Israel for the Year - The Ultimate Seminary Girl's Packing List

We're part of a great Facebook group of Israel GAP year parents. We've taken the feedback and comments from parents on that list and compiled the ultimate packing list for seminary girls for you to use and share.

Bear in mind of course, that this is just an example and depending on where you are going and for how long, the list may differ greatly. Also note that there are some items on the list that people prefer to buy in Israel and we've pointed out these categories where relevant.

Check out our yeshiva boy's packing list here


  • 8 skirts
  • 5 leggings or sweatpants
  • 10 t-shirts
  • 2-3 button downs (depending on school)
  • 20 socks
  • 5 bras
  • 20 panties
  • White and black slip
  • 5 tank tops or shells
  • 10 tights 
  • 4 pajamas (winter/summer)
  • 4 hooded sweatshirts
  • 3 sweaters
  • Winter / rain coat
  • Hat / gloves / scarf
  • Light jacket
  • Bathing suit and cover up
  • Baseball cap
  • Robe


    • 3 summer outfits
    • 3 winter outfits
    • 10 pantyhose


        • Keens or other water-hike shoes
        • Shabbos shoes
        • Shower shoes (slides or flip flops)
        • Slippers
        • Sneakers
        • Winter boots
        • Rain boots
        • Casual shoes

          Linen & Towels

          Note: Linens can be very bulky to pack in your suitcase. A lot of people prefer to pre-order these items and have them shipped directly to their Israel address.

          • 2 sheet sets (duvet cover, fitted sheet, pillow case)
          • 1 winter weight comforter/blanket
          • 1 summer weight comforter/blanket
          • 2 pillows
          • 1 mattress protector
          • 4-6 bath towels
          • 4-6 hand towels


            • Backpack
            • Camelbak (Hydration pack)
            • Beach towel
            • Sleeping bag


                Note: Many people prefer to purchase the toiletries in Israel for 2 reasons. Firstly to save space in your bag and secondly because the water in Israel is different and the locally available shampoos and soaps are Ph balanced for the Israeli water.

                • Sunscreen
                • Bug spray / insect repellent
                • Deodorant
                • Travel sized shampoos and soaps for shabbos
                • Shampoo and conditioner
                • Soaps / facial wash
                • Razor blades
                • Brush / comb
                • Toothbrush
                • Toothpaste
                • Sanitary needs (pads or tampons)
                • Dental floss
                • Lenses and lense solution
                • Glasses and glasses case
                • Vaseline
                • Tweezers
                • Nail clipper
                • Safety pins
                • Nail file
                • Q-tips
                • Body spray / perfume
                • Hair accessories
                • Shower caddy
                • Toiletry bag
                • Medication (e.g. Bacitracin, Advil, Tylenol, Claritin, Bandaids) - For a comprehensive medical checklist, see this blog


                  Note: The voltage system in Israel is different than in the US (220 vs 110) and it's therefore recommended to buy your appliances in Israel.

                  • Electrical adapters
                  • Shabbos alarm clock
                  • Clip-on fan
                  • Shabbos lamp
                  • Multi-plug extension cord
                  • Hair dryer
                  • Curling iron
                  • Straightening iron
                  • Clothing iron
                  • Coffee urn


                  • Jewelry
                  • Makeup
                  • Makeup remover
                  • Small mirror
                  • Headlamp flashlight
                  • Notebook, pens, pencils
                  • Coffee mug
                  • Sleep sack
                  • Umbrella
                  • Pocket knife
                  • Portable battery charger
                  • Ziploc bags
                  • Hooks
                  • Pop-up laundry hamper
                  • Laundry detergent pods
                  • Laundry bag
                  • Mesh hosiery bag
                  • Hangers (regular and skirt)
                  • Sewing kit
                  • Sunglasses

                    Happy Packing!

                    We hope you enjoyed this list. At Pack for Camp we provide everything you need for your gap year in Israel. You can buy luggage, laundry accessories, clothing and more before you go and have it delivered to your home in the US. In addition you can have your bulky linens, toiletries and appliances delivered directly to your Israel address and save the schlep. Happy Packing and good luck with your year!!!


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