What should I pack for my Trafalgar trip?
The weather in your travel destination may vary. We would suggest that you pack layers of clothing. Apps such as Packr and PackPoint will give you great packing tips based on forecasted weather.
A light waterproof jacket may also be useful and a sun hat during the summer months.
Bear in mind that some excursions will take in visits to cathedrals or other religious locations where there may be a restriction on shorts / mini-skirts and bare shoulders.
A comfortable pair of flat shoes /trainers for walking is essential as you may be visiting cities and sites with cobbled streets and uneven terrain.
Useful items that you may wish to pack can include:
- Phone charger
- Adaptor plug
- Travel iron
- Carry bag
- Travel pillow
- A photocopy of your hotel contact list & travel documents documents
- A photograph of your luggage contents for reference
How much luggage can I bring?
Travelling with Trafalgar entitles each guest to travel with one suitcase not exceeding 23kg (50lbs) in weight, with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”). Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” (30x28x14 cm) to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment.
So your driver and the hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your holiday, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances.
Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.
North & South America, Australia & New Zealand tours
You can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”) and weight not exceeding 23 kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescopic handles.
Africa & Asia tours
East Africa safari vehicles cannot accommodate the regular luggage dimensions and weights listed above. We kindly ask our guests to travel with a soft-sided bag or medium-sized suitcase.
For internal flights within Trafalgar Asia tours, there is generally a 20kg luggage allowance.
Can I bring my small rolling suitcase that I can bring on the airplane with me in the coach as my carry-on?
For safety reasons, small rolling suitcases are not permitted inside the coach. As our coaches have large windows, there is minimal space to store them securely overhead or under the seat. Suggested carry-on is a soft-sided bag similar to backpack, tote bag, etc.
How much travel money should I plan to bring?
When planning how much money to bring, we suggest that you consider such things as spending money for meals that are not included e.g. lunches and beverages, alcoholic drinks etc. Any Optional Experiences/sightseeing trips that you may wish to purchase, as well as shopping, gratuities and any incidentals such as laundry or dry cleaning and so on.
If you plan to purchase local currency before you travel we suggest that you request notes of smaller denominations as many local stores and restaurants may not be willing to accept the higher ones.
While most major credit cards are generally accepted by shops and hotels worldwide, you may find that there is a minimum charge for using them. It is also becoming more common for identification to be requested when making payments by credit card, so remember to carry your passport or driver’s license with you. Visa, American Express or MasterCard are widely accepted in most shops and restaurants.
Do I have to purchase gratuities prior to the vacation?
No, pre-paying gratuities is not required.
We offer this option because many guests like to budget for all elements of their vacation. Gratuities can be pre-paid during the online booking process or alternatively, Contact Us if you'd like to add this to your booking. The pre-paid gratuities option is not available on our Asia and Africa trips.
Will I need to bring electrical adaptors?
Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world. We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor that’s suitable for the countries you are travelling to.
What are the best travel apps to help me prepare for my trip?
Packr and PackPoint will give you great packing tips based on forecasted weather. Weather Channel or Accuweather are the most popular weather apps to keep up to date with the local weather of the places you will go.
Duolingo will have you covering off the basics of a local language for just 5 minutes a day. Google Translate is great for quick translations.
I am travelling with a child/young person, is there anything specific I need to consider before my trip?
At Trafalgar, our younger guests are just as important as our older ones, so we’ve taken care to craft action-packed itineraries that’ll impress children aged five years or older. All children and young people under eighteen years old must however be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for their supervision and welfare. Some countries have established practices to prevent international abductions of children and because of this, it is recommended that you secure a “Child Travel Consent” prior to departure if you are travelling with a minor who is under eighteen years of age. This documents that a minor has permission from his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to travel and may be requested by authorities and officials when a child is travelling internationally: With one parent or guardian; Without a parent; Alone; With an adult who is not a parent or guardian. If the travelling parent has sole custody, he or she will require a notarized true copy of a court order or equivalent proving custody. If both parents have custody, or the non-travelling parent has custody, the travelling parent will need notarized consent from the non-travelling parent. We recommend that you contact relevant consulates and airlines for additional information and guidance.