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I agree with everyone about the fanny packs. I carry my passport under
my clothing, and so do my students. They keep a few 'pennies' on the
outside of their clothing (for soda, etc), but the rest is also in a
money holder/passport holder under the clothing. They are also in charge
of their own money, and budgeting for the 'tips' for the guides later
on..they have got to take that responsibility. I carry a backpack with
locks (because I schlep a first aid kit, extra juice, candy, guidebooks,
umbrella, camera, hat, film,map, notebook and pen, everywhere). I make
all of my students paint out the silly trip logos on their "free"
backpacks, or bring another backpack. Nothing says "tourist" and "school
group" more than those backpacks. I usually paint something like the
eifel tower if we go to France on a white square that I have painted
over the company's logo.
Another 'safety' tip...when you get to your hotel(s), make sure you know
where all the exits are...just in case of an emergency...I make sure the
kids all know in a sort of "stewardess" way....of course they all think
I'm nuts, but I want to make sure they know, in a "fire drill" sort of
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