There are so many unique sights and experiences in the United States, but what do you need to do, bring, and prepare before you cross the border? If you’re a Canadian planning on RVing to the U.S., here are some helpful tips to help you enjoy a worry-free and safe road trip.
Check Your Health
Conditions like vaccination status and testing requirements change often, so review the Canadian and U.S. public health websites for details about health requirements. Before RVing to the U.S., make sure you review the requirements for border crossing and for your destination.
Update Personal Documents
Every person on your road trip will need updated documents that prove their identity. Ensure you update your passports, driver’s licences, and health insurance cards. Copy any prescriptions in case you need medical treatment or refills on the road.
If you’re travelling with your pet, remember their paperwork. Bring proof of vaccinations and a copy of a recent health check-up.
While you want to carry these documents in your wallet or purse, make copies to carry in your luggage, too. And consider taking photos to store on your phone or tablet.
Purchase RV Insurance
In addition to personal documents, pack essential documents for your RV, such as your ownership paperwork or rental agreement and maintenance records. Also, bring proof of RV insurance. Review your policy to ensure it covers accidents in the U.S. and liability like property damage for the duration of your stay. You may need to inform your insurance broker or representative about your plans to leave the country. Most insurance offered in Canada does provide coverage to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Consider Travel or Health Insurance
Protect yourself from unforeseen events when you purchase additional insurance coverage. The right travel insurance can cover losses like lost or damaged property. A health insurance policy can pay for hospital and other medical treatment that’s excluded from or exceeds the limits of your current coverage.
Buy Roadside Assistance
Schedule an RV maintenance appointment before your trip to ensure your rig is fit and ready to handle the rigours of the road. And gain extra peace of mind with roadside assistance. Select coverage that protects you while RVing to the U.S. in case you experience a flat tire, battery drain, locked door, or breakdown as you travel.
You can even get exclusive savings on your roadside assistance plan by joining the Explorer RV Club. Members have access to their group rate discount on Canada’s premier Emergency Roadside Service program. Plus, their emergency roadside service plan protects you wherever you may travel in Canada, the United States and Mexico!
Once you obtain all your documentation and paperwork, pack your RV. Keep in mind your rig’s weight guidelines, destination, and personal preferences. A typical packing list may include clothing, first aid, pantry and cleaning supplies, an RV repair kit, entertainment, and other essentials.
While packing, remember that border control agents are like airport security and may evaluate your rig before you cross. Therefore, limit the amount of cash you bring to under $10,000, and consider relying on a cross-border credit card you can use to buy necessities, experiences, and souvenirs.
Likewise, follow the current food transportation guidelines listed in the U.S. Customs and Border Control website. In general, food items should be commercially packed and sealed with an ingredients list printed in English. Any fruits and vegetables must feature a “product of Canada” label, and you will need to show proof of origin, such as a grocery store receipt, for meat, including pet food.
Plan Your Route
With so many beautiful, entertaining, and educational destinations to take-in while RVing in U.S., you’ll want to see and do everything. However, most RVers face time and budget limitations. The best way to maximize your road trip is by pre-planning your route.
First, consider where you’re going. You can choose the most direct route or plan side trips to visit family, friends, and tourist attractions on the way.
Next, think about your travelling companions. If you’re travelling with your kids or dog, you may need to schedule frequent stops to stretch and run off energy.
When choosing campgrounds, look for sites that meet your RV’s hookup needs and offer the right amenities like recreational activities, WiFi or nature hikes.
Finally, plan to be flexible. Despite your careful planning, you may face unexpected construction or other delays. Decide that you’ll have fun no matter what happens on the road.
Limit Your Stay
Know the rules, whether you want to spend a few days or a few months in the U.S. Canadian citizens may spend 182 days per year in the U.S. and visit for up to six months three years in a row. If you want to stay longer, complete the necessary paperwork and request permission. Most insurance companies only extend coverage for units outside the province; they are registered for a maximum of 180 days.
Keep these tips for RVing to the U.S. in mind as you plan your next adventure. Looking for more tips and information about RV insurance? Your Wayfarer Insurance broker can help! Call 1-844-929-4768 with your questions or to get a quote.