First and foremost, bring shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather (see Comfort).
If you’re going to Canada, you’ll need your passport. Your teacher knows all about this, but don’t wait until the last minute to start looking for it.
First, there is definitely no need to bring expensive jewelry or expensive personal belongings. It’s very, very easy to misplace these things when you’re in a strange environment, and/or not following your usual routine, and in any case, there just won’t be any occasions where you’ll need this stuff.
Second, for much the same reason, we recommend that you don’t bring lots of cash (see SPENDING MONEY below).
Third, don’t bring an expensive camera, unless you’re a serious amateur photographer and you’re prepared to think about the security of your camera equipment at all times during the trip.
Just about all you’re going to need spending money for will be a few inexpensive lunches, an occasional soft drink and souvenirs. If you have $100 you’ll have more than enough. We would like to remind you, in either case, that you should think about budgeting your money so you have some left on your last day.
Usually, we will take you to lunch some place with a wide selection of inexpensive souvenirs on the last afternoon of your trip, so don’t buy something you’re not crazy about on the first day because you think you won’t get another chance.
You will be sharing the bus with as many as 40 or 50 of your classmates, as well as teachers and chaperones from your school (and a bus driver). The following rules of bus etiquette have been compiled to make the trip more enjoyable for everyone on the bus.
One thing you’ll appreciate about your trip is that we use only moderately expensive to deluxe hotels. However, many of these kinds of hotels now have 100% satisfaction guarantees under which any hotel guest who is dissatisfied in any way with any aspect of his or her stay is offered a full refund.
One very common reason for refund requests is noise made by members of tour groups; thus, as a condition of granting space to student groups, tour operators must agree in advance to reimburse the hotels for any refunds made as a result of noisy or otherwise inappropriate behavior by students.
Therefore, the following rules of hotel etiquette will be strictly enforced:
The rule of thumb is as follows: don’t make any noise outside the hotel’s guest rooms that can be heard inside the guest rooms, and don’t make any noise inside your room that can be heard outside (in the hallways or adjacent rooms).
We really do want you to have fun on your trip, but we think that you can have plenty of fun without disturbing other hotel guests.
Finally, destructive behavior, or use of drugs or alcohol are absolutely prohibited. If you damage someone’s property, or use drugs or alcohol, we will call your parents immediately, and send you home at your parents’ expense.
You will be sharing a room with two or three of your classmates.
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