General Packing List
- One Suitcase (within airline specifications – under 50 lbs.)
- Backpack (for airline carry-on and day use)
- Layered, comfortable clothing options for unpredictable weather
- Rainproof / Windproof jacket or poncho
- Comfortable walking shoes with cushion support (closed toe, sneakers are fine)
- Dress clothes (if your group has a theatrical show or special event)
- Swim Suit (if pool time is allowed)
- Pajamas/sleeping attire
- Brimmed hat for shade (during summer months)
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Shampoo & Soap (also provided by the hotel)
- Hairbrush / Comb
- Sunscreen (summer months)
- Contact lens supplies (if necessary)
- Hygiene products
- Prescription Medication (in carry on and may want to be given to chaperone for distribution) Remember: No sharp objects in carry-on baggage. Pack toiletries in checked bag to avoid TSA limitations on container size. Please review TSA rules below.
- Picture Identification (if available)
- Money (about $25 cash /day, souvenirs and flight meals)
- Camera (labeled with name and number) with extra batteries, memory card, or film
- Journal / Writing utensil
- Reading material (during flights and bus rides between cities)
- Water bottle
- Travel umbrella
Layering of clothing is essential. Be prepared to add or remove clothing as weather changes. Comfortable shoes are essential also – you will be on your feet all day.
You will have to pass thru many security screens: avoid large metallic jewelry, big belt-buckles, studded garments, and loose change in pockets.
Airlines are getting skimpy with meals, so plan accordingly with flight snacks.
Make sure your luggage meets airline specifications- checked bags should not exceed 50 pounds. Pack medications and other valuables in carry on bag in case of lost luggage situations.
Travel and Security Administration: Travel Tips
Before you go...
• Pack liquids/gels/aerosols in your checked baggage. For a short trip you are permitted to carry-on 1 quart- size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding 3 ounces or less containers of liquids, gels or aerosols. Limited to one bag per traveler.
• Exceptions include: baby formula/breast milk/baby food while traveling with a small child, medications, liquids or gels for diabetics or other medical needs. All exceptions must be declared to the Security Officer for screening.
• All footwear must be removed for X-ray screening. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps.
• Pack valuables such as jewelry, cash and electronics, as well as fragile items, in your carry-on. This will speed the screening process.
• Avoid wearing accessories that contain metal, which will set off the metal detector.
• Put all undeveloped film in your carry- on bag, because checked baggage screening equipment may damage film.
• If carrying a Firearm, please check with your airline for appropriate procedures.
• Leave lighters at home. TSA collects thousands of lighters a day.
When you arrive...
• Take your quart-size plastic zip-top bag out of your carry-on and place separately in bin.
• Declare all permitted liquid exceptions to the Security Officer in front of the checkpoint.
• Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes out of their cases for screening.
• Remove your outer coat, suit coat, jacket or blazer to place in bin for X-ray.
• Place the following items in your carry- on before entering the screening checkpoint: cell phones and personal data assistants, keys, loose change, jewelry and large metal items.
For questions visit www.tsa.gov or TSA Contact Center toll-free at (866) 289-9673