TRAVEL INFORMATION
Traveling to Outward Bound

Arrival Time and Location

Location: El Paso International Airport

VOBS staff will meet students in the baggage claim area. The El Paso airport is small, so our staff will be easy to find. Staff typically arrive at 11am MST. If your student's flight arrives earlier than that, just wait in the baggage claim area until staff arrive. 
Time: No later than 1:00 PM

*If you're arriving by car, and you can get there early, please try to arrive between 10:30 - 11:30 AM.  This will help us get you checked in and avoid a rush right at 1:00 PM.  

If you cannot find a flight that arrives in El Paso by 1:00 PM on your course start day, you will need to arrive the night before and stay in El Paso. Please see the Pre & Post Course Accommodations Tab for information about hotels in El Paso. If you arrive the night before, you will still meet the group at the airport by 1:00 PM on your course start day. 

*Throughout 2021 we have found that there are fewer flight options overall, and far fewer connecting flights into El Paso, TX. Many families have had a more positive and stress-free travel experience if they arrive the day before the course, spend the night in El Paso, and meet the group at the airport the next day. While not required, this can be a nice option to consider as you make your travel plans.

Please eat lunch and make any final phone calls before arriving at the airport. Expect to be at the airport until your whole group has arrived, at which time they will drive the 5 hours to our basecamp in vans. 

Travel Delays and Late Arrivals

If you experience delays or cancellations on arrival day, please contact our Travel Coordinator at (432) 652-6003

With so many people traveling on the same day, we anticipate some hiccups. If your arrival is delayed, don’t worry too much. Contact our Travel Coordinator and we will do our best to coordinate an alternative plan with you.

Additional Arrival Day Information

  • If a student tests positive on their course, someone must arrive at our basecamp to drive the student away. 
  • Due to the nature of COVID-19, we highly recommend against purchasing any non-refundable travel. Make sure you verify cancellation or change fees with the airline before you purchase your ticket. In the event that your course changes due to COVID19 the Voyageur Outward Bound School is not responsible for any non-refundable travel please plan accordingly. 
  • CLOTHING/DRESS ON COURSE START DAY – Please arrive at the meeting place already dressed in your expedition clothes. Your boots or tennis shoes, wool socks, quick-dry pants, underwear, t-shirt and warmer long-sleeved layer (accessible) work best on the first day. Please see the provided packing list for further information about appropriate luggage, clothing, and layering principles.
Traveling Home

Students will be transported back to the El Paso International Airport at the end of their course.  If you are picking up your student you may meet them there between 12:00 and 1:00 PM. 

If you are choosing to book a flight home at the end of the course, please do not book any flights departing before 1:00 PM from the El Paso International Airport.

  • If a student tests positive on their course, someone must arrive at our basecamp to drive the student away.  In cases where the student has driven themselves, if they are able they may self-transport away from the basecamp.
  • Outward Bound is unable to support any COVID-19 testing that may be required by an airline. We recommend you verify the procedures and policies surrounding this with airlines directly and also verify with your state health guidelines that a test is not required to re-enter the state. If a test is required, you will need to make arrangements for testing after the course is completed and will need to make a plan for accommodations in El Paso while you wait for results.
  • Due to the nature of COVID-19, we highly recommend against purchasing any non-refundable travel. In the event that your course changes due to COVID19 the Voyageur Outward Bound School is not responsible for any non-refundable travel please plan accordingly.

 

Important Information

MEALS AND MONEY ON ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DAYS - Please bring a little cash for meals during your travel days.  Outward Bound will provide dinner on the first day, breakfast on the last day, and some snacks on both of these days.  There are minimal food options once you exit the security gate at the airport so plan to get something before you arrive or before you exit security. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout travel days!

MEDICATIONS – If you take a prescription medication, please ensure that you have enough to complete the entire course, and bring a back-up set if possible. If you use an inhaler or carry an Epi-pen, please bring 2 sets.

Remember to pack your medications and other important items (contacts, glasses, travel documents, money) in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bag is delayed or lost.

CLOTHING/DRESS ON COURSE START DAY (DAY 1) – Please arrive at the meeting place already dressed in your expedition clothes. Your boots or tennis shoes, wool socks, quick-dry pants, underwear, t-shirt and warmer long-sleeved layer (accessible) work best on the first day. Please see the provided packing list for further information about appropriate luggage, clothing and layering principles.

Pre & Post-Course Accommodations
The following hotels offer great places to stay, as well as shuttle service to the El Paso airport. 
 
6308 Montana Avenue, El Paso, TX. *(915)887-0300
Will accommodate minors. Call their direct line for reservations and ask about an Outward Bound discount. To book online, go to the corporate account section and enter this ID (#0002704640) to get the VOBS discount. 
 
Holiday Inn Express & Suites El Paso Airport:
6666 Gateway Blvd E, El Paso, TX 79915•(915) 771-6200

Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport:
1770 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925•(915) 772-3333

Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel:
2027 Airway Blvd, El Paso, TX 79925•(915) 701-3202