Packing Guidelines

baggage

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It is easy to over pack when anticipating a new adventure. We have all been there. Traveling light can free you up to spend more time exploring and reflecting, than wrestling with all the "just in case" that have a hard time fitting back into your case during the trip. 

To ensure adequate luggage storage space on our motorcoach, participants are limited to a max of ONE checked bag per person (in addition to a carry on and personal item). Some may choose to travel with a carry on bag and personal item only, which we recommend for those able. Each hotel offers valet service, but there will be times you are responsible for carrying your own luggage and the less you have to keep up with the easier. If checking luggage, pack at least one change of clothes and all essential medications and toiletries in your carry-on. Though uncommon, checked baggage does risk loss or delay. Attach provided TTT luggage tags for easy ID at the airport and hotels during the trip.

Bring a small daypack to carry necessary items each day. TTT provides a lightweight cinch bag useful for carrying your items (travel guide, Bible, water, snack) from the bus to individual sites. We recommend either our provided sport bag or hydration packs like Camelbak, or similar small day packs for your “on-site” bag. Additionally, an extra bag/backpack (“bus bag”) to keep on the bus is useful for keeping extra necessities available during the day. Such necessities may include medications, extra snacks, pens/highlighters, monies, change of socks/shoes, jacket, rain gear, pens/highlighters, battery pack chargers, etc.

clothing & toiletries

Check weather averages for the time of year you are traveling. November - March are rainy season, and risk (usually light) rainfall. Temperatures averages year round are comparative to the southern United States. Most of our groups travel in the fall/spring seasons when temperatures average in the 70’s, rarely falling below 50 degrees, but can reach the 80’s. Due to the possibility of diverse temperature changes as we navigate a diverse land; layers are recommended to keep you comfortable. Lightweight, moisture wicking clothes that protect you from the sun, pullovers for light added warmth, and jackets are recommended. No fancy clothes are necessary; older clothes, or travel specific items that can wash in the sink and hang dry are ideal.

  • Wide-brimmed hat: required wear for sun protection each day. This is a must have in Israel
  • Shirts: A couple of long-sleeve, moisture wicking, lightweight button up shirts that offer sun protection and modesty are ideal. Wearing a t-shirt style under layer offers you flexibility during the day. We recommend quick dry, comfortable shirts that allow easy wash and dry overnight as needed.
  • Pants: Lightweight or hiking specific that dry quickly. Pants with zip on/off legs are recommended for occasions when shorts are acceptable. No very short/tight shorts. Mid-thigh or longer required.
  • Walking shoes: Shoes offering good support, with a non-slippery sole are best. Bring breathable shoes to keep your feet cool; avoid waterproof shoes that will cause your feet to sweat. Ankle support is recommended. If purchasing new shoes for the trip, BREAK THEM IN WELL ahead of the trip.
  • Socks/Underwear: Hiking-specific socks made from merino wool or nylon are recommended (cotton socks are more likely to cause blisters).
  • Water shoes or hiking sandals with a back strap for Hezekiah’s Tunnel and swimming in the Dead Sea (flip flops will NOT work well for Dead Sea).
  • Swimsuit: Swimming opportunity at the Dead Sea and at one of the resort hotels is an option. One piece, tankini, or a shirt over bikini is advised for women. Men, Speedos? Well, let’s just all be modest.
  • Light jacket or sweater may be desired for the plane ride, and cool evenings/mornings.
  • Rain Jacket/Umbrella: February/March is the end of rainy season. Be prepared with a light rain jacket, poncho or small travel size umbrella just in case; the study must continue.

NOTE: Modesty is required in this culture, especially in the many religious locations we travel. Sleeveless shirts/blouses or tank tops are unacceptable. Avoid tight fitting or low cut shirts; no leggings or tight pants.

documents

  • PASSPORT – with expiration date at least 6 months beyond your date of departure from Israel
  • Passport Color Copies - keep copies separate from your passport in various places. (You will also submit a scanned copy with your registration documents.
  • Alternative Picture I.D. (i.e. Driver's License) 
  • Emergency Medical Information - keep a document listing any known medical conditions, allergies (food, medicine, etc.), medicines, immunizations, insurance, etc. with your passport in case of emergency.

Money

  • Debit/Credit Cards: ATM’s are the easiest way to receive local currency (Visa or MasterCard). Most shops will accept credit/debit card payment. Confirm your banks foreign transaction fees.
  • Cash: Some will accept US dollars; bring a range of bill sizes. You will have the opportunity to exchange dollars into shekels on arrival. We recommend $100-$300 for snacks/drinks during the trip depending on your desired budget for snacking/shopping. We provide large bottles of water each day, but the bus driver will sell small bottles of COLD water for $1. Bring smaller denominations for this option.

NOTE: Notify your credit/debit card companies of your travel dates and that you will be in Israel and the Palestinian Territories so that a security hold will not block your credit or debit cards when you arrive. Do not bring Traveler’s Checks.

study materials

  • Bible (small travel Bible, or Bible app on personal device is recommended)
  • Travel the Text Travel Guide (provided by TTT)
  • Journal/Notebook
  • Pens/Pencils/Map colors/Highlighters

food & water

  • Hydration daypacks (i.e. CamelBak, etc.) with water bladders or refillable water bottles are recommended. We provide large bottles of water to refill your more portable containers.
  • Electrolyte supplements in powder or tablet forms to easily add to your water as needed.
  • Snacks: pack your favorite protein/granola bars, and low-sugar snack foods to ensure you stay energized on hikes and walks between meals (protein bars, trail mix, dried fruit, jerky, crackers, etc.). Breakfast and dinner are provided buffet-style. Lunch will vary by day, sometimes local dining options are available and other days we snack as we go on food from home, bought at convenience stores, etc.

NOTE: Those with food sensitivities should come prepared with extra snacks to supplement your diet as needed.

other

  • Sunglasses: durable sunglasses (and possibly a spare)
  • Sunscreen and chapstick with SPF; small tubes of sports specific sunscreen are recommended.
  • Necessary Medications & First Aid: Any prescription medications, inhalers for asthma, etc. A first aid kit will travel with us at all times, but you will want a personal supply of ibuprofen, Band-Aids, Neosporin or similar available. If prone to blisters or chaffing, we recommend Moleskin and BodyGlide.
  • Motion-Sickness Prevention: We travel many windy, hilly roads. Be prepared for the chance of motion sickness even if you haven’t before experienced it. We recommend Sea-Band Acupressure bracelets, less-drowsy Dramamine, ginger or lemon candies, etc.
  • Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes: You’ll want to “wash” your hands often when traveling.
  • Laundry soap: bar soap or travel detergent works well for sink washing clothes; each hotel also provides laundry services for a fee.
  • Digital or Phone Camera: Extra memory cards, external charging batteries, and charging cords.
  • Cell Phones: Many will bring cell phones, which can double as alarm clocks. Please check with your provider for international rates and plans before travel.
  • Battery Pack: A portable battery to recharge your phone/camera during the day is a great resource.
  • Travel Alarm Clock if your cell phone will not work for this. Hotel wake up calls don’t always work.
  • Travel toilet tissue/Kleenex: Restrooms are not always stocked; best to be prepared.
  • Adapters/Converters: Pack an international adapter (or converter if you need one) suitable for Israel.
  • Cushion to sit on (optional, but rocks do get hard).
  • Small flashlight with new batteries.Do NOT Bring

do not bring

  • Expensive/flashy jewelry: Wedding bands are fine, but the less you bring the better.
  • Weapons (pocket-knives included)
  • Camouflage, Flashy, or Immodest Clothing (no leggings, sleeveless, or low cut shirts)