What you pack depends more on the season than on any particular dress code. Casual, comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes are the order of the day. Don’t buy everything new for the trip — worn and washed is better. Jeans are acceptable for sightseeing and informal dining. Certain religious sites will not accept shorts or sleeveless tops. Plan layered outfits to accommodate temperature changes, i.e., cool mornings and evenings and warm days. If you are going to a hot destination, include a hat and sunscreen.
Couples should split suitcases in two and pack clothes for both in each. If a suitcase is delayed en route, then no one is left without clothes. Always put documents, medications, travelers cheques, keys, reading material, and other valuables in your carry-on luggage.
Reminder: Take half as many clothes as you think you will need and twice as much money. Pack less and enjoy more!
Passports and Visas
If your trip requires a passport, it must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date. If you do not already have a passport, or if yours will expire prior to the required time period indicated above, you should begin the procedure for obtaining or renewing one as soon as possible. Visit the U.S. Department of State's website
for more information and assistance.
Always remember to keep your passport with you at all times—never pack it in your suitcase. You will need it at check-in for international flights as well as other situations such as identification when cashing travelers cheques and at hotel reception desks.
It is always a good idea to carry a photocopy of the data page of your passport that has your photograph, along with a spare passport photograph. In the unlikely event that you lose your passport, these can be used as proof of identity and speed the process of obtaining a replacement. Keep these duplicates in a place separate from your passport.
A visa is a permit from a foreign government for you to enter their country. It is issued as a separate card or stamped entry in your passport by that country’s Embassy or Consulate in the U.S. Visas can take several weeks to obtain. Most countries do not require a visa for American citizens. If you are required to have a visa, it will be noted in your brochure and Travelink will send you forms and information at the appropriate time. You must already have a passport before you can obtain a visa. Costs of the visa and the processing fees are generally not included in your tour price. For more information visit the U.S. Department of State's website
which provides information on every country in the world whether you need a visa, crime and security information, health and medical conditions, drug penalties, or localized hot spots.
Travelink recommends Allianz Travel Insurance
, the official American Express travel insurance, and MedjetAssist, the premier global air-medical transport membership program in the U.S
. Ask your Travel Advisor or visit our Travel Insurance page
for more information.
Travel alerts and warnings issued by the US State Department. Search for your destination to see if there are any alerts in areas where you plan to travel.
Get up to date information from the Centers for Disease Controland Prevention on what vaccinations are needed for different countries and any health concerns pior to travel.
Helpful Smart Phone Apps
Organize your entire trip with just this one app by having all of your confirmation numbers or hotel addresses in one place. It also will alert you with flight delays and helpful tips and tools when you need them.
Runs On: Android, iPhone
Tired of having to curl up to fit into your economy seat on a plane? This app will help you do the legwork so your legs can stretch out next time you fly.
Runs On: Android, iPhone
This app provides you with extensive collection of terminal guides that has everything from parking information and flight statuses to restaurants, nail salons, and day tours of your locale at more than 700 airports around the world. For $6.99 the Pro version even has a GPS-enabled maps of airports so you won't miss your connection flight by taking the wrong turn.
Runs On: Android, iPad, iPhone
Always know what to wear for your day of sightseeing with this app. Not only will it provide you with the current temperature at your location, but it will also provide you with the humidity, UV index, sunset, sunrise, and much more!
Runs On: Android, BlackBerry, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone
This app provides both text and audio translations for 17 different languages. All you need to do is speak into your device and the app will translate into the language you require.
Runs On: Android, iPhone
Our Complete “World Famous” Anti-Jet Lag Program
This has been tested and proven never to fail if you follow it completely!
- Approximately one week before you leave, begin going to bed as early as you can and getting up earlier than usual. On the day of departure, get up very early so you will be sleepy on the plane.
- Take vitamin E capsules daily for at least two weeks prior to an international flight, as being in a pressurized cabin for long periods of time as well as the altitude changes are extremely drying to your skin.
- Three days before the flight alter your diet to feast–fast–feast, with the day before you leave being a feast (high carbohydrate) and the day of the flight eating very little (salads, fruits, vegetables).
- As your flight will likely leave in the afternoon or evening, plan to shower or bathe, wash your hair, shave, etc., and change clothes just before you leave for the airport so you will feel fresh as possible for as long as possible. You will think this is crazy, but we promise it will fool your body into thinking you have just started your day. As you probably have a full 24 hours in these clothes, you will see that this works!
- Do not drink coffee or other caffeinated or carbonated beverages the day of the flight or on the plane. Do not drink alcohol the day of the flight or on the plane. Both caffeine and alcohol intensify the effects of jet lag.
- Try to eat as little as possible on the flight and drink water and juice only, as the altitude tends to dehydrate your system. Plenty of water throughout the flight is very beneficial.
- Wear nice looking, but loose, comfortable clothes that do not wrinkle. As your flight arrives early in the morning it is usually not possible to check in to your hotel immediately so you will want to feel as fresh as possible for the day of arrival.
- Take travel slippers or slipper socks so you can remove your shoes on the flight.
- Women, wear as little makeup as you feel comfortable wearing, planning to freshen it prior to landing.
- Men, take a travel electric razor so you can feel clean shaven after a night on the plane.
- Plan to sleep on the plane and do not be embarrassed to wear eye covers and ear plugs if you need to. Even if you think you cannot sleep on the plane, get a pillow and blanket, close your eyes and rest. Researchers say that your body gets almost the same benefits from rest as from sound sleep.
- Before landing, wash your face, freshen your makeup or shave, comb your hair, change your watch to the correct time of your destination and tell yourself you are looking forward to the day. Eat breakfast to begin the process of getting on the time schedule of your destination. The sooner you do this, the less chance you will notice the effects of jet lag.
- Upon arrival, have something planned to do to stay busy during the day—until normal dinner time. Staying outside in natural light is extremely helpful. Walking in the fresh air will help you stay awake. Resist the temptation to take a nap. Go to bed early and after a good night’s sleep you will feel like a full day of activity and wonder why people have trouble with jet lag.
- Follow the feast–fast–feast diet with the day of departure being a very light breakfast. You may have coffee with breakfast, but again, do not drink caffeinated or carbonated beverages on the flight.
- Plan to get a good night’s sleep the night before departure. As all or most of your trip will be during daylight hours you will not find it easy to sleep on west bound flights.
- Eat light and drink juice and plenty of water on the flight.
- As soon as you arrive at your final destination have a light evening meal and go to bed. The later you are able to stay up, the better chance you will have of sleeping a full seven or eight hours and getting back on schedule.