What to Pack?

For the Excavation:

  • Pants or Shorts. Bring those pants or shorts you wouldn’t mind getting dirty.
  • T-shirts. We recommend lightweight fabrics, easy to wash. At least 5 or 6. Some folks like tank tops, others long sleeves—it’s up to you!
  • Closed shoes. Closed-toed shoes are required for working on site.
  • Lightweight jacket or sweatshirt. For chilly mornings.
  • Hat, Scarf, Bandana. Sun protection is a must.
  • Sunscreen. It is essential.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Water Bottle.
  • Notebook & writing material.
  • Backpack. A small bag or backpack to bring to the site. It will get dirty.


  • Trowel and handpick. If you have a trowel and handpick already, and like to use your own, bring them along. But we have equipment for everyone, not to worry.
  • Gloves or Kneepads. If you want to use your own gloves or kneepads, you can bring them.
  • Tissues, Sanitizer, or Baby wipes. Some people like to have baby wipes/tissues/sanitizer on site with them.

Also, some people like to bring sports drink tablets or salt tablets to help stay hydrated

After the Excavation:

  • Comfy Clothes & Sandals.
    •  Comfy things to wear after working on the tel. There is pottery washing and other things in the afternoon where you might get a bit dusty.
  • If you are planning to visit religious sites, you will need to make sure you have appropriately modest clothing.
  • 2 Towels. One for showering and one for the pool.
  • Swimsuit.
  • Hygiene items. Toiletries, over the counter meds, period products, and other hygiene items are readily available all over Israel and at the small grocery shop on the kibbutz, but perhaps not always the brands you might like.
  • Alarm clock, phone alarm, watch alarm. You must awake on time.