How to get your stuff to the UK

  • See whether you can buy extra baggage allowance on your flight (if it’s not too expensive)
  • Consider using a removals company
  • Send your stuff in the post (ship things you don’t need for a few months and send the rest airmail)

 boxWhat to pack when you’re moving to the UK

Here’s what you need to bring.


The essentialsback to top

  • Passport
  • Plane tickets
  • Details of where you’ll be staying when you arrive (maps, directions)
  • money, credit cards, travel cards
  • ID (drivers license etc.)
  • Curriculum Vitae (at least on a USB stick)
  • umbrella
  • power plug converter/s + a double/triple adapter

Footwearback to top

  • flip-flops (thongs or jandals)
  • sandals
  • boots
  • gumboots (aka Wellingtons)
  • socks
  • running shoes
  • walking boots


Clothesback to top

  • underwear
  • trousers (not pants – this means underpants in the UK)
  • t-shirts
  • thermals (especially if you feel the cold)
  • hoodies/warm tops
  • waterproof jacket
  • shorts / skirts
  • suit (if you need one for job interviews)
  • jackets
  • pyjamas
  • track suit
  • board shorts / bikini
Girls only
  • tights
  • makeup
  • contraceptive pill (you can get more for free after signing up with a UK doctor)
  • hair dryer
  • straightener
  • sanitary items
  • sarong
  • jewellery
  • face wash
  • nail polish & remover
  • high heels


Toiletriesback to top

  • deoderant
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • travel towel
  • body wash
  • shampoo
  • conditioner (you can get travel sized all in one)
  • contact lenses, case, solution
  • glasses/contacts prescription
  • medicines


Accessoriesback to top

  • beanie / hat
  • scarves
  • sun hat
  • sunglasses
  • prescription glasses
  • camera, charger & computer cable
  • phone & charger
  • [amazon_link id=”B004UN3N0W” target=”_self” container=”” container_class=”” ]portable USB charger for phones & iPads[/amazon_link])
  • laptop & charger
  • book or [amazon_link id=”B007HCCOD0″ target=”_self” container=”” container_class=”” ]kindle[/amazon_link]

If you have spaceback to top

  • your favourite treats from home (chocolates, crisps, sauces)
  • presents for home (especially if you’re staying with friends or family for a while)

If you have any more suggestions post a comment and I’ll add it in.


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