ISRAEL TOUR TRAVEL TIPS AND FAQ’S
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If you build endurance by walking in the days and weeks leading up to the trip it will maximize your enjoyment while in Israel. An experienced traveler to Israel told me recently that the amount of time you spend now in preparation will be reflected in how much you are able to participate and absorb on the trip. He suggested that walking outdoors and up and down hills (or stairs) would prove to be a great benefit to those wanting a maximum experience in Israel.
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The airlines allow passengers to check bags that are a maximum of 50 lbs/23 kg, 62 inches (or 157 cm, when you total length+width+height). You are also allowed one “carry-on” bag and one purse or personal item per person. Your “carry-on” bag must not exceed 45 linear inches (or 114 cm) in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels. Check with your airline for other information.
We are limited to one “checked” bag/suitcase, plus a carry-on and personal item on our motor coach in Israel, so please pack frugally.
Again, plan one suitcase and one carry on. Pack light and casual. There is absolutely no need for “dress clothes.” Casual and comfortable are the key words here. Good walking shoes are a must! Some have suggested light hiking boots but most recommended sneakers. Regardless, make certain they are broken in!
How should I dress? In layers. There will likely be some noticeable temperature changes as we move about from place to place, some even within a day. The average temperatures for November range from 70-80 degrees during the day to 50-60 at night.
We need to dress comfortably preparing for both higher and lower temperatures. It is also the beginning of the rainy season. A waterproof jacket is a good idea with either a hood or a hat. Umbrellas are discouraged. Pack a minimum of toiletries and medications too (see below).
You should note that at designated holy sights in Israel shorts cannot be worn and women’s shoulders cannot be exposed. We will alert you about these sights in advance.
Water shoes and a bathing suit for baptisms in the Jordan or a dip in the Dead Sea.
CARRY-ON BAG SUGGESTION: In preparing for our flight to Israel, pack your tooth brush, a change of underwear, all medications, and anything else you absolutely need should your checked bag be delayed.
ON THE FLIGHT...
Make sure you have your passport and that it is NOT packed in checked luggage!
A neck pillow and a jacket or extra layer are recommended.
Standing, stretching and walking a bit while in flight is advised.
Check with your airlines about in-flight entertainment. You may need to download an app for your phone or tablet to take advantage of entertainment offered during your flight.
We also suggest a good pair of noise canceling headphones or earplugs for the flights.
An eye mask is a favorite for those needing the dark to sleep!
Antihistamines, pain reliever (Ibuprofen, etc).
A USB battery pack and/or a long USB charging cable for your phone, tablet, etc.
It is advised to bring only the amount of medication you need while on the trip. Also, make CERTAIN to bring all prescription medications in the ORIGINAL BOTTLES with your name and the name of the prescribing doctor on it.
RFID PROTECTING YOUR PERSONAL INFO
I encourage everyone traveling to secure your passport, credit cards, and drivers license in an RFID blocking wallet or bag. CLICK HERE for more.
No matter where I go I always make certain that my passport, credit cards, and drivers license are shielded so that they cannot be unknowingly scanned by a hacker. For more information on this CLICK HERE.
Since Israel operates on 220 volt power instead of 110, you will need electric adaptors for your phone, laptop, tablet and other chargers while in Israel. CLICK HERE for an example.
Though the majority of our phone and laptop chargers will only need an adaptor, some might need an actual voltage converter. There are an assortment of converters available at local stores (Home Depot, etc). Here is a link to a BESTEK model CLICK HERE.
PHONES, INTERNET, WI-FI, ETC.
The American cell phone carriers have plans to cover you while in Israel. Check with your provider.
Our motor coach in Israel will have wi-fi! Though we cannot verify how fast it may be, we will have wi-fi as we travel across Israel.
Having an account with Skype will allow you the ability to download the Skype software to your cell phone to both receive and make calls while connected to wi-fi. But beware of the expensive international roaming rates should you not adjust the setting on your phones and some tablets to allow incoming or outgoing data to operate only when you are logged on to a wi-fi network.
We’ll have morning and evening meals together at the hotels. As for snacks or lunches, we are “on our own” but we’ll still be together as a group. There will be ample opportunity to get food while we are out touring daily.
Merchants in Israel accept US money, no problem. Just make certain you have plenty of small bills because some of your change may be in Shekels so you don’t want to buy a $1 item with a US $20 or $50.
Make certain to have Shekels for taxi fares!
As for how much cash to bring, that’s up to each person. Remember, you will need $250 in cash for tips payable on the second day of the trip.
The price of lunches or snacks along the way as we tour is quite reasonable. You are likely safe estimating $10-15 a day for lunch.
MORE TRAVEL TIP SUGGESTIONS AND CAUTIONS:
MORE TRAVEL TIP SUGGESTIONS AND CAUTIONS:
– SLEEPING – A few days before departing begin to think “Israel time” to get a jump on adjusting your sleeping schedules. Israel is ten hours ahead of California.
– JOURNALING – An idea to get more out of your trip and to help organize your memories is to journal where we go and what you see and do. It’s suggested that journaling is done best early and often.
– EVANGELIZING – Be careful and use wisdom in sharing your faith, especially in Jerusalem.