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What to Pack

What to wear? What to pack? Have no fear, our travel experts are here to give you some sound tips and advice.

We've even included a downloadable sample packing list below to ease your mind—print it, check it (twice), and say arrivederci to your packing woes. It's all smooth sailing from here.

What to Bring

Most ACIS trips do not include porterage. As you pack, remember that you’ll be carrying your suitcase through airports and hotels. If you are purchasing luggage for the trip, consider buying luggage on wheels.

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Download the Packing List

An organized traveler is a smart traveler. Download the packing list, check it off twice, and depart for your adventure overseas with peace of mind.

What to pack

How to Bring It

Choose a lightweight suitcase, preferably one with wheels. Please be mindful that airlines have specific weight limits and other luggage restrictions. Airlines also require that each article of luggage have at least one tag with your name and address information on it.* Before you leave, make a list of the total contents of your suitcase. If your luggage is lost, the list will help you file any insurance claims.

Please note that TGV and overnight trains no longer offer luggage space other than that immediately around your seat and in the overhead compartment. If you are traveling on a TGV train as part of your ACIS itinerary, you will be required to store your luggage in the compartment above your seat for the duration of the journey. If you are traveling on an overnight train as part of your ACIS itinerary, you will be required to store your luggage within your sleeping compartment.

*Due to increased airline security, locked luggage is not permitted. When traveling by bus or train, locks may be used.

Lost or Stolen Luggage

Unless in the care of the airline, your luggage is your responsibility and should never be left unattended. If you lose your luggage on the flight, you must file a claim at the airline's lost-luggage office before leaving the customs hall of the airport. If your luggage is stolen, you must file a police report to be covered by the Ultimate or Comprehensive Protection Plan.

Electric Appliances & Currents

In most of Europe (and Argentina), electric current is 220 volts, not 110 as in the U.S. or Costa Rica. Buy a hairdryer or razor adaptable to 220 volts, as most travel appliances are. You should purchase voltage adapters, dual voltage hairdryers and other travel accessories prior to departure.

Cathedral Etiquette

Visitors wearing shorts or skirts above the knee, tank tops or sleeveless shirts may not be allowed into cathedrals. If it is warm, women may want to pack a light skirt and scarf to slip on over shorts and around the shoulders.

Climate

Be prepared for wide temperature swings, especially in Europe during the spring. Here is a general guide (average daily highs in °F):

  January April July
Amsterdam
Athens
Barcelona
Beijing
Berlin
Brussels
Buenos Aires
Chicago
Dublin
Edinburgh
Geneva
Heidelberg
Hong Kong
Lisbon
London
Lucerne
Madrid
Miami
Montreal
Moscow
Munich
New York
Nice
Paris
Quebec City
Rome
Salzburg
San Jose
Sydney
Washington DC
Venice
Vienna
45
55
55
24
40
40
75
39
45
45
35
36
63
51
45
43
48
68
16
21
34
39
55
43
17
48
29
85
81
46
45
37
60
70
68
57
57
59
62
54
58
57
57
56
79
58
58
58
63
73
43
49
56
60
68
60
46
68
47
81
75
67
69
59
72
93
85
79
75
73
50
86
70
69
75
75
90
71
74
76
85
82
70
77
77
85
70
82
77
93
64
77
63
90
89
76
 

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