Pack lightly. You will have to carry whatever you pack…up
stairs, or mountain sides…you never know. When packing, lay
out everything you want to take, and then only pack half that
amount. Planes, trains, and buses will help, but you will be
walking a lot of the time. Carrying your luggage will be difficult
if you pack too much.
Make sure you have at least one complete change of clothing in
your carry-on luggage, and a complete set of toiletries, in case
your stowed luggage does not make the trip.
Do not fill your bag with sweaters and jackets. Layering is
essential. Pick one lightweight jacket and sweater. Bring only
clothes that are machine washable (or sink-washable). Select dark
clothes. Dark clothes will lessen your need to do wash
(sounds dirty but you will learn). Avoid clothing that identifies
you as American, i.e., American flags, Old Navy/Gap, American
Eagle, U.S. Sports Teams etc. (You may have national pride, but it
is good to blend in).
Pack one nice outfit :
Females-comfortable slacks or dress/skirt
Males-button down shirt and slacks
For visits to cathedrals or churches, it is crucial to honor
the traditions of the country and not appear to be
Pack one nice outfit :
Pack plenty of socks, underwear and t-shirts (and
other unmentionables). Check the weather for
guidance on clothes selection. Or you can consult with a
travel agent or guidebook to check the temperature and weather
conditions for your destination and time of year.
Passport (and visa if required). Make three copies of your
picture/data sheet. Leave one with your family in the U.S., give
one to the group leader, and pack the last in another part of your
luggage. Your actual passport must be carried on your person at all
times. Travel stores sell various neck-strap wallets, or travel
belts to use. Do not carry items in a back or breast pocket.
Pick-pockets are quite savvy and a reality when traveling.
Airline tickets and photo I.D. and Insurance information, (Same
three-copy rule as with the passports.) Save coasters, postcards,
tickets stubs etc.
Cash, credit cards, ATM card, money
belt or neck wallet (invaluable for carrying money and important
documents). It is suggested you contact your bank and credit card company to let them know you are out of the country.NO FANNYPACKS! They are easily removed
and mark you as an American tourist.
When are you expected to call and check in with family and/or
friends? Phone cards are available for about 50
cents a minute. E-mail is available in Internet cafés
for about $1.50 a half-hour.
Remember to take a supply of prescription medicines in original
bottles in your carry-on luggage. Work with the pharmacist to get
smaller bottles with the dosage printed on them. Pharmacists are
familiar with the new travel requirements, too. This includes birth
Prescription medicines and written prescription. Keep written
prescriptions in your stowed luggage.
First aid kit (including: motion sickness medications, laxatives,
anti-diarrhea medicine, antacids, pain relievers, decongestants,
antiseptics, and bandages). Inoculations or immunizations are not
necessary in EU member nations, but you may prefer to have a flu
shot and MMR before departure.
Take advantage of new things.
Don't hang out only with Americans; visit with host nation citizens
Count your change after you buy things.
Take advantage of cultural events.
Always play it safe and follow your instincts.
The Access/Equity/Diversity Office provides access to a
database, "CultureGrams" which offers reports on
countries and territories. Each report includes 25 categories such
as land and climate, history, personal appearance, greetings,
gestures, family, diet, holidays, economy, education, health, and
events and trends. Link: http://online.culturegrams.com/