Dad and I are going to Alberta, Canada, through the Dakotas and Saskatchewan, Canada, then returning through Montana. I can hardly wait to leave and am beginning to believe that I can actually finish all the essential tasks beforehand. Maybe.
I needed a passport.
I’m typing a list of my electronic toys’ serial numbers to ensure no one thinks I must pay duty on what’s already mine. I doubt if anyone would believe my laptop is anything but well used. The keys are very well-worn and it’s scratched in several places. I just want to be safe.
I had to ensure my health insurance would work in Canada or buy a travel health insurance policy. Thankfully, mine does. Then I had to check on my car insurance. It works but I had to get a special Canadian proof of insurance on special Canadian paper. Whatever.
I had to put an “international override” on my debit card so I could use it in Canada without triggering a fraud alert. But I couldn’t specify that I was only going into Canada. If I buy anything with my debit card in Canada, teller said I’d have to pay a fee of one percent on every international purchase. Groan. I haven’t checked whether my credit cards have the same requirements. One more item on my checklist.
Canadian cell phone plans are limited. I have unlimited texting, but I can’t get that up there. While in Canada, I must switch to a Canadian plan which will be prorated. If I have this figured correctly, I’ll have 33 minutes per day. Mobile-to-mobile counts in those minutes. I have unlimited mobile here, so long as that person uses the same provider. Strange. I’ll call provider when we figure out what days we’ll be there and they’ll switch me.
This all seems unnecessarily complicated.
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