Packing List and Pre-Departure Checklist

Packing List and Pre-Departure Checklist

Pre-Departure Checklist
Before leaving for Israel, please make sure that you have completed the following:

  • Obtained a valid passport

  • Received credit pre-approval from your home university (exchange/study abroad students)

  • Booked a place on the group flight with our travel agent, or made independent travel arrangements

  • Obtained a visa

  • Rented a mobile phone with IsraelPhones

  • Planned your finances for your time in Israel


Packing Essentials

The following is a list of recommended items for your time in Israel. Women may want to include a few skirts or dresses; men may want to pack a blazer and nice pants for more formal occasions.

  • T-shirts

  • Athletic shoes

  • Shorts

  • Sweatshirts/sweaters

  • Jeans/cotton pants

  • Swimsuit

  • Warmer pants

  • Medium-weight jacket

  • Shirts/blouses

  • Pajamas

  • Sturdy walking shoes

  • Light gloves

  • Cotton socks

  • Sandals

  • Personal items/toiletries

  • Backpack (1-3 day pack)

  • Sunglasses

  • Warm waterproof boots

  • Sun hat

  • Raincoat

  • Water bottle

Attire in Israel is fairly casual, including on campus. Most students attend classes and campus events in nothing more formal than jeans and T-shirts. During the hot summer months (usually up to 90F/32C), the usual casual style becomes even more relaxed. In the winter months (usually not lower than 45F/7C), warm clothing is necessary, as many buildings are not centrally heated.

Of course, while it is important to pack a good basic wardrobe, remember that you will do lots of shopping in Tel Aviv and around Israel – so leave space in your luggage to bring some things home!



Most standard over-the-counter medication is available at pharmacies in Israel.

If you take prescription medication, you should bring enough to last for your entire time in Israel. It is also recommended that you bring a typed prescription referring to the generic name of the medication in case you need to have it refilled; as medications have different brand names throughout the world, it is important that the generic name be provided for reference. In the event that you are sent an additional supply of medication by mail, you will be required to present a prescription to the Israel Customs Office before the medication can be released to you.


Bedding and Linens

Blankets, sheets, pillows, and towels are not supplied by the university. As linens are relatively expensive in Israel, it is recommended that you bring your own from home, or consider renting them from a company like 1 simhub. The following quantities are usually sufficient:

  • Two blankets
  • Two to four sheets
  • Two pillowcases
  • One pillow
  • Four towels

Please note that Israeli twin-size beds are slightly longer and narrower than standard American twin beds.


Kitchen and Household Goods

Kitchen utensils and household goods, such as detergent, light bulbs and toilet paper, are not supplied by the university. All are readily available at shopping centers near campus and are relatively inexpensive. Suitemates sharing kitchen facilities often pool resources and purchase these supplies as a group.


Electrical Appliances

Electrical appliances brought from other countries should be kept to an absolute minimum. Because of Israeli customs restrictions and the drain on dormitory electrical capacity, a limit on electrical appliances is advisable. We suggest you bring a battery-powered clock and a supply of batteries, which are expensive in Israel.

Electrical current in Israel is 220 volts, 50 cycles. You may be able to bring a transformer for certain appliances like a hair dryer. Some appliances cannot be converted. Check with an electronics retailer for detailed information.


Traveling/Camping Equipment

You should plan to travel extensively throughout Israel. For university-sponsored trips, students need a backpack large enough to carry one or two changes of clothes, sturdy walking shoes, and a sleeping bag (most youth hostels provide bedding but some do not). Your sleeping bag can also double as an extra blanket in your dorm room during the colder months.

Many students enjoy camping and hiking, and the TAU International staff will help students organize trips. If you are interested in doing this type of traveling, you may want to bring a larger backpack, heavy-duty hiking boots, a flashlight, and a cooking supply kit.


Israeli Customs Regulations

As regulations change frequently, we suggest that you obtain a copy of Israeli Customs Regulations for Temporary Residents from your closest Israeli embassy or consulate.


Baggage Information

Those traveling on the group flight can see El Al’s website for current baggage regulations.

If you are traveling on the group flight and have any questions about baggage regulations, please contact the travel agent.

Students traveling with another airline should check with that airline for baggage regulations.


Shipping Luggage
We don't recommend shipping items to yourself for a number of reasons:

  • Incoming goods may be taxed if they are shipped. This is the case even if they are your own personal items and even if they are used.

  • There is no way to know exactly how long your shipment will take to arrive.

  • Shipments arrive at the Port of Haifa, which is more than an hour away from Tel Aviv. You will have to get to Haifa, take the shipment through customs, declaring all items, and then get your luggage from Haifa to TAU.

  • Former participants have said that if you have an extra piece of luggage, you are bringing too much.

If you must bring extra luggage, we recommend simply paying the airline’s fee for an extra bag and bringing it to Israel with you.


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