Jerusalem is in the mountains (2400 feet above sea level). The weather is similar to Charlotte but warmer/drier in the day, cooler in the night. You must pay attention to hydration so mixing electrolyte powders with your water is a good idea.
What to Bring
The most essential item you need for the dig is a good pair of solid and comfortable boots, such as hiking boots and cotton socks. Sneakers are allowed, but not ideal. You will need sandals for the afternoons and weekends, but you can’t wear them on the dig.
You can wear shorts and short or sleeveless tops for the dig but should bring something that covers legs and shoulders/arms for certain “holy” areas of the city. Bring comfortable work clothes that you don’t mind getting very dirty and some informal things for evenings.
You must have a hat that shades your face and neck.
If you can, bring your own trowel, which should be quite small and with a pointy tip (recommended: Marshalltown, which comes with a nifty “archaeological” leather case).
You might also want your personal work gloves in your size – the ones we can supply you with would be rather large – as well as kneepads.
If you need any kind of medication, please bring a supply that will last throughout your stay, even though pharmacies in Israel most likely carry it as well.
Other useful things would be: a flashlight/torch, a notebook, sunscreen.
A photocopy of your passport kept separate from your actual passport.
You can withdraw cash in Shekels or Dollars from any ATM machine with a bankcard. The exchange rate and fees are regulated (currently 3.9 NIS to $1.00 or 26¢)
The hotel has free wireless so laptops and/or iPads are ideal. For Smart phones, please check with your carrier on International packages as well as the cost of text messages. You can also rent a phone/iPhone while in Jerusalem very cheaply with both data and calling capabilities. See, for example, http://unlimitedisrael.net/.