So you’re all excited about your pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You have researched exhaustively on sites you should visit. And you’re down to packing, if only you knew what exactly you need and not.
On top of your Bible, here are other items you should bring with you on your trip to the Holy Land:
Most pilgrimages happen between April and late October. Light clothing will be suited for these summer months, but if you’re going anytime from June to August, bring a jacket and warm tops for the colder evenings. From November to March, you will need even warmer clothing and a raincoat in Jerusalem, because it can even snow during winter there; of course, for Galilee and the desert, light clothing works.
Keep in mind that in most churches, bare shoulders and low-cut skirts for women will not be allowed, and the same goes for bare legs for men. Most pilgrimages also let you go for a float on the Dead Sea – an experience you will never want to miss – so do pack some bathing costumes and flip-flops.
In this age when experiences are made richer by electronics, you’d like to make sure you pack an extra set of batteries and your charger! And yes, a spare memory card could be more than useful. In Israel, those standard two-prong plugs will do to connect your devices to an electrical outlet, which would be set at 220/230-volt AC, 50Hz cycles.
Besides your prescription drugs, create your own handy “first aid kit” with tablets for usual health issues affecting travelers, like nausea, insect bites, blisters (thanks to bad footwear), and so on.
Most certainly, you don’t your sunglasses! The light in the Judean desert can get so bright it could be blinding if you don’t protect your eyes. An alarm clock could also be useful, and, of course, a pen and a journal. Even if you don’t usually like to write, you might be inspired by the entire experience.
Bear in mind that airlines are now much stricter in terms of allowed sizes and weights of carry-on luggage and baggage. Keep your hand luggage to 43 x 36 x 20cm just to be safe. Also take note of the newer security regulations involving carry-on items.
For example, do not carry cosmetics, perfume, toothpaste and other personal effects in amounts greater than 100ml, and put those that you do bring in one transparent zip-lock. Clearly, you should avoid carrying anything sharp (even an innocent nail file). If you must bring a syringe for medication, ask your doctor to issue a certificate.