What to Bring

Packing List
Pack light! 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. 

We also ask travelers to be conscientious of cultural differences and pack accordingly. Keep in mind that some religious sites require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms and do not allow short skirts or flip-flops.

Clothing and Accessories

  • Comfortable walking shoes and one pair of nicer shoes

  • Shirts (short and long sleeved)

  • Socks and underwear

  • Watch

  • Shorts/pants/jeans

  • Pajamas

  • Bathing suit (if applicable)

  • Dressier outfit (reserved for a special night out)

  • Raincoat and/or umbrella

  • Lightweight nylon jacket or warm-up top (rather than bulky sweatshirts)


  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo/conditioner

  • Soap

  • Deodorant

  • Hairbrush/comb

  • Sunscreen

  • Any medications (in addition to a copy of any prescription)

  • Spare set of contact lenses/glasses (if applicable)


  • ATM card (Call the 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 $50 converted to foreign currency of the first county that you’re visiting

  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (available at travel stores)


  • An alarm clock (many hotel rooms won't have one)

  • An adaptor/converter (available at travel stores)

  • Camera with extra batteries or chargers (Batteries can be expensive abroad.)


  • Passport—it is required on all EF Educational Tours. Remember to bring a couple photocopies 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 its original container.)

Carry-on bag

  • The EF backpack is a perfect carry-on bag. Here’s a short list of things travelers might need on the first day of the trip. These should be packed in the carry-on in case the checked luggage is delayed:

  • Passport

  • Money

  • Airline ticket

  • Notebook and writing utensils

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (Check tsa.gov for current security requirements.)

  • Hairbrush

  • Contact lens case/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the plane)

  • A change of clothes (in case luggage is delayed)

  • Medication

  • Any valuables

To create your own personalized packing list, check out: http://www.dontforgetyourtoothbrush.com/

Know Before You Go

We’ve helped students and teachers explore the world for 50 years. Here are some of the most common topics our travelers and parents ask about.