The United States is a mixed bag of culture, geography, and climate. Getting on the slopes, driving through the desert, across a long road overlooking the ocean, or cruising through a concrete jungle is definitely not unusual. With so many places to visit, you have to come prepared. And we have the ultimate USA travel checklist for you.
Step 1: Travelling to USA
Regardless of whether you’re a novice or an experienced traveller, these are the things you need to take along:
Your passports have to be valid for six months beyond the period of your stay.
- Travel Itinerary and Hotel Information
A travel itinerary is responsible for having a visa issued for your travel. The immigration desk prefers to check your travel itinerary to get an understanding of how long you’ll be visiting. It is also required to provide your hotel information.
- Boarding Pass
If you fail to carry along your boarding pass, most airports won’t shy away from turning you away.
- Travel Insurance
Looking at how expensive medical insurance is in America, getting travel insurance is a really smart move. It also covers your expenses for trip cancellation, lost luggage, and other expenses.
- International Driving Permit and Driver’s License
If you intend on driving around the country, you are required to carry along your driver’s license from back home along with your international driving permit.
Step 2: Your Travel Companion
- Luggage Tags
Luggage tags may not seem like much, but they sure do come handy in a place as big as the United States. It makes identifying your luggage a lot easier, and if you end up misplacing it, it’ll help the authorities identify them correctly.
- Travel Wallet
Don’t want to leave your travel documents behind? That’s alright. You can securely store all of your things along with your cash and cards in good, durable travel wallet.
- Passport Holder
It doesn’t matter if you’re travelling solo or with a large group, securely store your passports along with your other travel documents in a passport holder to relieve you of not finding your boarding pass at the gate.
Step 3: Packing for the states
- Carry On
Based on what you plan on doing(eg. Hitchhike, backpacking, or a typical tourist) carrying a carry on is very crucial. A carry on stays with you on the flight so you can either carry a bigger carry on or distribute your items between your carry on and your luggage.
Carry only the basics, unless you either need something extra or don’t mind the extra weight. Always travel light.
- Cameras & memory cards
- Electrical converters & Adaptors
They use type A and type B in the States.
There are a couple of things to check when it comes to your luggage. Make sure you don’t overstuff your bags since there is a weight limit at every airport and travelling with way too many things is never pleasant. Also, make sure your bag is durable enough to last throughout your holiday, a broken bag just puts a downer to all your fun.
Depending on the time of the year, the weather decides what you bring along. During the summers, a regular t-shirt and shorts do the trick, but during the winters you should put on as many layers as you can.
Make sure to pack clothes that look great by themselves, but work well in layers as well. But buy good winter jackets, since it gets pretty cold.
- Toiletry Bag
A toiletry bag helps with decluttering your items in your luggage. To avoid any spillage, store all your liquids in a small container since you can’t carry liquids over a certain limit. Other items would include:
- Bath Hygiene Products
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Dental Hygiene Products
- Makeup Products
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Health Care
You’re far away in another country, trying to have a good time and you get sick. Maybe the food didn’t sit well in your stomach, or maybe the weather changes are too much. Regardless this puts a stop to all the fun and games. Here’s what you can carry to avoid this:
- Allergy medications
- Prescription medicines
- Common Cold medicines
- Throat lozenges
- High-altitude medications
Always make sure to carry all your prescription medications in neatly labelled containers. If they’re off the counter medicines without your name, you could be asked to discard it. If any major issues come up, your travel insurance will cover it.
A good pair of shoes that does well with every terrain should be all you need for this holiday.
With a country as big as the United States of America, you will never run out of fun things to do! Follow this checklist, pack your stuff, and have a great time.