Do: Wear proper hiking boots on hikes. It’s about traction, not fashion!
Don’t: Be lazy. Bring your water bottle everywhere you go! You will need every sip!
Do: Bring a hat! It might not look super cool, but it’s for sure cooler than having sunstroke.
Don’t: Wear sleeveless tops on hikes. You may think that you’ll be too hot with a t-shirt. But let’s be honest, those little sleeves won’t make a difference. In fact, they will keep your shoulders from burning.
Do: Always have sunscreen in your bag. You will thank us later.
Don’t: Shave the day you go to the Dead Sea. You think we’re exaggerating? You DON’T want to test it.
Do: Use your bus rides to take a nap. The long, hot days, and the short nights will wear you out.
Don’t: Underestimate the cold nights in the desert. The high temperatures during the day might deceive you. But you’ll be thankful for an extra layer once the sun goes down.
Do: Stay in touch with your Mifgash (Israeli encounter). It’s always fun to know people all around the world. And next time you’re in Israel, you’ll have people to chill with.
Don’t: Forget to take pictures! You will see so much, in such a short period of time. Remembering everything without pictures will be difficult. Take as many pics as possible, so you can share your experience with everyone back home.