What to bring

Packing List

Pack light! 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.  

We also ask travellers to be conscientious of cultural differences and pack accordingly. Keep in mind that some religious sites require that shirts cover the shoulders and arms and do not allow short skirts or flip-flops.

Clothing and Accessories

  • Comfortable walking shoes and one pair of nicer shoes

  • Shirts (short and long sleeved)

  • Socks and underwear

  • Shorts/pants/jeans

  • Pajamas

  • Bathing suit (if applicable)

  • Dressier outfit (reserved for a special night out)

  • Raincoat and/or umbrella


  • ATM card (Call the bank prior to departure to alert them of the trip; foreign purchases sometimes result in a hold on bank accounts.)

  • Personal credit card

  • At least $50 converted to foreign currency of the first country that you’re visiting

  • Pouch for storing money and passport under clothing (available at travel stores)


  • Passport—it is required on all EF Educational Tours. Remember to bring a couple photocopies of it (in case it is lost) and leave one copy at home

  • Visas (if applicable)

  • A copy of the tour itinerary

  • A list of important phone numbers and addresses to send postcards home

  • Copy of any prescriptions (Customs officials may want to verify that a container's contents match its label, so all medication should be carried in its original container.)

Carry-on bag

The EF backpack is a perfect carry-on bag. Here’s a short list of things travellers might need on the first day of the trip. These should be packed in the carry-on in case the checked luggage is delayed. Check http://catsa-acsta.gc.ca/ for current security requirements. 
  • Passport (and visa, if applicable)

  • Money and any valuables

  • Airline ticket

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Contact lens case/glasses 

  • A change of clothes (in case luggage is delayed)

  • Medication and a copy of the prescription 

Know before you go

We’ve helped students and teachers explore the world for 50 years. Here are some of the most common topics our travelers and parents ask about.