The tour is planned. The students are excited. But young people may have never had the opportunity to experience travel. Packing is a whole new world to them. Sometimes, your young charges need some good advice, when it comes to packing what they need on a student trip.
We’re offering these smart packing tips for student travel in 2017 as a service to educators and parents planning a student trip. Feel free to print them off and offer them to your students as part of the total student travel experience.
What do I really need?
Experienced travellers know that smart packing is economical packing. Pack what you really need. We know that’s a tall order when you’re excited about going somewhere you’ve never been, but we can’t stress it enough.
Do you need those towering heels? Probably not. You’re going to be walking – a lot. Towering heels may look snazzy, but they’re not very practical for travel. Comfortable footwear is what you want. One pair of dressier shoes and one pair of rugged walking shoes are probably enough, depending on the climate.
And that is key. Take into consideration the climate of the place you’re travelling to and the season and pack accordingly.
Keep it versatile.
Because you’re packing economically, you need to think about how your clothes go together. Choose items that mix and match well and are durable.
For example, jeans go with everything, but you’ll also need dress pants/a skirt for less casual occasions. Remember to include items like sweaters, t-shirts and lightweight jackets that can be layered with other pieces.
Dark colors are always best for travel, because they’re much better at hiding spills (which are a common travel hazard). Make sure that whatever you take coordinates well with other items you’re packing.
Lay out your clothing and see what goes best together, taking into consideration comfort and durability. Those skinny jeans are awesome, but are they comfortable? Be brutal!
And that brings us to choosing practicality over fashion.
We know you want to look your best and put your best foot forward. Just remember that you’re going to be very active for the duration of your trip. That means sacrificing a little fashion in favor of practicality.
You may love your fashion items, but do those sneakers look like their going to stand up to all the walking you’ll be doing? Are they going to stay looking clean after you’ve been tramping over a Civil War battlefield or through the streets of New York City?
Ask yourself. Then give yourself an honest answer.
These basic smart packing tips for student travel in 2017 are offered in the interest of ensuring you have the best experience possible. Packing economically for versatility and practicality is a reward in itself.
Remember – you’ll want to leave a little room for a few cherished souvenirs!
Junior Tours has been creating exceptional trips for students since 1967. Contact us for a quote and sample itinerary. Let us put the world at your feet!