Documents should be in order, passport, visa, etc. for each family member
Letter from your local bank about you for establishing your new US account or forms from your bank for transferring funds
An international driver's license
A letter from your automobile insurance company regarding your driving record, preferably in English. If possible include number of years insured.
Copies of any additional insurance policies
Medical records for the family, including inoculations, prescriptions (in generic terms), and medical history, as well as dental records
Birth certificates, wills, marriage license
Educational records, information, and recommendations for the children (if possible) for each family member
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Extra passport pictures, including negatives
An extra pair of your prescription eyeglasses and your prescriptions
Inventory of all items to be shipped (it is also advisable to photograph or videotape all items to be shipped and keep that with you) -- including personal items in your luggage, air freight shipment and household shipment.
Appropriate weather clothing should be included in your luggage
A spare set of luggage keys
Traveler's cheques in US currency
Major internationally recognized credit cards
Metric cooking and measuring utensils, measuring tape
First aid kit
Required documents to secure pet entry
Car safety seat, if traveling with an infant or child under 4 yrs. or weighing less than 40 lbs or 18 kg. You can also arrange to rent one with a rental car, if arrangements are made in advance.