Top 5 Must Haves When Travelling To America

By joanpabulo, 22 July, 2016

America is one of the most beautiful countries to both travel around and to live. Each state, or country if you’re looking at travelling to South America, brings something different in terms of culture, food, and activities. There’s always plenty that you can do and see wherever you’re planning to travel to in America. If you’re thinking about travelling to America, then you should make sure that you have these top 5 must haves with you.


An ESTA is what you will need to enter the USA, and acts as a visa waiver. If you qualify under the ESTA waiver program, then you will gain entry to the country for up to 90 days as a tourist. However, if you don’t qualify under the visa waiver program, you will have to obtain a visa for USA entry. Security checks are quite strict when it comes to entry, so if you don’t have an ESTA or a visa, then you won’t be allowed entry and your travels will be ruined. Obtaining an ESTA or a visa should be at the top of your list, as the application process could take a while depending on approval.

Travel Insurance

It’s a known fact that medical bills in America are sky-high, so if you’re travelling over there, it is important to remember to take out a good travel insurance policy that will cover you if you were to fall ill or get injured on your travels. Travel insurance will also cover you in the event of lost luggage or a flight delay or cancellation, so looking at the ins and outs of what the travel insurance policy will cost is important. For example, if you plan on taking part in extreme sports, then not all types of travel insurance will cover you. However, there is a travel policy out there suitable for every type of holiday and travel experience that you can think of, and the best part is, it won’t cost too much either. In fact, the average person spends more money on magazines and food in the airport than they do on travel insurance. 

Photocopy Of Your Passport

If you’re travelling, carrying a photocopy of your passport, located in a separate part of your luggage or personal being, is important. Although a photocopy won’t allow you to get through security, if you’ve lost your passport, it can help you to prove that you’re not trying to enter the country illegally, and will definitely be helpful when you go to the closest embassy for your country to get a new one.

Phone & Phone Charger

Making sure you take your phone will keep you connected with loved ones back home, and can also help in an emergency. You can also use your phone as a map, or even take plenty of photos to make everybody back home jealous of your travels to America. However, making sure that it is always charged can be a problem if you forget your phone charger. Although you will be able to purchase a phone charger in America, it will save you a little bit of money if you make sure you don’t forget yours, and can also help you to charge it on the flight.

Comfortable Shoes


Comfortable shoes are one of the most important things to take on your travels to America. This is due to the fact that no matter where you’re heading, there’s a chance you’ll be doing a lot of sightseeing, or at least a lot of walking around. The cities in America are big, and trying to get round them on the road is near-on impossible. To check out all of the main landmarks that you want to see in America, your best bet is to go on foot, and use public transport. Either way, make sure that you bring comfy shoes with you for your trips out during the day.