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What items would you have someone pick up for you prior to your trip...

My friend(originally from the UK)is making her annual trip to Great Britain in a few weeks. She will be back prior to our planned departure in early September. (2 adults - my spouse and I) I am having her pick up a few things for us - a couple of pre-paid oyster cards, some pounds to have on hand (so I don't have to make an atm stop first thing)and we're splitting the cost of a paygo phone we'll both use. What else would be helpful to have ahead of time?

Posted by
12040 posts

Some British Cadbury chocolate. OK, maybe not useful, but really tasty.

Posted by
3428 posts

Nieveia makes a "purse" size spray (non-areosol) deoderant that I love. You can get it at Boots in the UK (but not in USA). As I HATE roll on I stock up whenever I am there. It is sized for the 3-1-1 bags.

Posted by
780 posts

England or London A-Z map or book, depending on where youre going.

Yes Cadbury from the UK is sooo much better tasting and creamier than US Cadbury made by Hersheys.

Posted by
19 posts

Ummmm....she has generously offered as a reciprocal gesture for numerous things I have done for her and her's something friends do....didn't think I had to explain the circumstances.

Posted by
1455 posts

if its to prepare for your trip, those are sufficient.

I would say a map of London's tube to familiarize your travel plan... assuming you meant GB included London.

Have a great time!

Posted by
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The one thing you should pick up in the states before you go is a Streetwise London laminated map. Very easy to use and a great format for tucking in your purse. Time Out also makes one. I left mine at home and when I got to London, all they had EVERYWHERE was the crappy A-Z London map someone just mentioned. The map is this big folding awkward paper thing.

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345 posts

^Actually, I think the version of A-Z being mentioned is likely the book ones - they make a smaller book version, and an exceedingly thick book version. As someone who prefers maps in the form of a book, they were among the options from which I chose (I went with the Penguin London Mapguide in the end).

I wanted the A-Z, but realistically just didn't NEED it.