What UK essentials do you ship from UK to overseas

(42 Posts)
Clueless2727 Tue 16-Apr-13 15:57:34

Specifically singapore.

Other than all our normal stuff, want to buy some bits that will hard to get or really expensive there (dh company paying for shipping)

So far...

Kids uv suits (and bikinis for me)
Kids summer clothes
1 tog superking duvet
Suncream
Tonnes of john frieda frizz ease stuff for dd and me (think may be too big a battle but will try)
Mabelline mascara plus few other beauty bits i can't live without
Nespresso capsules

Will the removal company let us take liquids (above beauty stuff)

Lastly, am i right in thinking removal companies won't let us take dvds in case they get checked by customs? Does that include computer console (wii) games?

Thanks

takeaway2 Thu 18-Apr-13 13:16:54

I would echo what almost everyone have said about clothes, especially for the adults. I am a size 8 and I think I'm an M/L? My DH is 6ft2 and usually an L in M&S UK, he's an XXL (and he's not fat).

Shoes too - the common size in the UK is probably around 5/6? in Singapore it's more like a 3/4.

Socks (for the DH)...

soapandhorny Thu 18-Apr-13 13:19:58

P.s. Have your husband establish what they wear at his work. It is highly likely they do not wear suits. Most go to work M-F in suit pants and smart shirt, maybe a tie. He may only need 1 suit for business meetings when he travels abroad e.g. in HK where it is expected. Fridays are usually dress down. My husband works in finance and he goes to work mostly in chinos and blue shirt with his sleeves rolled up. Don't, whatever you do, go out and buy 3 new suits for him.

Clueless2727 Fri 19-Apr-13 20:12:05

Thanks, think will go for my gut instinct and stockpile stuff. I am tall, but dd is off the centile charts. 4'7" at 7. She is taller than most of the yr 6kids and she's only in yr 2. Hope she doesn't stand out too much.

Thanks for all your advice, just ordered 4 uv tshirts for dd off ebay at Less than a fiver each.

soapandhorny Sat 20-Apr-13 01:43:33

Just so you know - Bodyshop/ Marks & Spencers etc. are at least twice the price here so you may also want to underwear shop. Also, if and when you travel you will pick things up anyway. We go to Australia quite a bit and the clothes there are great, really summery. A lot of the girls and boys here are all decked out in Roxy and Billabong.

mirai Sat 20-Apr-13 01:49:21

I know I have mentioned this site before but think it's worth saying again, I have a lot of love for the echemist site, they will ship all sorts of OTC meds, toiletries and cosmetics to you with free delivery AND VAT free prices. It's been an absolute godsend for me as I can't get decent toothpaste, paracetamol or deodorant where I live!

Also good for more high end toiletries and cosmetics is Feel Unique, also free delivery but it's not VAT-free.

mirai Sat 20-Apr-13 01:50:31

ripishere, £10 a box for me (in Japan), and half the potency!!!

singaporeswing Sat 20-Apr-13 04:50:18

Another couple of things that I stockpile when back in the UK - dry shampoo and ibuprofen.

I'm 5 ft 9 size 12 in Singapore and have completely given up on buying clothes here. Everything is just cut straight up and down and everything is cut way too short.

I've just started ordering clothes that I need online, there's loads of companies that deliver for free/cheap.

Cerisier Sat 20-Apr-13 11:23:25

mirai thanks for the tip about the echemist site. I have done an order this morning, no delivery charge and all the VAT came off so the prices were great!

mirai Sat 20-Apr-13 12:12:02

Yep! Not bad eh? They also do weekly offers on product ranges so make sure you sign up to their newsletter. They also do a points scheme (like boots), which I think is automatically done if you register with the site.

Honestly I don't know what I'd do without it!

Clueless2727 Sat 20-Apr-13 20:32:04

I have saved echemist thanks looks good. Singaporeswing, thanks for heads up, I'm same as you 5'10" and size 12. Going to make sure i've got lots stuff before i go

marcopront Mon 22-Apr-13 08:41:49

I'm in India but what I have had people bring out for me is

Nitty Gritty Comb
Super plus extra tampons
Kid's toothpaste.

I've looked at echemist and India has its own special delivery information.

tea bags
golden syrup
tea bags
marmalade
tea bags
cadburys chocolate
tea bags
finger paint (!)
tea bags
kids story CDs in English
marmalade

Sorry haven't read the thread, don't know if those items are relevant! smile

Clueless2727 Mon 22-Apr-13 14:35:00

Thanks so much. Been out shopping today and bought tonnes of bits, spent far too much money. 😳

MistyB Mon 22-Apr-13 20:55:32

The book people are good for stocking up on children's books, they have good card sets and I often get the Booker / Orange Prize Shortlist brought over by visitors.

Mutley77 Sun 28-Apr-13 02:46:32

We were fine shipping liquids (eg toiletries to Australia) - and I even shipped some full bottles of cleaning products too rather than chuck them out. Our removal company were a bit conservative but at the end of the day the choice is yours - you can take what you want if you accept the consequences. I suppose the risk is just that they will leak but if you put them all together in a plastic container that seals well - a cliplock type think - even if they all leak they won't damage anything else.

LadyMountbatten Sun 28-Apr-13 04:47:01

Lol at "removalists"

mirai Tue 30-Apr-13 09:57:23

Speaking of echemist, if they get to 2,000 likes on their FB page by the end of the day then it's 20% off everything on the site, so please click here and like them as I could really do with a 20% off spree hehe! grin

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