How much luggage can I bring?
This one depends on the destination and trip you’re travelling on. Read your Contiki travel documentation carefully to understand luggage allowances for your specific trip.
Our typical luggage allowances;
For our European, North American, Australian and New Zealand trips, luggage is restricted to one decent sized, suitcase, approximately 29” × 20” × 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) with a maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the transport with you. Metal frame backpacks are not advised as their bulky shape makes packing vehicles tricky, plus they are more likely to damage other luggage.
For Latin America, Asia & other regions which have internal flights included in the itinerary, luggage weight restrictions must be within the restriction of the given airlines you’re travelling on. It’s up to you to ensure you keep within these measurements and weight restrictions, so please check this out before you travel as excess baggage fees will be at your own cost.
Some trips have specific luggage requirements, such as Contiki sailing, trekking and some Contiki camping trips – you will have this information sent to you in your pre-trip documents should this apply.
For our train trips please note you must be able to carry your own bags on this trip. As we will be taking public transport in cities & getting to the heart of the destinations we visit, pack wisely.
On European ski trips and New Zealand trips with a ski option you have the option to bring one pair of skis and ski boots or snowboard.
Why is the amount you can bring restricted?
As important as unlimited outfit choices are, all of the travellers’ luggage needs to fit on the various transport we operate during the trips. This typically accommodates 1 piece of large luggage per traveller.
Plus, you’re responsible for your own luggage, so less luggage = less carrying luggage. Win. Win.
Should I take a suitcase or backpack?
Depends where you’re travelling to. Trips to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands? A backpack will be your best bet. Oversized suitcases or metal framed backpacks are a no-go due to luggage limitations, but you can bring a smaller bag to pack for the Galapagos. Then you can leave your main suitcase at the hotel in Guayaquil to collect on return.Easy.
On Australia trips which include sailing and/or 4-wheel drive trips, there’s a super small luggage space so again, make sure you bring along a small bag to transfer your essentials into. Your regular luggage will be stored back at your accommodation.
Other than what's mentioned above, travelling with a backpack or suitcase is totally up to you. Weigh up the pros and cons of each here.
Is there any kind of dress code?
If there are specific dress requirements, we’ll let you know before you go. This is especially important if you’re travelling to areas where the culture and religion is different to your own. You’ll be able to get a good sense of the clothing needed from the day itineraries shown on the particular trip page.
On a day-to-day basis we recommend comfortable, casual clothing. Some trips do include bar/club or more formal evening activities, in this case packing a few more evening appropriate pieces is a good call.
If you’re jetting off to a sunny location, you’ll most likely have a beach day or a hotel pool, so swimwear is essential of course. Did we mention the pool parties at our chateau?
What should I pack for my trip?
Depending on where you are going and the time of the year you may need to pack swimwear, scarfs, sweaters, appropriate footwear, or evening wear. Warm clothing is always a good call, even in the summertime as temperatures can get chilly. Below is a checklist covering all the key travel items, take a look at this to see what might be relevant for the locations you’ll be travelling to:
- All relevant trip docs and info
- Rainproof jacket
- Thick sweater
- Casual shirts
- Casual skirts/dresses
- Smart trousers/jackets/dresses (for evening wear)
- Beach towel
- Evening shoes
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Camera / travel tech
- Insect repellent
- Tissues/antiseptic wipes
- Flashlight (if camping)
- Adapter (these may vary in locations)
For more packing and tips, head to six-two or use our ingenious Alexa skill packing guide (just say “Alexa, pack my bag!”)