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Re: What can you not live without from home?

When I moved to London in 1970 - I took ... nothing but a small suitcase with a few clothes. I think I phoned home twice in 6 months - and wrote a few letters
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Yes that would be the easy solution, but its very expensive and I'm moving on a limited budget (Zurich sure takes a lot of money out of your account...). Van hire you also have the added cost of plane tickets as the van has to go back to its origin and I'm not sure how long I am staying as it depends how things work out - so I may end up doing the van thing twice. Fingers crossed all works out and I stay longer - in which case, I will get a van.

But for the moment, I am happy to travel light. Its no big deal and I will manage just fine. I was just curious as to what everyone would take given my situation.....
It was actually a little joke, but whatever

Why not see if anybody on here wants to take the van back the other way? For every one moving in, there'll be one moving out, or sending a dog home, or friends who need lots of large toblerones or something. You'll be surprised how helpful people are on here

Ps i'd get rid of those red blobs first though
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Re: What can you not live without from home?

My list (American) from my last Target run in the US = peanut butter, cold meds, baking things (baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, vanilla extract), brownie mix (for emergency brownie needs), and ziplock freezer bags.

Also, I have a stock of grits and sorghum syrup, but I'm from North Carolina
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Nope - is it good?
I liked it
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When I moved here in '86, I took a motorcycle, an electric guitar, and a PC (desktop).

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*in a yorkshire accent* "and we considered ourselves lucky"
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Old 27.09.2011, 22:13
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Re: What can you not live without from home?

A savings account with a bankers' card from Nationwide: where you can pay in money from Switzerland, and enjoy cash on holidays. You can save a lot of money buying air tickets etc.

One year's supply of English birthday cards. Christmas cards in English?

Recently we have been able to get more food products. There are specialist shops here, but they are expensive.
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When I moved here in '86, I took a motorcycle, an electric guitar, and a PC (desktop).

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no toothbrush and clean underwear!?

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Umm, that was as purchased.

Doubled the HP with minimal cost (cam, carb, exhaust, 7k RPM rev limit instead of OEM 4.5k)

My 999R is still a lot faster than any Z28 could hope to be, though.

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Yes that would be the easy solution, but its very expensive and I'm moving on a limited budget (Zurich sure takes a lot of money out of your account...). Van hire you also have the added cost of plane tickets as the van has to go back to its origin and I'm not sure how long I am staying as it depends how things work out - so I may end up doing the van thing twice. Fingers crossed all works out and I stay longer - in which case, I will get a van.

But for the moment, I am happy to travel light. Its no big deal and I will manage just fine. I was just curious as to what everyone would take given my situation.....
one more thing.. just remembered, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure you have a spare!
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Old 27.09.2011, 22:16
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no toothbrush and clean underwear!?
Underwear, sure (I was American back then)

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Re: What can you not live without from home?

Them were the days, hey. A Jura lass from t'mountains, just 19 and traveling abroad for the first time - but train of course- couldn't afford a plane! Deep end- grow up fast- great adventure
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Re: What can you not live without from home?

Tea
Marmite
Soft brown sugar - it's not a joke
e-reader (registered in the UK so you can download English books.... books here are very expensive)
Swiss guide books (see above)
Learn yourself German stuff (if you don't already)
Multiple passport 'photos (you need them for lots of stuff)
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Underwear, sure (I was American back then)

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PANTS then
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It was actually a little joke, but whatever

Why not see if anybody on here wants to take the van back the other way? For every one moving in, there'll be one moving out, or sending a dog home, or friends who need lots of large toblerones or something. You'll be surprised how helpful people are on here

Ps i'd get rid of those red blobs first though
Sorry - I'm not having the best of days. I tend to take everything literally on such days so I should not really post... but hindsight is a wonderful thing......

Van hire is one thing I have considered and do reconsider on a regular basis though - its just a little too expensive. Thanks for the tip though - I will definitely post if I decide

I have the most pounding headache now so I think thats it for me this evening....
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Old 27.09.2011, 22:24
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english mustard.
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Old 27.09.2011, 22:28
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Re: What can you not live without from home?

Came here from the US in July, made it through the few weeks or so of Swiss hot weather, and can now say that I could not live without the flat sheets that I brought for the bed. When it is hot, I love the feel of sleeping under a single layer of crisp cotton rather than a double-layer duvet!

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Re: What can you not live without from home?

Business proposition: purchase lots of flat sheets in the US. Stand in front of touristy hotels in summer. Profit.

(Also, make and sell cheap cups of coffee as side-business to flat-sheet black-market business)

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Came here from the US in July, made it through the few weeks or so of Swiss hot weather, and can now say that I could not live without the flat sheets that I brought for the bed. When it is hot, I love the feel of sleeping under a single layer of crisp cotton rather than a double-layer duvet!

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Old 27.09.2011, 22:37
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one more thing.. just remembered, if you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure you have a spare!
Yah, I'll second that as I'm still walking funny after having to buy a pair here for a rather dear 1200 CHF. And that was with the 'cheap' frames.
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Re: What can you not live without from home?

Not really answering the question but kind of related. We were advised to go to the dentist and opticians before we came over, and we were glad we did when we saw the prices over here. Worth doing if you have the time.

I am all for saving £ where I can
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Sorry - I'm not having the best of days. I tend to take everything literally on such days so I should not really post... but hindsight is a wonderful thing......
Bring your favourite, most comfortable footwear, both shoes and boots. You will regret leaving these at home as like many you may discover you walk a lot here. Wear the heaviest pair and pack the lighter ones. Same with outerwear, winter is not upon us yet but you don't want to waste valuable suitcase space and add weight with a heavy jacket. Also, I recommend bringing UK to CH electrical adapters if you are bringing a computer or phone.
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After living here for 4 years, what I consistently get from the US are crest toothpaste and spices, especially chili powder and cinnamon and planet dog dog toys for my pup.
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Re: What can you not live without from home?

Come on friends, so far we've got lots of nice-to-have things. None of them is something you cannot live without, as the title of the thread requires. I think there is nothing you really must have that you cannot find where autochthonous humans live.
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