Negev Desert: the ultimate Israeli desert road trip
Dead Sea and Masada day tour vs. overnight stay in the Negev Desert?
Where to stay in the Negev Desert
Things to do in the Negev Desert
1. Walk on the moon in Mitzpe Ramon/Ramon Crater
2. Hike the Snake Path to Massada for the most incredible sunrise!
3. Go chasing waterfalls at Ein Gedi
4. Nachal Ashosh (River Ashosh) reserve
5. Spot camels
6. Float in the Dead Sea: the saltiest and lowest place on earth
7. Just sit back quietly and enjoy the sunset
What to pack for a trip to the Negev Desert?
- Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle: You’ll be headed into a desert in the Middle East. Being hydrated wil be your top priority! Stainless steel reusable water bottles are a perfect item to take with you. Israel has drinkable water everywhere and you can find water fountains sprinkled throughout various attractions (yes, even in the desert) which make it super easy and cheap to refill your water bottle.
- Reef-Safe Sunscreen: If you plan on floating into the Dead Sea, you’ll definitely need sun protection. We always wear reef-safe biodegradable sunscreen when we go swimming or snorkeling. Even though life in the Dead Sea is, you know…. dead, we prefer not to bring any extra harmful stuff into the water. Here’s a full-sized bottle and here’s a travel sized care pack for carry-on luggage.
- Full-Sized Microfiber Beach Towel: This is a must when you’re heading to the Dead Sea. Nothing is more horrible than finding out you haven’t brought a towel on your travels when you’re at the beach. This awesome travel towel is pretty and oversized, meaning it’s super comfortable to sit in (aka not getting your butt in the sand) and weighs next to nothing. It rolls up small into a zipper bag and dries quickly so you’re not lugging around a heavy wet towel all day.
- Bug Repellent: This is our favorite bug repellent! It’s organic, it smells nice, is incredibly effective and doesn’t make a greasy mess when you apply it. Small bugs fly around at the Dead Sea’s shores and in the desert sand.
- A bathing suit you don’t care that much about: the salt in the Dead Sea might cause some discoloring so better to choose a bathing suit that you’re not that fond of. However, do bring your favorite swim suit if you want cool off in your private pool at Midbara Cabins.
- A cute hat: staying in the desert means spending lots of time in the sunshine. I could not imagine not having my boater hat with me, it was such a life saver! Unfortunately I get frequent headaches because of direct sunlight on my head so I NEVER travel without a cute hat.
- Lightweight breathable clothes: You’ll probably have noticed Kristof and I are not the most fashionable people around the world wide web. We’re all about comfort and try to find clothing items that are practical, durable and also look at least semi cute! My favorite pieces of travel clothing right now are my L Space Andes Pants (they’re breathable, stylish and come in different colors), these linen shorts and striped tie shorts, my Teva sandels for when I’m out exploring and my stylish babouches for a leisurely evening or restaurant visit. Lastly, you will probably want a pair of casual shoes that can be worn for anytime you need something closed-toe (e.g. when you go hiking), like the Adidas Swift Run Shoe.