Packing List & TSA Security Notes

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)
Clothing
  • 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)
  • Undergarments
  • Swimsuit (if pool time is allowed)
  • Pajamas/sleeping attire
  • Brimmed hat for shade (during the summer months)
Toiletries
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Shampoo & soap (also provided by the hotel)
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Deodorant
  • Sunscreen (summer months)
  • Contact lens supplies (if necessary)
  • Hygiene products
  • 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.
Miscellaneous
  • 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)
  • Water bottle
  • Travel umbrella
  • Sunglasses
Notes

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.

Travel and Security Administration Travel Tips

When you depart…

  • For all the latest security policies, visit TSA’s website.
  • 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.

For further questions regarding airport security, visit www.tsa.gov.

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