Moving can be an intimidating proposition. Here are a few tips to help make your move as painless as possible.

Research Before You Move. Enroll your kids in school. New Mexico is a very dry state so have lot’s of water, skin lotion and sunscreen nearby at all times. Go to to learn all about New Mexico and what you’ll be exposed to. Being a dry state, there are very few bugs so bug spray is usually not needed unless you’re living close to the water.

Have a plan. There are a lot of steps to go through before you start packing the moving truck. Have a job waiting for you, or if that’s not possible, know what you’ll do for money in the first few weeks of living there. Try to line up things like driver’s licenses, car insurance, renter’s insurance, and parking passes ahead of time as well.

Get involved. Meeting people can be as easy as going to your neighbor next door and saying hello, we’re new here. Try new things. Volunteer. New Mexico offers so many diverse opportunities to engage and meet other people, so find what you like. New Mexico has something for everybody.

Watch Your Expenses. Moving is expensive. It seems like everything costs more when you’re on the road. Food, water, snacks, gasoline, etc. Be careful how you spend, and know where your money is going.