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GETTING YOUR CHILD READY

From exploring a new culture to spending their first nights away from you, your child’s student tour presents them with an exciting challenge. Help them get the most out of their trip by taking the time to prepare. Our experts have found that the benefits of traveling across cultures are best absorbed when students prepare for departure.

Help your child prepare for new cities and cultures with these tips:

  • Research the culture, history, politics and economy of the destinations they will be touring

  • Learn cross-cultural communication do’s and don't's

  • Familiarize themselves with city maps

Be Prepared

Register and pay for your child's tour. Confirm you have travel insurance and understand the coverage. Check to make sure any travel documents required are current.

Let Us Know

If you haven't already done so, make sure to tell us about food allergies, dietary restrictions or other special needs for your child. Connect with our customer support team directly at 1-877-545-0070 for any questions.

Start Packing

We’ll provide a packing list to help you! One piece of luggage and a knapsack will do. Don’t forget travel documents and money. Lastly, please review our frequently asked questions.

Student Packing Guide

Clothing

  • Slacks or mid-length skirts/dresses
  • Nice shirts or blouses
  • Comfortable shoes or sneakers with tied laces
  • Weather-appropriate jacket
  • One piece of rain gear (e.g. umbrella, rain poncho)
  • Undergarments and socks
  • Pajamas

Toiletries

  • Toothpaste, hair and skin products
  • Grooming tools (brush, comb, toothbrush)
  • Deodorant
  • Medications*

Other

  • Pen or pencil
  • Notebook

Optional

  • Cell Phone (at your own risk)
  • iPad or Computer (at your own risk)
  • Camera (at your own risk)
  • Spending Money (no more than $40 a day)

*Group Leader must approve of all medications brought on tour, including over-the-counter drugs.

What Not to Bring

Clothes

  • Inappropriate tops (t-shirts, tank tops, spaghetti straps)
  • Hats
  • Warm up pants or sweat pants
  • Short-shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Over-sized/baggy/frayed/distressed jeans

Other

  • Knives
  • Weapons
  • Scissors
  • Razor Blades
  • Drugs or medications that have not been approved by your Group Leader
  • Any flammable materials
  • More than 3.4 oz of liquid, gel or aerosol paint
  • Cigarettes

General Rules

  • Always respect the property of other students, as well as any public property. Parents are liable for any damaged property.
  • Stay with your group. Use the buddy system and never leave anyone alone.
  • Follow the directions of chaperones, Tour Guides and Tour Sponsors.
  • If an emergency occurs and you cannot contact your Tour Guide, call the 24/7 support number on your Brightspark Travel lanyard.
  • Be kind and cooperative. Stay patient and polite in long lines.
  • Always stay within the facilities you are touring. Never leave a building without a chaperone.
  • If you become separated from your group, report to a security guard or police officer.

At the Hotel

  • Never open your windows and keep room curtains closed.
  • Do not open your door or come out of your room unless directed by a chaperone.
  • Remember there will be other guests above, below, and next to us.
  • Keep your room clean, no one is going to clean up after you.
  • No rough-housing, jumping on beds, etc.
  • Be practical and considerate with towels and bathroom supplies.
  • Be fully clothed when you're in the hallways (this includes shoes/sandals on feet).
  • Keep track of all your belongings and keep your hands off other students' possessions.
  • Do not leave valuables exposed in your room (or on the bus, or in public venues).
  • Do not use the microwaves (if you have one in your room).
  • "Lights Out" means quiet.

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