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    Travelling to the Middle East in style

    Hi guys, first post in a long time, hope you're all keeping well

    This April I'm heading off to Israel/Palestine for a week. I'm looking for some relaxed but clean looks for seven days of walking round the West Bank, visiting various villages. I've already got a decent amount of chinos, tees, shirts etc. But I'm missing:

    shoes: thinking plimsolls, worn sockless, for kicking around but probably need something a bit sturdier for harder terrain.

    a hat: probably need some sort of summer hat, but I'm stuck for ideas on what will look good.

    Any advice on looks in general would be appreciated!
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    Hi Nath

    That sounds an experience. Hope nothing too dangerous. Can I ask why you are going there?

    Your summer hat should be one of these:

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    Aha brilliant. Shouldn't be too dangerous, although you can never be certain in the West Bank. It's been pretty quiet there for the last few months outside the more heated areas (around Israeli settlements, the seperation wall etc.) Obviously will be staying well clear of Gaza.
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    Not Israel but I lived in Oman for 5 years and have worked in Egypt and Tunisia many times.
    It should be very nice at this time of year but could be very cold in the desert at night.

    I know this as I've frozen my balls off overnight in an icy wind on a drill floor 15ft above ground level and got so cold I've hugged the stack of drill pipe pulled out of the ground hot in an attempt to warm up.


    Add a light fleece or pullover to your list as it can get quite nippy at night.
    Possibly also a light anorak with a bit of quilting or insulation.
    Defo some sturdy shoes.
    For your head, a baseball hat will do to keep the sun out of your eyes or if you have the space something more stylish like an Indiana Jones fedora(!?)
    Take a basball hat if you don't have much room otherwise consider a panama.

    ETA: I'll speak to a mate who's worked in Israel to see if he's got anything to add.
    Last edited by AndyWatson; 20-02-2014 at 09:32 PM.

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    Keffiyeh? Maybe not.

    Hat-wise I'd probably just pick up a straw cheapo out there unless you want to invest in a proper panama or something. Slightly more stylish than a baseball cap if you find something more on the fedora than the cowboy hat end.

    In terms of shoes, I don't know how much walking you're going to be doing on rough ground but I wouldn't worry too much, I've climbed rocky hills in Greece in my Supergas without a problem & desert boots can be surprisingly suitable as well.
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    Travel in style: buy a camel.

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    Re the idea of going sockless, I would recommend these: http://www.topman.com/webapp/wcs/sto...atalogId=33056

    All the benefits of socks - i.e. your footwear won't stink after a relaxing day of strafing to avoid gunfire - without any sign that you are wearing socks/ugly ankle socks.

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    Don't worry, Israel and very safe, and the west bank although more dangerous is also quite safe. It's very small (west bank is one hour from the tel aviv bubble) and full of visitors and internationals.

    Be careful with weather. Our 18 degrees are not like yours. However, a hat is not really a must..
    It's also different from place to place. You can wear a coat in jerusalem, drive 50 min. and wear shorts in the dead sea or Tel Aviv.

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