All participants are permitted to bring one large suitcase and one carry-on. Keep in mind when choosing a suitcase that you will be carrying your luggage through airports and hotels and getting on and off busses. Please check the baggage regulations on the airline’s website and the TSA website before you pack. Make sure you have a luggage tag with your name, home phone number and final destination on both your checked bag and carry-on. It’s also a good idea to write this information on a piece of paper to put inside your suitcases in case your luggage tags fall off.
PACKING YOUR MAIN SUITCASE
Pack light and bring less than you think you’ll need. You’ll be carrying your luggage around and don’t want it to weigh you down. Also, you’ll probably buy gifts and souvenirs and will need the extra space. Do not bring valuables!
Suggested items to pack:
- Shorts (not too short!)
- Jeans or other pants
- T-shirts (when we go into churches you will need to cover your shoulders)
- Skirt, dress or nice slacks for girls
- Trousers or khakis and polo for boys (or something nice)
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Nicer pair of shoes for dinners
- Swimsuit, sunscreen & beach towel
- Toiletries and cosmetics
- Travel umbrella
- Travel alarm clock (or cell phone with alarm)
- Adaptors for outlets
- Electric appliances adaptable to 220 volts (or a voltage adapter)
- Gift for host family (if applicable)
PACKING YOUR CARRY-ON
Try to keep your carry on light as well.
Suggested items to pack:
- Your itinerary and hotel list
- Necessary medication
- Essential toiletries and a change of clothes in case your suitcase arrives late
- A cardigan or jacket in case it gets chilly on the plane or during the trip at night
- Glasses or contact lenses
- Camera and charger
- Reading material
- Spending money or debit/credit card
- A small notebook or journal to write down new friends’ contact info, new words, etc.
The amount of spending money necessary varies per person and depends on the amount of souvenirs and gifts you plan to buy. $25-$35 should be enough per day while traveling and during the homestay you will probably spend less (depending on the shopping that you plan on doing). You will also need to give your program leader a total $5 per day during the travel portion of the trip for tips for guides, drivers, etc. This will be collected by your teacher before traveling.
Live ‘n Learn recommends either exchanging your money in the U.S. before the trip and/or bringing a debit card for withdrawing money from an ATM. Credit cards are not as widely accepted in Spain as they are in the USA for small purchases. Check with your bank before traveling abroad to assure that your card will work and will not be blocked.