January 31, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm #591181plaidMember
Even though it’s a bit late (early?), would anyone be able to post a packing list for seminary, as well as things they could/couldn’t live without?
thanks!February 1, 2010 4:16 am at 4:16 am #692856aries2756Participant
Please keep in mind that there are a lot of things that can and maybe should be bought in E”Y because they could use the parnasah and YOU are paying extra for additional luggage anyway or being matriach other people to shlep your kids stuff with them. I am not saying this to be rude or negative I am just saying it as a thought.
Also many people forget that E”Y goes through seasons as well and it does get cold there so be prepared for that.
Kids do have access to laundry and they don’t have much room or closet space so you might want to discuss that with your daughter and seminary to see if it pays to send more to do laundry less often or send less and more $$$$$ to do laundry more often. That depends on the seminary and the accommodations.
If the seminary has a uniform/dress code you will have to conform to that and buy clothing accordingly. If not, then you are on your own where that is concerned. Girls should really ask other girls what they used the most and what they brought that they hardly used at all. Such as sneakers and flats. They definitely need more than one pair of each.February 1, 2010 3:24 pm at 3:24 pm #692857tzippiMember
And aries, they don’t want to wear flat flats all the time. Doctors report seeing a fair amount of stress fractures.February 1, 2010 9:52 pm at 9:52 pm #692859BodekParticipant
Plaid: When my friend whent to Israel she got this handbook – i think is called the seminary hanbook/guide or something – she showed it to me and it really seemed great – it covered just about everything from packing lists, to gown rentals (for siblings weddings) …. if you are interested in this I can try to find out how you can get hold of this. Wishing you lots of luck in your packing and in your studies next year!February 1, 2010 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #692861aries2756Participant
Tzippi, true, just keep in mind that you are basically walking on stones and cracks which are slippery when wet and not really paved concrete like you are used to at home. So thin heels are really just for decoration and not for walking. Shoes with rubber soles rather than leather soles work better. Shoes with a thicker sole rather than a paper thin sole work better as well.February 2, 2010 2:11 am at 2:11 am #692862realtalkMember
I found that a hot water was great whether I was homesick, not feeling the best, cold, or just wanted a bit of cozy warmth.February 2, 2010 9:17 pm at 9:17 pm #692863westcoastMember
RUBBER BOOTS!!!!! very improtant! i didnt take them bc i didnt have any, but i really needed them! warm coat can help too.August 8, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm #692864plaidMember
Just bumping this up…any other tips?
thanks everyone! 🙂August 8, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm #692865tzippiMember
Bear in mind that you have a limited amount of weight, if you’re the attendee probably less than your older sister did. And while you may count on sending stuff with people coming in for yom tov, bear in mind that your parents will want you to come home with any clothes in good condition, unless you’re B”H in a position to be able to leave things behind.
Keep it real. You will/should seldom feel underdressed (I mean re style, not tznius) in E”Y which is part of its beauty.
Hatzlacha!August 9, 2010 1:10 am at 1:10 am #692866yentishParticipant
since the conversation turned towards shoes, i’ll address that first- it is SOOOO important to have good shoes. i was in seminary 3 years ago and i’m still suffering from the effects of having bad shoes in seminary (this is not a guess, it was verified by a podiatrist). i went with a few pairs of ballet flats, the kind that are very popular now in america and took sneakers just for tiyulim. i didn’t realize that in E”Y you walk EVERYWHERE, mostly because its stunning weather, you want to see E”Y and all its sights, and even if you take a bus or taxi somewhere, you go exploring. This led to my shoes wearing out very quickly, but i just kept wearing them because I had nothing else, and I found israeli shoes to be uncomfortable. i wore my flats til they had holes in them and when i came home from seminary i began suffering from severe pain. i now have the feet of a much older woman with corns and bunions and hammertoe and all sorts of painful foot ailments. i have to be very careful now with the shoes i wear and i rarely wear heels. i dont mean to scare anybody, but the best advice i can give to a seminary girl is to bring several pairs of SOLID leather shoes that are comfortable and give support. hatzlacha!August 16, 2010 2:47 pm at 2:47 pm #692867whatrutalkingabtMember
I wore flats the whole year too, and I really walked e/w- I was in Har Nof and hated buses. But i brought 4 pairs of flats and they lasted me thru the year but I pretty much wore them all to death by the time I got home.
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