Packing for your Summer Livnot Israel Program

We often hear people groan under the weight of heavy luggage, “I wish I had packed lighter!”  Pack all items in a bag you are able to lift by yourself.  Suitcases should ideally have wheels but there are a lot of stairs in Tzfat.  Tip: It will only get heavier as you collect souvenirs from your trip.

Clothes can be washed or worn again and we have laundry facilities on campus.  Israel’s arid climate makes for warm days and chilly nights, so dress in layers when possible.  Bring mostly informal clothing, with at least one change of clothes that can get very dirty for painting or excavation work.  A nice outfit is needed for Shabbat or going out.  Israel isn’t such a fancy place, so emphasize comfort over style with everything you bring.  There is no dress code on campus, but when we go out into town or to volunteering activities please wear pants or long shorts and keep your shoulders covered (applies to men and women).  Sheets and bedding are provided.

Basic clothing:

  • 7 t-shirts
  • 3 pairs of jeans/pants/sweats
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 sweater, sweatshirt or mid-weight jacket
  • Swimwear
  • Sleepwear
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of water/shower shoes
  • 1 pair of hiking boots or supportive sneakers with good tread
  • 1 pair of nicer shoes (for Shabbat), sandals are fine but no high-heels—they get stuck in the cobblestones!
  • 1 long skirt (women) / nice khakis (men) (for Shabbat)
  • 1 nicer blouse or shirt (for Shabbat)
  • towel
  • hat or bandana for hiking
  • “Going out” outfit (for free evening)

In winter, add a waterproof coat, scarf, gloves and an extra sweater

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Passport (see note below)
  • Money (see note below)
  • Backpack that can hold at least 4 liters of water
  • Medicines, with copies of prescriptions (it’s much easier to bring from home than to try and buy in Israel)
  • Water bottle
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses, case and cleaning solution
  • Camera with charger/batteries
  • Adapter/converter for electrical appliances (220v, Western European—two round prongs)
  • Mini flashlight or penlight for caves or night hikes
  • Plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries (deodorant, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Travel alarm clock

Passport/Money:

Your passport must be valid for at least six months from your travel dates.  If you need to order or renew your passport, get started on that right away as the process can take six weeks.  If your passport is from the USA or Canada, you do not need to apply for a visa.  If you are traveling on a passport from any another country, please visit this site to see if you are also exempt.

You can withdraw shekels (or New Israel Shekels – NIS) from ATMs using your bank card; notify your bank that you are traveling or your card may be blocked from use.  ATMs can be found in the airport and throughout Tzfat.  Credit cards are accepted in most shops and larger restaurants, but you’ll need cash for falafel stands, buses, and outdoor markets.  Most participants spend $50-100 on shopping and extra food throughout the week.