Wednesday, 12 May 2021
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10 essential Israel travel tips.

Its easy to forget essential supplies when packing for a trip. Whether are traveling and touring in Israel or traveling abroad (current Covid-19 'green countries' for Israeli tourists: Croatia, Bulgaria and Greece). Here is a list of 10 essential items you need to pack.

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Travel documents

travel documents for israel

For locals traveling Israel: your local Israeli driver's license and your identity card - teudat zehut,

For foreigners visiting Israel or Israelis traveling abroad: your international driving permit where applicable, passports, booking confirmations. Make sure you have a photocopy of your identity documents in a safe place should they get lost.

Results of your coronavirus test and copies (in English).

Camera, Telephone & Chargers

These marvels of modern technology help us get more out of a trip; hundreds 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.

A one meter extension cord is also a useful item to pack into your luggage.


 toiletries icon Toiletries are often forgotten as we need them until the last moment. Buy 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 zip-lock plastic bag to protect your luggage in case of spillage.

Hand Sanitizers, Wipes and Masks

handwash Always, and especially now during the coronavirus crisis, travel with pocket-size packages of hand sanitizers, antiseptic alcogel and wipes and keep them in your day-pack.  They will be especially useful in public places.  Use them to wipe the handles of supermarket trolleys, door handles and elevator buttons - lots of germs there! Wearing masks in public places, over your mouth and nose, is a Ministry of Health directive for Covid-19. We have a communal responsibility to protect ourselves and others around us. Pharmacies, supermarkets, shopping malls and neighborhood shops are all stocked with these items.  A pack of 5 surgical masks costs around 10 shekels and a box of 100 can be purchased from 25 shekels. N95 masks are now selling for around 10 - 15 shekels each.

Credit & Debit Cards

credit cards israel No need to carry large amounts of cash and 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 your credit card details on hand should they get lost or stolen. Don't forget to record the telephone number of the call-center to report a lost card.  Since Covid-19, shops have upgraded their credit card payment systems and minimal contact with the shop keeper or assistant is now the norm during the payment process.

Water Bottle

Don't travel in Israel without a water bottle.  Summer temperatures in Israel can reach as much as 40°C in some places.  Dehydration is 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 Shoes

sport shoes

This almost goes without say - pack 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 stony beaches, wading in streams or other water attractions.  If you are in Israel and want to treat yourself to a good pair of sandals for outdoor activities, splurge on a pair of 'Source' sandals (or 'Shoresh' in Hebrew).  They are well worth the 350+NIS price tag.

First Aid Kit

 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. During the coronavirus we suggest you pack a thermometer as well. Anti-pyretics (drugs that reduce fever) should also be part of your first aid kit. Bikur Rofeh is the place travelers to Israel need to go to get emergency medical assistance.

If you suspect you have the coronavirus you must rest, drink lots of fluids and take pain killers or flu remedies if necessary. Drink lots of hydrating fluids and avoid caffeine and alcohol as this can dehydrate. Get plenty of rest and if you have a fever take recommended doses of fever reducing medications.


 torch Pack a pocket-sized but powerful torch or headlamp - you never know when this will come in handy.  If you are a family of campers, check out our list of camping essentials.

Information Guide


Israel has a rich history so whether it is a travel guide-book or information sheets printed from this website or off the internet, you will find your information guides really useful. Don't travel without them.

Coronavirus protocols, information and resources


Use our travel resources to plan your Israel vacation or local staycation