gap year in israel

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  1. Clothing 
  • Hiking boots (broken in!!). Preferably waterproof
  • Water shoes with firm bottoms and straps (Keens, Tevas…) 
  • Hat for hiking (a must!!)
  • T-shirts 
  • Long sleeve shirts 
  • Sweaters/Sweatshirts 
  • Jeans/pants/leggings
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Underwear
  • Socks (high, full length— a must when wearing hiking boots!)
  • Dress shoes that are comfortable for walking
  • Flip flops or shower shoes (Flip flops will not be helpful during water hikes or at the Dead Sea.)
  • Pajamas/Sleep clothes 
  • Swimsuits
  • Long bathrobe with a belt or buttons (in case the showers are far)
  • Gloves, hat, umbrella, jacket Lightweight jacket or fleece*
  • Dress clothes for holy places: (suggestion: boys—dress pants and shirts, girls—skirts that fall below the knee and shirts that go to the elbow)   
  • Sneakers


  1. Personal Items
  • Camelback or water bottle (MUST for all field vtrips and day trips!)
  • Backpack for day trips. (Recommendation: Get a fitted pack meant for hiking, particularly if you have neck, shoulder, or back problems. Your backpack can get heavy when you add in drinking water, food, etc.)
  • Converters and adapters for electrical appliances Camera (may want to bring an extra memory card) 
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel Journal (in case you want to document the trip)


  1. Necessities 
  • Toiletries & Small bucket or shower caddy to carry them back and forth to shower room 
  • Kleenex & Wet Wipes
  • 2 bags for laundry (in case of separating lights and darks)
  • Feminine hygiene products. (Tampons, pads, liners, girls don’t forget!!!)
  • Small med bag: throat lozenges, Band-Aids, Travel Advil, Neosporin, etc.
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, dental floss.
  • Deodorant, lip balm.
  • Small bottles for liquid toiletries to take on field trips.
  • Hair Dryer/ Shaver
  • Hair straightener/Curler 
  • Aspirin/Tylenol/Advil/Midol
  • Insect repellant
  • Medications 
  • Chargers for electrical items such as iPods, laptops, cameras, etc.


  1. Extras
  • Ziploc bags, favorite small games, cards, sport equipment.
  • Shabbat clothes.
  • Rain gear (raincoat, umbrella, etc.)
  • Warm clothes (in case of chilly days)
  • Kippot, tallit & tefillin, siddur 
  • Collapsible drawers or hanging drawers (+ hooks to hang them up on)
  • Command hooks & strips
  • Storage cubes (this might be the same thing as collapsible drawers)
Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael
Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael
Gap year in israel - aardvarkisrael