock are easier to use than the ones with a key.

You may need a padlock also for a situation in which you leave your bag for storage (in a hotel) or you go to the gym, swimming-pool etc.

Microfiber Lightweight Towel

Even if you stay at top hotels, you should have one of these towels that dries very quickly and almost doesn’t weight and is not voluminous. I take it to the swimming pool, for example.

It should also have a small loop to hang it in the bathroom.

Earplugs


I began to use earplugs in trips, relatively late in my life. I wish I would have used them before because it would have saved me some arguments and unnecessary changes of rooms and hotels. Sleeping during a trip will never be like sleeping at home. Some hotels will be noisy because of street noise or internal sources like an air-condition or just people who make noise in the corridor.
Practice at home how to insert them correctly, before the trip.

Small Travel Alarm Clock


You may think that you don’t need one because you already have this function in your Smartphone. Well, you are lucky, you are a very relaxed person. When I’m travelling and I have to wake up at night for a flight, I cannot trust my smartphone because something may go wrong with the configuration and I will miss the flight. I carry with me two (yes, 2) small analog alarm clocks. I use these specific Casio watches because they are compact, reliable and they don’t make noise like some others I have tried (Tic, Tac…)

External Compact Battery for Smartphone (powerbank)


During  your trip, you will still use your Smartphone. There will be times when you will be at airports between flights (or buses or trains) and instead of chasing sockets everywhere, it is better to have a small external battery in order to recharge your smartphone.
Personally, I am carrying a very light external battery because I am already extra loaded in my backpack and because one charge is enough for me in my travels. A battery of 4000 mAh may be enough to charge one time. Most of the external batteries are above that number (and they weight more).

Travel Guide – book


Getting information from the internet is fine, but I usually prefer to have with me also a Lonely Planet guide (in form of a book). These guides describe in a user friendly way the points of interest and how to get there. There is usually also some history to read, so it keeps you busy during the coffee breaks.

Earphones

You should definitely have a pair of good earphones during a trip. I have spent hours listening and testing different headphones in shops called FNAC in Europe and I was always surprised how these simple earphones sound much better than many other expensive, big headphones. I’m talking about the Sennheiser MX 365 Earphones. I personally prefer earphones that are not inserted deep into the ear (but I use the cushions, it’s important in order to make them stay in place, I’m replacing the cushions all the time).

Folding Reversible Cap

This is not an ordinary cap. The visor is soft and so all the cap can be folded and inserted into the pocket of the jeans. This is very convenient during a trip because you don’t always carry a bag with you. These caps are also very cool, they are reversible, so you have 2 designs in one cap.

Sleeping Bag Liner (sheet)


I don’t carry a real sleeping bag with me when I travel but I do carry this type of light sheet for any case. It is useful for cases when you travel on trains or you are staying in cheap hotels and you are not sure about the cleanness of the blankets, so you can protect yourself with this personal sleeping bag liner. It is very light and not voluminous so there’s no problem to put it in the suitcase. From my experience, I prefer a sleeping bag in rectangular form and not the “mummy” ones.

Toiletry Bag (with hanging handle)


If you travel you need one like this. It has several compartments and a loop in order to hang it in the bathroom.

Lightweight Luggage Organizers


You will have a lot of small items in your suitcase, like electric cables, socks etc.
One option is to put them in whatever you have at home (plastic bags), but a better solution is to organise them in these compact bags.

Travel Pillow (for flights…)


I usually don’t carry with me this item because it takes place in the suitcase (when it is not an inflatable one), but I saw tourists carrying it hanged outside their backpack. It is a very popular product. Take note also of the pillow in J form.

Backpack


I am personally using a backpack of Lowe Alpine, because it is really great for carrying a laptop (it has a specialised cushioned compartment inside).
They are also very comfortable for the back.

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The Anti-mosquitoes


To protect yourself from mosquitoes during a trip there are several solutions :

  1. Spray on skin – Not very pleasant in my opinion, but some say that it is better than being bitten by mosquitoes.
  2. Bracelet repellent.
  3. Mosquito net in form of a tent: The best solution if you can afford to carry it with you. There is no need to hang it over the bed. It is foldable, weighs about 2 pounds (1 kilo) and it enters a normal suitcase (but probably not a backpack).
  4. Mosquito net to hang: Much more compact than the mosquito tent, but you have to hang it somewhere and it’s not always easy to find hanging points in a hotel room.
  5. Ultrasonic Deterrent.

Sun protection lotion

This kind of product (the known international brands) may be expensive once you are in place (for example in the beach), so bring it with you.

See Also :

star  Jerusalem : Where to Stay in Jerusalem ? The potential areas
star  Jerusalem : What to Visit ? (the old city, town center…)
star  Jerusalem : Frequently Asked Questions  (Weather, Cost, Size, Location, Safety…)
star   Israel : What to Pack for your trip to Israel ?  (hidden pocket for the cash…)
star  Tel-Aviv : What to Visit ? (The beaches, Parks, Nightlife…)
star  Haifa : What to Visit ? (Bahai gardens…)
star  Israel : How to find a Travel (Health) Insurance for the trip
star  Saigon, Vietnam : The Top Attractions of the city, the Transport, Where to Stay…
star  Bangkok : The Khaosan Road Survival Guide (about the famous backpacker’s zone)
star  Barcelona : What to Visit (La Rambla, Gaudi, Park Guell, La Boqueria market)
star  What to Pack ? The visual list that will help you prepare the suitcase and not to forget things.
star If you find incorrect data in this page, like a restaurant has closed or a big river has moved or you want to tell me something, please write me to contact.
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