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Mimi Oct 2nd, 2008 07:02 AM

Packing help for Israel tour
We are taking a tour of Israel with day trip to Petra the first two weeks of November. We're staying in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Tiberias and Eilat and traveling by van. Hoping to pack light, but unsure about weather and what is appropriate to wear. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

sandi Oct 2nd, 2008 11:38 AM

Eilat will be hot, Tel Aviv and Tiberias will be warm, Jerusalem will be pleasant but because it's at higher altitude can be chilly, especially nights/mornings or cloudy/overcast days. Petra will be warm to hot.

Be prepared with layers (sweaters, jackets) over generally warm weather, comfy attire.

FROGS Oct 2nd, 2008 09:49 PM

I totally agree with Sandi....the weather can be pretty warm during the day and gets chilly late afternoon. We made the mistake of wearing heavy long winter jackets...which is so difficult when you have to carry it around the whole day instead of wearing it. Pack cardigans/light sweaters...turtle neck outfits only for evenings...

Mimi Oct 3rd, 2008 08:41 AM

thanks Sandi and FROGS. More help please.....I plan to wear slacks, capris and possibly long shorts during the day. I'm also taking a fleece cardigan jacket - light weight, but warm for evenings to wear over dress slacks and knit tops. My DH plans to take 1 pr.shorts, 1 zip-off slack/shorts, 1 pr. casual slacks, plus 2 light weight dress slacks and a golf jacket. Also, knit shirts (for dinners), t-shirts and comfy cotton, linen and seersucker shirts for day.

Please advise if long shorts are appropriate for him to wear to Petra. Also, for our "float" in the Dead Sea, good bathing suit or old?

Shorts for Tel Aviv or slacks? Museums? It goes without saying that we will wear slacks in religious centers.

Thanks again.

sandi Oct 3rd, 2008 01:41 PM

Long shorts are fine for Petra, exept that if you plan to ride the donkey to the entrance of the Siq, you might not want skin touching the animal, which I recall to be kind of nasty! Personally, I'd go with crop or long pants. Lightweight cotton is fine. Also have comfy shoes... the ground is uneven, there's sand, and you might be doing some climbing.

I'd also wear crop or full-length pants in Tel Aviv, though you'll see the young ones wearing everything.

Always weather dependent.

For the Dead Sea, which I didn't float in, but I wouldn't wear a "good" swimsuit. Can only imagine what that salt and mud will do to Lycra/spandax.

In the religious areas, I wore a long skirt, though pants are fine. Be sure arms are covered at least to elbow and avoid scoop neck tops. A shawl or scarf are good as coverups and if visiting a mosque, for your head.

Have fun and enjoy!

P_M Oct 3rd, 2008 05:48 PM

All good advice above from our usual experts. :-)

I've floated twice in the Dead Sea and it had no effect at all on my swimsuit. But then again, I've never spent more than $20 on a swimsuit. ;-)

Be sure to wash your swimsuit thoroughly with soap after your float. Enjoy!!

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