Nouakchott - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Condiments, sauces, salsas, ingredients for Asian food, peanut butter, good coffee, alcohol (including mixers, etc). Restaurant options are very limited and mediocre quality, so having a lot of a wide range of ingredients to cook at home is important. This is a dry country and the only options for buying alcohol for diplomats or other expats are subject to arbitrary disruption and delay. - Aug 2021


Everything, lol. - Aug 2021


I was happy to have shipped bbq sauces, hot sauces, brown sugar, beef jerky, maple syrup, Dr. Pepper, A&W root beer, American cereals, bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, canned fruits, Gatorade mix, canned pineapples, canned pears, a variety of spices, hot wing sauce, and different Tabascos/Cholula/Zapatio hot sauce. Old Bay is important too for seafood, as are Cajun seasonings for fish. - Sep 2020


Vanilla for cooking, as I've only been able to find imitation vanilla in the America store. We shipped in diapers and household paper products. Lower quality is available locally. I buy flour locally, but many people ship in since if it sits too long on the grocery shelf, it gets bugs. We also shipped in all our vitamins/supplements and the brands that we simply got used to using over the years. We didn't use our consumables shipment, but got most things locally or via DPO and we survived just fine. - Apr 2019


I would ship all liquid consumables since this is a pouch-only post. Condiments, toiletries, peanut butter, birthday presents for kids parties. Candy (not chocolate), snacks, popcorn. Max out your consumables and ship all you can. If you find you don't need it, someone else will probably take it off your hands. - May 2016


Baking items including food coloring, hot sauce (there is a local one there that is awesome!!!), ship dog and cat food, Ziploc bags, paper towels and toilet paper, gourmet items if you use them, when to go - take a cooler full of pork items - including bacon. You will not find pork or alcohol on the economy. Wine and spirits if you want those - PJ does ship about once a quarter - it is expensive. - Dec 2015


Alcohol.... Lots of alcohol. - Apr 2014


You can find most anything, but not regularly. For example, sometimes there are cake mixes at one store, but not always. If you have a favorite canned good or boxed item, bring it. - Aug 2011


Pork/bacon/sausage...(in a cooler with me on the plane). - Dec 2009


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