The trip is only ten days long, and packing can be a challenge. On the one hand, you do not want to bring too many things or else you will get weighed down schlepping your stuff from hotel to hotel. On the other hand, there will be very few if any opportunities to wash your clothes, so you definitely do not want to pack too little. We recommend that you bring one carry-on bag and one main piece of luggage. Duffel bags and rolling bags work fine. Be sure to bring at least one change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on bag just in case your main luggage gets delayed. Luggage rules will vary from airline to airline. Once you are confirmed on a specific trip, check out the relevant airline website for updated baggage rules.
What you pack for the trip depends in large part on the season of travel. The following are general packing tips to keep in mind:
- More than any other piece of advice about clothing, remember to bring comfortable light-weight walking shoes. Good sneakers are fine. You do not need to purchase special hiking boots just for this trip. Clogs or other slip-on shoes are not suitable for daily touring but are fine for downtime.
- Bring a small traveling bag on the road each day to store extra clothing and personal belongings.
- We will be visiting some religious sites such as the Western Wall where “modest” clothing is more appropriate. A long as your shoulders are covered at these sites, you will be fine.
- On Friday night and on Saturday day, we celebrate Shabbat with a fancier dinner and lunch. We recommend bringing nicer casual clothing for Shabbat.