Vehicle Preparation and Shipping
The selection and preparation of your vehicle are crucial for your camping adventure.
In this article , we have compiled all the essential information for you. Here, you will learn what to consider, the timeline, and valuable tips for shipping your vehicle.
Flight Booking and Traveling with Pets
Flight booking is an important step on the way to your adventure. Especially if you are bringing pets, there are some specific considerations to keep in mind. We booked our flight well in advance and opted for the Flex option to be able to adjust our plans. Due to our dogs, we chose a direct flight to Halifax, which is only offered by Condor in the summer. Remember to procure the flight crates for your pets yourself.
But be sure to book your flight well in advance, especially with a dog. Only a maximum of 3 dogs are allowed per aircraft.
|1 Dog (small crate in the cargo hold)||€154.99|
|1 Dog (large crate in the cargo hold)||€254.99|
Visa requirements vary between Canada and the USA.
For Canada, you need an ETA, which can be easily applied for online and is valid for 6 months. The cost of 7 CAD is reasonable.
To stay longer in the USA, you need the B2 visa, which allows for a 180-day stay. The application involves extensive forms and scheduling an appointment at the US Consulate. Be sure to fill out the forms carefully, as a wrong click can lead to a temporary block.
Scheduling an appointment at the US Consulate requires patience and timely planning. Note that there are consulates in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich in Germany. Allow enough lead time, as appointment wait times can be longer than expected. We did our research beforehand, and it was said that the wait times would be a maximum of 60 days. In the end, we waited for 6 months.
Certain rules must be observed during the consulate visit, such as the prohibition of electronic devices. Obtaining the visa does not automatically grant you a longer stay in the USA; it only determines the maximum length of stay upon entry.
By the way, a US visa is not cheap. The B2 visa costs $185 per person, and you must pay this when submitting your PDF application.
- Even though you have to specify your flight to the USA in advance, it doesn’t matter for the visa. We were very confused and thought we had to fill out the entire PDF again, but we had already paid for everything! We had to reschedule after registration because we couldn’t take the original flight due to the later appointment.
- Even if you specified a different consulate in the PDF, it doesn’t matter!!! What matters is what you indicated in the form when registering. This also confused us.
In the USA, German drivers are often considered inexperienced, regardless of their previous driving experience. This can lead to higher insurance costs. Two popular insurance options for North America are “Thum” and “Seguro Gringo.”
You come across Thum insurance first when it comes to vehicle insurance in North America. They offer comprehensive coverage for 6 months or 1 year.
This is an alternative often chosen for older vehicles. It offers flexible terms, which can be very practical if you don’t plan to stay for exactly 6 months or 1 year.
During our research, we found this excellent blog article that really helped us and that we would like to recommend to you:
North America is the most expensive country when it comes to health insurance, but it is essential. However, costs can be high, and there are different offers and options, depending on how long you plan to stay in Canada or the USA.
Research carefully and look on the internet to find the best option for your needs. Offers constantly change.
We hope that this guide helps you successfully plan and execute your camping adventure in North America. Keep in mind that this information is based on our own experiences and conditions may change. Preparation and planning are the keys to a smooth and unforgettable adventure.
If you need more tips or have any questions, feel free to leave us a comment!