Before you Move to Santo Domingo - Make Sure You Have These 6 Things

Whether you’re moving to Santo Domingo for work, school, or just for a change of pace, there are a few things you’ll want to bring with you to make the transition smoother.

Before you Move to Santo Domingo - Make Sure You Have These 6 Things
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Here's a list of things to bring with you:


Make sure you have all the necessary paperwork in order before you go. You’ll need your passport, visa, and any other documents required by the Dominican Republic.

  • Your passport and visa
  • Your driver's license
  • Copies of important documents
  • A copy of your lease or rental agreement


While you can obtain most medications without a prescription in the Dominican Republic, it is advisable to bring a supply of any medications you may need so that you have time to find a reputable pharmacy that stocks the specific medication you require.


There are a few reasons to bring toiletries on your move to the Dominican Republic.

  1. Many items can be more expensive or difficult to find on the island.
  2. You may not be able to find your favorite brands of products.

There is no need to bring all your toiletries with you, as you'll be able to find things you need there. Pharmacies and supermarkets carry major brands such as Gillette, Ivory, Olay, Oral-B, Dove, Q-Tips, Vaseline, and Axe.

Here is a link to the personal care section of a local store. This should give you an idea of what is available:
Sirena - Personal Care Section

What toiletries should I bring?

If you have any specific brands that you prefer, it is advisable to bring them with you, as some products may be difficult to find.


If you're using an all-natural deodorant, you might have trouble finding it in local stores. However, most major brands should be available.


While you may be able to find most major brands of toothpaste in local stores, it may be more difficult to find an all natural, fluoride free option.


When packing for a trip to Santo Domingo, don't forget to include sunscreen in your toiletries. The Dominican Republic is a tropical country, so you'll be spending a lot of time in the sun. Be sure to pack a sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin.

Insect repellent

If you are not accustomed to mosquitoes, it is advisable to bring bug repellent. You can bring an aerosol can in your checked luggage if it is under 18oz, or a small TSA approved bug repellent that is under 3.4 oz with you in your carry-on.


When moving to the Dominican Republic, it is recommended to bring electronics from your home country. While you may be able to find some electronics here, they may be more expensive and may not be of the same quality as what you are used to.


Sure, you can get by without a laptop. But in today's world, it's pretty much essential.


One reason is that it is a great way to stay connected with friends and family back home.

Working Remote

Another reason to bring your laptop is for work. If you are planning to work remotely or freelance while in Santo Domingo, having a laptop is a must.

Power Adaptor

The voltage in the Dominican Republic is 110 volts, which is different from most other countries which use 220 volts. This means that you might need a power adapter to use your electronic devices.

If you're bringing devices from the United States they should work fine in the Dominican Republic

Power Bank

You should bring a power bank to ensure you have access to backup power in case of a blackout.

Unlocked Phone

An unlocked phone is a great option for people moving to the Dominican Republic, as you can swap in a local SIM card and stay connected. Plus, phones are more expensive if you buy them overseas, it's best to bring your own.

Kindle / eBook Reader

There are plenty of reasons to bring an ebook reader along with you on your move.

  1. They're lightweight and portable, so they won't add any extra weight or bulk to your moving boxes
  2. You can store an extensive library in an small footprint
  3. Great way to keep up with your reading list while you're settling in
  4. Great source of entertainment and distraction during a long move
  5. An ebook reader can help you pass the time
  6. An ebook reader can be a lifesaver on long car rides
  7. Great to have during a blackout or internet outage


Bring Some Cash

It's always a good idea to bring cash with you. Preferably in USD, as it's a lot easier to exchange.

Don't bring too much money with you when you travel. If you bring more than $10,000 USD, you will have to declare it with customs. 

Debit Card

Debit cards are widely accepted in Santo Domingo, so it is a good idea to bring one with you when you move.

A debit card with ATM reimbursement and no international fees is a great idea for anyone moving to the Dominican Republic. This type of card allows you to withdraw cash from any ATM in the world without being charged a fee.

Additionally, if you use your card to make purchases, you will not be charged any international fees. This can save you a lot of money.

Credit Card

If you have or can secure a credit card with no international fees, it can be a lifesaver. Most credit cards are widely accepted at supermarkets and big box stores, so it is a good idea to bring one with you when you move.

Some stores even accept Apple Pay
It's also a great way to manage online payments for recurring subscriptions like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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Bring Lightweight clothing - The weather in Santo Domingo is hot and humid, so you'll want to pack light, airy clothing.

Shorts and sandals can be a good option for clothing in Santo Domingo; however, one potential downside is that mosquitos may become more of a nuisance. So, you may also want to bring along a comfortable pair of jeans and sneakers in case you need to cover up.

You may want to bring a swimsuit if you plan to visit the beach often.


Santo Domingo is mostly sunny all year round, making sunglasses a good choice.


The weather is usually warm and sunny, but it can get rainy at times. If you're planning a trip to Santo Domingo, you should definitely pack an umbrella.

Other things to consider


When planning a move to Santo Domingo, it is important to find housing before arriving. This will ensure that you have a place to live when you get there and avoid any stressful situations.

You can also get temporary housing like an Airbnb to scope out the area and find the best neighborhood for you.


If you don't know a single phrase in Spanish or you're bilingual but you're Spanish isn't that great once option to improve is downloading an app to practice. One free option is Duolingo, it's a free app that can help you learn and review important Spanish vocabulary and phrases.

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Learn about the culture and customs of your new home. This can be done by talking to people who have previously lived in the country, watching dominican movies, or reading our other articles and subscribing.


Moving to a new city can be both exciting and overwhelming. We hope this list helped you prepare to make the transition as smooth as possible.