What should I pack to take to the UK?


Are you a Grad, Primary or High School teacher looking to make the move to teach in the UK?

Having the opportunity to travel the world, experience a new culture, and get paid for the experience makes teaching overseas a very tempting proposition.

Teaching in Britain is an extremely rewarding experience and demand for teaching staff is high, but if you think it’s the right move for you, what do you need to take?

Firstly, you should give plenty of consideration to whether you’re ready to pack everything up and travel to the UK, as you can expect to face some emotional, financial and intellectual challenges.

However, there is plenty of cross-over in the UK curriculum with many overseas nations, which makes the transformation into new classroom settings an easier process.

Think paperwork

You’ll require proof of teaching qualifications and of your right to work in the UK, so make sure you have the relevant paperwork when you travel.

Not only will this help speed up the process of gaining employment but will also ease the settling in process at your new school.

Pack for all weather

Britain has varied weather conditions so you’ll want to pack clothing for all eventualities – you’re just as likely to need shorts as you are to need a brolly!

The UK’s cultural scene is packed with thing to do regardless of the weather though, from exploring its art galleries and museums to taking in music festivals, top-notch sporting events or relaxing in a quaint country pub.

You’ll, therefore, want to ensure that you have clothes for every occasion, although you could always add to your wardrobe when you arrive in the UK if you want to pack light.

Rental properties

The UK rental market offers properties that are either unfurnished or furnished – if you opt for the latter you’ll have the majority of furniture you need, meaning you won’t need to fly any over.

Basic utensils and household wares can be purchased cheaply from several different shops as required too, helping to simplify the moving process and cutting down on what you need to bring with you.

Flat or house-sharing could be a cheaper alternative to renting in the beginning, while you’ll also want to have money set aside to pay a deposit and a full month’s rent upfront.

Remember to balance location with travel costs when looking for somewhere to live too – although living away from a city centre is a cheaper option in terms of rent, travel costs can quickly add up.