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Packing Smart on Motor Coach Tours

Thu, 2016-07-21 09:35 -- toursadmn

 

CHECKED LUGGAGE: One piece of checked luggage is allowed per person (not to exceed 50 lbs.). Checked Luggage is for clothes, shoes and larger personal items. These bags are handled by motor coach driver and hotel porters. Put the  Luggage Tag on your Suitcase (As Shown) As the luggage handlers put the luggage on the cart they can’t always see the luggage tag on the side handle. Put the tag on the top for faster luggage handling that we all appreciate.
DRESS: Casual clothes are appropriate for all activities and travel. We suggest “layering” as the TEMPERATURES will vary outside and on the motor coach. It can be cool on the motor coach, you may want to bring a lap blanket or throw in case you get to cool.

CARRY-ONS:  Carry-ons can hold your PJ’s, tooth brush, tooth paste, make-up and medications etc.  Great for when you’re waiting on your luggage to be delivered to your hotel room.

Note: This should be a smaller bag, not another full size piece of luggage. :) 

DO NOT SET CARRY-ON OUT FOR PICKUP: Carry-ons are your own responsibility (you’ll need to take them to and from the motor coach). Carry-ons are stored under the motor coach and are pulled off as soon as we arrive the hotel so you can take them to the room with you. Bags underneath the motor coach will not be available until we arrive at our hotel each evening.

BRING ENOUGH MEDICATION: In addition to medicine prescribed specifically for travel, seniors are likely to take other medicines regularly, such as those for high blood pressure, diabetes, or arthritis. You should pack enough medicine for the duration of the tour, plus a few days’ extra in case of travel delays. And we can’t stress this enough: don’t pack your prescription drugs in your checked luggage — pack them in your carry-on bags or tote instead!
TOTE:  A tote bag is for snacks and personal items. Tote bags are kept onboard the motor coach with you, and during the day can be stored in the overhead compartment. (Make sure if you have medication you need during the day to put it in this bag).

DID YOU FORGET SOMETHING? Maybe your toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, deodorant? Check with the front desk of your hotel… they most always have small samples available.

PACK LITE TO TRAVEL: If you can manage with a carry-on, do it. No need for all those extra shoes. Pick out the comfy ones and leave the rest at home. 

EMPTY SPACE:  Roll your clothes, instead of folding them. Stuff socks, underwear, and accessories inside of shoes. Leave no space unused.

BAG IT: Kitchen sandwich bags can be used to hold your accessories, vacuum pack bags can be space savers, and trash bags have multiple uses (laundry bag, shoe covers).

PACKING CUBES: If you are visiting more than one city during your trip, packing cubes will keep your suitcase organized and save you from having to pack and unpack.

CHARGE IT: Bring a multi-socket extension cord. Although newer hotels have USB ports in rooms, it’s best to have an extra outlet to charge all of your electronics at once.

IDENTIFICATION: Always bring an ID when traveling. You want to have proper identification in case of an emergency. Or in case of visiting a local casino (ID’s are always required if you win big).

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS: Make photocopies before leaving home. If you’re traveling out of the country, make two photocopies of your passport. Leave one at home, put the extra inside your suit case. 

TRAVEL INFO SHEET: This provides helpful details on medical history, medications and emergency contact information. The form will be mailed to you with your travel documents. Bring the completed forms with you the morning of departure.

CONSIDER TRAVEL PROTECTION: You did your best in planning how to pack, but did you plan for the unexpected? A travel protection plan can play an important role during your tour in times of uncertainty. Travelers can get a protection plan in case they need to cancel their tour or need help in a bad situation away from home.  Never know when you might have a fall, become ill or have a death in the family. This is the Travel Protection Plans Kincaid Tours offer: http://kincaidcoachtours.com/travel-protection-plans