The Olim Files #15: What to Buy as Soon as You Get Off the Plane

In previous blog posts I have advised what NOT to bring on aliyah. This issue of the Olim Files are items I recommend purchasing once you arrive in Israel.

  1. Milk pitcher-This will hold your plastic milk bags.  There is a sharp notch where you insert the corner of the bag to tear it open.  You can alternatively buy milk in cartons thus avoiding the need to buy the milk pitcher.                                                                                                                                                                                          milk pitcher
  2. Kum kum (coom coom)-an electric kettle to heat your water for a quick hot beverage.                                                                                                                 kum kum
  3. Squeegee-use this to wipe down your counters.  Procedure:  To clean your counters pour water onto the counter.  Then squeegee dirty water into the sink.  Maybe I should do a video demonstration…                                                    squeegie
  4. Sponja stick/rags/bucket-necessities for washing your floor.  Say goodbye mop.  Goodbye Swiffer.   Pour water and soap on the floor.  Swish around with the sponja stick which has a squeegee on the end.  Squeegee dirty water into the drain the floor or out the door.  Dry with a rag.  (Hmm…video demonstration part II… ?)                                                                                                                                                           sponga-stick
  5. Clothes drying rack-take advantage of solar power and also save electricity.  Hang your clothes outdoors to dry.                                                                                                   drying-rack
  6. Lice comb-Eeeww.  Yes, a lice comb.  Kids are NOT sent home for having lice.  Check frequently.  I highly recommend the Assy 2000.  Yes, a very dumb name but a great product to have in your possession.                                                                                                                                                                                                         DCF 1.0
  7.  Major appliances-Apartments/homes do not come with washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, or stoves.  Until these items have been left by a previous owner or tenant, you need to purchase your own.  appliances
  8.  Reusable shopping bags for grocery shopping.  Your options will not be “Paper or plastic?” but instead plastic (pay a small amount per bag) or re-usable bags you tote along with you.                                                                                         img_20180617_145043

Thanks for reading and happy shopping.

Welcome to all the new and soon-to-be new arrivals!  Please share this post if you found it helpful.  Follow my blog so you don’t miss any new posts.


June 17, 2018

Have you missed any of The Olim Files?

#14 Essential Hebrew Part II

#13 Essential Hebrew Part I

#12 Color and Home Decorating

#11 Snack Attack

#10 Autumn Symbols

#9 The First Week of School

#8    The Illustrated Guide to School Supplies

#7  To Bring, or Not to Bring- That is the Question

#6 Making Pesach in Israel

#5  Doors, Light Switches,Toilets and Other Oddities of Your New Home

#4 Small Appliances

#3 Israeli Closets

#2 Cleaning Products

#1 Housekeeping 101 in Israel

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