You do not need to declare cash if you are travelling to or from another EU country.
From 15 June 2007, if you are travelling to or from a country outside the European Union, you will need to declare any sums of cash of 10,000 Euro or more (or the equivalent in another currency) to HM Revenue & Customs.
The term ‘cash’ covers:
currency notes and coins
cheques of any kind, including travellers’ cheques.
Customs officers will not detain your cash if they have no reason to doubt its legitimacy and, where appropriate, the cash has been properly declared.
However, as with cash found by Customs or police officers at any place within the UK, if it amounts to £1000 or more (or the equivalent in other currencies), it may be seized if the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that it is either the proceeds of, or is intended for use in, unlawful conduct.
Without a court order, seized cash cannot be detained for more than 48 hours (not including weekends and Public Holidays).
Luggage and bags:
Small enough to pick up and carry yourself.
Big enough to carry the warm coat you wore to a hot place!
And big enough to hold any souvenirs, see 'Clothing' tip which will create space!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take all your oldest things, wear them and chuck them. I even save old underwear for this purpose, and tee shirts.
When all the old stuff is gone wash and re-wear. Take some liquid detergent and wash smalls etc. After rinsing lie them on an hotel towel, roll up the towel and twist it hard. Most of the water will come out and you can leave to dry in an appropriate place.
In the British Isles always be prepared for rain and take plastics bags so you can move on with wet stuff.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A universal bath plug. Essential.
Miscellaneous: Always , always have a photocopy passport. Preferably copy credit/debit cards as well and keep very safe, away from originals.
A door wedge on the inside will keep you secure if you are doubtful about your lock. Sleep tight!
It is necessary to immerse yourself in some of the lore and history of England and Scotland before you go to the UK if you expect to really get full enjoment from your visit.
One of the better guide books which includes info about the present and the past of the major parts of UK is the Gazetteer by Andrew Hayes. You would do well to get a copy and enjoy it on the flight over.
Luggage and bags:
no more then 2 bags, try to PACK LIGHT
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You should always have good walking shoes, and a good rain coat or poncho. YOu will need them. Depending on where you are and the time of year the weather varies grealty. in the summer a tshirt and jeans will be fine most of the time. the further north you go a sweatshirt might be nessesary
Photo Equipment: digital with memory
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking shoes if you are going.
The weather isn't always bad in Britain, but it's probably wise to expect rain at some point, and bring waterproof coats and an umbrella just in case. Likewise, even in summer it can get a bit chilly (especially for those from warmer climes), so a jumper (sweater) or two wouldn't go amiss. If you are planning to get out into the countryside, I would recommend some sturdy walking boots/shoes.
Miscellaneous: If you want to visit any of the smaller prehistoric sites scattered throughout the countryside, I would suggest getting hold of some decent maps, as they are not always well signposted (as we found to our cost in Cornwall!).
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a light jacket, and keep it with you. The weather can be nice, then nasty, then nice again, all in a few hours. In winter, wear a thick wool sweater beneath it. You don't need a big, heavy winter coat.
Beautiful country with amazing landscapes , great castles and architecture.
You should take a lot of film with your camera or memory card if you have a digital camera.
I took almost 650 pictures on this trip.
Luggage and bags:
After you have packed all that stuff, in this day and age it is wise to get your port wrapped up. I had mine done at Brisbane International Airport quite easily. Cost is $8 and it is done just inside one of the front doors. Only took a few minutes and gave me peace of mind.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good comfortable shoes. A pair of joggers and a pair of boots for dressier times. I also bought a cheap pair of "flip flops" for walking around the hotel room etc. The airlines also give you socks on the plane and I found them quite useful later on.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Codral cold tablets...just in case. My doctor gave me some antibiotics as I am prone to tonsilitis. Saved me worrying about trying to find a doctor if needed.
Photo Equipment: Battery chargers for digital camera and mobile phone. I also took along a USB cable for my camera. If you know someone with a computer they can download your pics for you onto a cd.
Miscellaneous: Spare eye glasses if needed. Photos of family / home etc. You'd be surprised how people you meet like to see that sort of thing.
Miscellaneous: I bought myself one of those money bags that you strap to your body and it was a good investment. I only used it for my passport, credit cards and larger amounts of money. It really makes you feel alot more secure knowing exactly where these important items are and there is no chance of you losing them or having them taken off you. Most other travellers I met had them also.
Actually you won't need any of them, but I always keep my bag full of Asperin as you'll never know when headache attack!
better to have with you than wasting your time and searching in Pharmacies for the magical Pills LOL
Miscellaneous: In Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum don't be afraid to ask a person when you are visiting the dolls to take a picture, the best way is not to ask the same person twice, there are always many tourists, so you can ask one every time, and sure get ready to do the same for them!
You'd better change the money to £ in your country than making it in London, in England you will lose the good price of the changing, I did it and changed the $ and Euro's to £ in France before I come to UK!
please remember that too!
Miscellaneous: If you don't have a digital camera, please don't forget to take loads of films for your camera, as you will never feel how you will take them in big qualities, especially in places like Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum :-)
The whole world call the Subway transport : Metro, but not in wonderland, in London you have to ask for the Tube!
well the name comes from the form of the tunnel which is like a tube!
anyway it still funny and special to me, you have to pick a map, tube map with you before you go there, and there are plenty of places, like in every section of information bereau in railwaystation like the one in Victoria Station, and they are for free ;-D
Miscellaneous: Electric and power holes are special in wonderland, it is almost 2 holes all over the world, (or better to say in the biggest part of its countries) but not in England, they like to be special even here, so some new really new electronic stuffs has the 2 wiers for the apparat! but if not and you need to recharge your mobile so better ask or buy an adapter for it! best is to pack it with you to avoid the hesitation!
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