There’s plenty to discover in the United States; it’s the third largest country in terms of both population and size, with major cities stretching from east to west, all with their own personality.
It’s no surprise that the United States of America is a popular destination for citizens from around the globe, though knowing what to pack will ensure you make the most out of your stay in America.
The Essential ESTA
First thing’s first, you’ll need an ESTA (Electronic System for Authorization) to enter into the United States. Ireland is a part of the United State’s Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and all countries under this program are required to have an ESTA for visits up to 90 days.
Each ESTA application is priced at $14 USD and travellers are able to apply online via mobile or desktop. It’s best to apply for an ESTA well in advance of your trip, to ensure you’ll be able to get through customs on your arrival.
Match The Clothes to The Destination
America’s vast landscape makes for varying weather across the country. While casual outfits are great for travel to the US, depending on where you’ll be heading, this could mean packing your winter jacket, or your rain boots.
If you’ll be staying in north-eastern cities like New York, expect cold winters and hot summers, while cities like Seattle in the northwest bring a ton of rain so you’ll want to pack some waterproof gear.
Hot and dry is the usual climate for cities like Phoenix in the southwest, while states in the southeast like Florida have a more temperate climate making beachwear more of an option.
Time to Adapt
Having the right adapters is essential in making sure your devices stay charged and ready to go!
In America, plug and socket types A and B are common, while the standard voltage in American hotels and homes are 120V. As such, you’ll need both a power adapter and voltage converter (or a dual device) to ensure your phone, laptop and camera don’t get damaged on your trip.
Due to the voltage difference, you’ll also want to keep an eye on your devices when they’re charging - you wouldn’t want to be left without a way to charge your devices.
Dollars Make Sense
Remember to have some American dollars (USD) on hand when arriving to the United States, or know where to retrieve or exchange US dollars when you arrive.
Euros aren’t accepted in the US, so you’ll want to some dollars in reach to pay for travel expenses like taxi-cabs when you arrive.
Tipping is also customary in the United States in restaurants, cabs and even in hotels; ensuring you have some of the local money on hand will save for some confusing situations.
Add Comfort to Your Adventure
The United States is filled with nature parks and cities better explored on foot.
Whether you’re bopping to the sounds on Bourbon Street in Nola, or checking out the views at the Grand Canyon, a pair of comfortable shoes will be they key to making the most of your time on the road.
To keep your bags easy to carry, opt for options like lightweight sneakers and easy-to-roll flats or loafers.