Canada is a wonderful place to visit, and for a US citizen, it is nothing more than a trip across the border. Despite all of that, there are some preparations to make before embarking on your trip to ensure that your experience ends up being as lovely as you have always imagined it to be.
To get you started, we have listed some of them below:
1. Make sure you have a valid passport
Most of you probably already have a passport, but is it valid? Do not think only in terms of its expiration date; make sure to account for the fact it needs to have at least one blank page left in it. You will need a passport whether you are entering by plane or by car (or any other means for that matter).
It’s a good idea to take other documents with you that serve as proof of identity just in case you misplace your passport. One of them is an enhanced driver’s license – if you show it at the border, Canada will let you in.
Your passport is the most important document you have on you, so always keep a watchful eye on it.
2. Purchase travel insurance
Although you may be fully medically insured at home, not every type of insurance will cover you in Canada. And no, Medicare will not cut it either. You will need to seek out a separate travel insurance provider (or pick additional packages) to keep you covered for the duration of your stay. Apart from health-related complications, most travel insurance providers will also be able to assist you in the event of trip cancellations or lost baggage.
3. Double-check the validity of your driver’s license
Long story short – yes, your driver’s license is valid in Canada, so no need to worry about it. However, there are other things that you will need to take care of before entering the country.
One of these is bringing proof of auto insurance. The easiest way to do it is to check with your insurance company. Another thing is getting familiar with the region-specific driving laws, if any. Your local AAA office will be able to assist you with that. Speaking of which, be sure to bring your AAA card with you. Should you find yourself in need of roadside assistance, it can come in handy.
4. Do not take your favorite shows for granted
Do not make the assumption that your favorite American shows will be there for you to watch online during your travels. For instance, if you try to log in to Netflix from a Canadian location, you’ll only be allowed to access the Canadian version of the platform, meaning you may be barred from watching certain content that’s exclusive to the US.
The good news is, there is a way around this limitation. If you download and install a VPN, you can make it appear as though you were trying to access the platform from the US. The reason being is that most VPN providers allow you to set your virtual location to any area of your choosing and that will temporarily become your new IP. Due to this, many travelers have one installed on their devices, and there is no need to be tech-savvy to get comfortable using it.
For the most part, this should suffice. Bear in mind these are only the essentials, so it pays to do additional research on your end. Have a pleasant trip!