See our recommendations for luggage selection and packing. Learn about airline baggage allowances and rules so you can plan your packing wisely. In this section, our Tour Managers offer up tips for packing based upon their many years of expertise. Learn about how to pack your medications and our suggestions for the best footwear choices!
We recommend that you travel with one suitcase with wheels that you can easily maneuver and one compact bag, backpack or purse. Limiting your luggage to one piece makes it easier for you to handle getting in and out of buses and hotels.
Please refer to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov or your individual airline’s website for up-to-date packing restrictions. Note that certain items are not allowed in your carry-on bag, such as bottles full of water or large tubes of toothpaste. For a comprehensive list of these items, refer to your airline’s website.
We recommend that you carry all of your valuables including your medication, jewelry, money, passport, eyeglasses, contact lenses, camera, computer, and chargers onto the plane with you to reduce the chance of their being lost. We also recommend carrying your toothbrush and a change of shirt and underclothes, in case your suitcase is delayed.
The airline allows ONE checked bag not to exceed 62″ total (length + width + height). Again, check the airline website for the latest updates. Checked baggage fees may apply.
WEIGHT LIMIT: Not to exceed 50 lbs per bag. Some airlines charge for each checked bag, and all airlines charge for additional bags. Again, check your airline’s website for details. Checked baggage fees may apply.
ONE CARRY ON: The airline allows one carry-on bag or other small bag, which fits in the space under your seat. The airline will strictly enforce the one carry-on bag rule. You may also bring aboard one personal item such as a purse or laptop. Please keep in mind that all carry-on bags are subject to search.
3-1-1 LIQUIDS RULE
You are permitted by the TSA to bring one quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Check the TSA website for further details.
WHAT TO BRING
- Tour handbook
- Flight e-ticket record, located inside your MCI neck wallet
- Concert attire and shoes
- Music for concerts, if applicable
- Instruments and other concert props, if applicable
- Credit and debit cards with PIN numbers
- Cash in small denominations in home or local currency (best used only as a back up to credit and debit cards with PINs)
- Secure purse or wallet for your valuables, ideally with a zipper
- Pen or pencil for note-taking and journal writing
- Phone and/or camera with an extra memory card
- Chargers for electronics and phone
- American Expeditions electrical adapter
- Personal toiletries
- Medications in original bottles
- Reading material, music, headphones
- Eyeshades, earplugs, inflatable pillow
- Weather-appropriate touring clothes (please no bare shoulders or short shorts at churches and holy sites)
- Shawl to cover shoulders/legs and to keep you warm
- Comfortable, weather-resistant walking shoes or sneakers
- Sunglasses & sunscreen
- A light weatherproof jacket or raincoat
- Collapsible umbrella, just in case!
- Hats, gloves, and a scarf
- Eyeglasses, contact lenses and lens solution
- Hand wipes or liquid sanitizer
- Band-aids and tissues
- Refillable water bottle (a clear bottle is ideal, as some attractions to do not allow visitors to bring opaque bottles)
Individuals who must carry medications in large supplies (such as insulin for diabetics) are advised to carry a memo on physician’s letterhead stating the following: full name of the drug, condition for which it was prescribed, dosage per day, quantity of drug necessary for the period of time traveling and a section stating that it is required for the well-being of the individual. It is also suggested that all medications be carried in their original containers with the pharmacist’s label attached.
It may be required to show such documentation when passing through customs. Please refer to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov or your individual airline’s website for official instructions on transporting medications.
When preparing for a trip, remember that packing light can really make your tour experience more enjoyable. Here are a few packing tips of our own that we find helpful when preparing for a trip:
– It is best to travel with wheeled luggage or bags that can easily be strapped over one or both shoulders to make it easier for you to maneuver or carry. We recommend walking around with your luggage at home to test whether or not it is manageable to move with before your trip. It is also advisable to bring a small day bag to use as your carry-on so that you can comfortably carry items around with you while on tour.
- Pack light!
– Before departing for your trip, make a list and go through each individual object that you are considering to decide whether or not it is crucial to have with you. The less you bring, the less you will need to roll or carry when you arrive in airports and hotels and get on and off the bus. Plan your attire for each day of your tour so you can maximize mix and match options. A pair of black pants for example can be worn for a few days with different tops. One blazer can serve for many different outfits.
– When packing your luggage, remember that you will want your clothing and other items to be easily accessible. Rolling clothing, rather than folding and stacking it, helps to conserve room in your suitcase and will help you make sure that outfits are easily reached. When folding items that wrinkle easily such as dress shirts, try laying a t-shirt or other non-wrinkle item on it and folding that into the shirt; this will help to keep deep creases from forming. Most hotels will have an iron in your room that you can also use to make sure your clothes look nice.
– We recommend bringing as few pairs of shoes as possible on your tour since they take up a lot of space and can be heavy. You should be sure to bring shoes that are comfortable, have been broken in and have proper walking support since you will be spending a fair amount of time on your feet.