The bottom line for any trip abroad: Pack light! Keep in mind you’ll be toting your own luggage around at the airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—ideally in one suitcase and one carry-on bag. To sort it all out, see our packing tips below.
Clothing – (Keep in mind that some religious sites require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms, and some do not allow shorts, short skirts or flip-flops.)
Comfortable walking shoes
Shirts (short- and long-sleeved)
Socks and underwear
Bathing suit (if applicable)
Dressier outfit and shoes (reserved for a special night out)
Raincoat and/or umbrella
Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)
ATM card (call your bank prior to departure to alert them of the trip; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts)
Personal credit card
At least $50 converted to foreign currency of the first country that you’re visiting
Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (available at travel stores)
Alarm clock (many hotel rooms won’t have one)
Adaptor/converter (available at electronic stores)
Camera with ample batteries (batteries can be expensive abroad)
Passport (required on all Educational Tours Abroad). Remember to bring a photocopy of it (in case it is lost) and leave one copy at home.
Visas (if applicable)
A copy of the tour itinerary
A list of important phone numbers and addresses to send postcards home
Copy of any prescriptions (Customs officials may want to verify that a container’s contents match its label, so all medication should be carried in their original containers.)
A backpack is a perfect carry-on bag! Here’s a short list of things you might need on the first day of the trip. Pack them in your carry-on in case your checked luggage is delayed.
Toothbrush and toothpaste (remember, toothpaste needs to go in a one-quart Ziploc bag, and can’t be bigger than 3 oz)
Contact lens case/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the plane)
A change of clothes
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