Prepare for Your Trip

What to Bring

  • 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 a rain-proof shell.
  • 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 film/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 liquids, carry-ons, and proper identification at http://www.tsa.gov/

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What we give you

  • Emergency Cards – If applicable to your group, this waterproof card includes group leader, guide, and emergency contact information, and is attached to a mountain climbing carabiner.
  • Luggage Tags – Add your personal information to this tag and attach it to your luggage.
  • Travel Journal – Travelers to certain destinations will receive a small and easy-to-pack booklet full of destination background information, high-def photography, interesting facts and figures, and insightful questions that will get the gears going.
  • Global Gear – Some groups receive Global Gear (backpacks, t-shirts, Nalgene bottles, etc.) for their trip. Contact your group leader for more information.


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