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You know you’re going to have an awesome vacation when you feel organized and prepared.
The best way stay organized is by making a checklist of thing you need to pack. For those who
don’t know where to start, this is for you!
Here are some tips and ideas to help you pack your bags and stay cool and calm before and during your Kosher vacations.
Feel free to select the options that suit you best. Have a safe trip!
While on a Kosher vacations, make your life easier by carrying kosher snacks that are easy to
pack. Nuts, both fresh and dried fruits (like nectarines, plums, dried apricots, cranberries, or
raisins), along with vegetables such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, red pepper strips, and
mini cucumbers – all stored in Ziploc bags. Don’t forget a hummus container for dipping, string
cheese, mini muffins, granola bars, chips,popcorn and crackers. And for a sweet touch, classic
favorites like chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies are great options.
Travel-size is the way to go. Seek out travel-sized shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, along
with toothpaste. Add mouthwash and pre-cut toilet paper to the list for Shabbos if you’re
traveling somewhere you’re not sure will have them.
If you’re under medication, before packing make sure you have enough to last you through out
your trip. Also, remember to pack pain relievers such as Advil and Tylenol. Don’t
forget to bring essential medical equipment like insulin or inhalers, if needed.
Games and Toys
For the long flights and car rides pack some books and games your kids like to keep them busy.
Tip: For younger babies bring a new toy or toys they didn’t play with for a while, it might just
keep them busy for longer.
If you’re renting a non-Kosher vacation rentals, consider preparing a “vacation box” with
budget-friendly kitchen essentials. Pack items like a low-cost crockpot, electric grill, and toaster
oven. Additionally, disposable barbecues are reasonably priced and perfect for cooking a variety
of foods like burgers, chicken, steak, hot dogs, fish, and vegetables. If you’re staying in a
Kosher rentals everything will be provided there
Prepare an insulated bag with freezer packs to maintain the freshness of your food during your
Kosher vacations. Pack simple options like cream cheese bagels, salmon/tuna salad, or
sandwiches such as cheese, chopped egg, or peanut butter. Deli sandwiches are a great choice
for a filling meal, while sliced turkey or chicken are the healthier alternatives. Freeze juice boxes
or concentrated juice containers to serve as ice packs that can later be enjoyed as they defrost.
Remember to pack napkins and wipes for easy cleanup.
Sunscreen and Other Necessities
Include items like sunscreen, bathing suits, enough clothes, a cap and any other personal
essentials at your Kosher vacations.
Siddurim and more
Pack a Siddur and, specifically, Tehillim for long car rides or when you have some spare time.
Men and boys, don’t forget to pack your Talis and tefillin, and an extra pair of Tzitzis.
If you’re going on a trip over Shabbos pack all the Shabbos clothes you need, mouthwash and
cut toilet paper or tissues just in case. If you’re staying in a rental make sure you have Kiddush
cups and candles, or a store near by you can hop into to buy some of these items. Pack up
some books and toys to keep your kids busy.
Cash and Payment Methods
If you’re traveling to another country on your vacation, always make sure you have some cash,
for example in Israel, many cab drivers take cash only and you don’t want to get stuck.
Keep the cash separate from your regular wallet, in case of emergency situations where credit
card options aren’t accessible.
Passports and Travel Documents
Your passport is your primary identification when traveling internationally. Ensure it’s valid for
your entire trip and has any necessary visas. Have a copy of your travel itinerary, including flight
details, accommodation reservations, and any tour or activity bookings. Depending on your
destination, you might need travel insurance documents, medical records, or other relevant
paperwork. Keep these documents well-organized and easily accessible.
Whether you’re setting off for a short weekend getaway or a longer vacation, this list of items
will help you make your own vacation checklist. By ensuring you have these essential items
on hand, you can fully concentrate on unwinding on your Kosher vacations.