Canada Travel Preparations
This is my very first trip to another continent! So exciting!!!!
So let me tell you all about how I prepared for my trip. I will go over the paperwork, basic packing and some handy extras.
Travelling to Canada as a Belgian citizen doesn't require much paperwork. You just need a valid passport and an eTA (travel visa). > Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
If you're travelling from another country its best that you check requirements here.
An eTA is an electronic Travel Visa for Canada and even though it wasn't mandatory yet, I applied for one just to be sure. It only took a few mins to fill everything in and receive confirmation of approval.
Due to my surprise, my eTA is valid until 2027! So who knows how many times I might go back :)
I prefer to use the airline apps and iPhone passport to keep my boarding passes ready. Although I always keep a paper version somewhere in my handbag just in case. Because you have to make sure your phone is always charged and you know smartphones these days don't have very good battery life…
You know how parents always say that you have to preorder your travel currency in advance?
I forgot to preorder my Canadian Dollars, so my backup plan was to get cash from an ATM and then go to a Currency Exchange point in Montreal airport.
It all happened pretty fast but from the moment it was sure that the trip to Canada would be happening, I decided to buy myself some proper earplugs. Previous flights I would always have this annoying and sometimes painful feeling in my throat and ears. And after a landing I couldn't hear through one ear for a day. It always felt like there was an air bubble stuck in my ear.
For the custom earplugs I went to an Amplifon store. Their service said that it would take 2 to 3 weeks, so that was faster than the other competitors I checked out. And that was also the only company that seemed to have custom earplugs for frequent flyers/travellers. This was exactly what I needed, because the problem is that the pressure in my ears get's unbalanced and I get this annoying, mildly painful feeling in my throat and ears during a flight.
So 2 and half weeks after I went to the amplifion store my custom earplugs arrived! And a few days later I had an appointment to test them for pressure leakage. The service was really good and the earplugs are way more comfortable than those cheap ones I used to use. With the cheap ones my ears always started to hurt after an hour or so.
Cost: +-145 Euros
- boarding passes
- ID card
- card with my blood type on (you never know when it might come in handy)
- a purse
- a book
- medication (painkillers, migraine pills, something against travel sickness,…)
- custom earplugs
- paper tissues
- refreshing tissues
- something to write on/in (a small notebook)
- headphones or earbuds
- a travel pillow
- a foldable hairbrush with mirror
- 2 Universal adaptors for electrical systems
So what did I pack for 2 weeks Canada?
To be honest… not that much.
- undies for each day
- pairs of socks for each day (thick and thin)
- 2 pair of pants
- 2 tops
- 2 shirts
- 2 t-shirts
- 2 less casual blouses for dining or something
- 2 sweaters
- one pair of sneakers
- a beanie
- a belt
- a bikini
- toiletries (toothbrush, mini shampoo, mini soap…)
- a hair straightener + hairbrush
I tried to pack things that are all compatible to wear together as much as possible. And if I don't have enough clothing… I can always wash them.
Some toiletry tips:
I always reuse the small containers from the hotels to put my shampoo and conditioner in. Or if I have a bunch of samples for shampoo, perfume and facial products I take those with me instead.
Clothes I wore during the flight:
- my more decent shoes and heavier shoes
- an easy pair of pants without belt
- a tanktop
- a shirt
- a fleece sweater with zipper
- a jacket (but you just put in the luggage compartement anyway)
And now you're good to go!
One last thing: If you want you can follow my trip on instagram under the hashtag #reyndeerincanada