During the journey, the Walk About Love staff will transport all the group equipment and personal big-bags on trailers. While walking the daily treks you will only need to carry your daily small backpack.
Logistically, we can only carry up to a certain weight on the trailers. Therefore, the weight limit for each personal big-bag is 14 KG (This does not include musical instruments, maps and your daily hike backpack). At the beginning of the journey we weigh every big-bag and charge extra for overweight bags.
Packing appropriately and bringing proper camping gear will make your journey a more pleasurable experience. Here are some helpful tips when preparing for the Israel National Trail:
We recommend a big 40-60 L backpack for all your gear. We will carry this big bag for you on our trailers during the walk.
We recommend to buy Israeli Sim card, You can buy a prepaid SIM at many stores and kiosks. There seems to be one on every block in bigger cities. The main carriers are Orange and Cellcom. A SIM card costs about $20-25. Incoming calls/sms are free, you only pay for outgoing calls
Please do not bring a suitcase. It's heavy and hard to load on and off the trailer.
Our journey trailers are equipped with solar panels for electricity. The outlets are USB car-charger like.
The small-bag, which you'll carry during the daily hikes needs to be comfortable and have back support. For this, we recommend a 30 L pack.
Sleeping Bag - Bring a sleeping bag that is suitable for low temperatures (2 - 10 Celsius).
Tent - A light tent with aluminium poles is better than plastic which tends to break easily. A net and anti-rain cover is also recommended. You don't have to bring a tent or always open it. Many group members sleep under the stars around the campfire. Nevertheless, a tent is definitely beneficial as it protects you from rain, wind or mosquitoes and provides you with privacy.
Toiletries - Don't forget your toiletries, comb, toothbrush & toothpaste. Ecological bar soap is preferred since liquid soap can leak in your bag.
You won't want to use any kind of soap while bathing in or near natural water sources as it can harm the local wildlife.
First Aid - You should bring a first aid kit with bandages, iodine, tweezers, a needle, small scissors and cotton. The desert has very dry air so we recommend bringing moisturizing hand cream and chapstick for your lips. Also, don't forget cream for burns, mosquito repellent and any necessary medicine.
Drinking bottles or bag ("Shluker") - we recommend to take 4 liters of water for each walking day. Quality aluminium bottles can be useful for the whole journey. Plastic bags may need to be replaced at some point.
Sunscreen - we recommend a natural suncream that is not harmful for your skin such as sunrider cream.
About the food - While on the journey we eat a lot of cooked food. We have a trailer full of food and mobile kitchen gear. Each morning everyone cooks breakfast together and packs lunch for the walk. Dinner is cooked at the next campsite. On Fridays, we prepare a traditional Shabbat meal.
Every participant must bring his own quality and sealed food box, bottles, cup, spoon, fork and knife.
Headlight - This will help you get around night camp after sunset. We recommend a LED light.
Matches, lighter and sowing kit can be useful.
About Maps - Israel hiking maps are almost exclusively in Hebrew. While it is possible to find English maps, they are significantly less detailed. While Walking the trail it is your responsibility to pay attention to instructions and stick with the group. We don't want anyone getting lost!
Clothing - we recommend to bring 3 pairs of clothing. The temperature can change quickly and drastically from
very cold desert nights to extremely hot sunny days. You'll want to bring layers that will make changing easy while on the hike. Also, take a modest set of clothing if you want to visit holy sites.
Wide Hat or head covering.
Good Walking Shoes - If you're going to buy new shoes, it is important to break them in some time before the journey so that they'll be comfortable.
Sandals - we recommend to bring good walking sandals for around the camp site and warm walking days.
Windbreaker, coat, bathing suit, towel.
Waterproof bag in case of rain.
Laundry rope and ecological washing detergent. We recommend "Ecover" washing powder.
Walk About Love's unique atmosphere is what makes the journey so special. In the evenings, we sit around the fire, share experiences, sing, play music and dance. Bring musical instruments, art materials, juggling items or anything else you can think of to add to the vibe and enjoy in nature 🙂
Note - the flies and mosquitoes are usually most active around sunset time. It is best to wear long sleeves then. We also recommend citronella oil to keep mosquitoes away.
Photographers can certinaly bring a camera. Please note though that in order to charge your battery, you'll a car-charger.
Cellphones - it is recommended to store your cellphone in your walking bag while hiking to preserve battery in case your phone is needed.
We highly recommend bringing a notebook or sketchbook, to paint, write or document the unique Walk About Love experience.
Along the trail you can learn a lot about Israel's nature, wildlife, vegatation, archeology and history. If you can, bring a plant or wildlife guide.
A light Hammock
A pair of binoculars for high viewpoints (e.g. Our first walking day takes us to Mt. Tsfahot where we'll observe 4 countries around the Red sea).
Portable music player with headphones and/or speakers and your favorite music 🙂
A good book or two 🙂
We recommend not to miss the most magnificent hours of nature - sunrise & sunset!
Some guidelines for nature and the great outdoors:
It's important to keep your phone charged in case you need to find your way. Some places have no cell reception. If you're lost and have no reception, walk up the nearest hill where you'll have a better chance to get a signal.
Please keep the environment and night camps clean! While going to the bathroom in nature, we recommend not to use paper. It is forbidden to leave trash or even burn or bury it. We recommend using a water bottle for hygiene and to cover leftovers with dirt and soil.
It is mandatory to wash your hands with soap before handling and food!
It is important to keep your gear safe. In some camp sites we are not alone. There are other hikers, groups and locals around. To avoid theft, put up your tent with together with the Walk About Love group so someone can always watch.
If you leave the group, take your big backpack with you even if you plan to come back at a later point.