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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

to be honest most things are more expensive here than in the UK - so you might as well pack everything!
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Old 23.08.2011, 14:41
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Multi vitamins (if you use them) 'cos they are seriously expensive. Basically anything over the counter in Boots. Welcome to the forum.
I'd strongly recommend this as well -- every time I pass through Heathrow, I stop in Boots to stock up. Over-the-counter medicines, deodorant, shampoo, creams, lotions, potions, you name it -- they're all a fraction of the price in the UK, particularly if you can get them on one of the Boots 3-for-2 specials. I nearly had a heart-attack the first time I bought Berocca here in Switzerland - a pack that sells for GBP8 (with 3-for-2) cost me CHF48 at the local chemist.

I wouldn't waste too much time on bringing over loads of food -- wait until you're here six months to figure out what you really crave vs. what you think you should stock up on.

The other thing I really miss from the UK is English-language books and magazines. If you're a magazine reader, it's much cheaper to order them now, to your UK address, and put into place a mail redirection to get them forwarded on to you in Switzerland.

If you're looking to make any big purchases, clothes, bikes, etc, you will almost certainly be better off buying in the UK before you head off.
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

I'm a great believer in Berocca too and always bring it back from London.
If you invested in a Kindle, Village Idiot, you wouldn't have the problem with bringing books back.
I thought I'd hate not having a physical book, being Neanderthal, but I don't and it's incredible how cheap Kindle books are on Amazon UK.
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If you invested in a Kindle, Village Idiot, you wouldn't have the problem with bringing books back.
Actually, most of my books come from Amazon so, aside from missing the pleasure of browsing through a bookstore at my leisure, no big setback there.

Magazines are a different story -- overseas subscriptions are many times more expensive than local ones. And you can't read a Kindle (or iPad) during taxi, take-off, and landing.
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Actually, most of my books come from Amazon so, aside from missing the pleasure of browsing through a bookstore at my leisure, no big setback there.

Magazines are a different story -- overseas subscriptions are many times more expensive than local ones. And you can't read a Kindle (or iPad) during taxi, take-off, and landing.
That's true. Really annoys me how the airlines ask you to turn things off ages before the plane lands.
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to be honest most things are more expensive here than in the UK - so you might as well pack everything!
OP - we can close the thread now. After that insightful and helpful comment, you can just pack everything that you might use to live here.

Wish I'd thought of that
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Any other suggestions? Basically I'm looking for items which are ten a penny over here and that I'll kick myself for having to pay over the odds for out in CH.
You'll probably want to bring a large bottle of scotch to help you get over the shock of the price of a beer
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

Some good advice there, thanks folks. Lemsip and Berocca: exactly the sort of stuff I was on about, I would never have thought of packing these otherwise.

I'm only asking for a smart way to use up the spare room in my suitcase, some of you seem to think I'm packing for a nuclear war!
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some of you seem to think I'm packing for a nuclear war!

Well, to be fair, you are moving to the culinary and cultural equivalent of a post-nuclear-armageddon desert. Just think "Mad Max I, with bits of stale bread stuck on twigs and dipped into BBE-expired molten cheese" and you'll not go far wrong.
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Thanks for that Weejeem, you should work in tourist info!
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Id recommend E45 Cream, and if you get blisters...compeed..super expensive here!
Also - ladies tights...again - surprisingly expensive (but then again I usually get mine from Primark as I go through tons as dogs tend to ruin them quickly, so no point buying expensive ones )
Cordial.....if youre particular about it. Its quite different here...more syrupy and just not quite as nice - I'm not that fussy but a friend of mine has tried everything out there to try and match it to uk stuff for her kids!
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

Eye glasses if you need them. I was recently advised that these are more expensive and often not covered by insurance in Switzerland although as a non-glasses wearer I can't confirm. Also, go to the dentist and get your teeth in line as dental insurance is not standard and can be quite expensive.
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Batiste dry shampoo - they have not heard about dry shampoo here
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What.....you are suggesting he brings 6 months worth of sausages to tide him over til his next trip home?? In what?? A Tesco truck?? And apart from not being able to bring fresh meat through customs (we'll park that one), you want him to somehow wrap his bacon in his boxer shorts to keep it cool and edible in the suitcase?

So apart from the coronary heart disease you are endorsing, you want him to get banged up by customs and then get food poisoning.....rather than just first TRYING TO FIND A LOCAL BUTCHERS!!! You never know......he might actually like the sausages here???


*bangs head on table*

(although I do appreciate your comment that tea is more varied and higher quality here than in UK.... )
You're obviously a Moron. You must be to make those comments.

It took 11 hrs to drive the Cardiff to Zug, and I bought Sausages and Bacon without breaking the Swiss customs limits. It was manageable I have done this many times and I will in future.

Sometimes it's nice to have a taste of home when you miss certain things. I brought tetley Tea also. Worcestershire sauce the proper stuff (Lea and Perrins)

A cool bag is all you need then pop the items in the freezer.

I must add I like Swiss sausages but they are no match for Cumberlands or Lincolnshire.

Stop being so f judgemental and give people a break.

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You're obviously a Moron. You must be to make those comments.

A cool bag is all you need then pop the items in the freezer.

I must add I like Swiss sausages but they are no match for Cumberlands or Lincolnshire.

Stop being so f judgemental and give people a break.

*Bangs head off wall*
And a groan too? Wow!


(by the way, I thought the limit was 0.5kg of fresh meat without duty, no?)
I was trying to be theatrically exasperated, not too serious. Sorry it upset you so much. I wasnt thinking about the Welsh meat wagon, i was more thinking about about whether one could get enough sausage in your carryon to make emigration more bearable.

Anyway, I'm clearly a moron and i appreciate your feedback
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And a groan too? Wow!

I was trying to be theatrically exasperated, not too serious. Sorry it upset you so much. I wasnt thinking about the Welsh meat wagon, i was more thinking about about whether one could get enough sausage in your carryon to make emigration more bearable.

Anyway, I'm clearly a moron and i appreciate your feedback
You're welcome, once was funny quip, twice = painfully annoying...

The guy asked for suggestions...where does it say he's flying?

How does try stuff when you get here answer the op's question of "what should I bring/what do people miss?"

You're not the only one in this thread that needs a hoof, if you can't help the OP don't bother posting..
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Eye glasses if you need them. I was recently advised that these are more expensive and often not covered by insurance in Switzerland although as a non-glasses wearer I can't confirm. Also, go to the dentist and get your teeth in line as dental insurance is not standard and can be quite expensive.
I was told this, so diligently got my eyes tested in the UK before we left and bought a nice new pair of glasses.

Imagine my surprise when on our FIRST evening here, we stayed in a hotel in Liestal (for those who do not know, a small town) and strolling through the (one) main street after dinner, looked in an opticians' window to see my new glasses at about 15% cheaper than I had paid for them.
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And a groan too? Wow!


(by the way, I thought the limit was 0.5kg of fresh meat without duty, no?)

Anyway, I'm clearly a moron and i appreciate your feedback
The groan is for batting a relative newbie to the forum, who's trying to contribute something useful to the thread rather than drivel btw!

I see you've been looking up your limits.. good for you.. perhaps you should check again. You can also bring in 2kg of live snails..

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You're welcome, once was funny quip, twice = painfully annoying...

The guy asked for suggestions...where does it say he's flying?

How does try stuff when you get here answer the op's question of "what should I bring/what do people miss?"

You're not the only one in this thread that needs a hoof, if you can't help the OP don't bother posting..
Well, now you are being more balanced and polite, we can talk seriously.

Because when i came here eight years ago, the people i talked to were "little englanders" who told us that it was terrible here, you can't get proper tea, bread, cheese, orange squash, bleach....

And because of that, we spent a year wandering around shops seeing what they DON'T have, not seeing that in fact, you can find alternatives and once you stop looking for whats missing, that you see .... whether it be Bern, Boston or Bogata, what IS there. And in my opinion, the transition to a country becomes more rich, more rewarding and everybody becomes less homesick once you start to do that.

So i apologise if my methods irritated you, but i thought that typing the serious version above might make me sound like a pompous tw@t, so i thought I'd sow the seed with something slightly more lighthearted.

Next time though....I will write "Robinsons Marmalade" and i'll move onto the next thing, ok?
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