We recently returned from a whirlwind summer trip to the U.S. Here’s a quick packing list of things you may or may not have considered bringing back to Deutschland with you:
1. Peanut butter – I’m obsessed, and always have been. This is a pretty obvious one for anyone living in Europe, but I felt it worth including anyway.
2. Ibuprofen – They have it here, of course – for about 1 euro per pill. This was by far the most-requested item for me to bring back to Germany. I think that my 500-tablet bottle cost about $8 at CVS.
3. Melatonin – Helps sleeping happen, and it’s illegal to sell it in Germany
4. Yarn – Okay, so this was perhaps not the best use of luggage space. But the deals in the U.S. are just so GOOD! I ordered all of the yarn I need to make Christmas presents galore during the upcoming fall. As with a lot of things, there are just a lot more options available in the U.S., with more competitive prices.
5. Outlet converters – We don’t have nearly enough in the apartment to lead our comfortable and overly-connected life. If I want to charge my toothbrush, I have to remember to bring the charger back before the computer dies. I haven’t found anywhere in Bielefeld that sells American->Germany converters, so please share if you know of a place!
6. Face wipes – Be grossed out if you want, but I need these. Often.
I’m sure I could think of more things if given the time. What did I forget? Is there anything that you can’t live without from your home country?