Middle School Trips Travel Guide

Here you’ll discover everything you need to know about your Evolve trip for middle school students. Check out Plan for our guide on how to create the best trip for your students with important info on where to visit, eat and sleep for your groups needs and for tips on how to plan for insurance and more. Read Pack for what to bring for specific regions and seasons and Prepare for language tips, facts and local know-how.

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Why should my student group visit Canada or the USA ? 

An educational trip to Canada or the US can be a fascinating educational and cultural experience for students.

First, determine the intended focus of your educational trip. This will help you decide which regions will best suit what your group is looking to experience.  Get insights below and download our full guide above to plan your perfect trip.

Educational Focused Trip- curriculum based activities that bring the classroom subjects alive. For this, try organizing a trip to the capitals: Ottawa or Washington D.C.

Outdoor – this would focus on outdoor adventure activities, testing physical strengths inside and out of cities. Try an adventure to Vancouver Island or to the Grand Canyon.

Language– Are you a French teacher looking to get your students to improve their speaking skills? Try a trip to Montreal or Quebec City to have your students immersed into the French Canadian culture.

Arts & Music – Fill your itinerary with museum and gallery visits, theatre performances, live music and more. Try a trip to New York City, Chicago, California or New Orleans!

Mixed Focus – Have a mix of educational, outdoor and fun activities in numerous cities.

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Luggage –Any seasoned seasoned traveler will tell you: the lighter – the better! A small or medium sized suitcase or duffel will be perfect for your trip throughout Canada or the US. For the organized packer, it’s very handy to have a couple spare plastic bags for wet clothes or separated laundry. For day trips, bring a backpack and a safe document or money holder.

  • Small or medium suitcase or duffel bag
    • Backpack and/or purse for day trips and overnights
    • Extra plastic bags / ziplock

Clothing  Weather in Canada and the US changes greatly from month to location. Make sure you bring the right clothes with you for the season you’re travelling in! Be mindful of any high intensity or outdoor activities you will be doing as well. Remember to bring modest clothing for religious sites you will visit. Check out our master list for hot and cold packing and regional advice below:

  • Socks, underwear, bras
    • 1 pair of jeans & 1 pair of breathable pants
    • 3 – 5 t-shirts
    • 1 long sleeve shirt
    • 1 light sweater or sweatshirt
    • Jacket (optional: check seasons below!)
    • Hat
    • Shoes – Bring shoes that are comfortable and supportive for hiking or for walking in the city.
    • Flip flops / waterproof sandals
    • Sleepwear

Western Coast

This is a coastal cooler region of North America. In peak summer, temperatures average to about 22 degrees in the day and about 14 degrees at night in British Columbia and about 27 degrees in the day to about 18 degrees at night. In the spring and fall, temperatures change quickly, ranging from 10-19 degree highs to 6-9 degree lows within the seasons for British Columbia and then 16-19 degree highs to 10-12 degree lows. Rain also visits across the spring, summer and fall so a waterproof jacket is a must have item! In winter, temperatures do drop to around zero in Canada where you can expect snow, and just over zero to about 6-10 degrees in California.

Winter:
• Warm sweater
• Warm Jacket
• Toque or warm hat
• Long pants
• Warm socks
• Water/Snow proof shoes or boots

Spring / Autumn:
• Long, breathable pants / skirt
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm sweater
• Long sleeve shirts
• Waterproof footwear
• Small Umbrella

Summer:
• Breathable long pants or skirts
• Light jacket
• Breathable longsleeve
• 1 pair of shorts
• Wide brimmed hat
• A light, long scarf or a bandana for sun, cool nights or modest locations

Mid to Eastern Canada and Mid-Western to East Coast USA

These regions are on the cooler side of the weather, but the temperature increases in the summer months. Depending on where you are, temperatures range from about 18-28 degrees in the day and about 13-19 degrees at night. In the spring and fall, the weather ranges from 7-15 degrees in the day with cooler nights. Winters hit far below freezing. Check the climates where your travels will take you to check for snow from December – March.

Winter:
• Warm sweater
• Warm, waterproof jacket
• Toque or warm hat
• Long pants
• Warm socks
• Water/Snow proof shoes or boots

Spring / Autumn:
• Long, breathable pants / skirt
• Waterproof jacket
• Warm sweater
• Long sleeve shirts
• Waterproof footwear
• Small umbrella

Summer:
• Breathable long pants or skirts
• Light waterproof jacket
• Breathable longsleeve
• 1 pair of shorts
• A light, long scarf or a bandana for sun, cool nights or modest locations

Accessories and Toiletries  Below are items for keeping you charged, comfortable and prepared. Before your trip, make sure you have spoken to a travel doctor about medications you will need and pack all necessary prescriptions.

• Daily Use: sunglasses, watch, compass, lock, pocket dictionary
• Entertainment: camera, phone, book, diary
• Waterbottle, sunscreen, hand sanitizer
• Toothbrush & toothpaste
• Soap, shampoo & conditioner
• Medications
• Mosquito repellent (National Parks)

What to leave at Home  Carrying around extra pounds of luggage isn’t worth those extra shoes or that shirt you wear just one time. If you need help eliminating an item or two, check out the list below:
• Less practical and/or fancy clothing
• More shoes than needed
• Many heavy books
• BIG bottles of toiletries – swap for travel sized containers
• Heavy towels

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French Lesson *( If you are planning a trip to Quebec City or Montreal)

Looking to get a jump start on your French language skills? Here are some greetings and expressions for you to practice just for fun!

Good morning: Bon matin
Good afternoon:
 Bon après-midi
Good night:
 Bonne nuit
Hello: Bonjour

Good bye: Au-revoir
See you soon: À bientôt
Excuse me: Pardon 
How are you?:
 Comment ça va?
Fine, thanks: Bien, merci. 
My name is:
 Mon nom est….

What is your name?: Comment tu t-appelles?
Pleased to meet you: 
Enchanté(e)
Do you speak English?:  Est-ce que tu parle anglais?
I don’t speak French: Je ne parle pas français
I don’t understand:
 Je ne comprends pas 
I am from…: 
Je suis de… (city, country)

Slower, please: Plus lentement, s’il vous plait
Where is: Où est

The bathroom: les toilettes
The restaurant: le restaurant
The bank: la banque
The beach: la plage
Pharmacy: la pharmacie
Hospital: l’hôpital
How much does it cost?: Combien ça coûte?
Please: S’il vous plait
Thank you: 
Merci
You’re welcome: 
De rien

Canadian Fun Facts: 

  1. 31% of Canada is taken up by forest
  2. 9.5 million of Canada’s 34.9 million people speak french
  3. 20% of the world’s fresh water is in Canada
  4. 77% of the world’s maple syrup is made in Quebec
  5. 15,500 of the world’s 25,000 polar bears live in Canada

US Fun Facts: 

  1. The US is the 4th largest country in the world by land area and 3rd by population.
  2. The US has the world’s largest economy.
  3. The US was the leading force behind the development of the Internet.
  4.  Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza each day, with about 3 billion pizzas sold annually in the USA.
  5. The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world by area.