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    futuremd786 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    List of things you want to bring w/ you in Luton

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    So...whuds/bts...please let the incoming folks know what we should bring on our way to UK.

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    American Bluejeans and tennis shoes (55+ pounds a pair and 55 to 100 pounds here) They are very expensive over here.
    Buy your laptop there and bring it.

    Cheers
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    Hi,

    It is a good idea to bring some of the more expensive things, like laptop and other electronics, with you. You will be able to buy transformers in Luton at a reasonable price. You are moving to a new country so bring all your clothes and everything you will need to start a new life in a new place.

    However, do not bother with the smaller items to decorate and establish your new place. There are plenty of stores to buy toothbrush holders, soap, shampoo, coasters, cups, plates, utensils, etc etc. All that stuff is easily bought in Luton. Don't stress yourself out, England is a first world country and anything you forget or leave at home is easily replaceable and Argos is by the school (british version of IKEA) so you really should have no problems. Its not like going to a caribb island where, if you forget something, you are SOL.
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    depends...

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    If you are female, bring all of your makeup and feminine products from the states, it is much cheaper. Also, make sure you bring all of your electronics from the States or Canada, including your laptop, camera, hard drives, flash drives, whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ********786
    So...whuds/bts...please let the incoming folks know what we should bring on our way to UK.
    Do not bring cash! use your debit card and credit cards for exchange it is the best way to get more from the exchange.

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    what?

    CC add 2.5-3.5% commision on all transactions outisde your country. Its only wise to use a CC that can provide you a side benifit - in my case, I'm getting amazing amount of airmiles, insurance and other perks which make this small charge not a big issue. If you are a student on a budget, try using cash.

    Debit cards from the USA/Canada also have service charges per transaction which adds up over the course of the semester/year.


    If you like certain cookies, peanutbutter, candies, etc...you might want to bring them with you since certain things (Oreos, Reese, Pancake Mix/Syrup - good kind,) are not available. Also certain soaps, shampoos, etc are not available here or REALLY expensive so get that before you come here.


    The plugs are different here, so dont bring things like an alarm clock that you plug in..it wont work even with a converter...the time will be off a few minutes each day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curious_george
    ...The plugs are different here, so dont bring things like an alarm clock that you plug in..it wont work even with a converter...the time will be off a few minutes each day.
    That's interesting. I imagine that it's due to the difference in the cycle of the electricity. Since the sockets in the US are 60 hz, the quartz crystals in our clocks are tuned for 60 cycles. However, the power in Europe, besides differing in volts, differs in cycles, being 50 hz. A clock with a crystal tuned to 60 cycles must get thrown off dealing with 50 cycle electricity even when its converted, thus leading it to skew the time.
    Last edited by Nebakanezer; 07-26-2005 at 01:29 AM.

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    If you have an HSBC account in the states, there are no transfer fees. You get whatever the exchange rate is from the ATM, with no additional fees. I wouldn't recommend cash either. Using my credit card for everything works just fine, I just pay everything off immediately.

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    I found that most banks had a CC fee, but most don't for a debit transaction more than $10 USD. Check around and see which bank gives you the best offer for your situation. Good luck.

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