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LUGGAGE AND PACKING

HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?

This one depends on the destination and trip you’re travelling on.

For our European, North American, Australian and New Zealand trips, luggage is restricted to one decent sized, non-expanding 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 coach with you. Metal frame backpacks are not advised as their bulky shape makes packing the coach tricky, plus they are more likely to damage other luggage.

On Camping tours, the maximum dimensions are 28” × 18” x 9” (70cm x 45cm x 23cm) with a maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs).

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 check this out before you travel as excess baggage fees will be at your own cost.

WHY IS THE AMOUNT YOU CAN BRING RESTRICTED?

As important as unlimited outfit choices are, all of the travellers’ luggage needs to fit under the restricted area of the coach, which only accommodates 1 piece of large luggage per traveller. Plus, you’re responsible for your own luggage, so less luggage = less responsibility.

SHOULD I TAKE A SUITCASE OR BACKPACK?

Again, this is all dependent on where you’re travelling to. For 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, leaving your main suitcase at the hotel in Guayaquil to collect on return.

On our Australia trips which include sailing and/or 4-wheel drive trips, there is 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 base.

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, to show off your pro skiing skills.

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?

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. If you’re travelling to areas where the culture and religion is different to your own, it’s important to be respectful of this and cover up, in particular if you are going to churches, temples, or places of respect.

WHAT SHOULD I PACK FOR MY TRIP?

Dependent on where you are going and the time of the year you may need to pack swimwear, scarfs, sweaters, appropriate footwear, or eveningwear. 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:

1. Passport

2. Insurance

3. All relevant trip docs and info

4. Rainproof jacket

5. Shorts

6. Thick sweater

7. T-Shirts

8. Jeans

9. Casual shirts

10. Casual skirts/dresses

11. Smart trousers/jackets/dresses (for evening wear)

12. Swimwear

13. Beach towel

14. Sandals

15. Evening shoes

16. Comfortable walking shoes

17. Toiletries

18. Sunblock

19. Socks

20. Underwear

21. Sunglasses

22. Camera / travel tech

23. Chargers

24. Insect repellent

25. Tissues/antiseptic wipes

26. Flashlight (if camping)

27. Aspirin/medicines

28. Adapter (these may vary in locations)

 

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