The Essentials: Common Packing Tips for Your Upcoming Tour We are thrilled to join you for your next great getaway. But oh boy – it’s time to pack! If you are not sure how to begin this integral part of tour preparation, we have gathered a list of smart, essential advice to help you pack and keep your luggage in good, tidy shape. Prepare a packing list … and review it Keep a checklist of items you have added to your luggage. It will be hard to forget certain items when you have kept a good record. Double check your list when you are all packed. Is there anything you have left out by accident? Roll your clothes and consider purchasing packing cubes Make the most of the limited space you have by rolling your clothes. Tight rolls will help reveal more space to work with and may help organize your apparel. Speaking of organization, consider purchasing packing cubes. Typically a set of polyester or nylon containers, these compartments help sort your belongings into whatever categories that make the most sense for you. These can make a big difference when getting ready each morning on tour. Don’t pack essentials in your checked luggage Be sure to keep your important medication, toiletries, identification, and other necessities in your carry-on or personal item and not in your checked luggage. You will not have access to your luggage once it is checked-in at the airport until you retrieve it at your final destination. Also, consider packing a spare change of clothes in your carry-on in the rare scenario your luggage is delayed. Acquaint yourself with the 3-1-1 rule for liquids Do not pack full-sized liquids of any kind. If you bring full-sized liquids in your carry-on or personal item, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not allow them through an airport security checkpoint. Instead, keep your liquids in bottles no larger than 3.4 ounces, keep them together in one quart-sized zip-top bag, and limit one zip-top bag for this purpose per passenger. Standard-size bottles of water are welcome and recommended, but be sure to empty them before entering a security checkpoint. You can always refill the bottle on the other side. Pack for layers Temperatures may vary on your vacation, so consider bringing outfits with light layers. For example, pack an outfit with a t-shirt or another comfy wearable for your first layer, then something for warmth like a sweatshirt for your second layer, then something that will protect you from the elements, like a jacket, for your third layer. Think about your footwear Nothing ruins a vacation faster than feeling uncomfortable. While you may be tempted to buy new shoes or boots in advance of your vacation, we encourage you not to. Wear good, sturdy shoes that you already know are comfortable for walking. Most Holiday Vacations itineraries are fairly casual, so you do not have to pack your hiking boots. However if you are planning on going off the beaten path during your free time, you may want to bring water-resistant footwear. Leave some extra space If you will be bringing home souvenirs, be sure to leave extra space for them in your checked luggage. (Note that you could also mail your heaviest souvenirs to their recipients.) Perhaps more importantly, most airlines will charge an additional fee for luggage weighing more than 50 pounds. If your suitcase appears full as you are packing, review its contents and see what you can do without. Anything that you have included “just in case” may be a good candidate to leave home.