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.

Download a Suggested Packing List.

Basic Tips

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.

Documents

To be carried with you (in carry-on or purse)

Passport/Visa
Tickets
Driver's license
Credit card
Travelers checks
Personal checks
Cash

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.

Medical

Anticipate your needs. Some items are much more costly abroad.

Adhesive bandages
Aspirin/Headache- and pain-relievers
Prescriptions
Sanitary needs
Suntan lotion
Diarrhea medication and antacids
Laxatives
Eye drops
Motion sickness medication
Cold capsules
First-aid cream
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

Jeans/Khakis
Pullover
Shorts/Tops
Walking shoes/Sneakers
Skirt/Dress for Shabbat
Swimsuit
Hat for sun (NECESSITY)
Travel umbrella
Sports jacket
Sleepwear
Parka/Blazer/Light jacket
Sweater/Sweat pants
Jewelry (bring very little)
Folding rain poncho
Undergarments
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.

Medications
Nosh/Gum/Hard candy
Tissues
One change of clothing
Reading material
Small water bottle

Please check with airline regulations regarding carry-ons prior to flight.

Toiletries

Tissues
Sunscreen
Deodorant
Comb/brush
Shampoo/Conditioner
Pre-moistened towelettes
Make-up/Moisturizer
Talcum powder
Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Dental floss
Cotton swabs

Miscellaneous

Clothes-washing liquid
Sewing kit
Scissors
Safety pins
Pen/Pencil
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
Picture frames
Books

Note: Last-minute shopping can be done at airport duty-free shops.

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