You're here! You put in the hard work to make Mexico your new home, and now it's time to settle in. Catch your breath, grab a refreshing beverage, and take note of our 7 helpful ways to do your first 7 days in Mexico.
1. Home Sweet Home
Naturally, you'll want to make sure that everything is in its proper place in your new home. This means that your belongings have arrived safely, any pre-ordered services have been completed, and your deliverables are in tip-top shape. Next, go through the home and double-check those things that are a “must” for comfortable living. For example, check that the plumbing is functioning, that the lights turn on and off, and that the pool has been cleaned. Take photos and document the things that need to be addressed, and be sure that any guarantees are completed as quickly as possible.
2. Back to Basics
The next step to your first 7 days in Mexico is to gather all of your basic necessities. If you don't know the best places to go, let us know. We'll be happy to point you in the direction of neighbourhood markets (where the locals or expats in Mexico tend to shop) or national/international box chains (where tourists feel most comfortable).
- paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, etc.)
- plastic goods (trash bags, Ziploc bags, plastic wrap, etc.)
- pet supplies
- soap (dish, dishwasher and laundry)
- health/body items
- electronics (chargers
- bug spray
- light bulbs
- chargers/extension cords
- utility items (broom/mop, dust pan, tools, nails, chaulking, etc.)
3. Skip the Lines by Making Appointments
Now that you're a new expat in Mexico, you're going to need to get your documentation and accounts in order. This includes drivers licenses, temporary/permanent visas, health/medical papers and banking accounts/cards. The lines at many of these departments (especially the department of motor vehicles and immigration offices) can move at a snails pace. However, if you schedule an appointment in advance, maybe even a week or so early, you'll have a more laid back experience. If an appointment isn't available, be sure to arrive to the appropriate office first thing in the morning. Bring some entertainment and a snack to keep yourself occupied and nourished.
Be sure to find out what you should bring in advance. For example, you'll need these items for a drivers license in Mexico:
- Original and copy of your passport photo page
- Original and a copy of your immigration documents
- A utility bill (i.e. electric bill) from your Mexico-based residence
- Cash to pay the fees
- Know your blood type
Once you have everything in order, make colour copies of important debit/credit cards, licenses and documents. (Don't forget the backsides, too.) Store the copies in a safe space, and maybe even on the cloud. If you don't have access to a printer, stop by one of the many local printer shops in your neighbourhood. Prices vary, but are generally very affordable.
To be continued…