Those of us who live in two countries, say Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and someplace in the North, feel like we have a foot in each country and sometimes it’s hard to remember what is where. We lived like this for a long time and have some hints to make life easier. Being a “snowbird” is wonderful but it’s a lifestyle that requires some adjustment.
You only have one passport (unless you have dual citizenship but that’s a completely different blog), so if nothing else, your passport is the Number One thing that needs to be packed when traveling to and from Puerto Vallarta.
You’ll want to have internet in both homes so be aware that you can call your company and request vacation mode for the times you’re in your other abode; same with your cable company and sometimes your phone, if you have a landline. You can also turn off some utilities so check with local companies to find out and have a fixed date to turn your electricity, water, gas, etc on, so you do don’t find yourself in the cold and dark upon arrival.
We know people who disconnect their car batteries but make sure you leave a note reminding yourself of this to avoid calling for help when all you need is a simple reconnection.
You’ve got two homes now so you can KEEP all those shoes, or neckties, or Grandma’s Collector Plates, or whatever you felt you needed to get rid of when you began to run out of space and decided to buy a winter home. Cut down on packing and have one of everything in both homes. Keep your baggage costs down by storing clothing in both places and remember to always have toiletries and simple household supplies on hand so when you arrive at either destination, you won’t need to be off immediately to the store. We always recommend at least one driving trip to Puerto Vallarta to cart larger items and this stands for back and forth, as well; TV’s, computer screens, microwaves, small pieces of furniture, pet supplies. Going North there are all kinds of treasures, including those big gorgeous copper pots!
We’ve always kept an extra set of keys for both homes in a special bag that consistently went traveling in either direction. This really helped and was the solution for scrambling to find keys we had grown accustomed to not having on our person for half a year.
Always have important documents copied and filed in both countries; these include papers such as Power of Attorney, banking information along with any trust or will documents, life, auto and home insurance.
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