Hong Kong - anything to stock up on in the UK before we move?

(14 Posts)
Farandole Sat 18-Jun-16 23:08:59

We're moving to HK in a month. Kids are 5 and 7. Anything you find hard to find in HK that we should buy in bulk before we move? Thanks!

Macaroons Sun 19-Jun-16 11:06:54

buy lots of English books from bookpeople before you go - more expensive there!

Laptopwieldingharpy Sun 19-Jun-16 14:03:49

Nice shoes for kids ( and yourselves if you are a bigger size) and yes, books!

PinkBallerina Mon 20-Jun-16 11:51:36

If you have big norks then stock up on bras

citychick Mon 20-Jun-16 13:31:11

School shoes.
paracetamol, and ibuprofen as much much cheaper in uk.
Lemsip, sudacreme.
I also go to Cosco and get multi packs of pesto. Far, far cheAper in uk.
And suntan lotion.
I also grab Tesco cotton knickers for me. £4 for 4. In black, white and nude if they have. M&S knicker pack come out at about £25 in HK.
You can get all of the above ( apart from Tesco knickers and Cosco) here, but you will pay thru the nose for them.

Good luck.

guihailin Mon 20-Jun-16 14:50:18

M&S uk site delivers
School shoes -> Dr Kong
Mothercare in HK and lots of Ozzie baby shops
Good libraries and Kelly & Walsh

My advice would be take as little as possible.
Space is in relatively short supply !!
You don't want to be paying for storage in HK

Macaroons Tue 21-Jun-16 12:01:02

Shoes - a very good point. Clark's shoes are quite pricey in Hong Kong!

Hirosleaftunnel Fri 24-Jun-16 10:50:24

Kids shoes although John Lewis are now delivering some stuff. And bras and swimsuits. If you are over a UK size 14 or boobs over a c cup stock up on clothes!confused

Farandole Fri 24-Jun-16 19:30:06

Thanks! All good advice. I'm stocking up on shoes, drugs and bras. Keep them coming!

come2chat Mon 11-Jul-16 03:26:07

You can anything in Hk but much more expensive and difficult to source. So i would bring anything baby/toddler related: medicines, pumps, creams, baby monitors, books, activity packs, toys etc. For myself: bras/knickers, shoes, medicines, makeup, fave biscuits and teas and coffees, bedsheets, pillows, tampons, etc. Specific age/special events greeting cards and wrapping paper.
A good point is to bear in mind Hk is an extremely small city that has over 7.7 million (last i checked) so space is a luxurious unrealistic commodity. Pack sensibly because likelihood is, you're going to run out of space very quickly. And do remember you can get most things out there (even tampons but just maybe a different brand you're used to and only at selected stores, greeting cards can be upwards of 35hkd so cheaper if you can bring some over). And there is M&S there, selection is smaller and much more expensive (e.g a packet of plain biscuits 23hkd, a single bra 250hkd) but if you're stuck.....

But goodluck with your move, Hong Kong is fun city! Take it in your stride.

VioletBam Mon 11-Jul-16 03:31:28

Walkers crisps if they let them in and good tea.

Farandole Mon 11-Jul-16 15:03:16

Thanks! Kids are 5 and 7 so we are thankfully out of the baby stage. I've stocked up on tampons, bras, knickers, bedding, pillows, medicines, swimwear, shoes, pyjamas. I don't think we'll have time to stock up on greeting cards and wrapping - we're flying on Thursday. We've got a pretty good housing budget (I think) so I'm hoping we can find a large flat. Our London home isn't big, so I don't think there will be a massive size difference. We don't drink tea and I'm going to wean myself off crisps smile

come2chat Tue 12-Jul-16 03:41:07

You can bring in walker crisps, but you can get them there too. I've seen them in some supermarkets. Oh sorry missed the point re your kids' ages. Well for for 5 and 7, they'll be ok because they're out of the baby range (which is super expensive in Hk). For your kids i don't think they'll need much brought over. If they play wii/xbox games and have the UK version, a lot of games there sell the Japanese version which will be incompatible with UK version, hence a few games brought over to entertain them whilst you unpack wouldn't be a bad idea.

Tworingsandamicrowave Sat 23-Jul-16 17:48:28

OP, we are moving out next week so glad you asked the question as also need to stock up on stuff. Good luck!

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