Packing for a Guided Tour

Going on a guided tour is an easy choice. While many people think they are just boring walks around the town while somebody explains the country’s history, those who know better understand that guided tours show you places you would have never been able to visit thanks to the tour guide being local to many of the places they will take you.

Packing for a guided tour, however, isn’t always as easy. People either pack too much, leaving them with a heavy bag to carry around with them, or they pack too little, leaving them to either buy replacements or go without desired items.


If you’re looking at packing for a tour, here are the basics to get your started.


  • A pair of comfortable shoes
  • A pair of smart shoes (nothing fancy)
  • T-shirts (half the number of days you are on tour)
  • Two pairs of long pants (one jeans and one smart)
  • A pair of socks for each day, plus two
  • Underwear for each day, plus two

While you shouldn’t expect to visit the set of ‘Congo,’ you can expect to get dirty and potentially have your clothes ruined. If you’re looking for clothes just to take on tour with you, try the Groupon Coupons page for Old Navy for some great basics.


  • One small/medium sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Travel sized toothpaste
  • Travel sized moisturizer
  • Sunscreen
  • Roll-on deodorant
  • Minimal amount of makeup

This can seem like a small list – and for a good reason – it is! The less that you take means, the less that you have to carry.

If you can’t find travel-sized portions of your regular regime, pick up some small empty clear toiletries bottle from your local $2 store and move some from your regular tub.

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Extra battery pack (for your phone or tablet)
  • Headphones
  • Charging cables for your devices
  • A book
  • Roll-on bug repellant
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask

When it comes time to pack for a tour, it can be a hard task to find a balance between being as minimal as possible and making sure that you at least pack enough.

When you are packing your bag, consider the rule of three. If you can think of three uses/times when you will use it, pack it. If you can’t, then home it stays.