Having spent a significant amount of time in Israel on and off for the past 14 years, I always relished my time spent in Jerusalem. One thing I did not love was the insane temperature swings that came with winter days in the city.
The trick to packing yourself for heading to multiple climates all at once.
I spent ~5 days in Jerusalem 2 weeks ago. The weather was so nice that I only needed a sweater and a light jacket at night, and sometimes without a jacket at all during the day. No rain whatsoever, and quite pleasant.
Now, 2 weeks later, it is snowing (and the streets are flooding in Tel Aviv, whereas last week we had a week straight of sunshine and 70°+ weather).
The trick here is to pack layers of clothes, for multiple climates. You may experience Summer, Spring/Autumn, and Winter within a span of 12 hours.
Make sure to pack:
- a light jacket / windbreaker
- scarf & gloves
- poncho / strong umbrella
- winter coat
- waterproof shoes / boots
What are your must-bring items when dealing with such variable climates? Comment below.
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These are great tips! It’s easy to forget that it gets cold and rainy in Jerusalem.
Great article, It’s so hard to travel to Israel during winter because the weather is so random! Thanks for these great tips.
The snow came on the day that was my aliya-anniversary. A bitter-sweet day to be in the US.
I will be in Israel competing in the Maccabiah this year – Do you have packing tips for the summer period? Is the weather just as random?
Sam, will try and write something up, but you should know that it is generally quite hot day and night with temps consistently in the 80s & 90s and I can guarantee that it will not rain. Pack sneakers and strong sandals for hiking.
Even in Jerusalem? A few have warned me nights can be cool there…
Nights can be cool there. Bring a light jacket just in case.