Colombo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Ship anything you can't do without. Don't assume that it will be available at post. - Mar 2021

Sausage, cheese, olives, wine, pre-made tortillas for quesadillas, some household products, specialty beauty products, and sunscreen. You can get wine here (locally and at the commissary), but there isn't a lot of variety. Beauty products for fairer skin and lighter hair. Sunscreen is available here locally and at commissary, but the spray-on kind is hard to find. - Sep 2020

There's not much I can't find a replacement for or live without. I am glad I shipped sensitive-skin laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. - Apr 2020

I didn't ship enough shampoo, conditioner or peanut butter. Sri Lankan's hair is different, they use heavy conditioners and for my oily hair, I haven't found a local shampoo that I like. Also, tampons are nonexistent in this country. So if you are a woman and those are important, bring or ship them. - Sep 2017

Happy we had consumables, as I think we saved a lot on cleaning supplies. We go through a lot of peanut butter and pancake syrup; like most places in the world, you can usually find what you need or adapt! - Mar 2017

Stain remover, paper towel/toilet paper, bug repellent, and sun screen. - Sep 2013

Electrical items (for reliability and value), household cleaning goods. - Sep 2012

Baking supplies, toilet paper, cleaning products, cheese if I could figure out how to ship it. - Dec 2011

Washing powder, good quality sun screen, mosquito repellent with DEET and shoes for the whole family. - Feb 2010

Take your golf clubs. - Sep 2008


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