What should you pack for a school trip?

2 May 2019

Whether you’re on holiday or on a school trip, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and realising you’ve forgotten something important. And from travel documents and tickets to pairs of socks, there’s a lot to remember.  

So we thought we’d lend a hand. Wherever you’re headed, from a day trip to London to a school tour to Washington, our checklists will have you packed and ready in no time.


Things to take on a one day school trip

  • Shoes you can walk in comfortably (no flip flops or heels)
  • A backpack
  • Pens / Notepad / Project file
  • Phone or camera
  • A small amount of money for souvenirs
  • A warm jumper (even in summer!)
  • A waterproof jacket
  • Sanitary products
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • (Optional) Portable phone charger


What to bring on an overnight school trip

As well as the above packing list for school trips, you’ll need to take a few extra things for an overnight stay:

  • Evening outfit
  • Pyjamas
  • Toothbrush / toothpaste
  • Phone / camera charger
  • Shower gel / shampoo / conditioner
  • Small towel
  • Hairbrush / comb
  • Deodorant
  • Clean clothes
  • Clean socks and underwear
  • Swimwear
  • Spare contact lenses / solution (if applicable)
  • Medications (if applicable)

What to pack for a school trip abroad

Whether you’re nipping across the channel to France or heading somewhere further afield, a school tour abroad demands more careful packing. Make sure to include everything on the ‘overnight school trip’ list above – and don’t forget your passport!

  • Passport
  • Travel documents (e.g. travel insurance, visas, boarding passes etc.)
  • A photocopy / emailed PDF copy of your passport and travel documents
  • Small wallet / card holder for your transport tickets
  • Plug adaptor specific to destination
  • Local currency
  • Clean clothes / socks / underwear for each day
  • Spare clothes / socks / underwear
  • Contact lenses / solution for each day (if applicable)
  • Medications for each day (if applicable)

Packing for the season

Heading on a geography trip to Snowdonia, or a Spanish trip to Barcelona? This checklist contains all the packing essentials for winter and summer travel.

But remember, there’s only one thing you can be certain about with the weather: its unpredictability. So be sure to pack for every eventuality!

Cold weather:

  • Gloves / hat / scarf
  • Waterproof jacket / trousers
  • Wellies / walking boots
  • Spare socks
  • Layers and thermals
  • Lip balm
  • Plastic bags for wet / muddy items


Hot weather:

  • High factor sun cream
  • Sun hat / cap
  • Sunglasses
  • SPF lip balm
  • Insect repellent
  • Light layers you can take on and off easily
  • Swimming kit
  • Swimming towel
  • Plastic bags for wet swimming kit
  • Scarf / throw to cover bare shoulders if visiting religious sites


What teachers should pack for school trips

At WST, we have a whole school trip planning section of our website, designed to help teachers prepare for tours and adventures. It’s packed with useful checklists, including:

Just click on any of the above links to access our teacher packing lists.

Top Tip: You will have access to the Vamoos travel app shortly before you travel with WST. This handy app will contain all your important tour documentation to support you and your colleagues throughout the day.


Book your bespoke school trip today

At WST, our experts are always here to help you plan, book, and prepare for an unforgettable school trip.

From KS2 to high school, local sights to far-flung places, we’ll help you create a bespoke school tour that truly inspires your students. Simply contact us today to get started.