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What to pack

Scratching your head about what to pack or terrified of forgetting something? Don't fret! Here's our fool-proof packing list for what to bring on your school trip to France.

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What do I need to bring on the trip?

We want every student to have the best time possible with us and that starts with arriving prepared. So, here's our fool-proof list of what to bring on a school residential to share with parents & pupils. Be sure to scroll to the bottom and familiarise yourself with the compulsory clothing required for certain activities.

School trip packing list:

  • Valid passport (and visa if required)
  • GHIC Card
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Spending money
  • Small rucksack for day trips
  • Pencil case and pencils
  • Workbook
  • French/English dictionary
  • Games and books for the journey
  • Torch
  • Small towel
  • Large towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Travel sickness tablets etc
  • Plastic bags for laundry
  • Washbag: soap, shampoo, flannel, toothpaste, tooth brush, comb etc
  • Waterproof jacket or cagoule
  • Waterproof trousers if possible
  • 2 tracksuit bottoms
  • 2 sweatshirt/jumpers
  • 3 T-shirts
  • 2 shirts
  • 2 pairs of jeans/trousers
  • 2 pairs of shorts (summer)
  • Gloves and scarf (winter)
  • Underwear & socks
  • Swimwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Old clothes for wet and muddy activities
  • Old trainers for wet and muddy activities
  • Indoor shoes or slippers
  • Trainers or shoes
  • Wellington boots/walking boots
  • French-themed fancy dress & costume for the talent show (optional)

What should I wear for the activities?

Some activities at the Château require students to wear specific items of clothing in order to participate. Check the table below to make sure nobody misses out on the fun!

Activity Compulsory clothing
  • Long sleeve top
Assault Course
  • Swimwear
  • Old trainers (or wellies)
  • Old long sleeve top & old trousers (No leggings)
  • Large towel
Canoeing / Raft Building
  • Swimwear
  • Old trainers (No wellies)
  • Large towel
  • Closed sports footwear
  • Waterproof jacket or coat
  • Sports trousers (No jeans or leggings)
  • Closed sports footwear
Initiative Exercises
  • Wellies or trainers
  • Old trainers or wellies
  • Long-sleeved top
  • Wellies or trainers


We advise all children to leave all valuables including jewellery, phones & tablets at home. It's not uncommon for teachers to enforce a phone ban on the trip, and as there's no available wifi at our centres, we encourage students to take this chance to unplug, get outside & connect with friends.

Why choose us for your French school trip to Normandy?

French immersion works

Developed over 20 years, our approach to French teaching creates a truly immersive experience that is shown to improve learning and confidence.

We’re here for you

Our local managers are on hand 24/7 to look after the individual needs of your group and deliver the best experience every time you visit.

Schools return to us year after year

Our French language residentials offer the highest quality instruction and care which is why 8 out of 10 school groups return each year.

Animateurs are “like having another teacher on the trip”

All school group activities are led by our own French-native animateurs who are skilled at encouraging even the most reticent learner to use their French.

Authentic French experiences

As part of the local community, with ties across the region, we offer an authentic French cultural experience during your group's stay.

A French programme to suit your learning objectives

Looking for onsite adventure activities? The chance to experience authentic local culture? Or an escorted tour of Normandy's rich history and landmarks? We have a French trip to suit.