I would do plenty of research before I leave the USA. There are many references on Panama and the living enviroment. I would want to be sure that they are American friendly and how safe is the country. The laws and rules for living elsewhere outside the USA.
Be sure to clean out your fridge and refrigerator really well before going them. To avoid the fridge from smell use one of these ideas: destroy the fridge with a soaked material with vanilla flavouring flavor substance, dry out the fridge with a hair clothing dryer especially the sides.