See our recommendations for luggage selection and packing. Learn about airline luggage allowances and rules so you can plan your packing wisely. In this section, our Tour Managers offer up tips for packing based upon their many years of expertise. Learn about how to pack your medications and our suggestions for the best footwear choices!
ONE CARRY ON: Delta and KLM allow one carry-on bag or other small bag, which fits in the space under your seat and does not exceed maximum dimensions of 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels. The airlines will strictly enforce the one carry-on bag rule. You may also bring aboard one personal item such as a purse or laptop. The maximum dimensions for your personal item, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item, are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).Please keep in mind that all carry-on bags are subject to search.
When preparing for a trip, remember that packing light can really make your tour experience more enjoyable. Here are some videos and a few packing tips of our own that we find helpful when preparing for a trip:
It is best to travel with wheeled luggage or bags that can comfortably be strapped over one or both shoulders to make it easier for you to maneuver or carry. We recommend walking around with your luggage at home to test whether or not it is manageable to move with before your trip. It is also advisable to bring a small day bag to use as your carry-on so that you can comfortably carry items around with you while on tour.
Pack Light!Before departing for your trip, make a list and go through each individual object that you are considering to decide whether or not it is crucial to have with you. The less you bring, the less you will need to roll or carry when you arrive in airports and hotels and get on and off the bus. Plan your attire for each day of your tour so you can maximize on the mix and match options. A pair of black pants for example can be worn for a few days with different tops. One blazer can serve for many different outfits.
OrganizationWhen packing your luggage, remember that you will want your clothing and other items to be easily accessible. Rolling clothing, rather than folding and stacking it, helps to conserve room in your suitcase and will help ensure that that outfits are easily reached. When folding items that wrinkle easily such as dress shirts, try laying a t-shirt or other non-wrinkle item on it and folding that into the shirt; this will help to keep deep creases from forming. Most hotels will have an iron in your room that you can also use to make sure your clothes look nice.
FootwearWe recommend bringing as few pairs of shoes as possible on your tour since they take up a lot of space and can be heavy. You should be sure to bring shoes that are comfortable, have been broken in and have proper walking support since you will be spending a fair amount of time on your feet.
Individuals who must carry medications in large supplies (such as insulin for diabetics) are advised to carry a memo on physician’s letterhead stating the following: full name of the drug, condition for which it was prescribed, dosage per day, quantity of drug necessary for the period of time traveling and a section stating that it is required for the well-being of the individual. It is also suggested that all medications be carried in their original containers with the pharmacist’s label attached.
It may be required to show such documentation when passing through customs. Please refer to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov or your individual airline's website for official instructions on transporting medications.
WHAT TO BRING
- Tour handbook
- Flight e-ticket record, located inside your MCI neck wallet
- Concert attire and shoes
- Music for concerts, if applicable
- Instruments and other concert props, if applicable
- Credit and debit cards with PIN numbers
- Cash in small denominations in home or local currency (best used only as back up to credit and debit cards with PINs)
- Secure purse or wallet for your valuables, ideally with a zipper
- Pen or pencil for note taking and journal writing
- Phone and/or camera with extra memory card
- Chargers for electronics and phone
- MCI electrical adapter (we will send this to your Group Leader prior to travel)
- Personal toiletries
- Medications in original bottles
- Reading material, music, headphones
- Eye shades, ear plugs, inflatable pillow
- Weather-appropriate touring clothes (please no bare shoulders or short shorts at churches and holy sites)
- Shawl to cover shoulders/legs and to keep you warm
- Comfortable, weather-resistant walking shoes or sneakers
- Sunglasses & sunscreen
- A light weatherproof jacket or raincoat
- Collapsible umbrella, just in case!
- Hats, gloves, and a scarf
- Eye glasses, contact lenses and lens solution
- Wash cloth
- Hand wipes or liquid sanitizer
- Band aids and tissues
- Refillable water bottle
3-1-1 LIQUIDS RULE
You are permitted by the TSA to bring one quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint. These are limited to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Check the TSA website for further details.
We recommend that you travel with one suitcase with wheels that you can easily maneuver, and one compact bag, backpack or purse. Limiting your luggage to one piece makes it easier for you to handle getting in and out of buses and hotels.
Please refer to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov or your individual airline's website for up-to-date packing restrictions. Note that certain items are not allowed in your carry-on bag, such as bottles full of water or large tubes of toothpaste. For a comprehensive list of these items, refer to your airline’s website.
We recommend that you carry all of your valuables including your medication, jewelry, money, passport, eyeglasses, contact lenses, camera, computer, and chargers onto the plane with you to reduce the chance of their being lost. We also recommend carrying your toothbrush and a change of shirt and underclothes, in case your suitcase is delayed.