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Register with your Consulate for emergency purposes. Both USA and Canadian consul agencies are located in the main plaza across from the City Hall and the Cathedral.
keep your FM3 current (renew annually). Itís just as important as your
passport. If you have your
own vehicle, keeping your FM3 current will save you a trip to the
border for annual renewals.
copies of your FM3 and insurance in your vehicle.Make multiple copies of all
your important documents.
up accounts with the larger money exchange houses such as Monex and Intercam.
This enables you to cash third-party checks or exchange bills at a good exchange
rate Ė usually a little higher than Banks or even American Express.
a mailbox at Mail Boxes Etc or similar to expedite your postal mailings.
use surge protectors on sensitive electronic devices. If you have a computer,
remember to do backups and, if possible, install a backup power supply. Power
outages are common and can last microseconds to days!
in a cellular phone for emergency purposes, whether it is at home or traveling.
have a good portable radio and spare batteries on hand, also candles and canned
about getting involved in the community. You are going to have lots of free
time, so why not volunteer with one or more of the many charitable organizations
such as: The International Friendship Club, The Mexico-American Association, The
Animal Protection Association, The Make a Wish Foundation, Feed the Children and
more, all of whom do such wonderful work.
about relaxing. As Vallarta is very much an artisan city, start a hobby such as
painting or sculpting. Itís your time to enjoy life to the fullest!
DO REMEMBER that you are in Mexico. We need
to remind ourselves of this when things are good, and when they turn bad!