Wish I'd Packed..???
We're hoping to get our container packed up in a few weeks time and am now going in to a frenzy about what I should buy from the UK before we go...
I've heard duvets are much cheaper here... so will be taking a trip to Dunelm soon..
Also I know kids clothes from Next have been mentioned ;)
I'm also going to buy the dining table that matched other furniture - even though a big expense now - I know we won't be able to get it shipped over at a later date without getting a 2nd mortgage!
SO .... is there anything that you wish you'd put in your container before you went?
P.s - Pete & Tracey - I'll be asking for your container requests soon so get thinking!! :o
This won't help much but if you can fit it in bring it!
Honestly when you arrive you have to be prepared to spend out the money you would rather keep but that can't be helped.
At least by bringing everything you can have a garage sale at a later date and recoup some of the money spent out.
We are still going through our boxes and so far we have re-boxed 5 loads of stuff that we have no use for at the moment! But we probably will fit it in once we have our own home.
We left things back in the UK in our shed some of which we wish we brought us, like the jet washer.
Don't bother with kettle, toaster, iron etc as you need to buy these when you arrive.
We bought a new Sofa bed, a dinner service, kettle, toaster, iron, cutlery, fridge, freezer and washing machine when we got here. We also bought a garden table and chairs which we used in doors until our container arrived. It's a little like camping and you will realise how little you can live on!
Good luck, when are you coming and where are going to live?
Thanks for your reply.. we're hoping to ship a container in about a month's time, and then move out in May.. that'll be 11 weeks after, the plan is that everything will be there when we arrive (don't laugh )
At the mo we're in a part-furnished rental, and have friends and family that'll lend us everything until we go..
Will take your advice and pack everything then!
We're hoping to rent in flagstaff hill area (I still want to buy the house we saw in O'Halloran Hill but I know that's a bit mad after not living in SA yet!) and move beginning of May time.
Will keep you posted, looking forward to meeting up with you in the summer - or winter as it will be in Oz!
We have been here for 8 weeks now and are still waiting for our container. We are currently in a furnished rental which has helped as all we have are the suitcases we brought with us. As Martin says, you can live off such a small amount. With buying new stuff, just check with your removal company as you have to declare items that are less than 12 months old separately. All our stuff was older than that, but it was asked, so just make sure before you go buying. Put as much in your container as you can. We sent out things that we couldn't get in by air freight because we didn't want to get stung by excess baggage charges. Which are approx 52 pounds per kilo. We are on a temporary visa and so were not allowed double baggage allowance, if you are on a permanent visa check with your airline. Hope this helps. Tom & Catherine
I wish I had brought the pots and pans I left in the UK and the crockery too. I also wish I had brought some familiar furniture but all of ours was cr*p as we broke most of the time.
Other than that, nothing. Oh, bedding, sorry I just remembered. Here it is dear and not the same quality as the UK. Pants, pants and more pants - bulk buy now! Think about the ages of your children in 6 years and buy the pants now, and socks.
And bras for yourself...imagine every bust size you think you might go through and cater for it now.
PS the house in OHalloran is a goodie...want me to do a drive by and check area? I realise you won't be here for a while but you would have an idea of the area was ok and could live in it?
Yes buy Duvets, bedding, towels and a good supply of clothes. We wish we had bought one of those old ER post boxes !! bring extension adapters with 6 plugs in, so you only have to change the one plug for the time being and plug all your stuff in !! just bring everything dont give thingsd away like we did. good luck
thats a great one, saves heaps of time to start with.
Originally Posted by redfoxy
Bedding, yes also I wish I had bought some extra Le Creuset caserole dishes as they are SOOO expensive here. Also I find nice outdoor tableware if you would call it that surpisingly expensive here. Asda, Tesco etc, get some plates, bowls, glasses etc as they are about $4.50 each item here in target, woolies etc. Other than that, if you have room in your container - bring it! you can get everything you need here, but at the start when you need it, knowing where to get it from can seem hard.
I wish I had stocked up on perfume before we came, anything remotely classed as a luxury is very expensive. That includes make-up too.
Definitely get millions of clothes from NEXT, the clothes are rubbish out here!
Toys... buy loads!!!!! Kids Books!
Bedding I agree with you and the others, get some before you come!
Can't think of anything else x
I'm rather worried bout the clothes bit now I've read all these messages, I've been saving all my pennies to come over so my wardrobe is seriously empty! Need to go shopping-right now!!!
Things NOT to put in your container which you need as soon as you get here are
House references - rented, or refs from people who have visited your house and will vouch for how you keep the gardens and home (teachers, real estator, police),
Refs for work
If you have room in your container - condenser clothes drivers, much cheaper in UK than here and we thought we would not need ours here!
Wallpaper if you fancy doing a feature wall in your new home - it is the next big thing here and wallpaper is very expensive here at the moment.
Clothes - I don't agree with this but then many do .....
Gordon Ramsey ... Justin Lee Collins - celebrities you may miss!
Hahaha - good luck with it!