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WHAT SHOULD I PACK BEFORE ARRIVING IN THE UK?

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The biggest dilemma of International students is what to pack to study in the UK? The excitement related to confirmation of an unconditional offer letter is directly proportional to the dilemma packing your stuff gives you. Packing is the first step toward your UK journey. The biggest dilemma of International students is what to pack to study in the UK? The excitement related to confirmation of an unconditional offer letter is directly proportional to the dilemma packing your stuff gives you. Packing is the first step toward your UK journey.
To make an appropriate list of these items, you must manage your basic needs and restrictions applied to you by British law and airline companies. Moreover, your packing list is a one-shot opportunity because you won’t be visiting your home whenever you want.
Below we’ve compiled a complete set of items and goods that your packing list in the UK must contain.

Pack to the UK
  • CLOTHES FOR COLD WEATHER
    Weather is the major trait of the UK. Though there are sunny days from time to time, unexpected rainy days are a common thing. Anyway, this doesn’t mean you must bring all your garments with you, but a list of essentials is necessary.
    Underwears
    Coats & Jackets
    Pair of shoes
    Sports clothing
    Trousers
    Dresses
    Sweaters
    T-shirts
    Long-sleeved shirt
    Shorts
    Skirts
    Socks
    Hat
    A pair of gloves
    Suits for any special event
  • HOUSEHOLD ITEMS
    Bring with you some items you’re going to need to complement the place where you reside. First, check if there’s an opportunity for you to pursue them when arriving in the UK so you won’t need to carry them from your home.
    Here are some household items you must-have in your accommodation place
    Reading Lamp
    Air freshener
    Shoe Brush
    Towel
    Iron
    Skincare creams
    Hairbrush
  • TOILETRIES AND PERSONAL ITEMS
    Your hygiene and that of the place where you’ll be living are very important. Your packing list must involve some essential toiletry elements no matter where you go.
    Toilet Cleaning Brush
    Floor and Carpet
    Cleaning Brush
    Shampoo
    Nail Clipper
    Small Mirror
    Toothbrush
    Skincare creams
    Hair gel
    Blades
    Shaving lotion
    Hairbrush
    Cosmetics
  • KITCHEN SUPPLIES
    As an international student, you will be living independently. This means that you will often have to cook on your own. Below are some of the essential elements your kitchen must contain:
    Cups
    Spoons
    Plates
    Knives
    Dishwashing detergent
  • ELECTRONIC DEVICES
    Technological devices are an important part of our daily life. First, make sure you have your cell phone with you. You’ll need it often to browse the Internet, communicate, and capture moments in the UK.
    Cell Phone
    Adapter
    Laptop
    USB
    Headphones
    E-Book
    Digital Camera
  • PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
    London is a very photogenic city (see my guide to the best photography locations here for some ideas), so you’ll want to bring some photography gear with you on your trip, even if that’s just a smartphone! Our photography setup is likely overkill for most, but we advise investing in a dedicated camera and, ideally, a tripod if you want to get the best photos. See our guide to why you need a tripod for suggestions on the best travel tripods.
    Don’t forget when traveling with your camera to bring a few accessories. We’d advise spare batteries, spare memory cards, a UV filter for the lens, and a decent bag or case to keep it all safe. If you don’t get a dedicated camera bag, a camera insert that goes inside your daypack or carry-on is a wise investment.
  • OTHER ACCESSORIES
    All of us have favorite accessories that we’re emotionally related to or are an inseparable part of our daily look. There are usually small in size, like a clock hand, and probably won’t overload your luggage. There is the option of buying one in the UK, but it will certainly not replace your favorite one.
    Here are some accessories you must have in your packing
    Watch
    Sunglasses
    Wristband
    Photo Albums
    Hat
    A personal diary
    BANNED ITEMS YOU CAN’T TAKE WITH YOU INTO THE UK.
    First, before rushing to fill your packs with whatever comes to your mind, you must see if those products or items are not included in the list of banned items or goods. Certain British laws compose the list of items or goods you’re not allowed to bring with you when entering the UK:
    Banned items
    Illegal drugs
    Cold weapons like knife
    Self-defense spray
    Endangered animals or plant species
    Rough diamonds
    Obscene materials
    Meat or dairy products from non-EU countries
    Foods and plant products are restricted in the following circumstances
    Aren’t free of pests and diseases
    Aren’t for your use
    Weren’t planted and grown in the EU
    Also, if you’re carrying goods that violate someone’s rights, like “pirate music,” you won’t be allowed to enter the UK.
    Before You Get on the Plane
    Are You Settled Into Your University Program? Do not leave for the UK until you’re certain that you have done everything related to your studies. Have you completed all of your applications and any extra paperwork they asked for? Do you have a schedule ready?
    Housing Arrangements
    This is just as important as ensuring your university arrangement is settled; in other areas of the site, we have discussed the options available to you for housing arrangements. Do not step foot on a plane without having your security deposit paid (or arrangements to do so once you’ve arrived). Use the internet or make a call to double-check a day or two before your flight so that you don’t end up stranded once you arrive in the UK.
    Do You Need to Register?
    Because of the strict immigration laws in the United Kingdom, you may need to register yourself with the police within a week of arrival in the UK. Your passport stamp will clarify whether or not you have to do this. You need your passport, two passport pictures, and £34 to register. If you do not register within the time frame, you could face fines and extra fees.