ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU:  Shampoo, bar of soap, hat, work gloves, closed toed shoes (no flip-flops or sandals allowed at the excavation) and a pair of water shoes. Over the ankle shoes provide greater stability at the excavation site. For work gloves, a pair of gardening gloves, Nitrile-dipped gloves, or more heavy-duty gloves will be fine. Bring a bathing suit and standard towel for swimming and rafting opportunities and a hand towel for perspiration and cool down usage at the excavation. You are not allowed to remove a towel from our overnight residence. A 14-day supply of an electrolyte (rehydration) supplement will help you recover from exertion in the environment of Israel's hot summer months. An inexpensive paper dust mask will come in handy on certain occasions. 

SUGGESTED CLOTHING LIST:  Casual clothing is preferred. No dress up clothing is needed. There is no single list of clothing articles that can meet the needs of everyone. However, the list below can offer you some assistance on what would be appropriate to bring. A washer and dryer are available at our Migdal residence but laundry opportunities are limited. Housing staff has priority usage. Hand washing and a portable clothesline and clothes pins would be advantageous. 

                    1 pair of long casual pants or jeans
                    2 pair of shorts (no short-shorts)
                    4-5 t-shirts or working shirts/blouses 
                    socks as needed 
                    Underclothes as needed
                    Swim suit (one-piece swimsuit please; cultural sensitivity) 
                    Facial washcloths as needed  
                    Personal toiletry and medical items 

MODESTY KIT:  No “dress-up” clothes are needed. Casual wear is customary and more practical. Shorts are OK. No short-shorts please. Because we will be visiting “holy sites” there will be times when you (men and women) must dress more modestly (shoulders and knees covered). Portable “slip-over” or “wrap-around” or “zip-on” clothing is best for such occasions. This is your “Modesty Kit”. If you are wearing shorts, sleeveless tops or low-neck lines be prepared to use your Modesty Kit to enter certain religious sites having clothing regulations.

DAY BAG:  A day bag is simply a small light-weight back or shoulder bag that can manage your daily items while at the excavation or on the bus. Typical day bag items include sunglasses, hat, water bottle, modesty kit, camera, phone, earbuds, etcetera. There is no need to buy an expensive backpack. A TSA travel lock works great for portable locking. 

ELECTRICAL and PLUG ADAPTORS:  The electrical supply in Israel is 220 volts. Your small American appliances are 110 volts (hair dryer, curling iron, laptop, tablet and various chargers, etc.). Most American small appliances will convert the 220 volts down to 110 volts automatically. Check your electrical appliances in advance of departure. You will need several Type “C” plug adaptors for your small appliances. A Type “C” adapter is valid for Southern Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. You will plug your appliance into the adapter and then the adapter into the wall socket.  



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  • "Rarely a day passes when I don't think of something we did while on that wonderful trip. During the past year I have received many invitations from churches, Bible study groups, men’s breakfast groups as well as secular organizations to share of my experiences in Israel. God is sure using our time together in Israel as means of sharing his word in ways I would otherwise have never had the opportunity to do. Interest in Israel here in my community is so high at present. I use a PowerPoint presentation to illustrate my message. Many of the photos I use come from the collection you so kindly gave us after our departure - again, thank you. One of your opening remarks I remember was that while we would be introduced to much while in Israel during the two weeks of the tour, we would probably spend a lifetime unpacking the experience in our Christian walk. I think of that often and I want to let you know that your words are proving to be so true. I look forward to one day accompanying Steve on another tour, perhaps back to Israel or even to Greece and Turkey. I am praying for your ministry and thank God for your work, may He continually richly bless you."
    M.T., Israel Trip