Travel Items & Travel Tips

What to Bring

  • Passport: keep in a zipper pouch on your person. Have an extra passport picture on you in case you loose your passport, it make replacing it easier.
  • School ID (if applicable): to avoid additional admission costs
  • Small backpack: Use as your carry on.
  • Luggage: Be sure your luggage has your name on the outside, and also on the INSIDE. (This way if the tag is lost, the airline will still know whom it belongs to.)
  • Addresses/Phone numbers: Bring complete addresses and phone numbers of the place(s) you are staying in case your luggage gets lost.
  • Valuables: Pack all valuables (jewelry, medicine, etc.) in your carry on. If your luggage is lost you don't want to chance loosing your valuables.
  • Prescriptions: Bring copies of prescriptions for refills, if needed.
  • Toiletries: To avoid over packing, check with your accommodation to see if they have a hairdryer, iron, shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Jacket/Umbrella: Bring a light jacket/poncho and a small umbrella or raincoat.
  • ATM Card: Bring your ATM card with you. Very Important: Call your bank to tell them you are going abroad so you will be able to use your ATM card and also bring the name and phone number (the direct line) of your banker just in case you need funds made available while abroad.
  • Credit Cards: Bring credit cards. Very Important: Remember to call your credit card companies before you leave to make them aware that there will be charges on your card from a different country so they won't put a hold on your card. Also, bring their international phone number with you so if you need to call them you will have it ready. (800 numbers don't work!). It is a good idea to bring two types, i.e. VISA, MasterCard, American Express in case one is not accepted. You may also want to check on with your credit and debit cardholder to see how much they charge you for international purchases. You may be surprised to see the difference when you compare companies or banks.
  • Traveler's checks: We do not advise bringing traveler's checks. Many restaurants and stores do not accept them because of currency fluctuation but you can exchange them at hotel front desks and banks.
  • Batteries: Bring extra batteries since they are usually more expensive overseas.
  • Comfortable footwear: You will be walking/touring a lot so be comfortable.
  • Swimsuit: Always pack a swimsuit - even if it's winter, there might be a heated pool or Jacuzzi.
  • Collapsible suitcase is a good idea for shopping purchases.
  • Laptop hardware, chargers (for cell phone, digital camera, shaver, etc.)
  • Cell Phone: Be sure your cell phone is set up to make international calls.
  • Washcloth & towel: one set
  • Travel alarm clock: (battery powered)
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Camera: (mark with your name and contact number)
  • Ziploc bags: are handy for wet clothes & towels, shampoo bottles, etc.
  • Pen and/or pencil: especially if you are completing a journal
  • Converter and/or adapter plug: for anything electric
  • Playing cards, travel games, 1 or 2 books, magazines
  • Pocket dictionary
  • Socks & underwear (enough for each day of the tour, unless you plan on hand washing)
  • 2-3 pair nice pants/jeans and/or shorts (no holes or tears, each pair to be worn several times)
  • 4-5 short-sleeved shirts (plan on wearing each more than once)
  • Remember: What you bring, you will carry!

Note on clothing: You should pack enough clothes to last at least a week. It may be difficult, but it is usually possible to wash some items at the hotels. Bring the same kinds of clothes that you would wear to school. The weather in Europe should be comparable to what we normally experience in the U.S. Please, however, leave the "well-worn" and "holey" jeans and T-shirts at home! As a representative of your high school, you will want to look your best! In addition, we'll be doing considerable walking, so you should have a good pair of walking shoes.

What NOT to bring:

  • Anything you would be devastated to lose
  • Expensive jewelry, including expensive watches
  • Electronic equipment (personal DVD players, iPods, etc.)
  • Cell phones (many don't work overseas)
  • Overly patriotic clothing
  • Offensive clothing
  • Revealing clothing (spaghetti-strap tank tops, crop tops, short shorts, short skirts, etc.). Such attire is not appropriate for visiting churches and will attract unwanted attention.
  • Bulky sweatshirts
  • Rollerblades
  • Musical instruments (guitar, etc.)
  • Rolling carry-on bags (like flight attendants use)
  • Lighters

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