Every year, EF takes thousands of students on the trip of a lifetime—with 50 years of experience, we’ve also seen our share of packing mistakes on tour. Here are our tips on how to save yourself plenty of trouble by avoiding the three most common packing mistakes!
Often we see students dragging gigantic, heavy suitcases through the airport. When you’re on tour, you can expect to be carrying your luggage over cobblestoned streets and up and down flights of stairs, so you will want to be efficient in packing.
Most people tend to overpack, by bringing too many clothes, shoes and accessories (Pro tip: try editing your on-tour wardrobe by bringing along pieces that you can wear multiple times (like hoodies, cardigans, and other versatile garments) without leaving room for souvenirs and other keepsakes from their time abroad.
Here are our tips to save space and leave more room for souvenirs:
Be prepared! The reality of travel is that sometimes the unpredictable happens, and your luggage could get lost or delayed.
Don’t be left stranded. Here’s what you need in your carry-on, just to be safe:
It’s not fun landing in a new country and having to scramble to find these things, when all you want to do is relax and enjoy your trip.
Be sure to pack clothing that works for your destination! We were recently on service learning trip and one student didn’t have a raincoat in the rainforest, which made for a very soggy time for them. Don’t get caught in the rain!
Check your destination’s weather forecast and make sure you have warm layers or rain gear if you need it. Also, be practical—if you’re going to be walking on the cobblestone streets of Quebec City, you may not want to be wearing those dress shoes.