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

Georgetown is a pouch-only post, so plan your consumables shipments accordingly. Cleaning products, paper products, and baby products can be expensive and difficult to find in bulk quantities. Cooking oil and baking products (e.g., flour) can also be expensive or hard to find. And if you drink alcohol regularly… you’ll want to save space for that. On the one hand, Guyana produces the best rum in the world, and it’s reasonably priced for quality; and local beer is reasonably cheap and drinkable. Beyond that, however, alcohol is extremely expensive – e.g., a bottle of wine that would cost $10 in the U.S. will easily run $50 in Guyana. - Aug 2019


Ship everything you will want that is shelf-stable. Tires are a good idea. - Sep 2016


Tires, tires, and more tires- the roads are terrible and tire punctures inevitable. More day-to-day goods and less specialty items just so to save costs- a can of tomato paste costs over a dollar here and the same can would be about 35 cents in the U.S. - Apr 2014


I would ship more wine. The wine here is generally horrible (some possibly even counterfeit) and expensive. An inexpensive bottle of wine still runs about US$30. - Nov 2013


Laundry soap, paper products. - May 2012


Anything that your family uses regularly or in great quantity -- pet food/supplies, laundry soap, TP and paper towels, cereal, specialized baking supplies. Getting stuff is hit-or-miss (stores bring in tons of things for the Christmas season that you will not see at any other time), so, if you see it -- BUY it and toss it in the freezer. Also, bring more Tupperware/Gladware than you think you will need. There are cheap knock-offs available, but they break quickly. - Mar 2012


Food. Comfort food that stores well. Wines. Large items that can't make it though the diplomatic pouch. - Feb 2012


Electronics (stereo, etc.) are expensive here, as are spare car tires. If you can ship those in cheaply, you will save yourself a lot of money. - Feb 2010


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