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What to Pack

October in Washington, DC is a beautiful time to visit! Temperatures average a high of 68 degrees Fahrenheit and a low of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. We recommend you pack a sweater, long pants, and a light jacket if the evenings get cool, comfortable walking shoes to explore the city, and a camera. Session rooms are set at one temperature, which may be too warm for some and a little chilly for others. We encourage layered clothing in the sessions so you can adjust to your comfort level.
 

Family Care

You may contact your hotel concierge to make arrangements or for additional options.

 

Visas

It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her visa requirements. Attendees who require an entry visa must allow sufficient time for the application procedure. Attendees should contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to determine the appropriate timing of their visa applications. All visa applications should be submitted to the authorities 90 days before traveling to the U.S.; no later than mid-July 2015 for conference attendees. 
 
Most countries will require visa applicants to provide supplementary information explaining the purpose of their travel. In this regard, providing a letter of invitation to the 2015 Conference may be useful. A link to generate a customized letter of invitation can be found in your registration confirmation. The conference secretariat will not directly contact embassies and consulates on behalf of visa applicants.
 

Currency

The U.S. dollar is the official currency of the United States and is normally abbreviated as the dollar sign, $, or as USD or US$. It is divided into 100 cents. Current exchange rates can be found online at: http://www.xe.com/ucc/
 

Tipping

Tipping in the United States is not mandatory. The suggestions below are customary and you may tip at your discretion.  
 
Restaurants with table service: A 15% - 20% tip is customary in restaurants that provide table service. The tip should reflect the level of service you receive. Restaurants will often include the gratuity, or tip, in large parties of 6 or more. If the tip is included, the bill will include a "gratuity” charge in the breakdown. If a “gratuity” charge is included on your bill, you do not need to leave an additional tip.
 
Taxi: 10 - 15% of the total fare  
Bellman: $1 USD / bag
 

Electricity

United States operates 110 volts AC, 60 hertz electricity which is half of the 220 volts that many other countries use. Dual voltage appliances with plug type A are recommended.   
 

Time Zone

Eastern Standard Time (EST) or UTC -5 hours 
 

Language

English is the official language of the Conference.