Time is flying and the reality that you’re about to leave home and move abroad is beginning to hit. If you’re anything like we were, your nerves will be building, you’ll be packing and unpacking your bags, and looking at your flight tickets daily, trying to check and double check that you’re really about to do this. Future DP1s, let us tell you: you’re really stepping out into the great, big world.
As exciting as that is, you can’t do that without your trusty suitcases, filled with little bits of home that will keep you going through the inevitable, and sometimes seemingly endless, moments of homesickness.
Your DP2s have, therefore, lovingly edited the packing list that was provided to us when we were in your positions. We know how you feel, so here are our suggestions for you:
Number one: bring laundry bags. You will be washing your laundry in a common laundry room on a specific day each week. Lots of girls or boys will share the same machines, therefore we advise you to bring a laundry bag in order to keep track of your stuff, especially small pieces. Additionally, it would be smart to write your name on tags within your clothes, as they go missing almost as frequently as do your hours of sleep.
Number two: bring some of your favourite food. You will eat in a dining hall, and though we don’t want to spoil it for you, many of you will get tired of the food in the dining hall, fast. If you bring yourself some comfort food, you may just give yourself an extra boost of energy and optimism when you need it most. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t hesitate to bring your sweets with you.
Number three: bring shampoo and toiletries from home. Of course, it is always easy to get a hold of some in the area in local drugstores, but during the first month, a bottle of shampoo and conditioner from home could help in your transition from home to dorm.
Number four: bring a lamp. Light is a topic that constantly arises within dorms and between roommates. Bring your own lamp so you can still do whatever you need, while your roommates can sleep. It may be your saving grace during all-nighters and on exam prep days.
Number five: bring some of your favourite pictures with friends and family members to decorate the wall near your bed and your desk area. A little reminder of home never hurts, and will allow you to truly personalise your space, making you feel more comfortable.
Number six: Flip-flops are life at EMIS. Bring a pair of flip-flops, as they will be your go-to shoes wherever you have to go, from the dining hall to school to Ramat Hasharon, the town nearby.
Number seven: bring a sleeping bag for overnight trips; you don’t want to be sleeping on the floor or without a blanket during those often-cold nights.
Number eight: bring an external hard drive to back-up all your documents once in a while, because you definitely do not want to lose all of your important files; rewriting IAs and EEs is not what you want to be doing with spare time.
Number nine: traditional clothing. If you have some at home, take it with you. It is always nice to share with others.
Number ten: socks. Bring lots of them. Dark magic happens and they may disappear.
Number eleven: a bathing suit or bikini or swimming shorts. There is a pool in the Kfar (abbreviation for Hakfar Hayarok, the Green Village), so you may want to cool off in there on hot afternoons.
Other helpful items include:
- If you are delicate with light or noise while trying to fall asleep, consider bringing a sleeping mask and ear plugs. Compromises about lighting and sound in the dorm can become difficult to make when the work starts piling up.
- Pillows and blankets are provided by the school, but after using these for a year, us DP2s recommend that you bring your own. A personal blanket or pillow have been proven to be useful and far more comfortable.
- If you want to bring your phone, you can connect it to the school’s WiFi. A simcard can also be purchased from 10 NIS onwards. We mostly use Facebook and Whatsapp to communicate, so having a phone would be quite useful.
- You may want to bring a camera to take your own pictures. However, others have been doing a great job covering all events, and many people only use their phone cameras.
- Even though you are coming to a country full of deserts, it does get cold. During winter, temperatures can drop to 10C or below, so bring winter clothes and a winter coat to keep yourself warm during those chilly times.
Lastly, here are some extra quotes from some of the lovely second years, straight to you, about what they suggest bringing:
Tamara K.: “A big water bottle, didn’t realize how important this was until later on during studying. Recipes for easy traditional food.” (You’ll soon realise most of us are foodies here.)
Caterina B.: “Your favorite mug, a homie blanket.”
Edoardo R.: “Food. And a lot of underwear.”
Ameen H. Y.: “Posters, or something to decorate your walls with.”
Moe J.: “A lot of white shirts!!!” (You will soon find out why, and discover the wonders of Shabbat dinner.)
We hope these tips help you. Do know that we are all so excited to welcome you to our home, dear DP1s.
In the meantime, safe travels and see you soon!
Written by: Shy Zvouloun (DP2)
Edited by: Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe (Alumni)