Israel has a Mediterranean climate, which means hot summers and mild winters. You’ll want to dress for the season you’re planning to travel in, but make sure to bring relatively conservative clothes for special occasions regardless of the season. You’ll be comfortable wearing casual clothing throughout your trip, but bring a few nicer outfits for nights out on the town!
WINTER – December, January, February:
If you’re planning to travel in the winter, expect mild to cold temperatures, especially at night. Bring plenty of layers to be able to comfortably adapt to changing weather and don’t forget a medium-weight jacket. Places like the Dead Sea and Eilat will remain hot year round, though.
SPRING – March, April, May:
Springtime in Israel experiences mild to warm temperatures, and you may encounter a bit of rain. This is a great time to go on Birthright as it’s not too hot or too cold to explore the entire country. Be sure to bring an umbrella and plenty of layers.
SUMMER – June, July, August:
You can expect summer in Israel to be dry and hot. Be sure to wear clothes that are lightweight, breezy, and sweat wicking or water repellent as you’ll be spending a lot of time outside during your trip. Don’t forget your sun protection, too!
FALL – September, October, November:
Fall weather is similar to that of the spring, so be prepared for mild to warm weather with cooler evenings. This is a nice time to visit Israel, so be sure to bring plenty of layers to adapt to the weather if this is when you’re headed on Birthright!
How to dress for different activities on Birthright– (Click to expand)
Dead Sea – the Dead Sea region is hot during the entire year so wear a bathing suit, swimsuit cover up, flip flops, and plenty of sun protection. Don’t forget to hydrate as well!
Hiking – Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes that you don’t mind getting a bit dusty or muddy! Wear sweat wicking or water resistant clothing, and athletic tank tops, shorts, or leggings, depending on the season.
Exploring Cities – You’ll want to look trendy when exploring Israel’s larger cities, but you won’t stand out if you’re dressed more casually either. Be sure to bring a shawl and long skirt to throw on over your clothes when entering synagogues or holy sites.