We make the following suggestions for packing your bags for this long awaited trip. None of it is mandatory, but our experience has taught us a lot about flexibility and preparing for a trip of this nature. Due to our vehicle size and mobility with a group, we do limit each person to one checked bag and one carry on. A small camera bag in addition is not a problem, but you may find it helpful to be able to toggle that bag onto another one because it can get so awkward when you are moving about airports and hotels. Here's what we like to have with us for the trip and on the plane.
The Team leader will bring a small first aid kit, but you may want to bring your own supplies for regular ailments. Pharmacies are abundant in the locations we will visit, but it will take time out of our itinerary to shop, and brands won't necessarily be ones you recognize.
Dress Code in Israel
What dress code? Pretty much anything goes in Israel. Jerusalem is a bit more conservative.
Summer: lightweight to medium-weight, loose clothing. Think layers!
Fall: You'll still want a pair of shorts or two for our time in the desert. But medium weight pants or jeans, and pack a lightweight jacket for cool evenings in Jerusalem. Layering is a great option!
No matter what time of year your trip falls, always pack a swim suit. You’ll need at least 2 options for “holy clothes” (knees and shoulders covered) at holy sites. On those outings, longer shorts are ok for men and capris or skirts for ladies. Scarves can be used for shoulders. Pockets a huge plus.
Summer trips: Pack a swim suit or clothes that can get wet & sunscreen in outside pocket of your large suitcase so you don’t have to dig at the airport).
Pack 1 day's worth of everything in your carry on in case your luggage does not arrive and you want to be able to participate in our first day.
Add a Business Card with home contact info to an easily accessible outer pocket incase your luggage tag gets torn off, and your luggage goes walk-about. Then hopefully it can find you again.
Baggies: 1.bring a couple of plastic grocery bags in case of having to transport a damp swim suit. 2. a gallon-sized Ziplock bag can contain a bottle of wine inside a pair of thick socks for padding if you're brave. 3. smaller Ziplocks and a small-tip Sharpie work well for labeling and separating any rocks you feel inclined to bring home with you.
Packing Suggestion for checked bag
Items that are listed on the carry-on suitcase are generally not repeated here.
Packing your carry-on bag
A wheeled backpack will work really well for this. Bring everything you’ll need for the first 48 hours including an overnight flight & 1 day in the desert). If your luggage gets lost these will be your only supplies until they find it (at which point they will deliver it to our hotel.)
Wear any money belt or wallet