Summer is in full swing, and fall is coming up relatively soon. A perfect time to start planning your trip to Israel. You’ve probably been told that Israeli fall isn’t as cold as your typical European fall, or that middle-eastern summer can be quite rough. So, how do you pack?
Don’t you worry, we’ve got your back. We are here to break down the seasons and provide a list of essential items you should pack for your trip.
Israel is known to have very unique climate. The possibility of it raining up north, whilst there’s a heatwave down south is very likely. Even a 45 minute drive from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem perfectly demonstrates how different it feels to hike with or without wind.
Israel doesn’t exactly have four distinct seasons. Spring and summer are very similar, the main difference being the increase in temperature. And fall seamlessly continues into winter.
Spring & Summer
Israel is known for its incredible summer. The great summer heat, beautiful beaches crowded with sunbathers and Matkot players - it’s an experience not to be missed. Spring tends to be a more subdued version of summer, with most of the country beginning to heat up and rain being a lot less frequent.
Overall, Israel is considered a “hot” country, residing in the center of the middle-east. But in summer, extra precautions need to be taken in order to have an enjoyable experience, as Israeli summer is no joke. Cities like Tel Aviv and its surroundings are usually hot and humid, Whereas Jerusalem is dryer and cooler, especially at night.
Spring & Summer Essentials
If you’re planning on hiking a lot, or just walking around - comfortable walking shoes are crucial. You could bring sneakers, but sandals are definitely preferred. Your feet will thank you, trust us.
The goal is to stay cool, so focus on lightweight and loose fitting clothes.
Airy, short and comfortable. Short-sleeved t-shirts, sleeveless tank tops, flowy tops and dresses. We would suggest sticking to those. A jacket for those cooler nights is also essential, especially in Jerusalem or up north.
And of course, it wouldn’t be Israeli summer without bringing along your swimsuit, a hat and flip flops. In fact, you’re more than welcome to wear your flip-flops the entire trip. You’ll fit right in with the locals. Oh, and don’t forget sunscreen! The Israeli sun is not to be messed with.