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Tips for driving across the Canadian border
The U.S. doesn't have too many close neighbors, but it does share borders with Canada and Mexico. While crossing the southern border can be tricky, visiting Canada is relatively straightforward - provided you're properly prepared. Here are some car travel tips and car safety tips for driving across the Canadian border.
Regulations for traveling between the U.S. and Canada have become stricter in recent years. According to the U.S. State Department, all American citizens must have some form of state-issued identification to present to border guards. While a passport is often the easiest document to carry, you can also show a driver's license along with proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a birth certificate. This goes for children as well.
While Canada generally allows many personal items to be carried across the border, there are some restrictions regarding food, tobacco, alcohol and some outdoor recreational supplies, according to CanadaWelcomesYou.net. Check government websites to ensure that your car's luggage is not in violation of any of these terms. You can also return with gifts duty-free provided they are not worth more than 60 Canadian dollars.
Smuggling is an issue with any border, and Canada is no different. While it's not always the case, your vehicle may be searched by government officials to ensure that you're not bringing any illicit materials into or out of the country. As long as you cooperate fully with the authorities, you'll be speedily on your way to a fun Canadian vacation.