Packing List for a Mission to Israel
Please note: The information provided here pertains only to Missions to Israel. If your travel plans with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation include visits to locations outside of Israel, you will be provided with additional tips from our Missions Coordinator. For more information, contact us at Missions@JewishMiami.org or 786.866.8436.
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Dress in Israel is generally informal. We suggest that you bring comfortable, easily laundered clothing, such as a pair of slacks and/or khakis. Women should bring a skirt for Shabbat. A sports jacket is optional for the men. Comfortable walking shoes, sweater or light jacket are needed, as Jerusalem can get chilly at night. Expensive jewelry, electronics and other valuables should be kept to a minimum. If you bring any of these items, please pack them, your passport and a sufficient supply of any prescription medications in your carry-on luggage. Once in Israel, we suggest placing your valuables in the hotel safe and carrying your passport, camera and cash/credit cards with you at all times. Also, please consult your airline carrier’s website for updated restrictions on liquids permitted in carry-on luggage.
To be carried with you (in carry-on or purse)
Note: Photocopy the inside photo/signature page of your passport, which includes your passport number. Keep it in your suitcase.
Medicines and other medical supplies should be carefully labeled and stored with your carry-on luggage. It is suggested that you bring a second pair of prescription eyeglasses/contact lenses. Bring all prescriptions with you in case you need a refill for any reason.
Anticipate your needs. Some items are much more costly abroad.
Aspirin/Headache- and pain-relievers
Diarrhea medication and antacids
Motion sickness medication
Extra pair eyeglasses/Contact lenses
Note: All medications should be kept in a carry-on bag. Do not check through with other luggage.
Basic Travel Wardrobe
Skirt/Dress for Shabbat
Hat for sun (NECESSITY)
Jewelry (bring very little)
Folding rain poncho
Head covering (for religious sites: scarf for women, kipah for men)
Note: Layered clothing is recommended for comfort.
Small Carry-on Bag for Each Person
No tweezers or sharp instruments.
One change of clothing
Small water bottle
Please check with airline regulations regarding carry-ons prior to flight.
220 Electrical converter (as needed)
Camera/Film or memory card/Batteries
Folding bag or nylon duffel bag (for overnight stay or to use for additional gifts and purchases)
Note: Film and batteries abroad are usually expensive. Bring plenty!
For Friends, Family & Hosts
Easy-to-carry gifts (do not wrap—customs will unwrap)
Souvenir from Miami (i.e., mugs, key chains)
Paper goods – guest towels, napkins
Stickers or small toys
Note: Last-minute shopping can be done at airport duty-free shops.