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Packing Info and Baggage Rules

What you pack for the trip largely depends on the season of travel. The following are some packing tips to keep in mind offered by our staff:

Keep Your Feet Happy
More than any other piece of advice about clothing, remember to bring comfortable light-weight walking shoes. On group hikes and nature walks, you’ll be required to wear closed-toed shoes. You do not need to purchase special hiking boots, but participants have found rugged outdoor shoes – like Merrells or trail running shoes with tough soles – to be very helpful. We do a lot of walking on our trips, and know that when your feet are happy, you stay happy.

There are water activities on almost all Lipkin Tours trips. Check your itinerary! We recommend bringing an extra pair of shoes that can get wet and stay on your feet while you are being active. We strongly recommend adventure sandals – such as Chacos, Keens, Tevas – that have a supportive straps. These are helpful when going into the Dead Sea, rafting, and water hikes.

Modesty in Israel
Israel is a casual country when it comes to dress code. It is not uncommon for business executives even to wear jeans and a t-shirt to work! However, we will be visiting some religious sites such as the Western Wall where “modest” clothing is appropriate. On these days, women should wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees. We suggest bringing a scarf or cardigan to throw over your shoulders, and a skirt that can be easily pulled over your shorts for a more “modest” look. Pants or capris and also acceptable. Men should have their shoulders covered on the days where religious sites are on the itinerary.

Shabbat Attire
On Friday night, the pace of the trip slows down as we transition to celebrate Shabbat. To create a special atmosphere, we celebrate Shabbat with a fancier dinner. We recommend bringing nicer casual clothing for Shabbat. A good rule of thumb is to bring something “a step up” from what you wear on a daily basis. Low cut, strapless, and mini clothing should be avoided on Shabbat. A polo or buttoned-down shirt with khakis or nice jeans is fitting for men.

Staying Hydrated
The sun is much stronger in Israel than most places even in the US. Carrying a water bottle is vital, as your body will require much more frequent hydration than you are probably used to, around 2-4 liters of water per day. Our passengers found CamelBaks, or other hydration pouches, to be very helpful for both carrying water and personal belongings when on the go. Israelis often recycle their plastic store-bought bottles of water by refilling them from the tap (which is safe to drink!). If you don’t have a water bottle or CamelBak, we will be making plenty of stops for you to purchase water.

Luggage – Suitcases
You will be the one toting your luggage to the airport, so pack your belongings in something that you are comfortable carrying! We recommend a rolling duffel bag with wheels: big enough to contain all your clothes for ten days, but not too big that you go over the size and weight limits for your flight (generally 50 lbs.), and easy to walk with.

Luggage – Day Packs
We recommend bringing a small day pack or backpack to carry around your daily essentials when touring: wallet, water bottle, camera, hat, and extra layers (depending on the season). This bag can double as your carry on for your flight.

Recommended Summer Packing List (April - November)

Short sleeve shirts and shorts (or pants)
1 sweatshirt and sweatpants, it can get cold in Jerusalem at night
Shabbat/modest clothing
Underwear & socks
Pajamas
2 bathing suits
1 towel
1 hat for hikes
Adventure water shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Toiletries
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Flashlight
Alarm clock
Camera
Power adapters/converters for any electronics

Recommended Winter Packing List (December - March)

A combination of short & long sleeve shirts and pants
1 sweatshirt & sweatpants
1 warm coat (e.g., fleece jacket)
Raincoat
Shabbat/modest clothing
Underwear & socks
Pajamas
1 bathing suit
1 towel
1 hat for hikes
Adventure water shoes
Comfortable walking shoes
Toiletries
Sunscreen
Flashlight
Alarm clock
Camera
Power adapters/converters for any electronics
Optional Suggested Items
iPod & headphones
Journal
Frisbee, hacky sack, etc.
Guitar
Hand sanitizer
Over the counter meds (Tylenol, Dayquill, band-aids, etc.)
Snacks (granola bars, trail mix, etc. – especially if you are a picky eater!)
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