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Class Trip – Travel Packing Tips

Is folding a challenge when you are preparing for a class trip to New York City, Washington DC, Boston or Montreal?

Student Group on a Class Trip to Boston

Student Group on a Class Trip to Boston

Packing well and making sure you have what you need for all possible weather. Layers are important and of course, good, comfortable ( I mean very comfortable ) shoes.

Here’s a quick trick and tip to pack fast and efficiently.

How fast can you do it?

NYC: New York City School Field Trips

New York City (NYC) School Field Trip Ideas

Field trips are great travel options for classes, schools and groups, whether you’re able to travel overnight or just go for the day. GO Educational Tours has designed some very creative programs in order to maximize your time at the destination while getting the most out of your activities.

New York City Field Trips - Times Square

Times Square New York City

Make New York City yours for a day; make it a field trip about science, the arts or a general sampler where you and your class or group can discover a little bit of New York in one day.

Science field trip to New York City

For example, you could choose the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, the American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Math as a science themed day.

Arts field trip to New York City

Perhaps the arts are more your thing; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and the MoMA can fill your day. And should the performing arts be the focus of your trip then you can enjoy a very good tour of the Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall and then maybe catch a matinee or even a evening Broadway show.

General Cultural field trip to New York City

The discover New York in a day is another option: Depart early from your city, arrive in Manhattan with your field trip group to catch the Staten Island ferry to get a view of the Statue of Liberty, then a deli lunch near the World Trade Center 911 Memorial, a subway ride to Times Square for an orientation walk and exploration of this well known intersection to finish your class trip by taking in the best view in the city from the Top of the Rock Observatory 70 stories up at Rockefeller Plaza.

Tell us what you wish to see and we will build the appropriate itinerary.

Travelling by motor coach offers a lot of flexibility and options for your field trip. Each program can be extended into the evening if you wish to catch a Broadway Show like Spider-man or Wicked. In order to do this we can organize for your motor coach to get his DOT rest time at a hotel in NJ. This way he can be well rested for the return home. Most shows finish between 10-1030pm and if you are within 200 miles you would be back by 1-200am.

Select one of the above programs or simply create your own.

If you have day field trip plans to New York City and wish to get some ideas and suggestions simply click below to learn more.   Get a New York City Day Field Trip Quote

Flying on your next Educational Tour

Perhaps your next educational tour with your middle and high school class will be to an international destination or your class field trip will be taking a flight to Washington DC, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Montreal or Chicago.

Whether it is a domestic or international flight you will need to make sure you have proper government issued identification before boarding.

Flying GO educational tours

Flying with GO educational tours

When you’re making preparation for your student class trip you will need to make sure you have the proper identification with you and ready to present when it is requested at the counter or security. These are the TSA guidelines. (

Documentation and ID

This might mean you will need to get a passport if your class is planning an educational tour to an International destination like Mexico and Ireland. You can learn more about passports here.

Getting to the airport early enough is very important. There is the check in with the airline and also the TSA security procedures and sometimes during busy periods the lines are very long. We recommend getting to the airport at least 2 hours before your flight for a domestic destination and 3 hours for an international trip.

Carry on luggage

Carry-on restrictions are very important and you need to pay close attention to what you bring with you on an aircraft. The TSA has a great link here:
The size of your carry-on is also restricted. But a great rule of thumb is this – try to stick to the essential. It makes it easier and you will not forget anything on the plane when you disembark.

Packing Right

Review your itinerary and see what you may need for each day. If you do check luggage also plan to bring essentials so as not to bring too large a suitcase. Remember, you have to lug it around – those 3 pair of shoes on a 3 day trip might be a little too much. The success of any trip, on an educational tour with your classmates and teachers or any upcoming trip with your family, is to make sure you pack properly and sensibly.

Traveling is about being comfortable and being prepared for various weather conditions. To make sure you don’t overpack and bring just the right things feel free to use our checklist when you prepare for your educational field trip with GO educational Tours.


GO Travel Packing List download


Next time you are flying on your student class trip keep these points in mind and your travel experience will be much smoother and fun.

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Student Travel Tips – Packing List for Students going on an Educational Tour

Packing Is A Challenging, Yet Fun, Exercise Requiring A Little Planning And A List.

What To Bring ? Packing List for Students’ check list.

You can quickly identify the basics. But before you do, here are some quick tips.

Quick Student Travel Tip no. 1 – SHOES

Start with shoes- they need to be very ( did I say VERY ) COMFORTABLE ( my caps are intentional ) shoes.

Quick Student Travel Tip no. 2 – CLOTHES

Here’s a rule of thumb: number of days equals the number of shirts, sox, underwear, pants or shorts to bring.

So if you leave for 4 days you  should have 4 of each of the above as your basic kit. With what you will be wearing on the first day you’ll have a back-up set.

Quick Student Travel Tip no. 3 – DOCUMENTS

What are the required documents ? – if you are flying or if you are going outside your country you will need a passport.  For more info on passports, click here.

A very good tip here is this : when you do get your passport, scan a color copy of it and send a copy to yourself and your parents. This way if anything happens to it, you always have a form of proof that you had it and the information on it can always be consulted.

Quick Student Travel Tip no. 4 – TOILETRIES

With a toothbrush and toothpaste and some deodorant, you are good to go. But you might want to bring a few more things. These are always at the top of the list.

Quick Student Travel Tip no. 5 – CASH

Cash and/or equivalents are important. Your ATM will allow you to get cash at the destination city but you should have some cash on you when leaving, but not too much. ( we discuss in the safety section about not going to ATMs without a chaperone or teacher )

Quick Student Travel Tip no. 6 – STUFF

The idea is not to pack too much and have too many bags, especially if your tour involves flying. It will be easier to lug around. Bring a smaller backpack for your personal items and personal entertainment.

Also start packing a few days before departure. Do not pack at the last minute or you will be rushed and forget something. Plan ahead here, it is well worth it.

So these are the basics above but the lists are more detailed , download and print it and do it with your parents. It’s fun and you’ll make sure you have all the things you need for your trip.

GO Travel Packing List download

Good packing.

The GO-to Team