Sem Girl Packing List
How to make your dorm room your home
So you don't feel like you are living in a מחסן...
I am not going to bother telling you what outfits to bring or not bring, (that is really up to you, and maybe your mother and your bf) just a list of items that make sense to include to make your year in Israel easy and fun.
Makeup and personal items
Israel now offers many inexpensive makeup chains. Most are in the malls and shopping strips. Or you can wait for sales at SuperPharm or NewPharm, only buy on sales or the prices are outrageous. However if there are certain makeups, perfumes, and or deodorants you can not do without then bring a supply as the price is definitely higher here. Better to stock up on base (cc cream, concealer etc.) and mascara in the states. Lipstick, eye shadow, blush you can do just as well here. DO NOT waste space on soaps or shampoos. They have excellent products here and the weight of the products is not worth the effort to bring.
Specific Clothing Items
Waterproof boots and Raincoats (not ponchos) are hard to find here. They have plastic boots in the winter, but they are unlined and often not really waterproof. It does rain in the winter and you will be glad to have these items.
Don’t even get me started. Just bring enough for the year
Decent towels are expensive here. So bring some. And beach towels don’t even really exist.
A bathmat. The only decent ones you can get are at Ikea and you aren’t going to get there right away. Decide with your roommates who is going to bring that, and a shower curtain with rings. You can buy them here but they are expensive and often very ugly.
Random helpful items
Soft over night bag
Small to medium open fabric bag
Big plastic Ikea like bag (the blue or yellow ones!) you will use it often
Pair of good heavy duty scissors
Scotch tape, masking tape and duct tape
Pack of pens (the pens here are often just don’t work)
Ball of string
Package of 3m command strips (great for hanging anything at all on the walls)
Over the door towel holder
Ikea shoe bag (this one is different because you can hang it in your closet. It comes with a hanger. It is the only place I have seen one like that, and hanging it in your closet saves a lot of room.)
Paper light cover – you can get these here, again, mostly in Ikea and sometimes in Maxstock, but it is easier and cheaper to bring something with you. Israel has mostly uncovered bulbs, putting a little cover over your bulb will make it feel more homey.
Dryer sheets - if you like them, you can not purchase them here. However a crumpled piece of tinfoil does a similar job but without the fabulous smell.
Large size soft zipper bag to store either clothes or your sleepbag or comforter when you are not using it.
Box of large Ziploc bags. ( uses are too many to list here, but you will be happy you have them!)
Over the door towel rack hanging hamper
Under the bed storage caddy
Tension rod (if you might want to hang curtains. There are no tension rods in Israel)
Sleeping bag – if you think you might be traveling
Sheets – well you can buy sheets and a duvet cover here. A duvet cover goes over your blanket and is used as a top sheet and protects your blanket. You can buy them here, although they are more expensive. You will need at least two sets. Often people will ask you to bring your own set of sheets when you come to visit. It is a completely normal request in this country.
Pillows and blankets which take up a lot of space can easily be purchased here.
How to make your room feel more personal
Paper lamp shade
Washi tape - you can buy it here