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Packing to Go to Israel With Kids

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So you’re about to travel to Israel with kids. Exciting! But now you need to pack. With so much going on to plan for this big trip, maybe making a packing list is hard.

Here’s a sample packing list that you might find helpful. But don’t panic! Whatever you forget can be purchased in Israel.

The essentials when traveling with kids

These are the absolute necessities you need in order to travel to Israel:

  • Your kids’ passports
  • Possibly their birth certificate, just for safety
  • A notarized permission letter if they’re traveling with just one parent or with someone who is not their parent
  • A plane ticket (duh!)

Packing for kids

The number of clothes you want to pack depends on your access to a washing machine, of course. But here’s a rough guide:

  • Pack 1-2 shirts for each day
  • Pack 2-7 pairs of pants for each week
  • Pack 1-2 pairs of underwear for each day
  • Pack a pair of socks for each day (or less if your kid will mostly be wearing sandals)
  • Sandals
  • Comfortable gym shoes or hiking shoes
  • Dress shoes (if you plan to go out somewhere fancy with the kids)
  • 1-2 formal outfits, or more, if you have some fancy outings or events to attend
  • Wet wipes, 1-2 pack for week
  • Face wipes, 1 pack per week
  • Totes, because you will always need them to carry clothes/snacks/shopping
  • Toiletries:
    • Toothpaste and toothbrush
    • Kids towels (if you are not staying in a hotel)
    • Choice of soap/shampoo
    • Hairbrush/com
  • A first aid kit:
    • Bandaids
    • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
    • Benadryl for kids
    • Burn cream
    • Epipen if your kid has allergies
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun protective gear, like rash guards and hats
  • Tupperware, lunchboxes, or snack pouches for eating on the go
  • A copious amount of kids favorite snacks for picky eaters
  • Food: Depending on where you’re staying and on how picky your kids are, you might want to take some packs of mac & cheese (not readily available in Israel) and other non-perishable meals your kids love
  • Toys: a few of your kids’ favorites. If your kid has a lovey, try to bring an extra one in the suitcase!
  • Books: Bringing one or two of your kid’s favorite bedtime stories will help them feel more secure in a new environment and new routine (or lack thereof).
  • Any medication your kid is on
  • Travel potty, if your kid is toilet training
  • Scooters — ok, you definitely don’t need to bring your kids scooters. but if you’re doing a lot of walking in cities, they’re definitely helpful!
  • Carseat

Packing for baby/toddler

  • Diapers/pullups: Bring whatever you need and an extra half week’s supply
  • Formula: Bring whatever you need and an extra half week’s supply
  • Bottles
  • Baby snacks (can be bought in Israel, but certain brands like organic vegetable/fruit puffs are not available)
  • Baby food (again, this can definitely be bought in Israel, but you might not want to take a chance if your baby/toddler has a favorite)
  • A pump, if needed, tough you may be able to rent a pump at Yad Sara in Israel
  • A brush and soap to clean bottles
  • Bottle warmer if needed
  • Diaper cream
  • Baby carrier

Oops, I just got to Israel and realized I forgot to pack something!

No worries, we’ve got you covered! These Israeli stores will have exactly what you need for your little ones.

Check out the rest of our Israel guide for more useful tips for your next visit to Israel!

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