Clothes – If you plan to visit Holy Places you have to take some long clothes with you, without it you’ll be left outside. It is also a good routine to wear long clothes in the sun, it saves sun cream and you don’t want to be sunburned during your trip. Bring also your favorite hat, walking on a sunny day without it is really unwise.
Shoes – Israel is a country where you can walk a lot and it is fun. Take your walking shoes for daytime and a pair of sandals to give your feet a rest in the evening. In the River Jordan, the Lake of Tiberias,the Dead Sea or other places with little rocks, we swim with sandals that don’t fall from your feet and that don’t get ruined by the water. You can also buy cheap plastic sandals here.
Medicines – When we travel around the world we take our regular stuff and some pain killers, anti-diarrhea pills, a box of plasters, anti septic lotion, cotton wool and high protection sun cream. Most of it it you’ll never use.
Money – In Israel we use New Israeli Shekels issued by the Bank of Israel. You can use all major Credit Cards too. Money can be changed at any Bank or official Money Changer. You can pay with foreign money at many places, but the rates are usually lousy.
Tip! – Like anywhere in the world don’t use the services of “the guy down the road”, who offers you the deal of your lifetime and please don’t keep your purse in your back pocket or in your backpack.
Backpack – It is great to have a backpack to keep your stuff when you walk. We keep our sandwiches, fruit and vegetables in it. You can keep there a bottle of water or a cold drink. We keep the bottle in a pair of thick socks that keeps it cold. May be it isn’t fancy, but it does the trick and if you urgently need a spare pair of socks you have a nice cold pair of them. Do you have a Thermos Vacuum Flask from stainless steel? Take it with you, fill it at breakfast and the whole day you’ll have something warm to drink, which is great even in summer.
Cameras – Israel is a great place to make pictures. We always carry a small digital camera with us. You can never know when you run into a wonderful sight. Printing pictures in Israel is cheap and you’ll find in most shopping malls photoshops.
Cellphones – If you have a GSM Cellphone you can use it in Israel. If you intend to speak a lot, it might be worth buying an Israeli SIM. In the main shopping malls you’ll find booths of the Orange and Cellcom companies, where you can buy pre-paid SIM cards. Don’t try other local nameless places. Before you leaving, check if you have to unlock your cellphone to use another SIM.
Electronic Equipment – In Israel the European standard of electricity (230 Volt – 50 Hertz) is used. Check if the stuff you intend to take with you will work. If you have 110 V. equipment you’ll need a convertor. The plugs used in Israel are of a unique 3 leg type, so you might need a plug adapter too. A typical European 2-pin plug will usually fit. 3-Pin Adapters can be bought locally and are cheap.
Stuff for kids – If you take your kids, take some stuff for them too. Depending on their age, take things that keep them busy in the car. A nice book, toys, games or an iPod or an MP3 player can be very useful to keep them busy.