As we mentioned before break to all students, bring comfortable WALKING shoes. Wear one pair and pack an extra pair, in case one pair gets wet in bad weather. We will be walking rain or shine.

Pack light. You will be carrying whatever luggage you bring on and off the train and up and down metro (subway) escalators in Washington, DC.

Amtrak allows two pieces of carry-on luggage per passenger.

  • One piece, your main piece, must NOT EXCEED 50 pounds, nor the size limits of 28”x22”x14” (70x55x35cm) in dimension.
  • As your second piece of baggage, you will need either a small day bag, pack or purse, in which to collect materials from our
    different destinations, to hold souvenirs you might pick up, and to carry things you wish to have while traveling on the train or walking in the city.

Dress code is everyday SBS dress code. Stoneleigh-Burnham sweatshirts and jackets are okay. You will NOT need little D for any part of our brief trip.

Plan to bring a rain or waterproof jacket and warm layer of clothing. Temperatures for early April range from 40s in the evening to 70s F during the day and can feel chilly with wind or rain. Think layers when packing.

You will want to remember light toiletries (small bottles of special soaps, etc, packed in plastic containers) and perhaps some extra feminine supplies.

Plan on bringing some spending money, for train food coming or going and/or for small souvenirs along the way. Remember, though, what you buy you must carry home. (All meals are included in the cost of the trip, so $50-$75 should be plenty to cover personal food purchases.)

You may bring a cell phone to use as your camera, but we will discuss parameters of its use as a phone during the trip (i.e. when the phone can be on, when it must be off). If you do not have a cell phone, you may wish to bring a camera.

Of course, we expect you all to bring your good-natured enthusiasm and curiosity! We hope you will all love the city as much as your chaperones do!

A small flashlight is optional. We will be taking evening tours of the national monuments. The National Park Service recommends small flashlights.

More questions or travel tips for the group? Please contact Bill Ivey at

Further Packing List suggestions:

  1. Socks (3 pairs)
  2. 1 pair of pjs
  3. 4 pairs of underwear/bras
  4. 2-3 pairs of pants
  5. 3-5 shirts
  6. 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  7. Waterproof jacket
  8. Toiletries (travel size when possible) including:
    1. Toothbrush and toothpaste
    2. Deodorant
    3. Hairbrush
  9. Two pairs of comfortable shoes (wear one pair, bring another)
  10. Wallet with school ID and spending money
  11. Flashlight and small umbrella (optional)
  12. Snacks (optional)
  13. Waterbottle
  14. Sunglasses (thinking bright DC thoughts!)
  15. Cell phone (if you have one)/camera (if desired)

Check your list, check your list and check it once again!