A packing list of everything you will need on your group travel adventure.
Our #1 packing tip: pack light! Preparation makes perfect, so use this packing list before heading out on your educational trip:
- Shoes – Bring two pairs for lots of walking and possible rain. No sandals or flip-flops!
- Clothes – Prepare with layers. Pack some shorts, a pair of jeans, a sweartshirt and small jacket, and in case the weather gets wet and/or cold, bring a hat and rain-proof clothes.
- Toiletries – Travel size items that fit in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag. Hair dryers are straighteners are discouraged.
- Backpack, satchel, or purse – Anything you can carry the essentials (camera, cash, cellphone, etc.) inside of that zips or snaps shut.
- Sunscreen – It’s called “the great outdoors” for a reason (you’re outside…a lot).
- Spending money – At most, you might need an extra $20-$25 each day for snacks or souvenirs.
- Camera and batteries – These items will be hard to find on location, and will most likely cost more there than at home.
- Journal – For certain trips, Global Travel Alliance provides every traveler with a Travel Journal. However, you can always bring your own, small-sized notebook or journal for writing things down or sketching memories.
Read more about proper identification at http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/acceptable-ids
- Travel light! Leave any expensive jewelry and anything you would be heartbroken to lose at home.
- Remember that traveler names MUST match names on official identification, such as a driver’s license.
- Weather can be erratic and rain is possible. Pack comfortable clothing for layering, appropriate shoes for considerable walking, and rain wear.
- Since airline regulations continue to change, we encourage the following luggage limitations: one checked bag (50 pound maximum; 62” size maximum) or one carry-on bag (40 pound maximum; 45” size maximum). A backpack is recommended as a second carry on since you can use this for touring as well. Note: baggage maximum size measurements are shown as a total number of inches, such as 45″. This is the total of the length, width and height of the piece. There are standard sets of dimensions that go to make up these totals (for example, 22 x 14 x 9 is the standard for 45″).
- There is a charge each way to check each bag, usually $15 – $30. Cash should be collected at the airport for the return trip to cover checked bag fees.
- Allow extra room for any gifts or souvenirs you may purchase. Airlines are strict regarding carry-on baggage. Please note that with today’s heightened security, any “toy” souvenirs that are possible weapons, including lighters, will be confiscated. Snow globes are also not allowed onboard.
- We suggest that you write your name and address inside your suitcase. Keep a record of your suitcase contents and in your carry-on bag for additional security.
- If you take a prescribed medication, you must provide your group leader with a copy of the prescription. Do not mix medicine in the same bottle. It is very important to check with your doctor regarding your medication and any health concerns you may have prior to your trip. Be certain that medication is clearly marked and appropriately prescribed!
- DO NOT pack prescribed medication in your checked suitcase. We always recommend that travelers carry on their luggage, but if it’s necessary for you to check a bag, please remember to keep this medication inside of the personal item (backpack, purse, etc.) that will be carried onto the airplane.
For updates on permitted and prohibited checked and carry-on items please review the following website from the Transportation Security Administration: http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/prohibited/permitted-prohibited-items.shtm