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7 Things To Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea

7 Things To Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea is one of the highlights of my trip to Israel. Heck, it’s one of the cooler experiences of my life. Because the Dead Sea has such a high salt concentration, you literally float in it. It’s incredible! I read a lot of different articles on it before I went, but it still didn’t prepare me for it. I think it’s the closest I’ll ever get to weightlessness!

Before you embark on this adventure, though, there are a few ways to make your experience a little more enjoyable! I’m glad I followed them (and my husband broke a few and regretted it, haha). Be sure to at least take these into consideration before you go!

7 Things To Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea

1.) Wear an Old Swimsuit

This is one I lucked out on. I didn’t realize it until we arrived and were talking to some of the folks here – but it’s a good idea to wear an old swimsuit when swimming in the Dead Sea. Due to the high salt concentration, it can strip the color of your bright, new swimsuit! My polka dot bikini has been through a lot over the years, and fortunately, I didn’t notice any discoloration. But, it’s definitely worth taking into consideration before you jump in!

The Dead Sea

2.) Don’t Dunk Your Head

My husband found this one out the hard way…you will regret dunking your head in the Dead Sea! Your eyes will burn – even if they are closed! Plus, it’ll tangle however much hair you have on your head. There are even signs (which we noticed after the fact) saying “don’t submerge your head.”

dead sea tips

3.) Drink Lots of Water

Again, the high salt concentration can dehydrate you. While it’s tempting to grab a beer and hit the beach – don’t forget to hydrate!

the dead sea
Look at all of that salt! We grabbed this hunk of salt just off the shore.

4.) Slather on the Mud

Grab handfuls of that Dead Sea mud and coat yourself in it! Then, go ahead and rinse off. It’s said to have healing properties…and at the very least, it’ll make your skin silky smooth.

5.) Don’t Wear Jewelry

Like wearing a new swimsuit, wearing your jewelry in here will wreak havoc on it!

The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea -Don’t wear your jewelry in here!

6.) DO NOT Shave

If you have any kind of knick or cut or razor burn you WILL feel it. And depending on your tolerance for this type of pain, it’s best to just avoid shaving. I didn’t shave for two full days before this dip in the sea. (Don’t look at these photos too closely!) I had a couple little cuts on my foot, though, and it wasn’t the worst pain by any means – more just irritating. (But again, it depends on your tolerance!)

things to know before going in the dead sea

7.) Don’t get your camera or phone wet

Keep your electronics on dry land! The saltwater will also do some damage to your phone or camera if you drop it. Even using a GoPro can be tricky, as the salt will leave a residue over the lens. If you want your photos in the Dead Sea – have someone take them from shore.

the dead sea

Is floating in the Dead Sea on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

Travel Insurance

It’s a good idea, no matter where your adventure takes you, to have travel insurance. You never know what might happen! Whether you get sick before your trip and can’t go, or you become sick or injured while on your adventure – being covered with travel insurance is a must. Some credit card companies do provide this service (check with yours), or you can get a quote from companies such as Squaremouth to find the best plan for you and your adventure. (This is the company I, personally, use. They are even recommended by Forbes!) To get a free quote, click here.

Visa Requirements

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  1. I would love to visit the Dead Sea someday. This is such good advice. I would have never known to not shave. Also, an old swimsuit is such a good idea. I’ve ruined new swimsuits in dirty lakes before.

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