For all active vacations, it is best that you dress in layers that can be put on and taken off during the day as temperatures change. We recommend polypropylene, lightweight wool and similar synthetic fabrics which wick away moisture. A windbreaker or light shell is also useful for cool mornings and days that are a bit chilly. Adequate rain gear is a must! Pants and a jacket made of Gore-tex or similar waterproof, breathable fabric will keep you comfortable and dry if needed.
For specific cycling clothing recommendations and a printable packing list, click here.
For specific walking clothing recommendations and a printable packing list, click here.
Most travelers pack too much. As a guideline, your checked bag should be no larger than 62 linear inches (length + width + height) and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Your carry-on bag should not exceed 46 linear inches. VBT permits each guest to travel with one checked bag, for which porterage will be provided during your vacation supervised by your Trip Leaders, and one carry-on bag only.
Please remember that there is no luggage porterage when meeting your VBT representative at the airport and transferring to the first hotel. Therefore, the more you pack, the more you have to carry around. You may also want to leave some room in your bag for souvenirs and gifts.
Packing Your Bags
Before packing your bags, we suggest you check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website at www.tsa.gov for a detailed list of permitted and prohibited items, and tips for packing and travel.
- Carry-On Bag
As a guideline, we recommend packing your carry-on with a full change of clothes; toiletries (please check the TSA website for liquid size restrictions); any prescription drugs; your camera; any breakable items. A money belt is also recommended to keep your passport, credit cards, travel documents, and valuables together and safe. In the event that your checked baggage is delayed, we recommend packing any walking and biking gear that you may need for the first day on tour.
- Checked Bag
We recommend packing all of your clothing and gear in one duffel bag or suitcase, which should not exceed the size allowed by your airlines. Attach the luggage tags VBT provided with your name, address, and contact information.
To reduce the risk of damage to your luggage, please do not lock your bags when checking in for flights. The TSA screens every piece of checked luggage. Baggage- handling agents may require access to the contents of your luggage and will break locks as required. TSA Accepted and Recognized Locks are available. (For details on locks visit: www.tsa.gov/travelers/customer/claims/protect.shtm#locks.)
FAQ about packing for your Active Vacation
How can I find out if my appliances will work in another country?
Many countries have outlets that supply different electric currents than what we have in the U.S. Your VBT Traveler’s Handbook, which is mailed to you 1 day after booking, will have country-specific information on electric currents and information on adapters.
Should I travel with a cell phone?
Many guests prefer to travel with a cell phone to stay in touch with Trip Leaders and family on tour, but it is not required. For those who like to carry one with them, VBT recommends that you check with your cell phone service provider for information on using your phone overseas. Often, it is possible to buy a new SIM card locally in the country abroad to convert your cellphone to a local number. A second option would be an international cell phone rental. For more information, there is a useful link provided in your Traveler’s Handbook.
For guests travelling with smart phones, tablets or laptops, we recommend downloading Skype (www.skype.com) to your device in order to make much less expensive calls than your cell provider charges (Wifi connection required).