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Packing for Switzerland from UK

Hi all, I apologise if this is a pea-roast.

I'm moving out to Fribourg next week from the UK and I'm getting my bags packed. Any advice on things I should stock up on before I go? So far my list goes like this:

-Porridge oats
-Pretty much all toiletries
-Socks
-Tea?

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.

Ta!
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Old 22.08.2011, 23:05
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Welcome to the forum.

take a look around and use the search function and you will find plenty of useful addvice and discussion, such as this thread.

Brown sugar seems to be the favourite.

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Hi all, I apologise if this is a pea-roast.

I'm moving out to Fribourg next week from the UK and I'm getting my bags packed. Any advice on things I should stock up on before I go? So far my list goes like this:

-Porridge oats
-Pretty much all toiletries
-Socks
-Tea?

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.

Ta!
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Old 22.08.2011, 23:05
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Hi all, I apologise if this is a pea-roast.

I'm moving out to Fribourg next week from the UK and I'm getting my bags packed. Any advice on things I should stock up on before I go? So far my list goes like this:

-Porridge oats
-Socks
-Tea?

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.

Ta!
1. Welcome to the forum
2. What is a pea roast?
3. I think if you search you'll find a few similar threads

Seriously, without sarcasm, come over with nothing apart from medicines you cannot survive without....if you start worrying about cereal and tea before you even get on the plane, the way you view your new life might make you miss something special! Go figure out tea and oats in your new town, come on here and ask for help if your can't find stuff......and i promise you that your experience will be richer for it
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Old 22.08.2011, 23:14
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Hi all, I apologise if this is a pea-roast.

I'm moving out to Fribourg next week from the UK and I'm getting my bags packed. Any advice on things I should stock up on before I go? So far my list goes like this:

-Porridge oats
-Pretty much all toiletries
-Socks
-Tea?

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.

Ta!
Depends. Are you a cook or a baker? Do you like clothes? Are you a bike fanatic?
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Birds Custard Powder
Lee & Perrins Worcester sauce
Mint Sauce
Batteries
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paracetamol and basic cold remedy items
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Old 22.08.2011, 23:37
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I know a great place to buy cheese.

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Pea roast = re-post

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2. What is a pea roast?
3. I think if you search you'll find a few similar threads

Seriously, without sarcasm, come over with nothing apart from medicines you cannot survive without....if you start worrying about cereal and tea before you even get on the plane, the way you view your new life might make you miss something special! Go figure out tea and oats in your new town, come on here and ask for help if your can't find stuff......and i promise you that your experience will be richer for it
To be fair a lot of things here, like aspirin and pain relievers are much more
expensive as well as many other items !!
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Old 23.08.2011, 01:52
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Hi all, I apologise if this is a pea-roast.

I'm moving out to Fribourg next week from the UK and I'm getting my bags packed. Any advice on things I should stock up on before I go? So far my list goes like this:

-Porridge oats .................. you'll need these to make homemade Alpen, which is unavailable here
-Pretty much all toiletries .................. all Swissies smell of eau de cow
-Socks ..................... all Swiss men have smelly feet and wear sandals
-Tea? ................ loads of varieties of `non-tea` "teas" are available here

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.
Everything that's available in Tesco.

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Birds Custard Powder ...... egg yolks, sugar milk and vanilla (pods or essence) - plus the bonus of meringues from the egg whites
Lee & Perrins Worcester sauce ....... have a look in Coop
Mint Sauce ........ doesn't work with horse - all other meat is unaffordable
Batteries .......... Okay AA batteries - less than 5 chuffs for 8 - from Landi
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

malt vinegar
brown sauce
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

Marmite, pork scratchings, neurofen plus.
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

Multi vitamins (if you use them) 'cos they are seriously expensive. Basically anything over the counter in Boots. Welcome to the forum.
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To be fair a lot of things here, like aspirin and pain relievers are much more
expensive as well as many other items !!
Of course.....I understand, which is why I mentioned medicines, and I'm not saying that nobody should ever bring back anything from the UK that's is cheaper. I was trying to say that if you are already in a mentality of "I bet I can't get English tea" then you may miss stuff here and not try new things ("I wonder what kind of teas they have here?"!)

(To be honest, I've never understood the fuss about "English" tea - I'm not quite sure why it is special or different. I suspect it has significant levels of artificial flavours, but because beverages don't need to declare ingredients, we'll never know )
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

Bacon,
sausages,
red cheddar cheese (though grumpy may be able to hook you up),
breakfast pudding
Decent baked beans
(yes I miss English/Irish style breakfasts haha)

Tea on the other hand is plentiful, there is even a shop on rue de lausanne in Fribourg dedicated to tea from exotic to fairly bland.

Welcome to Fribourg
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Bacon,
sausages,
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.... )
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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.
Migros Actilife vitamins and supplements aren't expensive.

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Bacon,
sausages,
red cheddar cheese (though grumpy may be able to hook you up),
breakfast pudding
Decent baked beans
(yes I miss English/Irish style breakfasts haha)

Tea on the other hand is plentiful, there is even a shop on rue de lausanne in Fribourg dedicated to tea from exotic to fairly bland.

Welcome to Fribourg
Coop have Heinz BB - I don't think you can get better.

(You have red cheddar with a fry-up?)
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

I generally always stock up on packs of wrigleys chewing gum, (can't find any here I like) packets of chilli con carne mix, english mustard, and as has already been said cold remedies especailly lemsip, the only swiss equilent I know of is Neo-citron which aswell as being stupidly expensive I swear melted layers of skin off my tounge as it's too citron!!
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Re: Packing for Switzerland from UK

Favourite British food (cost a fortune here), kitchen appliances (eg. toaster, unless you are keen on spending 250-300 CHF on the same thing here and yes, these work with an adapter), garbage bin (unless you an an oc who throws the garbage daily - get yourself a nice Barbantia at a fraction of the price here), utensils, etc, etc anything you can possible need to live here - furnishing, clothes, etc. It costs an arm and a leg to buy things here and quality is really varied. Of course, if you are a student, get whatever you need from the EF sellers and save yourself a painful trip to Ikea, with an assembly 3 weeks later!
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If you cycle - consider bringing your bike over with you. We brought ours over on Easyjet and a boxed up bike was cheaper to check in (when booked online) than a suitcase!!
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