Leave your Israel travel information with a family member or friend, include a copy of your passport, your flight itinerary, travel itinerary, hotel names and phone numbers.
Most airlines restrict passengers to one piece of carry-on luggage (in addition to your purse, laptop, camera case). Sizes and weight of carry-on luggage are determined by airline, so be sure to check with airline on dimension requirements before you leave.
Keep important items and documents with you at all times. Medicines should be carried in their original packaging (if you have a copy of the prescription, bring it with you). Do not keep travelers checks, money, valuables or travel documents in your luggage.
Make sure your luggage is clearly tagged on the inside as well as the outside.
Check-in time for international flights is normally two hours prior to departure. When checking in at the airport, a US passport (valid for six months after your return date) is needed as proof of identification to enter Israel. No visa is necessary. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible to fulfill appropriate entry requirements of the destination country. Contact your local consulate for information.
Do not leave your luggage unattended for any length of time (no matter how short) or accept packages from strangers to carry on to the plane for them.
Clearing customs in Israel may take a little longer than in most foreign countries. Keep in mind that upon arrival Israel you will need to go through customs and exchange money. Therefore, it is wise to give yourself plenty of time between landing and connecting to another form of transport.
Dress comfortably for the flight. Wear comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement as you will most likely be trying to sleep on the flight. Wear shoes that slip on and off easily.
In order to avoid jet-lag, do not drink alcohol, caffeine or carbonated beverages. Choose natural fruit juices and water.
Before you leave, choose a good book that will keep you occupied for most of the flight. Before your return flight, buy another – not only will it pass the flight time quickly but it will become a souvenir of your trip.
Store your coat and anything you are not going to use in the overhead compartment. You’ll be much more comfortable with a minimum of things to shift around.
Take off your shoes and make yourself as comfortable as possible right away.
Bring along a moisturizer as the air in the cabin is extremely dry.
Get up once in a while and stretch your arms and legs.
Many seasoned travelers are not aware that their health insurance will not cover them outside of the country. For a minimal amount of money, travel insurance is a must. If you need to cancel your trip due to an unforeseen emergency or serious illness, most of your trip may be non-refundable. In the event you become ill during your travels, finding and receiving medical care may be very frustrating. Travel insurance also covers lost baggage, and worldwide emergency assistance coverage.It is each passenger’s responsibility to purchase their own health and travel insurance. Israel has excellent health care facilities should anyone require assistance. We recommend Safe Travel, and you can find out more at Travel Insurance 888-885-7233.
Be especially alert at all airports both in the and abroad. It is easy to be distracted at busy airports where pickpockets abound. Remember you are not aware of the pickpockets or muggers – but they watch you. When placing hand luggage through Security be aware that the security staff could unwittingly be part of a scam. Wallets can be removed from purses as pickpockets see what’s available in your hand luggage, follow you to the Security and quickly remove an item when you are distracted. Lock-up handbags or purses are recommended. Also be alert for security staff/those posing as security staff possibly creating disturbances as a smokescreen to withdrawing articles from your hand luggage while you are distracted. As you go through the Security each time make sure one of you goes through first and the other follows only when you are on the other side and ready to look out for your items on the Security conveyor belt. Never take your eyes off your hand luggage and keep your hand luggage in front of you at all times even after you leave the security area. All the professional pickpocket/mugger needs is a brief second to steal some of your treasured belongings and ruin your vacation. Never leave your personal belongings unattended at any time once you leave home and finally return. Be careful at all times, check at all stages and be alert – this is the only way you can outsmart the muggers. Be careful of bags/cameras slung over shoulders. Belt bags, money belts and passport pouches (tucked under your clothes to prevent someone cutting the straps) are the best.
Israel’s airport security is probably the tightest in the world, so it is vital that you arrive in plenty of time to board your flight. Be aware that you will need at least two hours for pre-departure screening and even more time for check-in.