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

We did not ship anything, but if you have space and weight allowance ship anything you can. You will save money later. - Nov 2019


There is nothing you cannot get here. - Oct 2017


Cheese, packaged American meals, craft beer, wine. - Dec 2015


Lots of detergent, wine, common staples that don't go bad - Cereal, flour, sugar, chocolate chips, condiments, oil(for cooking), lotion, shampoo, conditioner, SHOES (they aren't well made here), travel coffee mugs and water bottles (i.e. nalgene). - Apr 2015


Electronics are expensive in China. But your computers will be tampered with by some unknown visitors so beware. I would bring an old computer and trash it at the end of the tour. Bicycles can be fun and useful. There are bike lanes in many parts of city but during rush hours, cars use them too. - Aug 2014


Honestly, there isn't much. You really can find most things on the economy. If there are particular types of shampoos/body lotions you use, you might stock up on those. - Jul 2014


Dark chocolate - Jun 2013


A tall kitchen wastebasket -- they can't be found locally. A digital scale that goes up to 50 pounds: the embassy post office doesn't sell postage so everything must be done online; the scale would allow us to do the weighing and calculating work at home. - Aug 2011


Drain cleaner. I haven't found it here yet. Otherwise, I did pretty well - I made a big Costco run before I left and bought a bunch of stuff I knew I couldn't easily find here or was prohibitively expensive (camping food and supplies, glow sticks, everything electronic I could possibly want for the next 2 years, good quality paper towels and toilet paper, spices). One thing I have had a heck of a time finding is an electric frying pan to make pancakes, so if you like pancakes, bring one of those. For the most part, it isn't that you can't find it here, it's that when you do, you won't want to pay $4 for a roll of paper towels even though they're good and work and the local ones are terrible and don't. Bring any supply of medication with you (prescription and non-prescription) that you will need for the length of your assignment. There are problems with counterfeit drugs and you may have trouble finding what you want (especially Pepto-Bismol). - Jan 2011


Chocolate chips. Razors and shaving cream. Cleaning supplies. Cereal. Dog food. Wrapping paper. All are incredibly expensive. - Apr 2010


Clothes, shoes, medicines and toiletries. - Jan 2010


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