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Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

I now have my moving date and will be arriving at the end of the month, so have started to think about what to bring over with me.

Furniture is all sorted, but what about other things, such as food, home comforts or items which will make my life in Switzerland easier?

Really what I am asking is, is there anything you bought over which has been invaluable to you or you wish you had bought with you?
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

Take a look at this thread:

What is the thing you miss the most from home after moving to Switzerland?


Good luck with the move

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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

You are arriving at the same time as your stuff?

Plugs - Get adapters or change all of your plugs.
Drugs - If you are a regular with paracetamol / lemsip / cough bottles etc, bring as much as you can - packet of paracetamol here costs a tenner

Apart from that, it's not like you are moving to the moon, almost everything is here, in regular shops. Just sometimes it's more expensive.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

More suggestions here:

What food and drink would you bring from the UK?

What to bring from Home

preparation for going there : anything special to bring/do before?

http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-lif...ring-bulk.html

What to bring? What to just buy in Switzerland?
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?


Currently, still very cold snowed in many places atthe weekend. But if you don’t want to bring a lot of winter ware to start.Bring/ware a heavy winter coat, the office will be warm. May want a pair of waterproofshoes/boots too. If you have room pack some hangers.

Problem with Zurich is there is usually a cheaper place/time to buy everything;it just needs time to find it. So even if you have seen something for aroundthe same high price in a few places, does not mean it can't be found cheaper.

You will never remember everything, plan to go back home with an emptysuitcase within a month.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

Thanks for the replies, I will have a look at those threads.

Lol, of course I do already know that everything will be available in Switzerland, but I am packing up a 4 bed house to move into an apartment, so thinking carefully about what to move over whilst I have the chance.

Our belongings will arrive 1-2 days after I do, but OH is already there, so has the essentials.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

Tea bags…. as many as you can and Cadbury's chocolate if you're a fan!
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

A good Coat,hat and gloves.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

A few thoughts off the top of my head:
Meat (as much of it as you can get through Customs - you will be horrified at the price over here - and you won't find British-style sausages or bacon anywhere)
Oxo Cubes
Marmite
Maldon Sea Salt
HP Sauce
Dolce Gusto Pods (much cheaper in the UK)
Ski equipment (again much cheaper in UK)


BUT NOT CHOCOLATE!
In Switzerland you can buy wonderful delicious chocolate everywhere, not Cadbury's c**p
Or wine - which is much less expensive in Switzerland
Or electronic goods - which are certainly no more expensive than UK
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

- A copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" (Google it).

- Instead of bringing single adaptors or changing all your plugs individually, bring over a few 4-gang or 6-gang extension leads with UK 3-pin sockets. Once here, change the plug to a Swiss 3-pin and plug your UK 3-pins into the board. In this way, you only have to change one plug for each board of 4 or 6 rather than one plug for each appliance / device.

- Good shout about [if you take any of these things]: painkillers / headache pills, cold remedies / Lemsip-type things, vitamins / supplements, and so on. All these things are available but pricey.

- Warm, insulated coats, walking shoes, outdoor gear. Again, all this stuff is available and high quality -- but a heck of a price.

- Surprisingly perhaps, things like electronics, gadgets etc are quite well priced here.

But ultimately, please, don't get stressed about this. There is almost nothing you can't get here that isn't easily acquired through Amazon etc, or by nipping across the border to Germany or France or Italy or Austria.

Good luck, and welcome.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

Make sure you have the right mattresses and duvet for your beds and the covers. The sizes are different here. (Also, bed-related we just found out this week after one of our beds broke and needed replacing.... When you buy a bed here, it does not come with the slats included!!!! Those need buying separately!)

Your husband is already there? So you have light fittings sorted?

We moved from a fair sized house to an apartment it went fine, we ended up getting rid of loads of stuff tbh though, half of it was not needed.

Second the passport photos. You will need one for your residence permit, one for a train card and one for a new drivers licence and they are not cheap (mine were 20chf each!)




Last but not least, if you live near a Quality Save, I suggest you go in, pick up the whole box of parma violets (it will be about £3.50) and bring them over, PM me and I'll come pick them up! My stash ran out yesterday haha
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A few thoughts off the top of my head:
Meat (as much of it as you can get through Customs - you will be horrified at the price over here - and you won't find British-style sausages or bacon anywhere)
Oxo Cubes
Marmite
Maldon Sea Salt
HP Sauce
Dolce Gusto Pods (much cheaper in the UK)
Ski equipment (again much cheaper in UK)


BUT NOT CHOCOLATE!
In Switzerland you can buy wonderful delicious chocolate everywhere, not Cadbury's c**p
Or wine - which is much less expensive in Switzerland
Or electronic goods - which are certainly no more expensive than UK
- Fair point about Marmite and Oxo, though HP Sauce is available. In that category I would add Branston Pickle.

- Meat? Not worth getting stressed about, unless you eat nothing but beef which is very pricey here. Pork and chicken not too expensive, especially at Denner/Aldi/Lidl.

- Again, good call about proper sausages and bacon, though unless you have the right cold-storage facilities for transport, I personally wouldn't bother about bringing over perishable goods like this. If you DO have the right cool-storage facilities I would definitely prefer to use them on proper British cheese like decent farmhouse Cheddar and Blue Stilton, which are far superior to the rather bland and over-priced Swiss stuff.

- And I must TOTALLY disagree about "Cadbury's crap" chocolate -- if you mean UK Cadbury's. Unless Cadbury's UK has changed since the Kraft takeover, my family and friends far prefer it to most Swiss chocolate. Sure, it's a matter of taste. Some say that the higher cacao content here means better chocolate. We disagree, and find it too bitter. We actually prefer the creamier style, and fortunately there are brands here, like Ovomaltine, that fit the bill well. But if the OP really does prefer Swiss chocolate, I would recommend she stocks up in the UK as it's all available there at a much lower price!
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I am making a note of all these items thanks.

The apartment is lacking light fittings and curtains at the moment, so wondering if UK light fittings can be used? I have the measurements of the windows and will be making curtains, hopefully before I arrive, or will bring the material with me.

Would it be easy for me to bring meat over in my luggage? Never tried before, so don't really know if that is possible?

Chocolate will have to bought as and when I want it, if I bought over any quantity it would just be eaten double quick, so no point really.

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I am making a note of all these items thanks.

The apartment is lacking light fittings and curtains at the moment, so wondering if UK light fittings can be used? I have the measurements of the windows and will be making curtains, hopefully before I arrive, or will bring the material with me.
They should fit but I wouldn't go and buy them in the U.K.

If you have hanging lamp shades (Habitat style), you can buy the fittings for a few francs at most supermarkets etc.

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Would it be easy for me to bring meat over in my luggage? Never tried before, so don't really know if that is possible?
I wouldn't bother. You can bring in 1Kg maximum without duty.

Good idea about the curtains though.
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you are arriving at the same time as your stuff?

Plugs - get adapters or change all of your plugs.
Drugs - if you are a regular with paracetamol / lemsip / cough bottles etc, bring as much as you can - packet of paracetamol here costs a tenner

apart from that, it's not like you are moving to the moon, almost everything is here, in regular shops. Just almost always it's more expensive.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

Bacon. And then maybe some more bacon. And, if there's room, another load of bacon.
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I am making a note of all these items thanks.

The apartment is lacking light fittings and curtains at the moment, so wondering if UK light fittings can be used? I have the measurements of the windows and will be making curtains, hopefully before I arrive, or will bring the material with me.

Would it be easy for me to bring meat over in my luggage? Never tried before, so don't really know if that is possible?

Chocolate will have to bought as and when I want it, if I bought over any quantity it would just be eaten double quick, so no point really.

I'd recommend curtains, if you prefer better quality. In Switzerland, I've found the selection to be mostly polyester, or some cottons at IKEA. The nicer quality is only at upscale decoration shops, with outrageous prices.
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Re: Arrive in 2 weeks, what to bring?

Thanks again for all the useful replies, it has helped me to decide what to bring or leave.

Pixie B - we don't have one of those shops, sorry
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- And I must TOTALLY disagree about "Cadbury's crap" chocolate -- if you mean UK Cadbury's. Unless Cadbury's UK has changed since the Kraft takeover, my family and friends far prefer it to most Swiss chocolate. Sure, it's a matter of taste. Some say that the higher cacao content here means better chocolate. We disagree, and find it too bitter. We actually prefer the creamier style, and fortunately there are brands here, like Ovomaltine, that fit the bill well. But if the OP really does prefer Swiss chocolate, I would recommend she stocks up in the UK as it's all available there at a much lower price!
I am a chocolate lover and I prefer creamy but I find Swiss chocolate smooth and creamy too (Lindt is my favourite) I wish the Swiss made trashy classless chocolate though like my favourite Cadburys creation- the one with popping candy and jelly beans in it. Popping candy in chocolate is the best!!! That and parma violets are the 2 things I miss most from UK!

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Pixie B - we don't have one of those shops, sorry
Haha bless you, I was only joking! (half joking anyway, hehe!)
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