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TRAVEL TIPS

TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO ISRAEL

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you need to be reached in an emergency leave at home our 1-800-654-4560 number. We have a 24-hour answering service and the message will be forwarded to your escort. Tell those at home to mention the name of the group you are traveling with and the nature of the emergency and leave their number.

 

LUGGAGE AND PACKING

One suitcase per person (not to exceed 50 lbs) with a maximum measurement of 62 inches is allowed. One carry-on bag that is not over 22 inches tall including the wheels that will fit in the overhead or under the seat. Combined height, length and width of 45 inches is the guide line and weight of not over 40 lbs.  This bag should contain a change of clothes, toiletry items, cosmetics, medicine and jewelry. Never pack money, jewelry or medicine in your checked luggage.

 

Pack light because you have to handle your own luggage at security points in airports.  Casual clothes that you can wear in layers, shirt or blouse, sweater, jacket, slacks, jeans are all acceptable.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, wear one and pack one. Don't bring new shoes.

 

Bring a hat, for sun protection or a visor, small umbrella. Sunscreen use is advised. No shorts or tank tops are permitted in any Churches.

 

Items to take if you need them are Kleenex (travel size packs), washcloths and an alarm clock for those wake-up calls that don't make it.

 

Vitamins, prescriptions drugs (bring enough) should be taken in their own bottles, not unmarked pill holders for security reasons AND NEVER PACKED IN CHECKED LUGGAGE.

 

Inflatable or beanbag style neck pillow for comfort on long flights is suggested for your comfort. Wear loose fitting clothes on long flights, the body tends to swell including the feet.

 

Small flashlight, but don't put your batteries in until you arrive. Some cities or places may have blackouts or you may be up early or out late.

 

ELECTRIC APPLIANCES

Voltage converter and plus set, available at Radio Shack and some appliance type stores sell these. Middle east uses 220 volts, here is the USA, we use 110. They will be necessary if you plan to take any electrical appliances such as hair dryer, shaver, and battery pack for a camcorder camera. Don't ever plug these converters into a plug designated for "shavers only".

  

LAUNDRY

Woolite or liquid soap for any hand laundry items - laundry service takes time and there are usually no Laundromats available or time to use them.

 

MONEY

Money – The Shekel is used but they will take US Dollars. Credit cards can be used for larger purchases. Take about $200.00 in $5.00 dollars bills and about $30.00 in singles for drinks. Many places will take a personal check.

 

Fanny pack (waist pack) one with at least one zipper on the inside (towards your body) Here you can carry money and your passport safely. A neck money holder is also a good choice.

 

The amount of money you take depends on how much you eat or spend for souvenirs. Drinks are included with breakfast only so you will need to purchase drinks for lunch and dinner.

 

TIPS 

All tips are included except for airport luggage handling. 

 

REST AND COMFORT

Try and sleep on the plane, bring a book. There will be meals and movies enroute but a few snacks in your carry-on are a good idea. Drink lots of water and get up and walk around.

 

MEDICAL

If you have to visit a doctor, be prepared to pay for it there and collect from your insurance company when you get home. Check, credit card or cash will be accepted. Try to avoid potential accidents by staying with the group and not going off alone without telling someone where you will be.

 

Be prepared - bring your own Pepto Bismal, Immodium, Aspirin, Advil, cold medicine, cough drops. Food and drink in different countries affects people in different ways. Bottled water can be purchased. 

 

SECURITY

For international flights the recommended time for the airports is three hours prior. Your checked luggage will be scanned as well as your carry-on baggage.  Security questions will be asked at the airport. Be honest and no joking. Never carry anything from a stranger to another destination and always know where your passport is (never pack it in your luggage) Boarding passes will be given to you when you check in. You may also give them your frequent flyer number at this time.  

 

For pictured ID use your passport when traveling out of the United States. Leave extra items from your wallet and purses at home. Make a copy of the front page of your passport (showing number, where and when issued) and leave it with someone at home in case you misplace your passport.

 

If you have any questions about items not covered, please call our office
and ask for Sharon  
1-800-654-4560 x531



TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO EUROPE  

 

 

LUGGAGE AND PACKING

 

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS, INTEREUROPEAN FLIGHTS ARE RESTRICTED TO THE 44 LBS.

 

Pack light and remember you have to handle your own luggage at security points in airports. Write down what you plan to wear daily (in general) and try to mix and match to consolidate. Casual clothes that you can wear in layers, shirt or blouse, sweater, jacket, slacks, jeans, skirts all acceptable, but no tank tops, shorts or bathing suits except in the resort areas. Bring one nicer outfit for the farewell dinner. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, wear one and pack one. Don't bring new shoes. Hat, for sun protection or a visor, scarf is handy. Sunscreen use is advised. No shorts or tank tops are permitted in any Churches.

 

Items to take if you need them are Kleenex (travel size packs), washcloths and an alarm clock for those wake-up calls that don't make it. Vitamins, prescriptions drugs (bring enough) should be taken in their own bottles, not unmarked pill holders for security reasons AND NEVER PACKED IN CHECKED LUGGAGE.

 

ELECTRIC APPLIANCES

Voltage converter and plus set, Radio Shack, K-Mart, Meijers, some appliance type stores sell these. Europe uses 220 volts, here it the USA, we use 110. They will be necessary if you plan to take any electrical appliances such as hair dryer, shaver, and battery pack for any electronic equipment. Don't ever plug these converters into a plug designated for "shavers only" because you will blow out the electricity in your room and maybe the whole floor.

 

LAUNDRY

Woolite, shampoo or liquid soap for any hand laundry items - laundry service takes time and there are usually no Laundromats available or time to use them. Some hotels offer laundry service if you are going to be there for a few days.

MONEY

The EURO is used in all countries you are visiting except the United Kingdom where they use the Pound. There will be time to change money.  Credit cards can be used for larger purchases.

 

Fanny pack (waist pack) one with at least one zipper on the inside (towards your body) Here you can carry money and your passport safely. A neck money holder is also a good choice that you can wear under your clothes. Places are safe but pickpockets like large cities and crowds. Big purses should be left at home.

 

The amount of money you take depends on how much you eat or spend for souvenirs. Recommended for lunches and drinks not included with meals would be about $25.00 per day per person, not including souvenirs. Remember the US Dollar is not worth as much as the Euro.

 

TIPPING

 Restaurant and hotel tips are included.

 

Not included: Tips – for the European tour escort and the driver. Tipping for excellent service for the driver and the European Escort should be done at the end of the trip.  The end of the touring day, prior to departure is a good time. The morning of departure tends to be busy. It is subject to your own discretion.  The recommended amount is $6.00 per day for the European tour escorts and $4.00 per day for the drivers. It is a good idea to put this money aside at the beginning of the trip and have it available that last day. No collection will be taken. Local guides can be given a $1.00 or $2.00 at the time of their departure if you enjoyed their commentary. Any additional amounts are at your own discretion if you feel they were exceptional or went out of their way for you, you can give them more. 

 

REST AND COMFORT Try and sleep on the plane, bring a book. There will be meals and movies enroute but a few snacks in your carry-on are a good idea. Drink lots of water and get up and walk around.

 

MEDICAL - If you have to visit a doctor be prepared to pay for it there and collect from your insurance company when you get home. Check, credit card or cash will be accepted. Try to avoid potential accidents by staying with the group and not going off alone without telling someone where you will be and/or go with another person.

 

Be prepared - bring your own Pepto bismal, Immodium, Aspirin, Advil, cold medicine, cough drops. Food and drink in different countries affects people in different ways. Bottled water can be purchased most everywhere.  If you like DECAF - bring your own.

 

SECURITY - For international flights the recommended time for the airports is two to three hours prior. Your checked luggage will be scanned as well as your carry-on baggage.  You may be asked to remove your shoes. Security questions will be asked at the airport. Be honest and no joking. Never carry anything from a stranger to another destination and always know where your passport is (never pack it in your luggage) Boarding passes will be given to you at check in, give your frequent flyer number at this time if you have one. Take care to be at the boarding gate with your passes on time to avoid being left behind.