10 Essential Israel travel tips.
Its easy to forget something when packing for a trip. Whether it is a trip abroad or you are traveling and touring in Israel, here is a list of 10 essential items you need to pack.
Israeli driver's license or international driving permit, identity card - teudat zehut, passport, booking confirmations. Make sure you have a photocopy of your identity documents in a safe place should they get lost.
Camera, Telephone & Chargers
These marvels of modern technology help us get more out of a trip; hundred of memorable photographs and selfies, immediate telephone access as well as internet and access to useful websites and apps. Pack the charger first and don't forget your international plug adapters.
These are easy to leave behind because we need them until the last moment. We suggest buying a selection of small plastic bottles from your pharmacy or local dollar-shop which you can fill with travel-sized quantities of shampoo, conditioners and liquid soap. Don't forget to place them in a plastic bag to protect your luggage in case of spillage.
Credit & Debit Cards
No need to carry large amounts of cash these days. This alone will significantly reduce your stress levels. Make 2 photo copies of your credit cards (one to keep with you and one to leave at home) so that you have always have a hard copy of your credit card details in case your actual cards get lost or stolen.
Hand Sanitizers and Wipes
Always travel with pocket-size packages of hand sanitizers and wipes and keep them in your bag. They will be especially useful in public places. Use them to wipe the handles of supermarket trolleys - lots of germs there!
Don't travel in Israel without a water bottle. Summer temperatures in Israel can reach as much as 40 degrees Centigrade in some places. Dehydration can be a real danger. Drink at least 2 liters of water per day per person. Make sure your children are well hydrated too especially when a "sharav" or heatwave prevails.
Comfortable walking/hiking shoes or sandals. Lots of nature parks and trails in Israel. Good shoes that give you adequate support and protection and can also double for stoney beaches, wading in streams or other water attractions.
First Aid Kit
Never travel without a basic first-aid kit. Be prepared with pain-killers, plasters, anti-septic ointment, a tweezers and any other essentials you might need in case of an emergency. Don't forget to pack any prescription medication you may require. Bikur Rofeh is the place tourists to Israel need to go to get emergency medical assistance.
A pocket-sized but powerful torch - you never know when this will come in handy. If you are a family of campers, check out our list of camping essentials.
Israel has a rich history so whether it is a travel guide-book or information sheets printed off the internet, you will find your information guides really useful.
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