Here are some tried-and-true tips that will make preparing for your educational tour easier and more efficient.
- Examine your itinerary before packing to make sure that you pack activity-appropriate clothes. Are you going to be hiking? Or attending the theater? Make sure you are aware of your itinerary so that you can comfortably participate in all of your activities! Log in to view your itinerary.
- Check the weather forecast for your specific destination so you can pack weather-appropriate clothes. Visit Weather.com for more detailed climate information and weather forecasts.
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- Make a list of all the items you are going to need on your trip, then check items off as you put them in your luggage.
- Pack light! Bring only the essentials. Remember, you are responsible for carrying your own luggage, so don’t make it so heavy that you can’t pick it up!
- Make the most of your limited space. You can only bring one standard-sized luggage and one carry-on bag with you on your tour. Roll up your heavy clothing before packing them, stuff your socks and belts into your shoes and wear your jacket on the plane to maximize space. Don’t forget to leave room for souvenirs!
- Mix and Match. Pack jeans, khakis and plain T-shirts that can be worn more than once and swapped around to create more outfits.
- Pack a dressy outfit! Many cathedrals and religious sites require that shoulders and knees be covered. If it is warm, plan for this by packing a light sweatshirt and long pants or skirt for women.
- Bring travel-sized toiletries. Bring your shampoo and moisturizer in smaller sizes to reduce space, and the weight, of your luggage.
- Pack all important items in your carry-on. Unfortunately, lost luggage happens. Pack your passport and visas, your money, medications and a change of clothes in your carry on, so that you still have your travel essentials should your checked luggage be misplaced.
- Make your luggage stand out. Tie a brightly colored ribbon to the handle of your luggage to make it easy to pick out at a crowded baggage claim.
Explorica recommends that you review the regulations and suggestions on the Transportation Security Administration travel information page to ensure that your luggage meets the transportation requirements.
We also strongly recommend you check with your flight provider regarding their luggage charge policies. Please note that any additional charges applied by your flight provider regarding luggage are neither collected by Explorica, nor included in your Tour Fee. Here are some links to our partners' baggage policies. Please note: Luggage restrictions for flights to China are even more restrictive than most countries. There is a limit of 20 KG (about 44 pounds) for checked baggage and 5 KG (about 11 pounds) for carry-on luggage.
The US Transportation Security Administration warns travelers of additional security regulations on their inbound flight to the United States. Travelers with any electronic or battery powered devices (mobile telephones, tablets, e-books, laptops, etc.) may be required to turn on their device in front of security teams and/or demonstrate the item’s functionality. If travelers are not able to demonstrate that their device has power, they will not be allowed to take their device with them on their planned service. It will not be possible for travelers to place the item in their hand or hold luggage—they will have to leave the item behind or re-book an alternative flight at their own expense. Explorica advises travelers to do all they can to ensure that items are fully powered before arriving at the airport.