What to Bring
If you have never visited the United States before, here are some recommendations about what you may wish to bring with you.
- Adapter plug. (U.S. electrical line voltage is 110/120 Volt AC, 60 Hz.)
- English phrase book
- Family photos
- Travel Health insurance information
- International Drivers License
- Medicines (left in their original containers and clearly labeled)
- Paper, pens and pencils
- Passports, visas, and any other travel documents
- Reading material in your own language
What Clothing Should You Bring
Although the climates of the eleven states are similar, there are some variations in the weather, spring and autumn seasons across the region offer the most comfortable temperatures with summers very hot and generally humid. Winters are generally mild with occasional ice and snow storms in some areas. Depending on the time of year you travel, you may want to bring these items:
- Bathing suit
- Casual clothes
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Dress clothes (if you plan on going to certain restaurants, or other events
- Sweater (Although it is hot in the summer, most buildings are air-conditioned.)
Items You Shouldn't Bring
It's best not to bring anything you can't replace, anything you would hate to lose, and anything that is prohibited and restricted. These can include the following:
- Valuable or expensive-looking jewelry
- Irreplaceable family objects
- All unnecessary credit cards
- Unneeded items that may be in your wallet
- For a list and explanation of prohibited and restricted items, click here
A Few Last Tips
- Don't be concerned if you forget to pack something because you will always be able to purchase what you need once you arrive.
- Make sure you keep all of your medicines and valuables with you, and do not pack them in baggage that will be checked.
- In case of an emergency at home, be sure that you leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends so that they can contact you in the U.S.
- It is advisable to make two photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, and credit cards you plan to take. Pack one copy separately from the originals, and leave the other copy with family and friends.
Helpful Links and Resources for Visitors
|Alabama Tourism Department||P.O. Box 4927
Montgomery, AL 36130
|Phone: 334-242-4169||Fax: 334-242-4554|
|Arkansas Department of
Parks & Tourism
|One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
|Phone: 501-682-7777||Fax: 501-682-1364|
|Georgia Department of
|75 Fifth Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
|Phone: 404-962-4000||Fax: 404-962-2093|
|Kentucky Department of
Travel and Tourism
|Capital Plaza Tower, Suite 2200
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-1968
|Phone: 502-564-4930||Fax: 502-564-5695|
|Louisiana Office of Tourism||P.O. Box 94291
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9291
|Phone: 225-342-8100||Fax: 225-342-1051|
|Mississippi Development Authority,
|P.O. Box 849
Jackson, MS 39205
|Phone: 601-359-3297||Fax: 601-359-5757|
|North Carolina Division of Tourism,
Film and Sports Development
|4324 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4324
|Phone: 919-733-4171||Fax: 919-733-8582|
|South Carolina Department of Parks,
Recreation & Tourism
|1205 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC 29201
|Phone: 803-734-1700||Fax: 803-734-0138|
|Tennessee Department of
|320 Sixth Ave. North
5th Floor, Rachel Jackson Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
|Phone: 615-741-2159||Fax: 615-741-7225|
|Virginia Tourism Corporation||901 East Byrd Street
Richmond, VA 23219
|Phone: 804-545-5500||Fax: 804-545-5501|
|West Virginia Division of Tourism||90 MacCorkle Avenue, SW
South Charleston, WV 25303
|Phone: 304-558-2200||Fax: 304-558-0108|
The currency of the United States is the dollar, also known as the American dollar. It is advisable to have some U.S. currency already with you when you enter the country. Although you will be able to exchange money at the airport, the rate of exchange there is usually much lower than what you can find elsewhere.
Where to Exchange Currency
The most important thing to bear in mind when exchanging currency into U.S. dollars is safety. Airports and banks are the safest places to exchange your currency once you are in the United States.
Another way to exchange currency is through ATM’s that are affiliated with a major bank or credit card. Bear in mind, however, that you might be charged a fee by both the U.S. bank and your bank at home for making the exchange. You might want to consider exchanging your currency in larger sums to avoid incurring additional fees.
Visa and MasterCard are known worldwide so using their ATM’s is usually recommended. You might find their ATM locator links helpful.
Check Current Exchange Rates
Before exchanging cash, you should research the best exchange rates and always be mindful of commission fees. There are a number of online sites that can be of assistance. Because the currency exchange rates change daily, it is a good idea to check the sites regularly.
Traveling with Credit Cards
By far the best way to avoid carrying a lot of money around with you is to have a credit card. However, before you leave home, be sure to check what kind of fee the credit card company may levy for foreign usage.
Have a great time! We are happy to welcome you to the Southern USA.