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Packing for your tour
Make packing easy with our suggested packing list
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Prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime

Packing for your tour

What to pack and the suggested travel packing list

It doesn’t matter if this is your first overseas trip or if you’ve been on many international group tours before, it’s always helpful to have a travel packing list to make sure you don’t forget any of the essentials.

A travel packing list can help create order when you’re faced with, what can be, the daunting task of packing for your international travel trip – trying to think about all the places you’ll go, the weather, the occasions, and the different cultural etiquettes…. there is a lot to consider when you’re going to pack!

To make it easy, we suggest printing the below lists out and crossing things off as you pack them – it’s the safest way of making sure that you don’t leave home without any of the essentials.

For detailed information regarding money and cash while on tour, refer to our Money on Tour webpage.

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What to bring

  • The golden rule is, put everything out that you intend to bring, and then halve it!
  • Only pack comfortable clothing and remember, if you can't carry it yourself, you have packed too much
  • Most trips do not include porterage. As you pack, remember that you’ll be carrying your suitcase through airports and hotels. If you are purchasing luggage for the trip, consider luggage on wheels.
  • On your flights and on the bus, you are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. European coaches have luggage compartments based on the assumption of one suitcase per person, and local safety laws prevent suitcases from being put in the bus aisle. Your carry-on bag needs to be small enough to fit under a bus seat.
  • Your bags

  • The golden rule - if you can't carry it yourself, you have packed too much.
  • On your flights and on the bus, you are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. European coaches have luggage compartments based on the assumption of one suitcase per person, and local safety laws prevent suitcases from being put in the bus aisle. Your carry-on bag needs to be small enough to fit under a bus seat.
  • Bring a lightweight suitcase (use luggage on wheels for extra ease). The limit is 44lbs per person, which includes one suitcase and one small carry-on item. Airlines require ID tags on suitcases.
  • Keep a list of the total contents of the suitcase. If your luggage is lost, the list will help you file any insurance claims.
  • Packing restrictions

  • Since September 11th, many airlines have adjusted their baggage limits and weight restrictions, as well as limiting the type of items passengers can have in their carry-ons. After you find out what airline you are flying on, you might want to check their website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Also, check out the latest packing and security tips for air travellers by visiting the Transportation Security Administration website at www.tsa.dot.gov/public/theme_home1.jsp
  • Lost luggage

  • Unless in the care of the airline, your luggage is your responsibility and should never be left unattended.
  • If you lose your luggage on the flight, you must file a claim at the airline's lost-luggage office before leaving the customs hall of the airport.
  • If your luggage is stolen, you must file a police report to be covered by any insurance plan.
  • Power adapters

  • In most of Europe and Argentina, electric current is 220 volts, not 110 as in the U.S. (it’s 110 in Costa Rica).
  • Buy a hairdryer or razor adaptable to 220 volts (most travel appliances are).
  • You can purchase voltage adapters, dual voltage hairdryers and other travel accessories at most airports.
  • Cultural etiquette

  • Visitors wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, tank tops or sleeveless shirts may not be allowed into some churches, cathedrals, or cultural/religious sights.
  • If it is warm, females may want to pack a long, light skirt and scarf to slip on over shorts and around the shoulders.
  • Travel Packing List - Main suitcase

    The basics
  • Two pairs of shoes, one for walking and one for dressier occasions—theatre, dinner etc. Never bring new shoes!
  • Jeans - you’re almost always guaranteed to need them, and you can wear them almost daily if you need to
  • A pair of casual shorts (weather permitting) [li]A Pair of nicer pants, skirt or dress - these can rotate in to replace jeans or can be used to dress up for the theatre or dinner
  • T-shirts or collared shirts (short and long-sleeved)
  • Something warm that can be layered – a sweater, flannel shirt, windbreaker or sweatshirt. The key to packing right is layering. Weather in Europe can be unpredictable
  • Sleepwear
  • Swim suit (weather permitting)
  • Underwear and socks
  • Toiletries and cosmetics
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deoderant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Hairbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Medicines – Contact lenses, aspirin, Alka-Seltzer, band-aids, disinfectant. Keep medication you’re currently using in your carry-on bag and let your Group Leader know what you are carrying
  • Tissues/Kleenex
  • Electronics
  • Cellphone charger
  • Adapter/power converter to suit the countries of travel
  • A travel alarm clock or watch (battery-operated)
  • Camera with batteries, chargers, and enough storage
  • Miscellaneous
  • Travel umbrella/raincoat
  • Hat
  • Extra photocopy of your passport and visa, two extra passport photos, and an extra list of your travellers check numbers
  • ATM cards and money in the foreign currency. Refer to the Money on tour page on the website for more information
  • Travel Packing List - Carry-on Bag

  • Passport and visas - never pack travel documents in your suitcase
  • Essential toiletries such as toothbrush and toothpaste and a change of clothing in case your luggage is lost
  • Reading material for your flight
  • Travel pillow, eye mask, ear plugs or anything else to make your flight more comfortable
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra set of glasses or contact lenses
  • Any necessary medication
  • Address book, travel journal and pens
  • Your itinerary and hotel list. This is vital should you ever become separated from the rest of the group and have to give your hotel address to a taxi driver
  • Photocopy of your air ticket and passport. Your Group Leader normally holds the airline tickets for the whole group
  • List of travellers check numbers, PIN numbers, US and overseas telephone numbers for any credit cards, bankcards, etc.
  • International phone card (pre-purchase from http://www.gphone.com)