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What household or grocery items do you wish you had shipped to post?

Crackers of all kinds. Indian snacks are all masala spiced. Otherwise - we always try to live of locally available goods. - Oct 22, 2017
Toiletries that you are picky on brand
Holiday-specific food items (for me, this was the specific box of stuffing I like for Thanksgiving)
Quality toilet paper
Ziploc bags
Favorite brand of sunblock
Baby items--food and diapers and wipes are pricey on the local market and in the commissary

If you have access to US Embassy mail (aka the pouch), Amazon is a godsend and I used it frequently. It can take anywhere from two weeks to a month and liquids are restricted to 8 oz per box, but for dry stuff it is great. - Mar 15, 2017


You can find anything you need, and have the rest shipped! But because it's pouch only, I would advise shipping any special liquid items you need. - Feb 14, 2017
For us, it's all things liquid that we can't get on Amazon. - Nov 8, 2016
Bring liquid-type things in your shipment because you can't easily get the same quality in New Delhi, and liquids are not permitted in the pouch. Amazon Prime is an excellent way to buy things online. There is an Amazon in India that opened 2 years ago, but their options are much more limited. Big-box stores and multi-brand retail stores are almost non-existent in India, due to bureaucracy and local content/supplier rules. Smaller, less-developed countries in the region have better big stores than what you will find in India. - Jun 2, 2016
You can get most things through the pouch via mail, but liquids, flammables and some batteries will get returned to the sender. You also cannot easily use the pouch for outward bound mail. The commissary has a service, with extra fees. Bring good quality toiler paper, peanut butter, and some seasonings from home. - Sep 6, 2014
Trash bags, plastic grocery bags, hangers from my closet that I donated, and Crystal Light packets. - Sep 3, 2014
A job. I'd ship myself a job :-) Otherwise, I'm good. I always bring maple syrup, but other than that, I can get just about anything here. - Aug 14, 2013
Between the embassy and the local markets, we felt well stocked. Electronic items are marked up about 150%. - May 18, 2013
Olive Oil, a back up power system, a fan, and dog food. - Oct 21, 2012
nothing. Most things are available. Some are more expensive than others. - Sep 16, 2012
Olive oil, hand sanitizer, toilet paper. - Aug 12, 2011
you can find anything here. would only consider if had a family member with particular food/allergy issues. - Aug 7, 2011
More toilet paper. - Aug 4, 2011
Shoes, clothes for the larger-bodied, western toiletry items, unscented toilet paper and liquid detergent. - Jan 8, 2011
Liquids like special hair products, good sports gear, paper products. - Sep 18, 2010
Mostly house items, cleaning products, tooth brushes (they are of a very bad quality here), medicines, aspirin, sports clothing. - Aug 30, 2010
Paper products--tp, paper towels etc. Any specific American food products you don't want to do without. - Aug 12, 2010
Dog food, washing detergent, and toilet paper. - Aug 1, 2010
Dog food, washing detergent and toilet paper. - Mar 11, 2008
We've been able to find everything we need at local stores. If you're brand-particular, I'd say ship those. - Feb 4, 2008