Recommended Travel Equipment - How to pack a hiking backpack
"Pack everything you might need; then take half of it out".
In Walkinnisrael we assume that the travelers are experienced and know reasonably well what to take with them. However, there are several basic rules that apply specifically to a trek in Israel.
You'll be spending hours in the sun so sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat can help protect you. We recommend a light coloured 'dry fit' shirt preferably with long sleeves.
Travelers know the most comfortable attire that is suitable depending on the weather. Make sure you have the right hiking boots and good socks. As a guideline the weather in Israel is a temperate Mediterranean climate which promises, in most areas, relatively comfortable temperatures most of the year. July and August are the hottest months and most of our trails are not recommended during these months. In spring and autumn you can walk with short-sleeved shirts and lightweight shorts with a wind-blocking jacket and long-sleeved clothing in your backpack. Many hikers like convertible trousers with zip-off legs in breathable fabric. In winter the average temperature and weather conditions allow walking on most of the trails with appropriate clothing.
Every traveler must equip himself with a daily quantity of water of not less than two liters per person per day, and preferably 3 liters. One of the most convenient and efficient ways of carrying water is in a hydration pack (water bladder). You need to drink lots of water at frequent intervals and its use (as opposed to bottles) ensures and enables drinking along the way at your own pace and without needing to stop. You should not rely on finding water as you hike for springs and streams may be contaminated. At every accommodation along the way you can fill up with quantities of tap water that are sufficient for the day.
Your hiking backpack should have adjustable straps for maximum carrying comfort. It should be big enough to hold personal equipment like a camera, snacks for the way, a 3 liter hydration pack, windbreaker and the other little things necessary for the trip such as a penknife , chargers, maps, a torch, a compass, mosquito repellant , sunscreen, batteries , matches , basic first aid kit, toilet paper. You should pack light; a rucksack weighing 4-5 kg. seems reasonable.
If you are accustomed to using collapsible walking sticks on your trips, do not forget to add them to the list of equipment to take with you.
Because we support "Responsible Tourism" we ask you to come equipped with rubbish bags which you can throw away at the end of each day. As part of this trend and due to the fact that many routes also cross farmland, avoid going into the fields. Please preserve the flora and fauna and since many types of flowers in Israel are protected, please do not harm them or pick them.
We wish you a pleasant holiday. Have a good time and leave the worries to us.
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