Travelling abroad for school is an exciting opportunity for both students and teachers. The chance to experience a new culture is something everyone should work for at least once in their life. Preparing to travel abroad as a group can often be stressful, though. Coordinating air plane schedules, finances, passports, and packing is a lot to worry about. To help you prepare, we’ve put together some tips to help you pack for your exciting trip abroad.
Travelling Abroad: 9 Essential Packing Tips
- Try for one bag and keep it as light as possible. Over-packers beware; you’ll have to pay either per bag or by weight when you check bags at the airport. The best thing you can do to save yourself money is to limit yourself to one carry-on bag and one checked bag. Many airlines will charge you extra if your checked bag is over 50 pounds so make sure you weigh it before you leave.
- Wear clothes more than once. For longer trips (anything over a week) don’t bother trying to bring a different outfit for every day. It will take up way too much room in your bag. Bring clothes that are comfortable, can be washed easily, and can be worn in multiple situations. If you’re worried about wearing the same thing too much, bring clothes you can mix and match and layer.
- This is pretty common knowledge by now but don’t forget that you cannot bring liquids in your carry-on bag! Pack all liquids including makeup in your checked suitcase. In case your luggage gets lost (knock on wood), try to pack any important prescriptions in your carry-on.
- Girls, don’t overdo it with the shoes. A couple of pairs is all you need and probably all you’ll be able to fit. This goes for guys too but you tend to have less of a problem with it.
- Roll your clothes. You’ll be able to fit a lot more stuff in your bag if your clothes are rolled up tightly. It’ll also help prevent wrinkles in your clothes.
- Keep money, your passports, any tickets, electronics, or other valuables with you carry-on bag.
- If you still find yourself tight on space, invest in some vacuum seal bags. You can get Ziploc Big Bags and load them with clothes, sheets, and pillows. This will save you incredible amounts of space and is surprisingly inexpensive.
- Make a list. Avoid forgetting anything and make a checklist of everything you need to bring with you on your trip. It’s important to not check anything off until it is already packed. Never underestimate your ability to forget something very important.
- Most countries will not have the same electrical outlets that we do. If you need to charge electronics on your trip buy a converter that will allow you to use the outlets at your destination.
There are many more things to think of when organising your group tour and we’re here to help! Give us a call with any questions on 02 9281 2741 or complete the form below!