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Old Jan 21st 2007, 2:30 pm
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Well we are in the throws of organising our departure and we were wondering if there are any practical things to buy and take with us??? For example if somethings are not easily available or very expensive.

i.e. garden spike for rotary line etc etc...

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Old Jan 21st 2007, 5:24 pm
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Well we are in the throws of organising our departure and we were wondering if there are any practical things to buy and take with us??? For example if somethings are not easily available or very expensive.

i.e. garden spike for rotary line etc etc...

You will need a Leatherman/Swiss Army type knife with assorted attachments including phillips screwdriver and normal screwdriver bits. Absolutely invaluable for assembling all that new stuff you will be buying when you first arrive. Saves having to buy more tools you don't really need once your shipping arrives.
I haven't seen many rotary lines - tends to be more of the extending 5 parallel lines that are prevalent.
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You will need a Leatherman/Swiss Army type knife with assorted attachments including phillips screwdriver and normal screwdriver bits.
agreed.... that thing for taking stones out of horses hooves works equally well for removing pineapple chunks from pizzas (and boy are you gonna need it) ....
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agreed.... that thing for taking stones out of horses hooves works equally well for removing pineapple chunks from pizzas (and boy are you gonna need it) ....
sorry didnt mean to be flippant - its actually very good advice....
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Old Jan 21st 2007, 6:08 pm
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Originally Posted by SecretSquirrel View Post
sorry didnt mean to be flippant - its actually very good advice....
I thought it was for taking boy scouts out of horses' hooves!
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Old Jan 21st 2007, 8:27 pm
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Bring flippin' everything you can with you. I mean everything

Love the swiss army knife idea. Wish we had thought of that.

Buy a few cheap plug adaptors. We bought 6 at 30pence a hit. They are easy to fit to the newly unpacked UK appliances & get you up and running in double quick time.

NZ plugs are quite expensive to buy all in one hit. They are also extremely fiddly to fit.
I had to sit and fit the things in the end as husband ran out of patience.
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Well we are in the throws of organising our departure and we were wondering if there are any practical things to buy and take with us??? For example if somethings are not easily available or very expensive.

i.e. garden spike for rotary line etc etc...

yes bring a ground spike, i have my rotary line but no ground spike so mine is still in the parasol stand, but one gust of wind & its on the floor quicker than a pair of tarts knickers
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Echo - bring EVERYTHING.

If I was to do it again, I'd send an advance package of basic kitchen items and linen...

Whilst thinking about linen, buy some before you leave. The cheaper end of the market sells see-through duvet covers... bizzare!
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Originally Posted by dlmckay View Post
Echo - bring EVERYTHING.
. The cheaper end of the market sells see-through duvet covers... bizzare!
We bought one of them! (by accident) I never realised what a linen snob I was till I had to sleep a few nights with it! YUG! Went out and bought some amazing hotel cotton bed linen from the op shop

What to bring - the age old multi socket.
You can get everything really - but there is nothing like opening your boxes when they arrive, it's very comforting to see all the mundane stuff that just means so much, even though you never realised it did.
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May as well stuff some cheap asda duvets into your container whilst you're at it cos there's some really rubbish thin ones here. You can get good quality ones but at a price
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May as well stuff some cheap asda duvets into your container whilst you're at it cos there's some really rubbish thin ones here. You can get good quality ones but at a price
Bring all you have as we did in a 40 ft container ,we have lots which we will use eventually and some we can get rid of on trade me ,we had a large home in the UK and a slightly smaller one here so x/s things will be sold off.
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Not what to take---the Mother in Law
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If you have kids then I suggest you buy all you need for the next size up whilst still in UK. Clothes shopping is more limited here.... way more choice and generally better quality back in the UK. I did a shopping spree at Next for my son before leaving and was glad I did.... bought everything he'd need for the next year.
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If you have kids then I suggest you buy all you need for the next size up whilst still in UK. Clothes shopping is more limited here.... way more choice and generally better quality back in the UK. I did a shopping spree at Next for my son before leaving and was glad I did.... bought everything he'd need for the next year.
& toilet wipes like Kandoo, they do 'andrex' type ones here but nearly $5 a packet & only 40 in there!!!
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Hahaha, we had someone from the UK come stay with us for three weeks and we charged them Kandoo's instead of rent! LOL Thankfully out of that stage now...
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