"Packing List, backpack ++++" Israel Packing List Tip by Martin_S.

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Luggage and bags: Whatever type of trip you take, make sure to take an extra small backpack (about 20-30 liter size). You can use this for your camera, water, and other essentials when you make those small side trips by foot.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer: make sure you have clothing for hot weather, it hovers around 40+ centigrade in summer at the Dead Sea and 30+ everywhere else. Sandals, shorts and t-shirt are accepted clothing for all, men and women. You will need long sleeved shirts and skirts/pants with some type of head covering (scarf/hat) to visit the religious sites of the Jews/Moslems/Christians.

Winter: The winters can be very mild (in the upper teens or even lower 20's), but there can be the cold winter days also around 4-5 degrees centigrade. You should pack clothing for several thin layers (t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, thin sweater, jacket), then you can peel them off if the weather is warmer.

Rain gear: there are very few days of rain. In the south of Israel they can number less than 10 a year. The north has more, but they are usually for only a few days and you can site-see during most of them.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All things available here that are available anywhere in Europe or the USA. If you are doing backpacking or hiking you might want an anti-disinfectant spray and some simple first-aid with you.

Photo Equipment: Photo equipment, including batteries are available in all the towns. Same with diskettes for your digital camera.
Developing facilities are of two types, regular (takes about 3 days) and swift (takes 1-2 hours). Prices are about the same as in Europe.

Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking boots: If you plan to hike 'off the regular tourist places', make sure you have sturdy boots. The land of Israel seems to be made mostly of very rough edged stones which can cut through tennis-shoes.
Hat: During the summer make sure you wear one even if you are out only for an hour or less.

Miscellaneous: Water: The water in most parts of Israel is fine to drink from the taps, but not from the free water (streams, rivers, etc.) Take bottled water if you have a sensitive stomach (Neviot, Eden, and Ein Gedi are good bottled water).
If you go for a walk, make sure you take some water with you, you never know when you might need some.

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