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Old 25.09.2011, 09:34
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About bath towels. Before we knew we were moving here, we bought new thick towels in the US. Turns out that the washers/dryers here are smaller and towels are thinner. I can do three US bath towels to a load here. On the other hand we've had these towels for at least 7 years and they still look great. Since I don't have shared laundry, it's not so bad.

But anyway, if you have rapid towel turnover in your house, something to consider.
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Old 25.09.2011, 10:39
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

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About bath towels. Before we knew we were moving here, we bought new thick towels in the US. Turns out that the washers/dryers here are smaller and towels are thinner. I can do three US bath towels to a load here.
Most washers only have 6 kg capacity but over the last few years I've seen more and more models that can handle 8 or 10kgs. Since the OP builds her own house I suggest she pays attention to that.

Otherwise I can only second the suggestion to buy the towels in the US. Most towels here are annoyingly thin and the nicer ones are ridiculously expensive.
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is this something that can be ordered online, or do you travel there regularly? I will be in the market for some good black out curtains soon
when I lived in Hong Kong I got all my home furnishings made there and got 8 sets of long cream blackouts that we have managed to used in 3 homes so far.... I had loads of clothes made too but thats another story !!

I wouldn't recommend doing everything online although they do use email because the people I used didn't have good english so it was better to point, draw pictures, and show examples of how I wanted hems to be finished and the hooks to be fixed......

If you have a lot of buy its worth the plane fare and visa cost IMO....
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Most washers only have 6 kg capacity but over the last few years I've seen more and more models that can handle 8 or 10kgs. Since the OP builds her own house I suggest she pays attention to that.

Otherwise I can only second the suggestion to buy the towels in the US. Most towels here are annoyingly thin and the nicer ones are ridiculously expensive.
something I realized in my last visit when I took a pile of clothes to be laundered to my MIL's machine..... definitely on my list of must haves..... alongside a US sizer fridge with ice maker !!
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Old 25.09.2011, 16:03
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I wouldn't recommend doing everything online although they do use email because the people I used didn't have good english so it was better to point, draw pictures, and show examples of how I wanted hems to be finished and the hooks to be fixed......

If you have a lot of buy its worth the plane fare and visa cost IMO....
ooh, waaaayyy outside my comfort level! And with 3 little kiddies, don't think I can justify that to my husband. Will have to find another solution!
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Old 25.09.2011, 16:43
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

Hi -

I wouldn't bother with the vanilla extract - I imported it for 2 years, decided to make my own as I used a lot of it, and when I finally did, the taste was way better than from making it with the store bought.

Very easy - 1 bottle vodka, 6 vanilla bean pods. Drop them in and stick it in the cupboard for 2 months - rotate every 2 weeks. The longer it sits the better it tastes too!



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Am going to stock up on vanilla extract as I do use loads of that when I make biscuits / cookies......

but am looking forward to having fresh yeast....... something I haven't managed to find here in the US....

And thinking about food.... I am going to fill in any gaps in my cookbook collection ... In English !!
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I wouldn't bother with the vanilla extract - I imported it for 2 years, decided to make my own as I used a lot of it, and when I finally did, the taste was way better than from making it with the store bought.

Very easy - 1 bottle vodka, 6 vanilla bean pods. Drop them in and stick it in the cupboard for 2 months - rotate every 2 weeks. The longer it sits the better it tastes too!
At the end of the day, it's all about what YOU use. I wouldn't bother with the vanilla nor all those OTC meds. We brought back a bunch of them one time when visiting the US. A good bit of them ended up expired and are still taking up space in my med cabinet. We just don't use that much of the stuff to justify it. How much meds do YOU use?
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

I would suggest any cosmetics or other personal hygiene related things that you're familiar with.

While I've been able to find comparable shampoo (Pantene shampoo+conditioner) and bars of soap (Dove) here, I've had no luck finding Old Spice deodorant. Fortunately, I have brought a substantial stock of Old Spice, so I'm all right for the next year or so, but still something to consider.

Although I've only been here for a bit more than a month and a half, I've been craving a lot of minor things, such as certain types of beer (there's plenty of great beer in Switzerland, but not my preferred brand), some foods, and the types of restaurants I'd frequent in the US, etc. I think a lot of it is also social: I would go out with friends to restaurants, and now I'm away from both the restaurants and my friends. Such is life.
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

One word: BEDDING. My wife and I miss our flat sheets and comforters. I know it's a European standard, but I hate the duvet cover deal. No only is it always clumping and bunching, but you pay for the duvet cover and the blanket, which are very pricey. Bring a few beddings sets for each estimated bed you think you will have.
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One word: BEDDING. My wife and I miss our flat sheets and comforters. I know it's a European standard, but I hate the duvet cover deal. No only is it always clumping and bunching, but you pay for the duvet cover and the blanket, which are very pricey. Bring a few beddings sets for each estimated bed you think you will have.
we have adopted a kind of blend of the two.....
We have duvets with covers but as most of the sets we have bought here - which are really cosy and soft already come with a flat sheet I have the flat sheet , then my duvet, with cover. (I don't like the comforter idea as there isn't a cover to wash) but if we are hot in the night the duvet comes off and back on as we cool down... yes a lot of laundry but it works well for us.... so I am collecting bed bath and beyond vouchers to do some mega shopping before we leave.

In the UK I always bought egyptian cotton sheets and love the pure cotton feel....I was a student when I first left home and had next to no money but I saved for good bed linen.....over 20 years ago I spent about $200 US on my bed linens but my god they were worth every penny. I lived on beans for months though
I didn't really find a good similar product in CH when I was there last. The quality I have found in the US is very high. so I will be stocking up here for sure...... The Swiss don't really get the whole bedroom / luxury thing. Even friends and family we visit have very 'functional' bedrooms. For me its all about luxury, comfort and quality. so again - thank you for the reminder. they were in the back of my mind but now they are in bold on the shopping list !!
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

euhhhh. Duvets, a European standard? certainly NOT. Definitely in Northern Europe, but in the south - France, Italy, Spain, you will still find excellent quality sheets. they don't count threads, but you'll find fab quality, embroidered or not... look it up.
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Old 26.09.2011, 10:17
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

Something I don't think anyone else mentioned yet, and I don't know if you have room in your shipping container or not, but my wife and I recently moved to CH and we made a shopping trip to one of the warehouse clubs before we left to get shampoos, over-the-counter medicines (cold medicine, ibuprofen, etc), and anything else that us Americans buy in bulk and store. It seems most places come with a generous cellar (don't know if yours will, but it might), so you will have a place to put it.
And last, if you have a lot of people in the U.S. you'd like to keep in touch with, a magicjack- ours has been amazing!

Good luck, and sorry if I reposted something somebody else already said!
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Old 26.09.2011, 10:56
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

Aren't European matresses different size than US ones though? Might be an issue with fitted sheets.
You can get a lovely 1000tc here:
http://kingofcotton.co.uk/
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

Antiperspirant doesn't work the same here. Even when you buy the exact same brand it turns out to be different. I think that they use different concentrations of the active ingredient. I would bring some. Also, the PH Balance brand from the Migros works pretty well if you can't find the right kind and don't bring some with you.

Converting the power on all of your electronics will be a constant annoyance, but every kind of appliance is ridiculously expensive. I'd bring one of those KitchenAid mixers if you have one and keep a dedicated converter. I'd check to make sure that this won't burn up the motor though for some reason.

Also, brown sugar.
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Antiperspirant doesn't work the same here. Even when you buy the exact same brand it turns out to be different. I think that they use different concentrations of the active ingredient. I would bring some. Also, the PH Balance brand from the Migros works pretty well if you can't find the right kind and don't bring some with you.
we switched to using Crystal Stone deodorants years ago and haven't looked back since
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

your every day meds and favorite foods.
- any cream an antibiotic can not be bought over the counter here and will require a prescription from a local doctor
- pepperidge farm, stove top, stuffing, cake mixes, icing, kool-aid, jello, cream of tartar, baking soda, root beer, pop tarts, cheerios, grits, bisquick... all can be found but at very high prices (7 USD for a box of poptarts)
- a tape measure in inches.... crazy of all things

send yourself care packages from the US boat mail, they'll arrive at the same time you will.
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

The best purchase I made before coming was a universal surge protector for the entertainment system. http://www.amazon.com/VCT-Universal-.../dp/B000784H4K

I have a large transformer for the vacuum but everything else is dual voltage and having that power strip is easier than fiddling with tons of little adapters.
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Re: Moving to CH from USA - what should I buy ??

I'm not sure why everybody is freaking out about vanilla extract. they have it here but it's in powder form. i use it with all my american recipes and everything turns out fine.

Coop, Manor, and Migros also ALWAYS are having sales with shampoos, shower gel, etc as 3 for 2 deals. It's worth it and it's a waste of room in your suitcases to bring stuff like that. There are tons of products here that are sold in the US as well, so you should be able to find SOMETHING you've used and liked in the US, even if it cost like 1CHF more. The only thing I don't like about cosmetic type things here is that a lot of the lotions are really watery. If anyone knows of a body lotion that is thick, please let me know! I feel like I'm trying all the lotions every time I go to a store.

You have the right attitude of forgetting about stuff that you won't be able to get and trying a new product though (foods, etc). How many times are you going to go back to America to stock up on stuff? I thought about stocking up on a ton of stuff next time I go to visit my family, but I'm probably going to be living here for the rest of my life so I should probably just get used to the products here and not freak out about having to stock up whenever I go back. Except for clothes haha
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Bring self-raising flour.

Books are also good to bring. English language books tend to be few and expensive over here. Or start buying books on an iPad or Kindle to read.
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Bring self-raising flour.
Thank you. Yet another essential, because in Switzerland it's strictly forbidden to add a teaspoon of baking powder and a pinch of salt to a cup of ordinary flour.
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