Packing List

Israel Packing List



General clothing:

3-4 bottoms

5-7 tops

1 jacket

1 sweater or sweatshirt

1 church clothes – after church we will continue to see Christ-centered sites.  You could stay in your church clothes or change before getting back on the bus. Men usually bring a white shirt and tie and women a skirt.  We can change after Sacrament meeting in the BYU center. We wear our walking shoes to church. 

10 undergarments and pairs of socks or 5 to wash halfway through the trip

1 pair of good walking shoes (make sure they are comfortable)

1 pair of water shoes or old tennis shoes (to discard) or waterproof sandals - for Hezekiah’s tunnel and the Dead Sea.

1 modest swimsuit (inexpensive one – the Dead Sea is harsh on fabric)

1 pair of pants - to roll up ( if not wearing shorts)  to wade through Hezekiah’s tunnel.  The water goes from knee to mid-thigh depth, (We strongly suggest that you don’t miss either Hezekiah’s tunnel or floating in the Dead Sea)

1 pair pajamas, robe, slippers


Miscellaneous:  These are suggestions

Toiletries and make-up as needed

Small containers of shampoo and conditioner – if you want different than the hospitality ones

Hair dryers are usually in our hotel rooms

Curling irons – take appropriate adaptors and or converters

Laundry soap to wash out clothing. Usually, a clothesline is in the bathrooms. 

Tote or shoulder bag - to take on the bus during the day

Camera- enough memory and batteries for the trip

Laptops, tablets other electrical equipment – backup battery is recommended. Due to the

         electrical difference in Israel, these devices will run slower even with a converter.

Sunglasses, Sunscreen and hat

Snacks: granola bars, dried apples, nuts, jerky etc. these are for your comfort if lunchtime is not consistent.

Mini Flashlight or headlamp - for Hezekiah’s tunnel or use phone

Highlighter pen for use on the Guidebook

Small umbrella or poncho - in case of a rain day

FYI - hotels often do not have washcloths, only bath and hand towels.  


Medical Supplies:

Make sure you have enough prescription medicine for the 10 day trip.

Over-the-counter medicine as needed: Pain relievers, sore throat lozenges, antacid tablets, anti-diarrhea medications, anti-bacterial gel, stool softeners, etc. Traveling can change your normal digestion.

There are pharmacies for emergencies but the brands and language will not be the same and the price will be much higher. More importantly, taking time from our itinerary to find medication will affect our schedule.

Cell Phones

International calling plans are available through your provider

Charging cords work with the plug adaptor. (below)



Cash is preferred – the current rate for a shekel is 0.27, though this changes daily.  So, if something is 4 shekels it is $1.06

            We like to take some small bills and roll them up separately in our pocket.  They are     easy to take out one at a time and all the street vendors love dollars.

Credit cards are accepted at most stores but they might want to add 3% unless it is a high priced item.

Many stores, especially because we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will take a personal check.  But please remember the reputation of trust that the church has created in Israel and do not bounce a check.  If a BYU Student bounces a check they must pay the vendor double and could be sent home.  The church has invested greatly in our public relations.

Lunch – The average lunch is $12.00-20.00. All the food is delicious Mediterranean fare.  Falafel and Shawarma are common meals.   There are many other options of salads, vegetables, juices, nuts, and fruit available most everywhere.  We recommend that you also pack snack food, because our stop time for lunch will vary each day. One day it will be at 11:30am or 1:30pm so having something with you is more comfortable.  Some travelers don’t buy a lunch because the breakfasts and dinners are plentiful so snacks are enough.

Electrical Information

The United States uses 110 volt alternating current (AC) at 60 cycles, while the majority of the world operates on 220 volt AC at 50 cycles.  The unfortunate result is that when you plug an American appliance into a foreign outlet, it draws too much current and is damaged or burned out.

Some appliances have the proper converters on the outlet cord but you still need an adaptor, having two small round-shaped pins that fit into the outlets.   We have used converters and had mixed results depending on the device.  Our laptop has usually worked because of the converters - that brick looking, black box connecting to the cord.  Internet is available in the hotels and usually on the bus. 

Either one of the adaptors below will work.  Remember you will need one for each item.