What should I pack?
Clothing should be chosen for comfort and packing space. There is no need to pack formal clothing while on a tour. To find out what the weather will be like, we recommend www.wunderground.com. When packing, keep in mind that you will want to leave room for souvenirs. Also be aware that some “holy sites” require men to cover their head (any hat is fine) and everyone to cover their shoulders and knees. Since most of our trips include extensive walking and sightseeing lasts most of the day, it is a good idea to dress in layers to stay comfortable. Make sure you bring a good pair of walking shoes that are already broken-in (close-toed recommended).
A recommended packing list would include:
- 3-5 pairs of pants, shorts, or capris pants
- 1 shirt per day
- Undergarments (including undershirts)
- Bathing suit
- Comfortable walking shoes (already broken-in) and possibly a pair of slippers/loafers for your room and on the airplane
- Accessories (light jacket, raincoat, umbrella, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hat)
- Motion sickness medicine (Bonine or Dramamine) and Imodium for sour stomach
Please note: While most hotels do offer laundry services, it can be expensive. If needed, please discuss directly with your guide for alternative laundry options.
Liquids are only allowed in small quantities in your carry-on bag, so it is recommended to pack most toiletries in your checked luggage. As you pack, save space by bringing travel sized products. Liquids have a tendency to expand at high altitudes. In your checked luggage, it is best to pack liquids in screw-top bottles and store them in plastic bags in case they spill. These bags will be useful later when packing wet bathing suits, washcloths, or dirty shoes. You may also wish to pack a few travel packets of laundry detergent. Some hotels abroad do not furnish washcloths or facial soap. If these are desired, please be sure to bring your own.
An adapter (which changes the shape of the plug) and/or a converter (to change the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an electric appliance in a foreign country. Most European and Middle Eastern countries use 220 volts instead of the 120 used in the United States. Universal adapters and converters can be purchased at most retail stores selling electronics.
We highly recommend that you take ALL medicines needed during your trip with you in a carry-on bag. DO NOT put medicines in your checked luggage. In the event your luggage is delayed or lost, you will not have access to your medicine when needed.