- Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your departure date.
- Make sure you have any visas for onward travel (eg to Jordan).
- Bring your national driving licence if you want to hire a car.
- Make sure your bank will allow you to withdraw cash in Israel.
What to Take
- If you plan on using sheruts and local buses, pack light as most do not have much space for luggage.
- English-language books are expensive in Israel so it makes sense to bring enough reading material with you.
What to Wear
Outside of conservative areas and religious sites, Israel is a liberal country, and you can generally wear what you like. In summer, the country can be extremely hot so bring flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts. In winter – and even in spring and autumn – it can be surprisingly cold, so be sure to pack enough layers.
Israel Nature & Parks Authority (www.parks.org.il) Nature reserves and archaeological sites.
Israel Ministry of Tourism (www.goisrael.com) Background, events and a virtual tour.
ILH-Israel Hostels (www.hostels-israel.com) Independent hostels.
Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/israel) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
- Take religious holidays (and the weekly Shabbat) into consideration when planning your trip: many sites (and shops, bars and restaurants) will be closed and room prices much higher.
- Bear in mind that while walking is a great way to get around in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Nazareth and parts of Jerusalem, the hills can be gruelling, particularly in summer.
- It can be difficult to avoid talking politics with Israelis, but avoid expressing viewpoints that are overtly critical of Israel, particularly with strangers.
- Approach military checkpoints with caution, particularly close to borders with the West Bank and Lebanon. Remember that soldiers may not know you are a tourist.
- Israelis are famously brusque, which can come across as rude. It always pays to keep smiling!