Don’t Forget to Pack These Things for Your Niagara Vacation

June 13, 2016 10:56 am

FARblog3Packing for any vacation can be an exercise in confusion. What will the weather be like? If I don’t pack this can I just buy it there? How many of these things do I actually need?

Fortunately, Niagara is not an undeveloped region and you’ll be able to find most or all of the products and brands that you’re familiar with. However, there are a few things that you will need to bring to ensure that you’re not without your favorites and your necessities.

While this is by no means a comprehensive list, these are a few of the items that you won’t want to be without on your next trip to Niagara Falls.

Copies of Important Documents

The most vital things that you need to carry with you are copies of your travel documents. Passports, passport cards, birth certificates, divorce and custody decrees, and drivers’ licenses should all be photocopied, but don’t forget the originals as well. You will need the originals to cross borders, and you will definitely need the copies in case any of the originals are lost.

Another way to facilitate this is to scan these documents and email them to yourself as attachments. This way, in the unlikely event that the originals and the photocopies are missing, you can access them via your email and print them out.

Prescription Medication

It’s vital that you bring any prescription medication that you take on a regular basis, but it’s also necessary to bring a copy of your doctor’s original FARblog4prescription(s). Some medications go by different names in different countries, and if you lose your medicine or run out, it’s important that the local physician knows exactly what you’re taking, the correct dosage, and how often you take your medication.

Additionally, some medications that aren’t labelled as controlled in one country may be highly restricted in another. On some occasions, customs official may need to see your doctor’s prescription for controlled medications to ensure that you’re not in violation of local drug laws. Therefore, always keep your medication in the original pharmacy bottle and keep the prescription wrapped around the bottle and secured with a rubber band for ease of inspection.

Emergency Contact Information

While no one wants to think about something unfortunate occurring during a vacation, the truth is that accidents can happen anywhere and it’s wise to be prepared. Choose a friend or family member to be your emergency contact, and write down every phone number and email address that will reach them immediately.

You can leave a copy of this information with your hotel’s front desk and carry a copy in your wallet or purse. It can also be wise to include any allergy or pertinent medical information on this copy. This way, if you’re unconscious or can’t communicate, emergency responders and medical personnel can and will search through your personal effects and find the information they need.

The chances are always good that your vacation will go off without a hitch and a great time will be had by all. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so consider these tips to ensure that you’ll be well prepared.