Packing Tips

packing-suitcaseTravel light. A good rule of thumb is to gather together everything you want to bring; then take half of that. Eliminate all but the essentials and start packing a few days before you leave. That way, you’ll have time to think—not fret—about what you might be forgetting. To have a varied travel wardrobe, yet keep your luggage light, we recommend you select a color scheme and pack color-coordinated clothing items that can be mixed to create different outfits.

Packing Your Carry-On:  Using a daypack as a carry-on bag for your flights is a smart solution. We strongly urge you to pack your carry-on with at least one full change of clothes, your camera gear, medications, changes of socks and underwear, your important travel documents, and other irreplaceable items, in case your checked bags go astray. Store camera gear and important papers in plastic bags to protect them from dirt and moisture. With a daypack you can then remove these items on arrival and load your bag with the gear you’ll need on walking tours and excursions.  NOTE: Restrictions on what can be included in your carry-on luggage change frequently. To avoid inadvertently packing any restricted items in your carry-on luggage, we strongly suggest that you consult the Transportation Security Administration website at which keeps a current list of restricted items.

What not to pack: do not pack aerosol cans, as they tend to leak during air travel.  Avoid packing glass bottles; use plastic containers instead. Leave at home checkbooks and any credit cards not essential for your trip, valuable jewelry, and anything that
you would hate to lose.


Consider …Daily essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrush or comb, shaving items, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner, shower cap, body soap, etc.

Spare eyeglasses/contact lenses and your prescription

Sunglasses with a neck strap

Sunscreen, SPF 15 or stronger

Insect repellent with DEET

Travel money bag or money belt

Moisturizer, lip balm


Compact umbrella

Wide-brim sun hat or visor (seasonal)

Pocket-size tissues

Moist towelettes (packets) and/or anti-bacterial “water-free” hand cleanser

Flashlight, extra batteries/bulb

Photocopies of passport, air ticket, credit cards

Extra passport-sized photos

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