How to Master Travelling Alone to America
Worried about travelling alone to America?
I know how scary it can be and trust me, I was SO nervous before jetting off, but these tips and tricks will help you master travelling alone to America.
Be Ready for your Flight
Make sure you get your bag packed a few days before you’re hopping on the plane, and make sure you’ve got all the documents you need. This will save you so much stress!
If you’re heading to Summer Camp in America, make sure you double-check the guidebook we’ve added to your profile so you have everything you need. Lets start with top 3 most important:
1. Get to the Airport Early
If you’ve never flown from the airport you’re travelling from and you’re travelling alone to America, get there as early as possible, especially if you’re travelling from a London airport.
Have a wander around the duty-free and go and take a look at the gate you’re due to leave from.
It’ll mean you know where to go for the gate and how long it’ll take you to get there so you can sit back and enjoy a drink before you board.
2. Keep your Documents Hidden
Keep your passport, ID, flight documents, and your visa safe and out of sight, and all in one place!
Get a travel wallet and keep everything together in your bag so you know exactly where they are. You’ll be able to get to them quickly when you need to too!
It’d be a good idea to give your family photocopies of your documents so if there’s an emergency, they are ready to help.
3. Ask for Help
If you’re stressing and you really need help… ask!
The airport staff are there to help and point you in the right direction. You’re in good hands!
4. Trust yourself and your preparations
Now for the checklist. If you, like me, are travelling alone for the first time, take a look at this checklist and find comfort in the fact that YOU (and your list) GOT THIS!
- Camp Location and Contact Information:
- Know the exact location of the camp and have contact information for the camp organizers.
- Share your itinerary and contact details with a trusted friend or family member in case of emergencies.
- Travel Documents:
- Ensure you have a valid passport or government-issued ID, depending on your nationality.
- Check the visa requirements for your country if you’re not a U.S. citizen.
- Travel Insurance:
- Consider purchasing travel insurance that covers health emergencies, trip cancellations, and lost luggage.
- Pack appropriate clothing and gear for the camp activities and the local weather.
- Don’t forget essentials like a first aid kit, necessary medications, and personal hygiene items.
- Book your flights well in advance and confirm your travel itinerary.
- Familiarize yourself with the airport layout and your departure and arrival terminals.
- Airport Security:
- Arrive at the airport with ample time before your flight to account for security and check-in procedures.
- Keep your ID, boarding pass, and travel documents easily accessible.
- Personal Safety:
- Stay aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings.
- Avoid sharing personal information with strangers.
- Money and Finances:
- Notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with your credit/debit cards.
- Carry a mix of payment methods, such as cash and cards, and keep them secure.
- Mobile Phone:
- Ensure your phone is charged and has necessary apps for communication and navigation.
- Consider purchasing a SIM card or an international phone plan.
- Emergency Contacts:
- Have a list of emergency contacts saved in your phone.
- Know how to contact local authorities (dial 911 in the U.S.) in case of an emergency.
- Health and Safety:
- Stay hydrated and get enough rest before and during your journey.
- Follow any camp safety guidelines and rules.
- Cultural Awareness:
- Research the local culture and customs to show respect and avoid any unintentional cultural misunderstandings.
- Local Transportation:
- If you need transportation to get to a hotel before heading to camp, make arrangements in advance.
- Learn about local public transportation options if needed.
- Keep in touch with family and friends, so they know you’re safe and can reach you if necessary.
Remember that camp can be a great way to make new friends and create lasting memories. Stay positive and open to new experiences while being mindful of safety and preparation.
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