Are you planning to travel to Canada soon? If so, you’re probably feeling a mix of emotions; excitement, anticipation and maybe a hint of nervousness. Don’t worry, there are some simple steps you can take before you go to ensure that your trip is smooth sailing. From getting the right visa to choosing the best insurance plan, this article will provide you with the ultimate guide on what to do before traveling to Canada. So, read on to get the low down on how to make your trip to Canada as stress-free as possible!
Research Canadian Laws and Regulations
Before traveling to Canada, it’s super important to do your research on Canadian laws and regulations – especially if you’re a student. Make sure you know the required documents you need to enter the country, such as a passport and visa, as well as the length of time you’re allowed to stay. Additionally, familiarize yourself with the legal drinking age, which is 18. Being aware of the laws and regulations of the country you’re visiting will ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
Get the Right Travel Documentation
Before traveling to Canada, make sure to get the right travel documentation. Start by applying for a Visa if you need one, and make sure all your documents are up to date. Depending on your country of origin, you might need a valid passport and/or a valid Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). If you’re a student, you might also need a letter of acceptance from a Canadian school. Don’t forget to check the expiration date of your travel documents, and make sure they’re valid for at least 6 months after your planned trip. Finally, make sure you have enough time to get all your documents in order, and apply for the right travel document at least 3 months before your trip.
Pack Smartly for the Canadian Climate
Packing for a trip to Canada can be a tough task, especially if you’re not familiar with the climate. It can range from super hot during the summertime to frigid cold during the winter months. To make sure you’re prepared for whatever the weather might throw your way, I highly recommend packing smartly. Make sure to bring plenty of layers that you can add or take off as necessary, and don’t forget a good coat, hat, gloves, and scarf. If you plan on doing a lot of outdoor activities, like hiking or skiing, don’t forget to bring the right clothes and footwear for that too. Lastly, don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a good pair of sunglasses to protect from the sun’s harsh rays. With these tips, you’ll be sure to have a great time in Canada, no matter the climate.
Have an Emergency Fund Prepared
Before traveling to Canada, it’s important to make sure you have an emergency fund ready. You never know what might happen while you’re away, so it’s best to be prepared. I’m 18 and have been saving for this trip for a few months now. I’m setting aside a bit of money each month and creating a separate account that I’m using just for my travels. That way if I ever need to use the money, it’s there and I’m not dipping into my regular savings. It’s also a good idea to keep some cash on hand in case of any emergencies. Doing this will help make sure I’m always taken care of and that I’m not stuck in a tricky situation without any options.
Familiarize Yourself with Canadian Currency
Before I travel to Canada, I want to make sure I’m familiar with their currency. Canadian money includes coins such as loonies and toonies, and bills like $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations. It’s important to note that the bills have different colors, sizes, and images on them, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with them before you go. Additionally, if you’re used to using cards or apps for payment, it’s important to know that some places in Canada may not accept them. I’m planning on getting some cash before my trip so I’m prepared to pay with the correct currency.