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For those of you who have moved to a hot country,

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Alligatorpie Sat 20-Feb-16 07:55:16

What did you do with your winter clothes? We have decided we will only go home in the summer now, so won't need winter clothes or boots. We have no intention of ever going home to live.
I would love to give everything away, but worry I will regret it.
What did you do and do you feel it was the right decision? Thanks

SavoyCabbage Sat 20-Feb-16 07:58:30

I took them as it was cold in the winter to wear them.

You should chuck them as you aren't ever going to need them!

lastnightiwenttomanderley Sat 20-Feb-16 08:01:07

Don't forget your 'internal thermostat' may adjust. My Greek friends put their thick duvet coats on if it goes below 20!

SavoyCabbage Sat 20-Feb-16 08:14:17

Yes, my dd wears wool pinafore, tights and a polo neck if it's below 13 for her school uniform.

slebmum1 Sat 20-Feb-16 08:16:35

Agree with that - we moved to the ME, 21 can feel quite chilly when you've been up at 40+ all summer!

mrsplum2015 Sat 20-Feb-16 08:25:17

Yes agree with the others. Keep them you never know. Or what if you have to go back in winter (for relatives serious illness or something)? Or a winter holiday somewhere else?

I'd cut down what you've got and stick to the classic pieces (coats, boots, nice work clothes, jeans etx).

Alligatorpie Sat 20-Feb-16 08:55:06

Wow, thanks for all replies. I will keep some light sweaters,and jeans for when the weather gets to low 20s, but I was thinking boots and coats.
Maybe I will pick a suitcase and keep them at my in-laws house just in case. I do hope to never need them!

jomidmum Sat 20-Feb-16 12:56:53

Hi, we're in the Middle East and I do wish we'd bought a coat here each! Although the days here are lovely and warm during the winter, early mornings and evenings are much colder. And when we go out into the desert it is really chilly and windy during the winter. There's a big change in temperature, from 2c to 20c during some winter days. Particularly if you have any children going to school early: the kids here get the bus at 6.30am!
Have fun!

Laptopwieldingharpy Sat 20-Feb-16 13:45:53

Trim down to the best pieces!

JoandMax Sat 20-Feb-16 13:51:40

I kept a couple of pairs of boots and a decent coat plus jeans and light jumpers, gave away all my scarves and hats and think jumpers though!! Also gave away all the kids stuff as they'd grow out of it before it was reused....

You do acclimatise though, our first winter we still found it hot but now anything below 20 brings us out in the shivers!

GreenTomatoJam Sat 20-Feb-16 13:54:23

That's what we've done each time Alligator - pack up a 'winter box' and give it to one of the parents to look after. That way we just have to make it from the airport to them (hugging kids and promising there will be coats soon :D)

Pupsiecola Sat 20-Feb-16 13:56:50

Yes, keep more expensive/classic pieces. Give the rest away. You will likely adjust. You'll know you have when you wear your jeans ;-). Also, malls and cinemas etc. are usually chilly because of the aircon, so some light layers are a good idea.

Writtenbyme Sat 20-Feb-16 15:45:49

I am in a hot country. I spent my first winter here in t-shirts. Second winter - after my first long hot summer - I was wearing thick jumpers and boots.

Don't do anything hasty with your winter stuff.

ImperialBlether Sat 20-Feb-16 15:57:40

Which country are you moving to, OP? It's lovely to think of never needing winter clothes again!

Artandco Sat 20-Feb-16 16:01:03

I would keep some. It's 23 degrees in my home right now and we are all in winter clothing still

Strokethefurrywall Sat 20-Feb-16 16:03:29

We live in the Caribbean and wear jeans etc as its cold in my office and I kept my parka and boots for when we go up to New York or back to U.K. In the winter.
Most stuff u have to charity though. I've got a few cardigans and sweaters and all of us have hoodies for when the temp drops below 22oc!
I would donate heavy duty winter stuff though. We've also found it easy to borrow bits if we're going somewhere really cold.

Effendi Sat 20-Feb-16 16:05:27

Kept them. It might be warm in the day time in winter but can get chilly t night.

SquadGoals Sat 20-Feb-16 16:10:28

I got rid of most and just keep a coat and a couple of jumpers in the UK at my parents.

I have a parka, leather jacket, 3 jumpers and 2 pairs of jeans as my winter wardrobe here in SA. We have about 6 weeks of winter.

We've lived in hot countries for 4 years now - think we will struggle if our next assignment country has a proper winter!

echt Sat 20-Feb-16 20:34:37

YY to keeping the winter stuff. We moved from London to Melbourne, and a quick look at average annual temperatures showed that while it's rarely frosty here, it's definitely cold enough for the hats, scarves and gloves we had about us in the UK.

DD went to a bush doof in the high country this weekend, which means camping overnight. Below 10 at night but 32 in the day. The further inland you go, and you don't have to go very far, the colder it gets at night.

Alligatorpie Sun 21-Feb-16 00:24:29

Imperial - we are moving to Thailand. Temps rarely go below 22, but I know from living in the ME how easily it is too acclimatise. We kept winter clothes then, but we needed them. It will feel good to get rid of all the big, bulky clothes!

Alligatorpie Sun 21-Feb-16 00:26:29

Good point about borrowing Strokethe or I can always buy cheap coats on eBay.

MyFriendsCallMeOh Sun 21-Feb-16 00:54:13

You'll need jeans and sweaters for cinemas in Thailand, the air con is brutal. Also most people I know who live in Asia manage to make it to China or Japan for holidays (also skiing) and need winter clothes for that. I kept m cold weather clothes in Singapore for 5 years, now I need them for Texas winters and it's nice to rediscover them. Unless you are moving permanently, I'd keep nearly everything, you can store it in vacuum bags.

Laptopwieldingharpy Sun 21-Feb-16 05:10:40

Even in northern thailand we needed warm clotges for early morning/evening at times.
Yes! Don't forget the autumn/wintertrips to Hong kong Beijing/korea/japan/ski. After a year or two of beach holidays you'll want that!
You can stock up on small items at Uniqlo shops. H&M, Zara etc will have winter collections out in september anyway despite the heat and humidity!
I would bring you favorite boots/good shoes if you are above a 38! Hard to find nice shoes in bigger sizes.

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