Still on our way...Q's - STX
1. Is managed freight best company to transport vehicle? will everything we have inside be stolen like they said?
2. What is the best cell phone coverage? Sprint? AT&T
3. Do you have to apply in person for a PO box?
4. Do you have to apply in person for car insurance? (managed freight said we could not drive car off port without insurance) ALSO what is the average cost for car insurance?
5. How can we ship USPS boxes to us in advance if we don't have an address? we are staying at hotel until we find LT rental.
6. What are the top 10 (or more) to bring to the island that we may not be able to find?
7. Will our health insurance from the states work on the island?
8. Is $500 enough to budget for utilities? - yes I will be careful with the A/C. not sure if the place we will find will include water.
9. Drivers License - require road test? or just turn in card from the states? cost?
10. What else am I missing? 🙂
1. For a car they're all about the same. Leave nothing in it. Don't even think they will let you anymore, but yes it will be stolen if you leave anything in it.
2. Currently att is best but it does change and it all depends on where you end up living. One might work better then the other.
3. Yes for USPS
4. Not sure but I think so.
5. Ask the hotel if they will allow you to ship to them. Or ask family if they will ship them after you find a place.
6. This is hard for me because its different for everyone. Mainly I miss family, friends and food. And can't really buy them. 😉 Just about everything else you can buy here or ship here. So don't make yourself crazy over packing, especially with places being furnished here. Bring your memories (pictures and important keep sakes) and your hobby stuff (whether its books, gaming, quilting, etc) and don't worry too much about the rest.
7. What insurance do you have? Really best to ask the insurance company.
8. Should be.
9. Just turn in a valid stateside dl. Cost is low.
6. Computer/laptop. No deals or decent systems are available just overpriced OfficeMax or RadioShack stock. Take advantage of any end of summer sales stateside for appropriate attire for the climate....linen shirts are not cheap here. Complete any regular medical, dental, eye-exams and bring copies of prescriptions...finding a doctor and getting an appointment can often take longer than you expect.
8. For a month? That's plenty. Electricity may be your only cost. I don't know how much water is since I've never bought it and one propane tank has lasted 15 months so far.
10. Ask someone on this board to send you a copy of the official VI fold-out road map..the one with the governor's picture on the front. I found one at the taxi stand at the airport a while back but they weren't there recently...I haven't seen them for sale though someone here might be able to chime in. It is a very good map, the free tourist maps aren't helpful past the major roads.
10. One thing that I did was scan all of my important documents, placed the files on a usb drive and gave it to a family member, I like knowing that I have back-up info off island.
Edward, I've just realized I do not know the names of major roads LOL. I think you are asking for the motor vehicles office? On what I call the "highway" (the 55 mph east-west road) heading west past West Airport Roard look for the sign for "Police" it will be a right turn assuming you are westbound. There's an industrial park on the left (I think it's called Roebuck???) and I believe there is a traffic signal at the intersection. Just head to the police station the motor vehicle office is in same parking lot. Not sure you'll need proof of residency for a license, I did not need it for registering our vehicles. . . you might though . . . I believe I showed my deed when renting a PO box.
Kari - yes I think you need to apply for the car insurance in person. We did. I think the things they needed pretty much required it although now that I think about it the only thing they needed that could not be done via email was a signature. I did not even have to make a payment while there.