Travel Tips & FAQs

Vacation Checklist

If you need some help deciding what to pack, take a look at our handy checklist. We’ve compiled a list of things you may want to bring on your trip.

1. Sunglasses & Eyeglasses

You’ll be sure to miss them if you don’t bring them along!

2. Camera

Make sure you have film if necessary or storage on your device

3. Medications

Prescription & non

4. Insurance information

In case of an emergency, bring your insurance information

5. Toiletries

Such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste

6. Swimsuits

Depending on the season & your destination

7. Sun Block

Depending on the season & your destination

8. ID

Driver’s License and/or passport

9. Comfortable walking shoes

So you don’t slow down while enjoying your trip!

10. Hats, caps, or visors

To shade your eyes from the bright sunshine

11. Small tote bag

Fanny packs (small bags on a belt) are a popular alternative

12. Reading materials

A book, ebook reading device, or magazines all will do

13. Contact Information

In case you need to reach someone back home

14. Money

ATM cards, credit cards, travelers checks

15. Umbrella

But hopefully you won’t need it!

16. Notepad & pen

Or anything that you can jot a reminder or note down on

17. Jacket

Bring a light and water-resistant windbreaker that has a hood in case of rain.

18. Wrist watch or clock

A built-in alarm is handy

19. Pillow

Inflatable pillow or neck roll, and if you’d like, an eye mask for snoozing on the bus

20. Special Food

For any health or special diets, please bring any necessary food that is required.

Our Customer’s Travel Tips

Go Mini Plan ahead and shop for sample containers of your favorite toiletries. This will cut down on the amount of space needed for those essentials and allow more room for souvenirs!

Ann S.

Somerset, PA

Make a packing list Plan for each day of your tour before you begin to pack, make a list and check off the items as you pack them. You are less likely to forget something important that way!

Sarah C.

Windber, PA

Frequently Asked Questions

What Clothing/Food Should I Bring on Tour?

Casual, comfortable clothing and walking shoes are suggested for daytime travel. Passengers may want to bring sweaters, jackets or light blankets on the coach due to air-conditioning. You are welcome to bring snacks with you for the bus. For passengers with health problems or special diets, please bring any necessary food or drinks that are required.

How Early Should I Arrive at Lodestar for My Pick-Up?

Lodestar recommends that you arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes, but no more than thirty (30) minutes prior to the departure time.

Is there Assigned Seating on the Coach?

All seats are reserved at the time you book your tour. The earlier you book your tour, the better chance you will have to get the seat of your choice.

What if I need Two Beds in My Room and Can I Request A Smoking Room?

If you need two double beds in your room, please request that at the time of booking. We request non-smoking for all hotel rooms. If you prefer to stay in a smoking room, please advise us at the time of booking so we can try to accommodate your request. Lodestar Tours cannot guarantee two double beds at every hotel or smoking rooms, but we will certainly do our best to meet the requests of all our passengers.

Is the Driver's Gratuity Included?

Yes, we include the driver’s gratuity on all of Lodestar tours.

What is Your Smoking Policy on Your Motor Coaches?

For the comfort of all passengers, smoking and any use of tobacco is not permitted on any of Lodestars motor coaches. Rest stops will be made frequently (every 2-3 hours) to accommodate those who wish to smoke and to allow a comfort stop for all of our passengers.