I will have pictures of Pensacola Beach ready for you soon. This is just a little bonus I thought I’d pass along to you related to border crossings.
Have receipts for the things you have purchased and are bringing back into Canada with you. For years, I have always kept my receipts sorted while we traveled. I have a folder with two pockets. In one pocket I keep credit card receipts for expenses that are not goods to bring back, eating out, campground fees, things for our kids, etc., so I can check these receipts against our credit card statement later. In the other pocket, I keep receipts for the goods that we will be bringing back across the border; so I have them handy to show the officials when asked. For years (decades even!), we have not been asked for these receipts. So, for some reason, on this trip, I didn’t keep my receipts organized. I had forgotten the folder. I think that in the back of my mind, I had been telling myself that because our dollar is low compared to the American dollar right now, we wouldn’t be buying much! (You’ll see how that turned out!) About half of our expenses were things that had been ordered online and for which we did not have paper receipts anyway. So, for the first time, I had been just stuffing the receipts away in the trailer and didn’t have them with me at the border. I had totaled our expenses from our online credit card statements which had already been converted into Canadian dollars. Wouldn’t you know it! Upon our return to Canada, we were asked for our receipts! Most of our expenses were for trucks parts, and we were each at the limit of what we are allowed to bring back duty-free. Fortunately, we were let off with a warning to be sure to have our receipts with us next time. So, I’m sharing my warning with you hoping that you can benefit from it, too.