Travel Tips

To get you started on your way, we have listed a few tips to help ensure a seamless journey.

Airport
Upon airport check-in, you must present a government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license. It is important to have the proper identification to avoid possible delays. Due to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements, the name on your boarding pass must match the name on your government-issued idea exactly. For more specific information visit www.tsa.gov.

Baggage
Special baggage tags and ID cards will be provided for your use during the trip. Please attach these luggage tags to the outside of your luggage and place your ID cards on the inside of your luggage before you arrive at the airport. Most airlines charge for each piece of luggage you check in. These charges range from $20.00 - $35.00 per bag. We will provide you with more specific information when your receive your travel documents.

In addition to checked baggage, you may also carry on board a camera, purse, briefcase or a small bag. In your carry-on, please pack your identification, anything of value (camera, etc.), toothbrush, and a change of clothes (just in case). If carrying film, keep it in your carry-on bag to avoid damage. NEW CARRY-ON LIMITATIONS: Travelers may now carry through security checkpoints travel-size toiletries (3 ounces or less) that fit comfortably in ONE, QUART-SIZE, clear plastic, zip-top bag. At the checkpoint, travelers will be asked to remove the zip-top bag of liquids and place it in a bin or on the conveyor belt. X-raying separately will allow TSA security officers to more easily examine the declared items. After clearing security, travelers can now bring beverages and other items purchased in the secure boarding area on-board aircraft.

The following items are prohibited on planes and in secure areas: knives of any length or kind; all cutting and puncturing instruments, including pocket knives, ice picks, straight razors, metal scissors and nail files; corkscrews; some athletic equipment, including bats, golf clubs, ski poles and hockey sticks; fireworks and all other explosives; flammable materials like fuel or paint, strike-anywhere matches, lighters with liquid reservoirs, household cleaners and solvents; pressurized containers, such as CO2 cartridges; weapons including firearms, ammunition or chemical sprays.

Do not lock your checked luggage as it will have to go through security screening unless you have purchased TSA approved locks.

If carrying prescription medications, the bottle must accompany the medication and your ID must match the label on the bottle. Please consult the TSA website for a detailed list of new regulations at: www.tsa.gov.

As a guide, the total linear dimension (length plus width plus height) of each checked bag may not exceed 62 inches. The maximum weight of each piece is limited to 50 pounds. Additional charges may apply for overweight baggage. Your carry-on bag should fit under the seat on the aircraft or in an overhead compartment. Check with your specific airline to confirm the exact baggage allowance and associated fees.

Lost or Damaged Articles
Liability rules generally limit reimbursement for loss or damage to your checked luggage, and then only to a predetermined amount. For more detailed information regarding limitation of liability for loss or damage, please check with your origination airline.

Security
Security measures at the U.S. Airports are continually heightened. Here are some tips that can help save time:

Arrive Early
Many airlines and airports advise arriving 90 minutes before your scheduled flight time. Call ahead to make sure your airline offers curbside check-in, if you want to use that service.

Watch your items at all times, and do not accept anything from strangers. Report any suspicious activity. Do not joke about violations of security rules, especially near security checkpoints. Have official identification available when checking in. Be cooperative if asked to go through a more extensive security check of your bags or belongings. Laptop computers will need to be removed from their cases for additional screening.

Climate
For up-to-date weather information prior to your departure, we suggest you watch "The Weather Channel" or visit one of the following web sites:

The Weather Channel
Weather Underground

Medicine
It is always wise when traveling to have any prescriptions brought up-to-date and to take along an adequate supply. Carry prescriptions in original containers to identify them as legally prescribed drugs. We suggest you carry any necessary medication on your person or in a carry-on bag. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you may wish to carry an extra pair. Bring a copy of your prescription with you as well.

Terms of Money
Several factors determine how much money you should take on your trip. Incidental charges to your room must be settled at check out. These are optional, extra costs such as long distance phone calls, dry cleaning, etc.

We recommend that you use a debit or credit card to minimize the amount of cash you carry. We also recommend that you settle your account the night before you leave to avoid long lies at the reception desk in the morning.

 

Above all be sure to enjoy your trip!

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to consult your Tour Coordinator.

 
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