What to Wear: Part 3
As a private tour guide in Israel, I adhere to a dress code laid out by the Israel Tour Guides’ Association of which I am an active member.
We (men) wear shirts with collars and sleeves (no t-shirts), long-legged pants (no shorts) and closed shoes (no sandals).
In this way, we try to present ourselves in a professional manner to our clients. Bear in mind that we also tour in holy places.
It pains me when I see tour guides wearing shorts in places like the Old City of Jerusalem. In this way, they can offend all three great monotheistic religions at the same time!
But, enough about me; how should you dress when coming to Israel?
For men, I think that wearing shorts is generally a bad idea. A light pair of pants available from outfitters such as Columbia, North Face or Mountain Hardwear are perfect for the climate here (remember, it is hot and sunny most of the year, here in Israel and you really need protection from those harmful ultra-violet (UV) rays). Shirts that have a collar and sleeves. Long-sleeve shirts are actually a good idea as they will protect your arm from the sun!
For women, I recommend a light shirt with a collar and sleeves that almost reach the elbow light pants or skirt that cover the knees. Conversely, a light blouse or T-shirt can be worn and a light scarf can be used to cover your shoulders and arms. Most women do not cover their heads in churches or synagogues unless they feel they have to.
As we become more aware of the harmful effects of the sun’s rays on our skin and the long-range issues that are involved, I really do recommend going on-line to a tour outfitter and purchasing some items that will protect you on your trip not only here, but anywhere where the weather is hot and sunny.
See you soon!