Packing List

The bottom line for any trip abroad: Pack light! Keep in mind you’ll be toting your own luggage around at the airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—ideally in one suitcase and one carry-on bag.

To sort it all out, see our packing tips below.

Clothing
Toiletries
Money
Electronics
Documents
Carry-on-bag
Electronics Prohibited

Keep in mind that some religious sites require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms, and some do not allow shorts, short skirts or flip-flops.
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Shirts (short- and long-sleeved)
• Socks and underwear
• Shorts / pants / jeans
• Pajamas
• Bathing suit (if applicable)
• Dressier outfit and shoes (reserved for a special night out)
• Raincoat and/or umbrella

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush / comb
  • Sunscreen
  • Spare set of contact lenses / glasses (if applicable)
  • ATM card (call your bank prior to departure to alert them of the trip; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts)
  • Personal credit card
  • At least Rs. 500 on domestic trips and $75 converted to foreign currency of the first country that you’re visiting
  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (available at travel stores)
  • ATM card (call your bank prior to departure to alert them of the trip; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts)
  • Personal credit card
  • At least Rs. 500 on domestic trips and $75 converted to foreign currency of the first country that you’re visiting
  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (available at travel stores)
  • Passport (required on all International Educational Tours). Remember to bring a photocopy of it (in case it is lost) and leave one copy at home.
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • A copy of the tour itinerary
  • A list of important phone numbers and addresses to send postcards home
  • Copy of any prescriptions (Customs officials may want to verify that a container’s contents match its label, so all medication should be carried in their original containers.)

Here’s a short list of things you might need on the first day of the trip. Pack them in your carry-on in case your checked luggage is delayed.
• Passport
• Money
• Reservations ticket copy
• Toothbrush and toothpaste (remember, toothpaste needs to go in a one-quart Ziploc bag, and can’t be bigger than 50gms)
• Hairbrush
• Contact lens case/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the plane and at night)
• A change of clothes
• Medication
• Any valuables

  • Big Speakers
  • Music Systems
  • Musical Instruments

How to Bring It

On your flights and on the bus, you are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Touring coaches have luggage compartments based on the assumption of one suitcase per person, and local safety laws prevent suitcases from being put in the bus aisle. Your carry-on bag needs to be small enough to fit under a bus seat. One suitcase and one smaller bag/backpack is the way to go. If you have multiple bags even if they will fit it is harder to keep track! 

Choose a lightweight suitcase, preferably one with wheels. Please be mindful that airlines have specific weight limits and other luggage restrictions. Airlines also require that each article of luggage have at least one tag with your name and address information on it.* Before you leave, make a list of the total contents of your suitcase. If your luggage is lost, the list will help you file any insurance claims.

For domestic tours, for short trips you need to carry additional backpacks good enough to pack all stuff easily.

ET Learning Standards

● Engaging students with the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of cultures, languages and people.
● Raising awareness of cultural and historical diversity to help students develop a global perspective.
● Encouraging students to become self-directed learners, gaining self-confidence in their abilities to face new situations successfully.

Cultural Connections

ET tours are designed to connect students with the people and culture they're visiting. That's why cultural activities are included on every tour.