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5 Essential Items for a Trip to Israel

Traveling abroad can be an  amazing adventure as you take in another culture and experience life in a different country.  We recently traveled to Israel with my husband’s company and it was a trip that I will always remember.  I did some research beforehand and I was thankful for the time I spent figuring out what was essential for this trip.

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I have compiled a list of my top 5 essential items for a trip to Israel.  Thanks to these few items, we were a bit more comfortable and convenient.  This left us ready to enjoy our adventure!

1. Comfortable shoes

I cannot stress this one enough.  You will be doing a lot of walking.  Miles a day possibly.  And you wouldn’t throw on just any old shoes to take a long walk at home, so why would you do that on a trip?  We all know that aching blistery feet can really ruin a day, so be proactive in bringing comfortable {broken-in} shoes.

My main shoe was a pair of Keen Rose Sandal.  I cannot say enough great things about these sandals.  They are amazingly comfortable.  We walked miles and miles every single day and never once did I have even a moment of them bothering my feet.  And please know that I am picky about having comfy shoes and these accolades do not come lightly.  I can be hard to please when it comes to footwear, but these sandals exceeded my expectations.  I plan to wear these shoes on every single vacation from here on out {and for most every day in between}.

2. Cross-Body Bag/Purse

Friends, this also made our trip so much easier.  I was on the hunt for a bag that would not add any strain to my shoulder, would rest in front of me, and hold what I needed for a day of touring.  I came across the Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag and am so glad that I brought this with me.  It met my original requirements {and then some}.  

During our various flights and the daily tours during our trip, I was so happy with this cross-body bag.  It never bothered my shoulders, it safely held all of our important documents (passports and credit cards), it rested in front of me so I didn’t need to worry about pick-pockets, I could carry extra items like water bottles and phone chargers, and it went with all of my outfits {you know, that’s the most important one!}.

I plan to use this bag for many trips in the future.  And honestly, it could be used for everyday use as well.

3. Sunscreen

Yep, sunscreen made my list of top 5.  It may sound silly, but think about it.  Who wants a once in a lifetime trip ruined by a sunburn?  Not this girl!

This sun was so intense at times that even with my Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF 50 on, I felt like my skin might burn off.  But guess what?  I didn’t melt or fry!

Two thumbs up for this sunscreen…and for applying it every single day!

4. Travel Plug Adapter and Portable Phone Charger

Our phones were the key to our trip.  Isn’t it amazing how we navigated life before having everything at our finger tips?  But now that we have this wonderful resource, we really used it on this trip.  Every single photo was taken on my phone.  We used the GPS to navigate on our solo days.  A little bit of research was done to gather some information before an outing as well.  And our phones kept us in touch with family back home.  But, you could of guessed all of that, right?

It was really important for our phones to be charged.  Overnight, we used the travel plug adapter to fully charge our phones.  (Bring a household extension cord just in case hotel plugs are not conveniently located.)  While we traveled during the day, we had our portable chargers on hand in case we needed them.  They were super light and easily fit in my cross-body bag!

5. Thin Scarf

Wait, what?  That’s what you are thinking, right?  Why would you need a scarf in 100 degree heat?  Well, Israel is full of holy sites that require modest covering by women.  As I mentioned, it was hot.  Really hot at times.  So much so that I didn’t want to have to wear more clothing than needed.  Now, don’t jump to conclusions.  I was quite modest, but preferred tank tops and a skirt or long shorts over long sleeves and pants.  I felt like I had the best of both worlds by carrying a scarf.  I could freely walk about in a tank top in most locations, but I had a thin scarf available to throw over my shoulders as needed.  And did I mention that I tied the scarf on to my cross-body bag when I wasn’t wearing it?  Yes, I really do love that bag!

Here is a classic example of me on any given day in Israel: comfy sandals, sunscreen has been applied, wearing my cross-body bag with my scarf tied to it, and our portable charger is in said bag!

Do you have a trip to Israel planned?  Is it on your bucket list?

If you have any specific questions, I would love to answer them!  ♥


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