A peek inside an expat's luggage

3/6/11

Luggage from our most recent trip to San Jose

We recently returned from a month-long sojourn to our native California, and with us came six very heavy pieces of luggage full of stuff (we only flew over with two pieces of luggage each). It's inevitable not to stock up on some of our favorite things we left behind, whether it's by going shopping at our favorite stores or simply digging through our belongings in storage. Here are some photos of random things we brought back with us: 
Fluffy bath sheets and my favorite blankets, perfect for cool nights or going to the beach.
 A panini press and a dutch oven. These weigh about 15 pounds each! 
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This enormous Android plush.
 Sixty pounds of dog food. It was cheaper to buy it in the US than here in Singapore.
 A new rug for the office.

Also packed in our suitcases but not photographed: ingredients to make beer, a cheese-making kit, wine, lots of books, spices and meat rubs, a new welcome mat for the front door, a rug for the kitchen, and lots of cereal. I found paper slips in a few of the bags indicating that the TSA searched our luggage; I wonder if they thought we were weird for packing such random things in our bags or if they're used to it.

It is possible to find items like those we brought with us in Singapore, but they are often really expensive. We can't justify spending that much on the things we left in storage at our parents' homes. So instead we keep a running list of things to bring back from the US the next time we go and become our own importers of the things we like.

To our fellow expats, what are the types of things you have brought back with you from your trips home? What do you miss that you left behind? 

9 comments:

  1. Food items mainly especially Cadbury's chocolate that tastes totally different from how it tastes in Singapore. Like you I also bring back things I had left behind at my parents as well.

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  2. The blankets are gorgeous! I think I miss my library of books: cookbooks, references, go to rainy day reads, coffee table books, all of them. But couldn't justify lugging those all around the world either...

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  3. @Laura never noticed if chocolates taste different here; I'll have to do a taste test now ;)

    @Kiersten I miss all my books, too. I left my entire library with a former professor and she says she gets a lot of use out of them. They're waiting for me when I get back. I've slowly amassed a new library of books here in SG and I hope I can take it with me to our next destination.

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  4. LOVE your gorgeous red cooking ware. Works of art I say :)

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  5. I just came back from the US with lots of my favorite things.

    Let me know if Jeff wants our beer making supplies (we won't be taking them when we leave in May).

    Amazing posts!

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  6. @50 foot QE, we'd love to take any beer making supplies you're going to get rid of! Let me know when would be a good time for you.

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  7. Just discovered your blog this morning. I'm thinking up new places to live in the next few years and Singapore is on the list. I'm excited to see more of what it's like via your blog! When I go home I stock up on quality crafting supplies. It's almost impossible to find things like that here (Abu Dhabi).

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  8. Just discovered your blog this morning. I'm thinking up new places to live in the next few years and Singapore is on the list. I'm excited to see more of what it's like via your blog! When I go home I stock up on quality crafting supplies. It's almost impossible to find things like that here (Abu Dhabi).

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  9. I know what you mean by this! I'm from Toronto, and the last time I came back from Canada to Singapore, I brought back a 5 pound pack of gummy bears, and a bulk pack of Crest toothpaste I bought from Costco. Yep..Toothpaste..haha Certain things in Singapore are way too expensive and in some ways not the same as home.

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