Panama Expat Forum - When leaving North America for good?

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wiseintulsa
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10/14/2012 16:21    
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I apologize if I'm being repetitive, but when leaving NA for good, do you pretty much have an "Estate Sale"? If you do pack, what items make sense to bring to be cost effective to ship (or bring on the airplane)? Do I possibly bring some high-value items that are hard to come by in Panama? I'm a single 52 yr old male and might only bring some family, sentimental item's if that's what a person does. Thank's Dan

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10/14/2012 18:27    
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Well Dan, hate to be curt but do a search (bar on left) for "what to bring panama)

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10/14/2012 22:54    
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I would pack one maybe two bags. that mean something to you all others sale it and buy new here.. it's not worth the money to ship things down here... take it from me, I shipped in two 40 ft shipping boxes, bought the boxes so I wouldn't be rushed for time. everything inside of them I could have bought here and paid a ton of money to ship all that crap.. whatever the shipper tells you add 5k to that and then maybe you will be close.. mines was to be 12k ended up 25k or so... if ihad my time to do over I would have showed up with a ribbon around my neck and nothing more...

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10/15/2012 09:04    
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Visit first to see what's available for local purchase. I would recomend only those few essentials you cannot part with. Also don't forget those old photo albums (or digitaly move them over to DVD), legal papaers, etc. Other than that, fill up a couple suitcases, sell everything including the family station wagon, buy 1st class tickets and leave.

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10/15/2012 20:21    
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Thank-you 802Mark, that was the kind of response I was looking for. I have been to Panama once and see what they have to offer, but at the time I was being driven everywhere and wasn't able to roam. Nor did I envision this would be something I might consider. I have seen one of the posts of what to bring and it sounds like knives, but I am looking for the bigger picture. Again, thanks! Dan

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10/15/2012 20:24    
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A First Class ticket! Yeah Baby!!! ;-)

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10/15/2012 20:29    
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KNIVES? for what? cooking or killing? if it's cooking let your maid brign her own, if killing I know a place where they have all you would ever want..... no for real. bring only what you can't bear to leave behind. you can find most things already here. and save a lot of money on the duty and the shipping cost and the people you will have to hire to get whatever you want in this country, everyone has a brother with his hand out. shipping a bed? why we have them here just not worth it in the long run.

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10/16/2012 07:51    
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Hi 802mark, I remembered another post that said you can't find good kitchen cutlery there. That was what I was referring to. Thank's, Dan

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