Packing for a long-haul flight to the USA can be time-consuming as well as difficult as there is a lot to remember in a small amount of time. Therefore packing a few weeks in advance can help you to remember every item in time for when you are due to leave.
However, packing is not for everyone and it can be really difficult for some to remember everything that they need, this is why we have compiled a list of 8 things you need to remember to pack, below!
1- Spare Phone
One of the most important aspects to pack when traveling to the US is a spare phone. This can be used throughout your stay to communicate with those at home. With sim cards available in supermarkets such as Walmart and Target, you can have communication with everyone without being tied into a contract. This is particularly useful if you visit America regularly as the sim card and phone can be put aside until your next visit.
2- Passport And Documentation
One of the most important elements to pack is your passport and US visa, this is needed to get into the country, and you will not be let onto the plan without it. By having all your documentation organized a minimum of 6 months before you travel, this will ensure that you have everything you need and dramatically reduce the stress.
It is also important to note that a visa is needed for young children to get into the USA and the same application process will have to be followed.
3- Travel Insurance
In addition to passport and other documentation, it is also essential to have travel insurance in place for you and your family before traveling to the US. This is because health care in the USA is not free and could end up costing you a substantial amount. By having travel insurance, this could then refund you some of your medical expenses or even all of it making sure you are not left out of pocket.
Arguably the most important item to remember when packing is the currency. Whether this is left in an envelope in your suitcase or you opt for a post office currency card there are a number of ways that you can gain access to your currency. This is particularly beneficial for families as the cards can have a certain amount of spending money and stored in a safe location until they are needed.
It is also important to remember that you will need an adapter when traveling in the US, this is because they use different plugs to the ones found in the UK. This means that you will need an adapter to use common appliances such as a hair dryer or hair straighteners.
If you take medication on a regular basis, don’t forget to pack them. Not only do you need them during the duration of your stay but forgetting them could lead to an unexpected expense having you purchase them whilst you are away. These can be kept in a designated box and should be stored in their own pocket in your suitcase.
7- Summer Essentials
Summer essentials such as sun cream and swimming costumes are also needed when visiting the United States. This is due to the weather being warm in a number of locations during the summer months and there are plenty of amazing beaches and water parks for you to spend time in the sun.
8- Driving Licence
The final essential to pack when visiting the USA is a driving licence. This will be needed as a valid form of ID as well as if you are hiring a car as you will need to show evidence that you hold a valid driving licence as you will not be allowed to rent a car if you cannot provide your license.
With all this in mind, a trip to the USA is the perfect idea for family-friendly fun particularly if you are looking to visit locations such as Disneyland and Universal Studios. With everything you could ever want, why not visit the USA on your next holiday?