Recommended: One small, personal carry-on bag and one large piece of luggage
CARRY-ON BAG/PERSONAL BACKPACK (labeled with name)
- Glasses/sunglasses/contact lens cases as needed for easy access.
- Spending money secured in a wallet or small purse/vending machine money (change) if access allowed; a recommended total amount is no more than $30-$50.
- Light rain gear or travel umbrella/poncho; sweater or sweatshirt; wind/waterproof jacket.
- Healthy snacks and drinks (must be resealing or have screw-top lid; no gum, no chocolate or sticky candies, no dairy/peanuts, no canned carbonated drinks). Individual dietary restrictions must be provided well in advance to trip venues serving meals; teachers should convey this info to The Travel Store. Label water bottle with name; water is the preferred take-along beverage. Follow school policy on energy drinks and highly caffeinated drinks
- Electronic devices as permitted (MUST include headphones; extra batteries, charging devices); do not bring gaming systems to attach to hotel TVs; follow teacher guidelines on use of laptops. All such personal electronics brought on the trip remain the sole responsibility of the student.
- Cell phones to be used per guidelines established by teachers.
- Books, magazines, small games.
- Medications & instructions/permission forms as school requires—follow policy established by teachers for safe storage, access, and administration; medications must be in original container, clearly labeled.Grooming items and personal hygiene items; hair bands or tie-backs
- Hats or visors, as allowed exceptions to school dress codes within reasonable and appropriate use.
- Small pillow/rolled towel and small light lap blanket for bus ride.
- Pocket-sized hand sanitizer.
- Journal or notebook, assignments, and writing implements if required.
LUGGAGE (labeled with name); see airlines/TSA website recommendations as necessary
Do not overpack! Also refer to school dress codes. A common error is to take too many clothes and unnecessary toiletries. Each student MUST be able to carry his/her own luggage. Usually one suitcase and one carry-on bag is sufficient. Remember to use resealing Ziploc-style bags to hold items that could leak.
- Layered clothing (for weather & temperature adjustments) that is per school dress-code regulations (Suggestions: 3 casual shirts, 2 pairs of pants/jeans/shorts, light jacket); Note: Denim is heavy if wet!
- Comfortable walking/hiking shoes, sneakers, or other close-toed shoes; no flip-flops! Save them for the beach. Also, give careful consideration to dress shoes that may be needed for formal sites. There is often a great deal of walking on uneven street surfaces to access venues.
- Sleepwear (must be modest); no sleeping bags, bulky pillows, comforters, quilts, or large stuffed animals
- Change of underwear and socks/day
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Shampoo and soap (may be provided at hotel); deodorant
- Lotions or creams necessary for pre-existing conditions
- BEACH TRIP on your itinerary? Bring lip balm and sunscreen at least SPF 15 (follow teacher directions on application with non-aerosol products preferred); insect repellent (non-aerosol); beach towel ; water shoes or waterproof sandals; extra Ziploc bags or plastic grocery bags as needed for wet clothing
- Small flashlight
- Spare glasses or contact lenses
- Follow school policy regarding knives, lighters, markers, and other hazardous items.
- Minimal jewelry –only non-valuable items
PLEASE NOTE THIS REMINDER FOR YOUR HOTEL STAY: Courteous and responsible behavior should be maintained in the hotel at all times. Running and loud noise as well as in-room “gymnastics” will not be permitted. Room service, pay TV, video game hook-ups, long-distance phone calls, plus any other charges are not allowed. Safety guidelines will be in place as announced by teachers. Students may not leave hotel rooms unaccompanied by a chaperone. Security guards will intercede as necessary. Any damages to hotel rooms/property will be the sole financial and behavioral consequence for the student.