Below is our suggested packing list along with notes regarding TSA security for groups that are flying
General Packing List
One suitcase (within airline specifications – under 50 lbs.)
Backpack (for airline carry-on and day use)
Layered, comfortable clothing options for unpredictable weather
Rain/windproof jacket or poncho
Comfortable walking shoes with cushion support (closed toe, sneakers are fine)
Dress clothes (if your group has a theatrical show or special event)
Swimsuit (if pool time is allowed)
Brimmed hat for shade (during the summer months)
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Shampoo & soap (also provided by the hotel)
Contact lens supplies (if necessary)
Prescription medication (in carry on and may want to be given to chaperone for distribution) Remember: no sharp objects in carry-on baggage. Pack toiletries in checked bag to avoid TSA limitations on container size. Please review TSA rules below.
Picture identification (if available)
Money (about $25 cash per day for souvenirs and snacks)
Camera (labeled with name and number) with extra batteries, memory card, or film
Journal & writing utensil
Reading material (during flights and bus rides between cities)
Layers of clothing are crucial. Be prepared to add or remove clothing as the weather may change. Comfortable shoes are essential – you will be on your feet all day.
You will have to pass through many security screens: avoid large metallic jewelry, big belt-buckles, studded garments, and loose change in pockets. Airlines rarely offer meals on domestic flights now, so plan accordingly with flight snacks. Make sure your luggage meets airline specifications – checked bags should not exceed 50 pounds. Pack medications and other valuables in your carry-on in case of luggage loss or delay.
Pack the majority of your liquids/gels/aerosols in your checked baggage, and wrap in plastic to avoid leakage under flight pressure.
If traveling with a carry-on only, you are permitted one clear plastic, zip-lock bag holding 3 ounces or less of liquids, gels, or aerosols. Limited to one bag per traveler. Exceptions include: baby formula/breast milk/baby food while traveling with a small child, medications, liquids or gels for diabetics or other medical needs. All exceptions must be declared to the security officer for screening.
All footwear must be removed for x-ray screening. Wearing footwear that can be easily removed helps.
Pack valuables such as jewelry, cash and electronics, as well as fragile items in your carry-on. This will speed the screening process.
Avoid wearing accessories that contain metal as they will set off the metal detector.
When you arrive…
Place the following items in your carry-on before entering the screening checkpoint: cell phones, keys, loose change, jewelry, and large metal items.
Take your quart-size plastic zip-top bag out of your carry-on and place separately in bin.
Take your quart-size plastic zip-top bag out of your carry-on and place separately in bin, and declare all permitted liquid exceptions to the security officer in front of the checkpoint.
Take your laptop and other large electronics out of their cases for screening.
Remove your outer coat, jacket, or blazer to place in bin for x-ray screening.