Exciting! You're moving to Hong Kong! You're going to love it, it's so hard not to love this city, and there are endless things to do, places to go, coffees to drink.. You get the gist.
So, you're packing. You're prepared, you're shipping some things, you're taking essential clothes and toiletries in your luggage - and you're wondering 'what will I need?' - you're really, honestly wondering. Confused and a little stuck, I know how easily this can escalate into panic packing and mass shoving of items into haphazard packing.
After my first month here, there are some things I really wish I had with me and some things I really wish I'd packed (or hadn't).
1. MORE SUMMER CLOTHES
It is hot and sometimes, it's hot and wet.
I love honey in tea and on food (I love sugar) so I was a little disappointed when there wasn't a huge variety and if there was, it was very costly.
This sounds crazy and not very clever, I agree. Yet when in Hong Kong, you'll soon realise that there is a distinct lack of middle-of-the-range furniture. It's either beautiful antique chinese, terribly expensive, louis the sixteenth style or Ikea. There aren't very many second hand shops either (I'm still scoping this out fear not) so I would suggest, if you have a beautiful piece of furniture, a second-hand item or something treasured, I would consider having it shipped over.
4. WATER FILTER
The tap water is drinkable. This is a lie. London tap water (yes I know) is drinkable. This is something else, pool water mixed with a sprinkle of dodgy metals and a mild dusting of old pipe. As soon as I go back to England I'm bringing back a britta water filter jug for the fridge. I'm boiling the tap water at the moment to take away that delightful metallic taste and refrigerating it in a glass bottle. I would highly recommend this, as buying water bottles (which are mostly just distilled and not mineral) cost money and are terrible for the environment. Please please refrain!
With your filtered water of course! They sell everything you love here, but they have pricey export prices.
6. TAMPONS (sorry boys)
Just trust me.
Pack them in your suitcase so as soon as you arrive to your apartment or temporary accommodation you feel at home.
8. LESS TRAINERS
Buy them here! They are a little cheaper and you'll be amazed at the variety on trainer mile. Yes, mile. Plus, you wont want to wear your tatty classics when everyone and their grandparents are wearing swish comfy styles you've never even dreamed of.
9. DUVET / PILLOWS
As of yet, I am to find a place that sells duvets / pillows that aren't from Ikea. They however, have a Zara Home here! Hurray! They sell pillows and duvets, but thats about it, really.
Bring cash with you. Some places for food don't accept card and you'll rack up a hefty bill in charges if you use your non-Hong Kong card until you set up a bank account.