The bottom line when traveling: pack only what you need! Keep in mind you’ll be toting your own luggage on and off the bus or at the airport, and to and from your hotel. So bring what you need for each day of the trip. On the day of departure, once your luggage is stowed under the motorcoach, you will not have access to items until hotel check-in. Therefore, pack any valuables (camera, money, medicine, etc.) and/or a change of clothes in a carry-on bag that you need prior to departure for your first day. Also, on the final day of the trip, you will not be able to access your luggage until you arrive at home as it will be stowed under the motorcoach. Pack your valuables, change of clothes, etc. in your carry-on bag as well.
Be prepared for weather extremes, such as rain or wind with cooler than expected temperatures. Check www.accuweather.com to set up a weather advisory that can be sent directly to your email or as an app on your cell phone, and to find out average temperature highs and lows at your destination.
Plan to dress comfortably during the days. It makes sense to bring informal outfits including jeans, shorts, slacks and comfortable walking shoes. All clothing must be clean, neat and modest. Students, your teacher/sponsor may require you to adhere to your school dress code as well. If your group is going to the theater or planning a fine dining experience, include one dressy outfit.
To sort it all out, see our suggested packing list below:
- Comfortable walking shoes and one pair of nicer shoes
- Shirts (short- and long-sleeved)
- Bathing suit (if applicable)
- Dressier outfit (reserved for a theater night, special night out, fine dining, etc.)
- Raincoat, poncho or umbrella
- Sweater and/or jacket (if applicable)
- Trip tee-shirt (if applicable)
- Laundry bag with plastic liner
Keep in mind that some religious sites and churches require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms, and do not allow shorts, short skirts or flip-flops.
- Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)
- Medication (if needed)
Special Note: Remember, when flying with carry-on luggage, any liquids including shampoo, conditioner, liquid soap, sunscreen, etc. as well as toothpaste can’t be larger than 3 oz. and needs to be placed in one-quart Ziploc bags.
- Extra supplies (reeds, valve oil, mallets, etc.)
- Music stand
- Folder and music
- Costume and accessories (ties, shoes, stole/robe, dark socks, etc.)
- Spending money
- ATM card (if needed)
- Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (if applicable)
- Camera with ample batteries
- Cell phone
- iPod/MP3, etc.
- Copy of the tour itinerary
- List of important phone numbers, addresses, etc.
- Passport (if applicable)
- Copy of prescriptions (Customs officials in both the U.S. and Canada may want to verify that a container’s contents match the label. Therefore, all medication should be carried in its original container.)
It must be noted that trip participants will assume full responsibility for any valuables brought along on the trip. Unless there is a room safe, we suggest that you do not leave any valuables, medications, etc. in your hotel room while touring. We further suggest that you do not leave any valuables on the motorcoach, even when the motorcoach is locked.
Here’s a short list of items students, parents and teachers might need on the first and last days of their trip. As a reminder, each person should have a carry-on bag with them on the motorcoach or flight (in case the checked luggage is delayed).
- Passport (if applicable)
- Airline ticket (if applicable)
- Toothbrush/toothpaste (remember, if flying, toothpaste needs to go in a one-quart Ziploc bag and can’t be larger than 3 oz.)
- Contact lens/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the bus or plane)
- A change of clothes
- Any valuables (camera, iPod, book, etc.)
- Pillow (for travel on motorcoaches only)
The team at Kaleidoscope Adventures can customize a complete travel package catered to your needs and curriculum. We will assist you with hotel accommodations, transportation, attraction tickets, meals, sightseeing, shopping, special events, and unique performance venues plus more.