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grannysmithh
2/9/2019 20:58 EST

Hello all!

I am moving to Guatemala City, Guatemala this summer and I have never been there before. I will be moving there for a couple of years. What are some things you recommend I bring? Clothes? Items? Shoes? Any tips on what to buy and bring? I will be moving from the Midwest region.

Thanks!!

robertsolo
2/9/2019 22:53 EST

Brick wall surge protector(s) https://www.brickwall.com/pages/the-worlds-best-surge-protectors
Electricty in Guatemala is rough on electronics , so much so it will eventually destroy the transorbs or MOV's in conventional surge protectors . Germicidal-UV light to put in your shoes to kill athleats foot , also wicking underware to keep your bits dry in the jungle ( if you decide to travel to the warmer/wetter parts of Guatemala . Socks ( my current favorite are linen socks off Amazon ) . Bubble pack insulation Home depo/lows apply it to doors , celings , etc. with silicone caulk and a serrated squeege , Keeps the heat out or in. I have made my house much more comfortable with it . This is not a thing but =>6 months of Taekwondo , this has saved me twice , I recommend Taekwondo as it works well when you are outnumbered . A legalized (you send it to a Guatemalan embassy) , noterized copy of your police record ( you will need it to apply for residency) note : has a shelf life .

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tohil
6/8/2019 02:19 EST

I am actually from Guatemala, but I have been 33 years out of Guate., US, UK, and Germany. Bring your bicycle if you plan to be in for example a gated community with safe streets, a complete suit and formal shoes as sometimes people will invite you to formal events. Vitamins to ensure your immune system remains strong. You may want to start reading about the history of Guatemala. This may make your stay more enjoyable, a very portable laptop,there is plenty of hot points.
Bring clothes that are discrete a polo shirt or t-shirts with no logos. Pleople will know you are not from there, buy discretion is the better way, a nice light fleece hoody. The weather is generally mild but is better to be ready, carrie water with you, as unless you buy bottled water, initially, drinking the local water will make you sick, the last one, a small emergency kit you can carry with you.

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