Traveling to Alaska by way of Canada
If you'll be driving to Alaska, either in your RV or via a smaller vehicle, there are special considerations to keep in mind when crossing the US/Canadian border. Although Canada is a "friendly neighbor," countries' borders are always closely protected. Use the following tips to make sure that your drive into this country goes smoothly.
- Carry your birth certificate and social security card with you on your vacation. When you reach the border, you'll either need to prove that you are a United States citizen with these documents or show a valid passport if you are from outside of the United States
- Before you leave with an RV or Motorhome, make sure that the insurance is in order and that you have proof of this insurance documented.
- Carry rabies vaccination certification documents for any pets you bring on your vacation.
- If you plan to hunt while in Alaska, make sure that you have validated permits for your firearms.
- Check out gas prices before you cross the border. Often, they are comparable, but you may get a better deal if you fill you tank on one side or the other.
- Answer any questions asked politely. Yes, it is annoying to be held up, but the border officials are only doing their job.
- If you're driving an RV, make sure that you have keys to every compartment in the vehicle. Your RV may be searched, and locked places are causes for suspicion. You may be detained until it can be unlocked.
- Know the rules about food before trying to cross the border. There are laws surrounding dairy, margarine, fruits, eggs, and meat products taken into the country, and if you have too much, you may have to leave it behind.
- Alcohol, cigarettes, and a few other products can only be taking into Canada in certain quantities. If you're transporting more, you'll have to pay a duty (and additional fee), which you will likely have to pay again when you travel back into the United States.