Now is the beginning of September, the new international students entering this autumn semester have been preparing their luggage to prepare for their upcoming journey in the UK for at least the next year. next. In this article, I will share some experiences of preparing luggage to study abroad for your first time going to the UK for reference, note that this is just my personal opinion, so it may not be appropriate for each situation. of each individual.
3 years ago, the first time I went to study abroad and went out of Vietnam, the total weight of my luggage must be approximately 55 kg. You can't imagine how many things I brought, especially clothes. The reason is that I was too worried about the high material value in the UK, so to save money, I decided to buy a lot of clothes in Vietnam to wear there, it took 10 kg of clothes. In Saigon, there are only two seasons of the year, sunny and rainy, so coats and sweaters are quite rare. I had to go to Cho Nga on Vo Van Kiet Street to buy warm clothes. In the end, after a year, I had to send them to the British Heart Foundation's donation box for clothes because I didn't use them. The experience that I have learned is that new international students are not all lucky enough to find a permanent place to live, so when they have to move a lot of unnecessary things, they just throw away less.
The advice that I want to give to students preparing to study in the UK is to bring only a few simple and necessary clothes, such as 3 T-shirts (2 short sleeves and 1 long sleeve), 2 pairs of jeans. and 1 pajamas to wear at home and a warm coat, of course, don't forget to bring about 5 pairs of underwear (for girls, you must also prepare bras). When you go to the autumn semester, the weather in the UK is only about 14 to 20 degrees, not too cold to wear a coat that weighs more than a kilo bought in Vietnam, not to mention the admission season for brands. clothes like H&M, Superdry, Hollister or Uniqlo, etc. will have a "Back to school" promotion so that you can shop for winter clothes at a reasonable price. For example, I bought a Hollister Puffer Jacket from £89, with an extra 10% off with code from Unidays, for a super warm winter coat. (About the Unidays app, I mentioned it in the blog "Life of British Students (P.3)", if you are interested, please review it here.
As for shoes, I recommend bringing a pair of sports shoes, because to the UK the main means of transportation is walking. A good and comfortable shoe always cares for Vietnamese feet, it not only helps you go long but also go far. Sports shoes in the UK are relatively cheaper than in Vietnam, when you come here, you will definitely buy genuine shoes (from Nike, Adidas or Asics, ...) at an affordable price. In addition, slippers are an indispensable item in the luggage of new international students, because the evening weather in the UK is quite cold, so people often wear slippers. Besides, when sharing a house with other students, people have the habit of wearing shoes in the common living areas such as the kitchen and living room, so to avoid getting your feet dirty, you should have a pair of shoes. Separate slippers for indoor wear. In the UK, there are also slippers for sale, the price below £10 is usually cotton or flip flops, wearing cotton slippers is quite inconvenient when you go to the bathroom because it will get wet, flip flops are extremely comfortable. foot pain and discomfort. As for slippers, the price will be more expensive, if you buy from Adidas, it will be in the range of £18 - £33 for a pair. So personally, I recommend that you keep a pair of slippers ready from Vietnam to go to the UK to wear indoors.
2. Vietnamese food.
My friends in the UK often call me the snack queen because I bring a lot of junk food to the UK. Besides the title of snacks, I also competed for the title of eating fish sauce, because when I went to study abroad, I brought a total of 4 big bottles of fish sauce, 5 bottles of shrimp paste, 3 bottles of fish sauce and a small jar of fish sauce. That's not to mention 3 bottles of maggi soy sauce with salt and pepper, white and black pepper, rice, noodles, Phu Huong vermicelli, instant noodle soup, instant porridge, spring rolls, rice paper rolls, dried squid . I really have to thank my mom for preparing me very carefully, each item is wrapped with newspaper and cling film very carefully so that it doesn't leak or smell on the suitcase, then I stick my name on it. English outside to avoid being checked baggage when going through customs.
At that time, I couldn't believe that a girl weighing about 49 kg could carry all that luggage from the baggage claim at Heathrow airport, take the coach home (the first year I was in the province) without any damage.
The first year I was in the province, the whole town only had two rows of ships selling Asian goods, if you want to buy Vietnamese cooking ingredients, you have to go two hours to London to go to a Vietnamese shop, it's really a lot of food brought in at first. helped me hold out for more than half a year. Because I often cook at home, I use it a lot
3. Rice cooker.
It's actually the first year that I brought a rice cooker to the UK, because I don't think the house I rented in the UK has a rice cooker. When I went to study abroad, I was 20 years old, but I was so rural, I didn't know anything, to the point that my uncle even teased that Western Europe might not be as advanced as Vietnam, so I had to bring a lot of things. Bringing the rice cooker from Vietnam is not very heavy, just over 1kg, but it is really entangled. When I came here, I found out that Amazon sells rice cookers, priced from £18 - £20 dong for a 1.5L pot. So in my opinion, the rice cooker is not really a necessary item for you to bring from Vietnam to anywhere.
4. Department of electricity conversion.
The electrical appliances I use in Vietnam are usually two-pronged plugs, while in the UK it's three-prong, so before going to the UK, I recommend that you have at least 2 electrical adapters in your suitcase. plug to a three-prong, so that when you come to the UK, you can also plug in to charge your phone and laptop right away. For those of you who use a lot of electrical appliances and technology brought from Vietnam, you should bring an entire electrical outlet that can be used for both two-prong and three-prong power plugs.
5. Iron and hair dryer.
In my opinion, these are quite necessary items, because in the UK, everyone when going out on the street has to be in a good state, so if you go out on the street with a messy wet head because you have just finished washing your hair or have a busy day, the rumpled shirt will look very strange. In the UK, these items are not absent, but when I go to the supermarket or go to Amazon to compare prices, I find that buying in Vietnam is still cheaper. An iron and mini hair dryer won't take up too much room in your luggage, so don't be afraid to bring them along!
6. Backup glasses (for those who are nearsighted or have eye defects)
As a person with severe nearsightedness, glasses are inseparable from them, the windows to the soul. For those of you who are short-sighted or have eye diseases that need to wear glasses, you should prepare a spare pair of glasses so that in case the glasses you are using have a problem, you have something to replace immediately. The reason that I recommend you to prepare backup glasses in Vietnam is because it is quite expensive to get eyeglasses in the UK, not to mention that you have to book an eye exam, get results, and then get your glasses cut and it takes about 6 hours. -10 days to finish one glass. Besides, if you have a habit of wearing contact lenses, you should also bring them.
But that's not why buying glasses in the UK is not advisable, personally, as a person who has made eyeglasses and bought contact lenses in the UK, the value comes with quality. For those of you in London, who need to examine and cut glasses, I suggest the place that I did. You go to Cubitts, find the store that's most convenient for you, and book an appointment for your eye exam and eyeglasses, the price for a complete pair of eyeglasses including the exam fee is £175, but those with high vision As tall as Mai had to make thin lenses, the total cost of my glasses was £220. Personally, I really like the glasses made here, because they have a warranty for the glasses, besides the design has high aesthetics, the service of eye examination and care is very dedicated and thorough. Aside from Cubitts, Ace and Tate is a pretty good glasses maker, prices for a complete pair of glasses including an eye exam are from £96, a lot cheaper than Cubitts, but the frames won't be as sturdy and sturdy. Definitely like the Cubitts. For contact lenses, I use Waldo's disposable lenses, bought in the form of a subscription, which means that every month they will send a sufficient number of contact lenses for me to use in 1 month, a box like that will charge them. £12 from his bank account. In addition to Waldo, there are many other companies that provide similar services, you can search more on google.