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    Packing List

    Make your trip abroad a success by packing smart. We recommend one suitcase and one carry on to make travel quick and easy. Be sure to check the weather reports for your destination to ensure you have all the appropriate clothing and don’t forget comfortable walking shoes, after long days your feet will thank you.

    Download our complete Packing List here.

    Travel Documents

    Valid passports, up to 6 months after travel dates, are required for all International travel with Brightspark. Make sure all account information matches your passport details, as this will be used to produce all travel documents. For more detailed information regarding these documents, please visit the Government of Canada website, or if you have a non-Canadian passport, please contact your local embassy.

    Money

    Start by familiarizing yourself with the preferred local currency and exchange rates for your destination. We recommend a budget of $30-$50 a day to cover lunches, snacks and souvenirs and suggest exchanging enough money for at least the first 3 days prior to departure. While on tour, ATMs are the safest and easiest way to withdraw local currency. Don’t forget to contact your bank and credit card company about your travel plans before leaving.

    Phone

    Taking your phone on tour? Before departure, contact your wireless provider to ensure your international plan suites your needs. For those foregoing a data plan, ensure your phone is kept on Airplane mode to avoid charges. Save money by: turning off apps and notifications, track data and call usage with a data tracker and by using free Wi-Fi and hot spot connections in public places.

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    Health and Safety Tips

    Health and safety is a priority on all Brightspark trips. Below are some tips to ensure students are protected while on tour.

    1. Purchase medical insurance for any unforeseen illnesses or accidents that occur.
    2. Leave valuable items at home and make sure all wallets, cash and cards are in a secure place on your person or in your sights at all times.
    3. Before departure, make electronic copies of all travel documents in case they are lost or damaged while in destination.
    4. Always travel in groups, do not engage panhandlers and never give out personal information to strangers.
    5. Make sure immunizations and records are up to date. For an updated list recommended for your destination, consult the Government of Canada’s Travel Vaccination website.