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

What we couldn't find, we could ship. We came armed in our HHE with hundreds of pounds of groceries and supplies, so that helped. - Jul 2019


We can get everything we need on the local market or by ordering thru the diplomatic pouch. If I could more easily get cheeses and bacon, life would be grand. The key is to bring wine/liquor with you when you travel internationally (2 bottles per adult) as it's very expensive here. Again, if with the US Consulate, you can also order through the Embassy commissary. - Jan 2019


We loaded our HHE up with plenty of liquids of our favorites, knowing this was a pouch-only post. Don't bring dishwasher detergent because none of the housing has dishwashers. Otherwise, load up on liquids or aerosols you regularly use. I'd encourage bringing hair spray (not sold here). - Nov 2017


This is what I shipped and I was very happy I did: coffee, hot sauces, good BBQ sauce, salsa, jasmine rice, flour, pastas, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, canned beans, lots of broth, detergent, dryer sheets, liquid soap, garbage bags, zip lock bags, aluminum foil, saran wrap, vanilla essence, instant yeast, toilet paper, paper towels, lotions and shampoos, hair dye, contacts solution, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, kids toothpaste and mouthwash. Liquids and aerosols cannot be ordered through pouch, so plan ahead. The rest you can order from Amazon in the U.S. Bring heavy duty UPS as the power goes out several times a day. - Sep 2016


More peanut butter M&Ms and chips. Other than that, haven't run into needing much of anything. Probably just more liquid-like items. I brought a lot of stuff with me though. - Mar 2015


Plenty of coffee; the local coffee isn't very good. Indian rice is basmati, which is large kerneled. I prefer Jasmin rice, which is more Southeast Asian, so I wish we would have packed several large sacks of this type of rice. - Jan 2015


Having the diplomatic pouch made things easy but you can't ship liquids or certain things with batteries. You will want to ship battery back up units for the frequent daily power outages, lots and lots of booze, liquid medicines and personal care items like soap, shampoo, deoderant, etc. We shipped TP and trash bags as the local brands leave much to be desired. - Nov 2014


Peanut butter, booze, sunscreen, good mosquito spray, backup power source. We can get most things shipped through Amazon Prime and Netgrocer, apart from liquids. Bring lots of your favorite shampoos, hand soaps, and any liquid medicines you might need. Drugs are very cheap here since most are manufactured in Hyderabad. - Jul 2014


Lots of beer and wine, toiletries, pet supplies. - Mar 2012


A few more gluten-free staples that are difficult or impossible to find here and more of the powdered formula that the baby used, because her brand cost more than twice what it does in the US. - Feb 2012


Very few. It is hard to cook here, so maybe things like olive oil and balsamic vinegar, baking items, etc. - Jan 2011


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