Packing List: Overseas Escorted Vacation

Apr 12, 2015


5 Things You Won't Want to Forget for an Overseas Escorted Vacation

1. Lightweight suitcase: You’ll be glad you choose a suitcase you can lift when it comes to bumpy cobblestone roads and unavoidable stairs.

2. A crossbody purse or bag: Keep your belongings safe from pickpockets and your hands free.

3. Travel-friendly clothes: Skip shorts (they’ll know you’re an American from miles away) and opt for fabrics that dry quickly and don’t wrinkle. Color-coordinated clothes are also ideal for easy mixing and matching.

4. Notebook and pen: They’ve always come in handy for us for communication, notes on sights to see, directions, travel memories ... you name it.

5. Adapter plugs: Most newer electronics are dual-voltage and work on U.S. and European currents, so you no longer need a converter. But you will likely need an adapter so your gadgets fit into European outlets. Bring both converters and adapters for places like Asia and Australia.

Complete Packing List for an Overseas Escorted Vacation

Clothing & Accessories

Be aware of clothing restrictions in churches and other religious sites.

It's also worth noting that lighter-wash jeans, shorts, fanny packs, sneaker and baseball caps might scream "tourist" while overseas. But it's more important that you bring clothes that are weather-appropriate, comfortable, rewearable and easy to mix and match to avoid overpacking.

Your clothing needs will vary by the length and location of your trip, but you will also need:

  • Comfortable, broken in shoes and sandals (at least one open-toed and one close-toed pair)
  • Crossbody purse or bag
  • Scarf
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat
  • Evening bag


  • Hanging toiletry bag
  • Medications
  • Small first-aid kit, especially Band-Aids
  • Glasses, contact solution, case and extra pairs
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Makeup and remover
  • Razor
  • Sanitary products
  • Deodorants
  • Wrinkle releaser spray
  • Brush or comb
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Soap for laundry and clothesline
  • Stain remover
  • Hairpins/hairties
  • Nail file


  • Travel alarm clock and watch
  • Power/plug adapters
  • Phone charger
  • eReader or tablet with chargers
  • Camera with charger


  • Passport
  • Driver's license
  • Health insurance card
  • Air/train/rail passes
  • Photocopies of vital documents
  • Cash (mostly Euros, but have some U.S. dollars as well)
  • International credit and debit cards
  • Copies of your itinerary
  • Emergency list of contact numbers for your credit card company and airline
  • Guidebooks and maps
  • Notebook and pen
  • Multiple sizes of zip-top bags
  • Luggage lock
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Sunglasses
  • Collapsible water bottle
  • Earplugs
  • Small umbrella
  • Addresses for postcards
  • Travel pillow
  • Snacks
  • Reading materials
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