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We asked people living in UK to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded...

"When moving to England, it is advisable to pack light, yet bring the necessary items for a comfortable transition. Some basics for a successful move could include clothes for different climates, a laptop and charger, prescriptions, medicines, a water bottle, any special dietary food items, toiletries and a first aid kit, towels and sheets, and perhaps some favorite items to make the new home feel like home. Additionally, it is wise to bring a few clothing items that can be mixed and matched - plus, some rain gear, as England is known for its wet weather," remarked another expat who made the move to UK.

"Brought With: Computer. They are cheaper in the US and they usually work everywhere (just check the voltage and frequency qualifications on the equipment. If your company is paying for the relocation, why not? Before leaving, go hog-wild in the used cd store of your choice. I used to love buying used cds for very cheap ($3-5) and they were often independent artists. I had my choice of a dozen independent music stores in my area. In England a new cd costs around $25 and even used cds are around $15. Even then, cds from underground American artists are hard to find and there are not as many big, independent music stores around. Left Behind: An 8ft 2in couch. I found out when I got here that the standard door is only 30" wide while in the US it is 36", so there was no way I could get the couch in. Also, the apartments are much smaller; even if it had fit through, it would have taken up my entire living room. You can find bigger doors and bigger places, but I was on my own (my company had not transferred me and they were not paying for my housing). My toaster, curling iron, and hair dryer, too. These items are cheap enough, just leave them behind," explained one expat living in Reading, UK.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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