Travel 101

Packing List & TSA

Below is our suggested packing list along with notes regarding TSA Security for groups that are flying

Packing List

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
  • Rainproof / 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
  • Swim Suit (if pool time is allowed)
  • Pajamas/sleeping attire
  • Brimmed hat for shade (during summer months)



  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo & Soap (also provided by the hotel)
  • Hairbrush / 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.



  • Picture Identification (if available)
  • Money (about $25 cash /day, souvenirs and flight meals)
  • 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



Layering of clothing is essential. Be prepared to add or remove clothing as weather changes. Comfortable shoes are essential also – you will be on your feet all day.

You will have to pass thru many security screens: avoid large metallic jewelry, big belt-buckles, studded garments, and loose change in pockets.

Airlines are getting skimpy with meals, 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 carry on bag in case of lost luggage situations.



Travel and Security Administration: Travel Tips


Before you go…

  • For all the latest security policies, visit TSA’s website.
  • Pack liquids/gels/aerosols in your checked baggage. For a short trip you are permitted to carry-on 1 quart- size, clear plastic, zip-top bag holding 3 ounces or less containers 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, which will set off the metal detector.
  • Put all undeveloped film in your carry- on bag, because checked baggage screening equipment may damage film.
  • If carrying a Firearm, please check with your airline for appropriate procedures.
  • Leave lighters at home. TSA collects thousands of lighters a day.


When you arrive…

  • Take your quart-size plastic zip-top bag out of your carry-on and place separately in bin.
  • Declare all permitted liquid exceptions to the Security Officer in front of the checkpoint.
  • Take your laptop and video cameras with cassettes out of their cases for screening.
  • Remove your outer coat, suit coat, jacket or blazer to place in bin for X-ray.
  • Place the following items in your carry- on before entering the screening checkpoint: cell phones and personal data assistants, keys, loose change, jewelry and large metal items.


For questions visit or TSA Contact Center toll-free at (866) 289-9673

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