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Planning a trip to Israel? We’ve got packing tips for visits throughout the year so you’re prepared with the right clothing. Keep reading to find out what to wear in Israel!
What to Wear in Israel
Written By: Kerstin Lühe & Lily Kim
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The first time I was in Israel was the month of May. My mother and I were sweating and puffing under the heat and I remember the tour guide saying: “Oh, you’re lucky, it’s spring, so it’s still cool. Good time for you to be here before it gets so hot in summer!”
We just looked at each other and thought: “What? Hotter than this?”
What this basically translates into is: it starts getting hot in April and lasts until around October. Israel has only two seasons: winter lasts from October (with possibly the heaviest rain) to March, although westerners may refer to “autumn” (September to November).
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Israel Clothing Style
Basically, the clothing style in Israel is casual and European, but it depends on where you’re going. You can’t go wrong with adding classy and stylish clothes to your travel capsule wardrobe.
It’s hot in summer, so it’s best to bring lightweight, short, and airy clothes for the cities, such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, or Jaffa. Choose fabrics like cotton and linen.
However, if you visit religious or memorial sites like the Wailing Wall (also known as the Western Wall), have a cardigan or scarf ready to cover your shoulders.
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What to Wear in Israel: Winter
The weather is generally comfortable in wintertime, with averages from 59-77ºF / 15-25ºC. At night, it can get down to 50ºF / 10ºC. The wet season starts in November and goes through April.
However, winter weather can be unpredictable. You might be surprised to learn that it usually snows at least once a year in Jerusalem! It also gets quite cold in the desert. Check the weather before your trip to see what kind of temperatures you’ll encounter.
Depending on the forecast, many of the pieces recommended for the summer can apply in winter, with a bit of layering. Try a tank or t-shirt under a blouse, sweater, or tunic.
You can still pack in a small suitcase when traveling in the winter by using packing cubes to compress your clothing as shown in this video!
Here are our tips for cold weather layering!
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Jeans are always a great option and never go out of style. Good quality leggings or versatile travel pants are also a good bet.
For the cooler winter weather, pack a cardigan and a jacket. You may or may not run into rain, but either way, it’s a good idea to pack a waterproof jacket with a hood. If it does rain, it will likely be windy. Layer your tops under your jacket for more warmth.
Pack comfortable closed shoes for the winter. Waterproof or water-resistant pairs are a plus. As with all travel shoes, break them in well before your trip to avoid discomfort from lots and lots of walking!
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What to Wear in Israel: Summer
Summer is the peak travel season in Israel when tourists from around the world explore the country. Festivals run almost weekly throughout the summertime.
Start by reading these general tips on packing for summer travel:
- Capsule Wardrobe for Summer
- Cute Summer Dresses
- Lightweight Jackets for Easy Layers
- Comfortable and Cute Summer Sandals
Because locals enjoy holidays in the summer, plan your getaway in advance to beaches and tourist spots, which tend to stay sunny and crowded all season long.
In spring and summer, it’s hot and humid. It’s slightly cooler in the mountains (like Jerusalem and the Golan Heights), but in places like Eilat or the Dead Sea, it’s even hotter.
The end of May to early September is the hottest period of the year. Try to keep your cool during those times; look for shady places and avoid sightseeing during noontime.
You’ll also notice that the flora is much more abundant in the north than in the dry south.
The temperatures in spring are around 80-90°F; in the mountains, it’s about 5 degrees cooler. In summer, temperatures can easily rise to 108°F. Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, north of Tiberias, will be a few degrees cooler.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, yet its daytime (unlike the cool nights) can grow as hot as 104°F.
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What to Wear in Israel: Summer Days
Wear something airy and lightweight, anything that will keep you cool. Choose natural fabrics like cotton, linen, rayon, or jersey. Shorts, dresses, and skirts are great for the heat, too. Choose a lightweight shirt, blouse, or a camisole on top.
These are the best travel skirts by length: mini, midi, and maxi!
And always, always put on sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. I can’t emphasize this enough!
If you plan on visiting the markets and want to shop for clothes, wear a camisole or a strapless top as there won’t be many dressing rooms. In that case, you can just put the shirt or dress over your top and see if it fits.
For those long market days, wear light but durable shoes; you’ll be walking a lot.
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What to Wear in Israel: Summer Nights
Why not wear something fancy in the evenings? Although you won’t have to – as even in restaurants there is no dress code, but young people like to dress up when they go out. There are plenty of clubs in the big towns and the young people like to party.
Pack your little black dress or your favorite summer dress and wear some nice sandals. Shoes with heels are only recommended in areas with no cobblestones, so watch out where you’re going. You’ll always be fine with a pair of fancy and flat sandals.
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What to Wear in Israel: Visiting religious sites
If you visit places like mosques, churches, and the Wailing Wall, avoid short skirts, shorts, and sleeveless shirts. Women are asked to cover their shoulders, knees, and chest.
Wear long, lightweight summer pants in the summer or jeans in the winter, then pair them with a top that covers your shoulders and your chest. Or you could easily go with a maxi dress plus a scarf around your shoulders if it’s hot.
On top, you should have a scarf or lightweight cardigan ready, since some places may ask you to cover your elbows.
In some places, you might even be asked to cover your head as well. Some will have a scarf ready for you, but it’s best to bring your own scarf along.
Tip: these layers can also serve as a protective layer when you visit restaurants or buildings with strong air conditioning.
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What to Wear in Israel: Dead Sea and Eilat
If you’re planning a few days in Eilat or the Dead Sea, pack your bikinis and swimsuits. Also pack something to read, as you won’t be doing much but relaxing on the beach or in the water of the Dead Sea in that sweltering heat.
If you’re in Eilat, bring snorkeling gear. It’s the Red Sea and you’ll be seeing plenty of colorful fish underwater! If you don’t have your own gear, you can rent it. Consider packing a protective sun shirt or rash guard if you’ll be spending a lot of time snorkeling the beautiful coral reef.
You can also swim in the Sea of Galilee or in the Jordan River. Those areas won’t be as hot as in Eilat or the Dead Sea. Be sure to cool off with a Limonana, a popular drink in Israel that’s made of crushed ice, mint, and lemon juice. Refreshing!
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Choose flat shoes like sneakers, flats, or sandals, because you’ll be walking around a lot and many roads are uneven. Pack Band-Aids just in case your sandals or sweaty socks give you blisters.
Try to avoid cork sandals (like Birkenstocks), as they could be ruined by the saltwater—especially from the Dead Sea. You may want a sandal that can double as a water shoe to avoid scrapes. Naot Sabrina sandals are a popular choice among our readers!
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Don’t forget: sunglasses and hats are necessary year-round since the sun feels particularly intense from the beaches of the Dead Sea to Eilat. Polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, a hat, and sunscreen (don’t forget lip balm with SPF!). When visiting the towns and deserts, there isn’t much shade to hide under.
Although each hotel provides beach towels, a large tote will be helpful to carry a beach blanket or towel (or to carry an umbrella in Jerusalem). You can’t go wrong with an extra bag – especially for bringing home Dead Sea skincare products and souvenirs!
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What to Wear in Israel: Hiking
There are beautiful places to go hiking in the Golan Heights, Mitzpe Ramon, Galilee, and around Jerusalem. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes, as the hiking places are usually stony, sandy, and dry. Choose lightweight fabrics.
You may want to wear a simple tank top, but because of the location of the hiking trails, you’ll be exposed to the sun at all times. Choose clothing that covers your skin. And use sunscreen!
What are your tips on what to wear in Israel? Please comment below!
For more Middle East packing tips, please read:
- Egypt Packing List Tips
- What to Wear for Red Sea Holidays
- What to Pack for Desert Adventures
- What to Wear in Jordan: Petra and the Dead Sea
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Author Bio: Kerstin is a freelance copywriter and dive instructor from Germany and has spent the last three years chasing the sun in Asia, North America, and South America. She loves diving, has a sweet tooth, and is currently working on her copywriting business.
Author Bio: Lily An is a Canadian educator and Vancouver-born nature enthusiast. When she isn’t working or traveling, she is likely to be skiing, diving, or mountain biking with her family.
I’m planning to go to Jerusalem Israel in the middle of June 2023. How’s the weather in that month of June. And is it safe to travel there.
Hi Irma, to get the best advice about what the weather is like at that time of the year, I would highly recommend that you join our TFG facebook group and post any questions you have there: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/
It’s a fabulous community of helpful female travelers that love to share their travel advice and recommendations. You can also take advantage of the the extended forecast as well as the weather data for past years to help give you a rough estimate of what you could expect.
Hope this helps and have an awesome time!
I am excited to use these packing ideas for Israel next month. Thanks for the tips!
I’m going to Israel in October, great packing items tips, thank you!!!
I will be traveling to Israel within the next 2 week. I was wondering how is the weather?
Hi Faye, we would recommend that you check the weather forecast at weather.com to ensure that you have the most appropriate clothing packed for the temperature. I would also highly recommend that you join our TFG facebook group and post any questions you have there about the weather in Israel at the moment: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/ Its a fabulous community of helpful female travelers that love to share their advice and experiences. Have an amazing time! ?
I am a 75 year old female going with group on a tour through Isreal Nov 5th to 14th..I need to know what and how much of each item to pack; and accessories for the weather in November..
Appreciate your help..I will have a nice evening gathering also..
Hi Connie, thank you for reaching out! Have a look at TFG’s signature packing lists for ideas for a capsule wardrobe and how many clothing items you could pack: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/functional-and-fashion-packing-list/ The packing lists show you how to pack light and have the right clothes no matter the destination or the length of the journey. The product images shown in the packing lists are simply to provide you with ideas that you can use, you can then adapt the items to suit your own style and preferences. I would highly suggest that you join our TFG facebook group and post any questions you have there about packing for your trip to Israel: https://www.facebook.com/groups/travelfashiongirls/ Its a fabulous community of helpful female travelers that have the best advice and recommendations to share. Hope this helps. Have an amazing time! ?
I will be travelling to Israel in June. Please suggest travel tips and the weather conditions . I am v interested in dead sea mineral product’s
Your article only suggests what women should wear, what about us men? I will be going approximately in March, any ideas?
Hi Jerome, have a look at this article for a packing list for Europe for men which you may find helpful: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/mens-carry-on-packing-list-for-europe/ Have an awesome time on your trip!! 🙂
I am traveling to Israel and was excited to see the FREE printable packing lists only none of them will print. The page that keeps popping up is to purchase the book. I’m sure the book would be helpful but I leave this Saturday – no time for the book. What am I doing wrong?
Hi Tracey, I am sorry for any inconvience you have experienced! If you send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know the packing lists you would like, I will send them to you directly. Thank you for letting us know! Have an amazing trip! 🙂