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#500566 - 01/31/15 05:27 PM moving to san pedro  
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dschick Offline
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My husband and I are moving to san Pedro. When moving there, what are the things that you wish you would have brought on your move?

Dawn Schick
#500567 - 01/31/15 06:23 PM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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A pre-nup...

#500568 - 02/01/15 02:29 AM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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Good quality small electric appliances and saucepans for the kitchen; robust hifi amp/receiver; visitors book;

#500569 - 02/01/15 03:38 AM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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My resolve was to not bring anything that didn't go in my suitcase. It's a terrible pain dealing with shipping, taxes and customs when you can simply buy it here. Nick is correct in that some things of finer quality can't be found but just be aware after you get it past the customs and on the island you will realize it cost you double what you purchased it for. ..and if your living on the island an expensive oven corrodes just as fast as an inexpensive one.
To answer your question directly I wish I had brought more money because I spent triple what I budgeted for in the first year. It seemed to rain unexpected expenses.

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#500572 - 02/01/15 04:22 AM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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I agree with Elbert. Simon makes a point, but let's hope you don't need to go there.

I have found plenty of good small appliances at a decent price in Mirab in Belize City. It used to be that you couldn't find good bed linens here but Mirab stocks them now. If you have a special preference for color or pattern you may still want to shop and bring, but the basics are there. BTW, intense thread count sheets are generally too hot for this climate. Recommend no more than 350.

Have found nice cookware, but good kitchen knives remain very difficult to locate here. Would pack those in my moving kit.

The items I stock up on annually from the US are contact lens solution, bulk generic aspirin, reading glasses, ink pens, underware, printer cartridges.

#500580 - 02/01/15 10:01 AM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: SimonB]  
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Originally Posted by SimonB
A pre-nup...

I hadn't thought of that one. shocked

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#500582 - 02/01/15 10:15 AM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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I have determination of the spinal cord and could not find a tempurpedic mattress with a positional bed frame. That was in 2012. I agree completely with Diane Campbell when it comes to sheets. I brought down my 1000 count and within 30 days went to a hotel supplier here on the island and bought all new sheets. Sent the others back with family so they could use them in the USA. I also brought down all my Le Creuset cookware since I had seen what was available. The Forum was very helpful when it came to what my Husband had to give up in the garage. Some on the Forum recommended a good generator and wet vac which has come in handy more times than I thought they would. So a BIG THANK YOU to all of you wonderful Forum seniors. You helped me, now, I get to pay it forward.

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A weak man will say she has an attitude.
#500686 - 02/04/15 01:00 PM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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Thank you all so much for your input!!

See you soon!

Dawn Schick
#500687 - 02/04/15 01:06 PM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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Good sunscreen; it's quite pricey on the island.
Good cookware if you like to cook.
Comfortable walking/running shoes.
Laptop and other electronics gear you use -- very pricey south of the border.
Kindle or other e-reader; though I did enjoy trading paperbacks at the Aquarius used book store/hair styling place on Middle Street also.

Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico
#501073 - 02/14/15 01:46 PM Re: moving to san pedro [Re: dschick]  
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New on the forum. My wife and I want to move to AC within 5-10 years. I'm confused. Is it not possible to buy something online and have it shipped in? I'm sure the shipping is expensive, but I would think it would be cheaper than some of the prices I've seen on the island.

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