Packing Guide for a Fall Trip to Israel

Packing for a Fall Trip to Israel

Are you planning a trip to the Holy Land this fall, but are unsure how to pack? Whether you are making a religious or spiritual pilgrimage, attending a destination wedding along the Mediterranean, or you’re headed for an archaeological tour, we have the best packing advice for you.

Get your travel bags together and let’s get packing.

Fall Weather To Consider

Israel is a beautiful fall destination. Temperatures tend to hover in the pleasant ‘60s and ’70s in most of the country, though you may find slightly cooler weather toward Jerusalem and warmer weather toward Tel Aviv and along the Mediterranean. With this in mind, be sure to pack a few light layers, such as knit sweaters, but also several lightweight and breathable tops for warmer days.

If you plan on staying near the famous Dead Sea or visiting the beaches along the stunning Mediterranean, you may also want to pack a swimsuit. It is not uncommon for fall weather in Israel to lean toward ideal swimming and sunbathing conditions. Also keep in mind that, though generally drier than most parts of the world in the fall, October does mark the beginning of the rainy season for this country, so be sure to pack a raincoat.

Footwear and Packing Shoes

Israel is a country that begs to be explored on foot. From the ancient mountains, full of hiking trails to the historical and religious sites, this land is full of sights and experiences that simply can’t be held from a tour bus window. Make sure you bring at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes, in addition to a pair of either hiking boots or some type of athletic sneaker. Merino wool socks are also a must. These sweat-wicking and highly absorptive socks will keep your feet comfortable, warm, and dry in any condition.

We highly recommend bringing a pair of stylish, but comfortable flats. These shoes are multi-purpose, as they can easily be dressed up for dinners out, attending events, or going to religious sites. They can also easily be worn with any casual clothing for daytime and informal wear.

How To Dress at Religious Sites

Even if the historical and religious aspects of this land are not your reasons for choosing this destination, it is unlikely you will not visit at least some religious sites during your visit. With this in mind, we recommend that you bring at least one modest or conservative dress, such as a long maxi dress in a neutral color. Pair this with a simple cardigan and a pair of flats.

A pashmina scarf is a fantastic accessory to bring on your trip to Israel. Scarves, shawls, and wraps are quite popular in this part of the world for many good reasons. They can help keep the sun off of your skin, helping you stay cool during the day. They can also serve to keep you warmer on cool fall nights.

In addition to its stylish look, and its temperature-regulating practicality, a pashmina is an important accessory because many religious sites may require a head covering. A good scarf can not only help cover your shoulders and chest but can also be wrapped to cover your head as well.

Capsule Wardrobe

After considering all of the tips above, the best way to pack for a fall trip to Israel is with a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe utilizes key pieces which can be layered, mixed, and matched to maximize the number of outfits you can get out of the least amount of clothing. The pleasant Mediterranean climate and the mild fall temperatures of autumnal Israel make for an ideal capsule wardrobe situation.

Depending on how long you are going on and what type of laundry access you have, consider creating your capsule wardrobe from the following: at least one t-shirt, one blouse, one cardigan sweater, one knit sweater, one long-sleeve shirt (ideally, in a light color, and of a sweat-wicking material, which can be worn hiking, or worn layered under other items), one maxi dress, one cotton jersey dress or t-shirt dress, one romper or evening dress, one pair of pants, two pairs of leggings or tights, swimwear, and of course your undergarments and sleepwear. Also, consider a waterproof jacket or rain gear and if you are traveling later in the fall, bring a packable light jacket as well.

Other Considerations

Bottled water in Israel can be very expensive, not to mention wasteful. Bring a reusable water bottle with a built-in filter to save money and reduce waste. For charging your phone and other electronics, be sure to bring a portable charger and an outlet adapter.

For daytime adventures, bring a crossbody bag, packed with sunscreen, sunglasses, chapstick, and hand sanitizer.

Pro-tip: don’t overpack! Israeli is full of excellent shopping opportunities, so whether it’s clothing or toiletries that you may be tempted to over-stuff your bag with, go light with it and focus on planning your trip itself.


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