DON'T forget to bring along your much-treasured ATM card to withdraw cash. Yes, no need to rush to the money-changers to change all your currencies into American dollars before your trip.
Just ensure that you adhere to the following steps:
Flip to the back of your local ATM card, do you see the logos 'Cirrus', 'Plus', 'The Exchange', 'Maestro' etc on it?
If the answer is 'yes', then you have absolutely nothing to worry about!
Why? Because you can withdraw cash from any ATM machines in U.S.A., no matter how obscure the town you're at is.
If you use this method, you'd also save alot on the interbank exchange rates. Why? Because you're using your OWN money.
DO NOT withdraw from your Visa/ Mastercard account(s) because that would be considered as a CASH ADVANCE and you'd be slapped with a hefty fee!!
And if you change your local currency into American dollars via a money changer, you will also be charged much, much more (by them) compared to a bank. Really.
I've used this method THOUSANDS of times before (just trying to drive my point across...) and so far, no ATM machines in this world have failed me.... yes, even at the remotest village in Africa! :-)) I promise.
'A good holiday is one spent among people whose notions of time are vaguer than yours!' - J.B. Priestley (British Writer): 1894-1984
Luggage and bags: Okey it may sound stupied of course you need to bring the passport to even come into the country but you also need it as an ID. They do not accept Drivense lisence or other ID when you for example want to buy a drink.