Option #1 – 1 carry-on bag (it must fit under your seat) and a carry-on suitcase (22 inches or less) This is a great way to avoid the checked luggage fee
Option #2 – 1 carry-on bag (it must fit under your seat) and a checked suitcase (most airlines charge $25 one-way fee; checked bag not to exceed 50 lbs.)
□ Read and adhere to TSA’s (www.tsa.gov) Liquid, Gel, and Aerosol Regulation for carry-on bags. As of 4/1/2010 the rules are:
All liquids, gels and aerosols must be in 3-ounce or smaller containers. Larger containers that are half-full or toothpaste tubes rolled up are not allowed. They must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag only. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag.
□ Packing Tips
Pack heaviest items first
Make a list of the contents of your suitcase in case luggage is lost or stolen
Leave space in your suitcase for souvenirs or bring an extra empty bag.
Be sure to have your name and contact information on both carry-on and checked luggage
CLOTHES (for an average 5-day tour)
If your group will visit a local orphanage or school, PLEASE make sure students pack appropriate clothes for the visit (sleeved tops, appropriate length for shorts or pants, etc.). Beach gear is not allowed at Puerto Rican schools or institutions.
___ 1 pair of water shoes; they must have a good bottom and be secure on your feet. Flip-flops DO NOT count.
___2-3 bathing suits
___T-shirts / Tops (one for each tour day)
___1 additional shirt WITH LONG SLEEVES to protect from sunburn
___1 rashguard (aka rashie, sunguard, surfshirt,etc) to wear with bathing suit to protect from sunburn in the water.
___Jeans, light long pants, dress (optional)
___One set of old clothes for service project. Must be clothes that can get ruined.
___2 pairs of sneakers or walking shoes for extended walking (1 pair for possible wet muddy areas)
___1 casual evening restaurant outfit (nothing fancy)
___Socks, underwear, toiletries
___1 pair of beach sandals and/or Tevas, crocks…
ADDITIONAL NECESSARY ITEMS
___Small travel size bottle of hand sanitizer
___Several masks, enough for your tour. Cloth or disposable is fine, but no bandanas or gaiters.
___Insect Repellent (3oz size unless checking luggage) We suggest you bring or buy once there, insect repellent and use it daily to protect from mosquitoes.
___Photo I.D. (school or another official photo ID)
___Water Bottle (free filtered water refills daily)
___Labeled medications (name, contents) if needed
___Head Lamp (only if your tour is doing the full day zipline / cave adventure)
___Photocopy of I.D. (give one to your teacher)
___Quart-size bag for liquids/gels
___Backpack for hiking and day trips (with your name)
___Plastic bag for wet clothes
___1-2 beach towels
___Money (see Spending Money section)
___Raincoat / poncho – you will need it for the rainforest / hiking trip
___Camera, charger, extra batteries, film or memory cards (they may be more expensive in Puerto Rico)
___Cell phone & charger (your school may have a different policy)
___ATM / Cash Card
___Accessories: Sunglasses, belts, watch, hand sanitizer, wipes…
___Hat to protect from sun
___Headsets and snacks for the plane (no more free food on flights)
___Beach or bus games (i.e., Frisbee, hacky-sack, cards…)
___Book to read, pens, pencils, diary writing paper, stamps….
___Vitamins / personal first aid kit
___IPOD/CD/MP3 player – You may use it for plane and bus rides. However, be aware that you could lose it or have it stolen. (Your school may have different policy)
Vamonos Tours will be covering most of your meals and activities during your trip. We will also provide filtered water during the day. Experience has shown that $100 or less should be more than sufficient unless you plan major gift buying. You will need money for:
___3-5 meals only ($7-$11) is more than plenty per meal
___Bring some cash ($50-$70) and use an ATM card if you need more. You’ll find compatible ATM machines all over Puerto Rico.
___One or two optional activities (banana boating -$10; etc.)
___ We recommend you check with your group leader on tipping. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend the following: $3 per traveler per day for Tour Director, Assistant Tour Director $1.50 per traveler per day; Driver $1 per traveler per day.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
- Traveler’s checks
- Any expensive equipment (fancy camera, laptops, etc.)
- More than $100 in cash, credit cards (let us know if you intend to make a special purchase)
- Knives, fireworks or other dangerous equipment; weapons are strictly forbidden.
ON THE DAY YOU LEAVE
- Wear comfortable clothes without any metal for flight.
- Make sure your contact information is on each bag, even carry-on.
- Double check you have your ID, the itinerary, and a little cash with you.
- Make sure any important medicine is in your carry-on in case luggage is lost.
- Be well rested. Drink plenty of liquids the day before you leave.
- Get to the airport early. You will NOT be eligible for a refund due to a missed flight.