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Travel Checklist for Pilgrimage Tours

Travel Checklist and Important Reminders

for All Catholic Journey’s Pilgrimage Tours

  • On Your Person:  Passport, Money, and Printed Confirmation of Travel Insurance.
  • Carry-On Bag: Medicines and Valuables, hand sanitizer 3.4 oz or smaller, and one change of clothes in the event of delayed luggage.
  • International Flights: Because of increased security at the airport, we recommend checking in for international flights 3 hours before departure. Early check-in is also important as issues with the airlines can be detected and fixed before the scheduled departure.
  • Itinerary: Leave a copy of your itinerary with a family member, so they will know where you are each day and can reach you in an emergency. They can also call Catholic Journeys at 800-715-6670.
  • Money: We suggest that you exchange US dollars for the currency of the country you are going to visit, except Mexico, Medjugorje, and the Holy Land. We suggest that you get at least $100.00 to start and then you can change additional money along the way as needed. ATMs are available in larger cities.
  • Name Tags: Please wear your name tags on the pilgrimage, especially at the arrival airport, so the Catholic Journeys’ driver/guide can identify you and your fellow pilgrims.
  • Passports: Make sure your passport is current. Your passport is very valuable. Do *NOT* pack your passport in your luggage or leave your passport in your hotel room anytime. Keep a separate copy of the two front pages of your passport in case it is lost or stolen…. this should be packed separately from your actual passport.
  • Tipping: Tips are not normally included in your package unless specified. You may wish to leave a gratuity for your driver and your tour escort at the end of each service performed.  The recommended amount for the driver is USD 5.00 per person per day and USD 10.00 per person per day for the tour guide.  On our Holy Land pilgrimages, we recommend $8 for the driver and $15 for the guide per person per day.  You can pay in USD or Shekels.  Also, you may need to have tip money for special city tours or museums.  You may also want to bring a few extra dollars to leave in the churches where you will be celebrating Mass.  When staying at Marija’s Magnificat Center in Medjugorje they ask for $1 or $2 per day for the house staff.
  • Baggage Fees:  for overseas flights, your payment includes 1 Checked Bag with the airline.  If you check a second bag you will need to pay an additional fee when you check in.  For flights to Mexico, the airlines charge for any checked bag. If you decide to check a bag to Mexico, expect to pay a baggage fee at check-in.

Travel Checklist

  • One check-in bag
  • One carry-on bag if needed
  • One personal item such as your Catholic Journeys Backpack
  • Name Tag on your neck so the guide will identify you at the arrival airport usually outside the baggage claim

Before You Leave…

___Advise family of the itinerary, Leave the key

___Advise bank and credit card company of your travel plans

___Contact cell phone provider for available International Travel Plans or fees

___Copy the Information Page of the Passport with your picture to carry with you

___Get together addresses and stamps, Phone numbers

  • Please note, that this is just a suggestion of things to pack, depending on the time of year and your destination, you may not need or want all items. You can check the weather before you leave at:


Mexico City weather


Personal Care Items:


___Chap stick


___Cosmetic supplies


___Feminine Hygiene Products

___Glasses/contact lenses and cleaning supplies

___Handy wipes to freshen up during the day

­­­­___Insect repellent

___Nail clippers/nail file

___Razor/shaving cream

___Shampoo/conditioner and styling supplies


___Toothbrush & Toothpaste

___Travel pack size Kleenex


___Allergy/cold medicine – tablets

___Aspirin/Advil, Etc.

___Dramamine or Bonine – if subject to motion sickness
___Pepto Bismol- tablets



General Packing:

___Beach attire, bathing trunks/suit


___Camera /batteries

___Cell phone/battery charger/adapter

___Coat, jacket

___Dress /skirt that covers knees esp. for Holy Sites run by the Vatican, and basilicas.

___Electrical adapter for Europe, Asia, South America, or the Holy Land.  You do not need one for Mexico.

___Extra plastic baggies – for dirty clothes or items you purchase


___Hats, gloves

___Inflatable head & neck rest, eye mask, foam earplugs (for flight)

___Laptop/batteries/power adapter


___Pen and paper

___Raincoat/umbrella/ poncho

___Reading material

___Sewing kit

___Slacks/ Pants

___Socks, underwear


___Sweaters, shirts

___Walking shoes

Carry-On Items:

___Credit/ATM cards

___Travel Insurance  Confirmation Page, if purchased


___Neck Wallet / Purse


Questions?  See our FAQ.

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