Pre-departure Reminders for Students Traveling to Europe This Spring
Group organizers, remind students of upcoming pre-departure meetings – usually held about a week or two before departure. Give the time and location; whether parents need to attend or not; and what students should bring to the meeting (copy of passport, money for tips and other group expenses, signed behavior contracts or permission forms, a list of prescription medications, dietary restrictions, health forms, parental permission notes if requested by teacher or school, etc.)
Students – Prepare a list of any questions to ask at this meeting! Also,
Have you notified your bank you’ll be using your debit or credit card in Europe?
If your card is brand-new, you have to activate it here at an ATM in order for it to work there.
Do you have a money/passport pouch yet? Make sure you wear the kind that goes around your neck, and under your clothing like this one.
Pack nice but comfortable clothing. Bring one nicer outfit if there is a special event or dinner included in your tour (such as the Eiffel Tower dinner). You need good walking shoes that are already broken in, rain gear, sunscreen, and something long-sleeved for chilly nights.
Assuming you are bringing your cell phone, you need to contact your provider to set up an international phone plan.
Does your camera need long-term/special batteries?
Do you have a charger? Converter & European plugs?
Coordinate the purchase of Euros/pounds/Swiss Francs with your teacher or group. Some teachers recommend a specific bank. Foreign currency is also available online through Travelex, but this must be done well in advance of departure to be sure it is in-hand when you leave. Some groups purchase foreign currency as a group – this can lower the fees involved, thus having only one fee to split among many individuals. Other groups leave it up to the individual traveler and his/her family to obtain foreign currency. You should follow your teacher’s recommendations for your specific group.
Where is your passport? Is it valid for at least 6 months after your return from the tour?
What other reminders can you think of adding to this list?
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