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Tips for traveling to the U.S.

Food and drink

Most airlines provide meals and/or snacks to passengers on international flights free of charge. In recent years, some airlines have also started catering to dietary requirements, offering options like vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and halal meals. It’s important to note that the availability of food on a flight can depend on factors such as the duration of the flight and the airline’s policies. Shorter international flights may only offer limited snacks, while longer flights usually have more extensive meal services. If you have specific dietary requirements, it’s a good idea to check with the airline before you fly to see what options are available and to make any necessary arrangements in advance.

Currency and finances

Familiarize yourself with the U.S. currency (U.S. Dollars) and notify your bank about your travel dates to avoid any issues with your credit/debit cards while abroad.

Pack wisely

Pack according to the climate and activities you plan to engage in. Also, ensure you comply with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules regarding liquids, gels, and prohibited items.

International roaming

Check with your mobile service provider about international roaming plans or consider getting a local SIM card upon arrival to avoid excessive roaming charges.

Power adapters

The U.S. uses a 120V voltage and Type A and Type B power outlets. Bring the appropriate power adapter if your devices use a different voltage or plug type.

Secure important documents

Make photocopies or digital scans of your passport, visa, and other essential documents. Keep the copies separate from the originals in case of loss or theft.

Customs regulations

Familiarize yourself with U.S. customs regulations to avoid any issues when bringing in items like food, medication, or certain products.

Airport arrival

Plan to arrive at the airport well in advance of your flight to allow time for security checks and customs procedures.

Emergency numbers

Know the emergency numbers in the United States, such as 911, for immediate assistance in case of an emergency.

Local culture

Be respectful of local customs and etiquette, as well as the diverse cultures and backgrounds you may encounter in the U.S.

Stay informed

Keep an eye on travel advisories and updates from your country’s government or the U.S. government for any potential safety concerns.

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