The bottom line for any trip abroad: Pack light! Keep in mind you’ll be toting your own luggage around at the airports and hotels, so bring only what you need—ideally in one suitcase and one carry-on bag.
To sort it all out, see our packing tips below.
Keep in mind that some religious sites require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms, and some do not allow shorts, short skirts or flip-flops.
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Shirts (short- and long-sleeved)
• Socks and underwear
• Shorts / pants / jeans
• Bathing suit (if applicable)
• Dressier outfit and shoes (reserved for a special night out)
• Raincoat and/or umbrella
Here’s a short list of things you might need on the first day of the trip. Pack them in your carry-on in case your checked luggage is delayed.
• Reservations ticket copy
• Toothbrush and toothpaste (remember, toothpaste needs to go in a one-quart Ziploc bag, and can’t be bigger than 50gms)
• Contact lens case/glasses (to sleep comfortably on the plane and at night)
• A change of clothes
• Any valuables
On your flights and on the bus, you are allowed one suitcase and one carry-on bag. Touring coaches have luggage compartments based on the assumption of one suitcase per person, and local safety laws prevent suitcases from being put in the bus aisle. Your carry-on bag needs to be small enough to fit under a bus seat. One suitcase and one smaller bag/backpack is the way to go. If you have multiple bags even if they will fit it is harder to keep track!
Choose a lightweight suitcase, preferably one with wheels. Please be mindful that airlines have specific weight limits and other luggage restrictions. Airlines also require that each article of luggage have at least one tag with your name and address information on it.* Before you leave, make a list of the total contents of your suitcase. If your luggage is lost, the list will help you file any insurance claims.
For domestic tours, for short trips you need to carry additional backpacks good enough to pack all stuff easily.