This may seem a bit premature, but I am inquiring about things to take when one moves. I looked at past entries and was able to get a general idea. Were there things you took that you didn’t need and things that you wished you could have brought with you? Is anyone in a field where you’ve acquired several books and did you take them or leave them? I’m debating about the history books in my shelf and I know which ones I’m taking for sure (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Bede, not sure about Gregory of Tours, Plutarch, etc). Thanks! =)
First, you need to find out what books you will probably need and which are easily avaliable at your school. Also, the school's individual culture as far as the avaliability of books is probably important. Ask current students at your institution and see what they say. :)
As a medieval historian every book one comes across is important. I’m going to narrow down my list this weekend and finalize it. There are some books that one relies on a lot that will go. I’ve taken your advice and contacted several students in my area to get a feel for what might be needed. Thanks!
i'm doing my msc in politics and i have acquired a number of books. mostly because it was easier to own textbooks that had required weekly reading than to haul myself to the library all the time. it just really depends on if you want to do all of your work in the library or be able to do some at home. all of my professors have put important books on reserve, so they are readily available if needed. also i have sold back some of my books since i don't need them any more.
I have an entire apartment I wish I could ship over. LOL! Good to know on the cookware I was planning on leaving it behind. I think I found a solution for the books. As a historian you pick up a lot along the way and those I know I can’t live without because they are “bibles” in Medieval History are going to make the trip. Thank you for the information.
This is a little frivolous, but if you dye your hair or have other specific hair- or skin- or other related needs (I, for example, have insanely curly, fragile hair and need special conditioners or I can't brush it), bring a reasonable supply of what you know works for you, as you're going to have to do some experiementing before you find something that does about the same thing but is available where you live. If you dye your hair, I recommend having someone ship you the dye you like from the states, as experimenting with hair dye is a lot more obvious, more expensive, and worse for you than trying out shampoo, hair spray/gel/mousse, or lotion.
Otherwise, I would say take waaaay less than you think you're going to need. Especially when it comes to shoes (I brought too many over). I'd also definitely try to limit your books -- I do Gaelic, and I left everything at home except my expensive (and absolutely all-the-time necessary) dictionaries, and was sooooo glad I did. Libraries are wonderful things. (Not to mention the fact that I acquired a half a ton of books while I was in the UK that I couldn't find on this side of the world, and had to make room in my suitcases for them when I moved home!)
Good luck with the packing, and have fun! :)
I was thinking of redoing the highlights before I leave that way I don’t have to deal with the dye. LOL! As a historian (Medieval is my area) you pick up a lot of primary sources and there are several I haven’t used more than once so obviously those are not going with me. One thing I am going to do is catalog the books I’m not taking with me. Thanks for the info. Especially on the shoes.
As far as books, if you desperately need them to be with you, you can ship them in an M-Bag through the US Post Office, takes longer, but much cheaper. I think I sent a whole box over for about $25!
Things I'd bring with me, probably some Nyquil, just on the off chance that you'll need it. I brought my pillow... just carried it on the plane with me ;-) As far as things I wish I had brought with me, well it took me a while to find it, but a steamer that you use in a pot... not the three-pot steamers that they sell, but the little apparatus that you can buy at Target for $1; it cost me the equivalent of $10, and all I wanted was a little broccoli! Otherwise, things are quite easy to find over here, or you adapt pretty easily! Good luck! You'll love it over here :-)