What I wished I had packed. What I wonder why I packed. What I’m glad I packed

Things I’m glad I packed:



bug spray (with Deet)

brown sugar

cocoa powder


pancake mix

maple syrup-you know the kind kids like, not the real stuff

storage containers for the kitchen

ziploc bags (wish I had packed more in the 2 main sizes)-ditto Press and Seal

contact solution

some basic school supplies for homework

dog food (but wish I had done what some friends did, which was figure out how much their dogs eat in a month and then multiplied that for the year)

Things I wish I had packed: 

chocolate chips padded in some type of insulation material-perhaps marshmallows! I packed a giant bag of chocolate chips in my overseas shipment, but they melted into a giant block, as did my candles

Water bottles-several per person, not just one for each child. If I don’t drink at least 2 litres of water a day during the rainy/hot season, it’s going to be a problem. You can drink the water at school-there are filters on the water fountains, but I don’t drink the water out of the sink (unless it’s an accident) unless it’s boiled or just brushing for teeth.

Gatorade powder

baking powder

Other mix type powders (lemonade, fruit punch, ranch dressing)

Starbucks/Trader Joe’s instant coffee packs

dog treats, dog shampoo, dog grooming supplies

wrapping paper, birthday cards, some generic birthday gifts for birthday parties

our Christmas ornaments (at least some of them)


Things I really didn’t need to pack/ship:




About bestbookihavenotread

Kristine has been in education since 1993. She taught fourth grade in Ohio from 1993 - 2008. She has been a Curriculum Coordinator for four years. She is relocating to Dakar, Senegal to be the Director of Curriculum for the International School of Dakar in August 2012.
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2 Responses to What I wished I had packed. What I wonder why I packed. What I’m glad I packed

  1. Karen Sheaffer says:

    I learned to make many of the things you listed that you wish you had brought–vanilla, dog shampoo, cereal, cards and wrapping paper and to make my own drinks (or have Martine make them) Bissap, Bouye or Gingerbeer common in Senegal, no need for powdered mixes. The american store out on the VDN sells plastic storage bags and containers and I never had a problem buying baking powder or baking soda–just can’t remember right now what they were called. It took me a while to find cottage cheese–it looks a little different from ours but tastes good–Marylene helped me–and I could only find it at the Casino at Sea Plaza. PS, I love your posts on Facebook.

  2. In preparing for my own upcoming move to Dakar, this is my biggest question right now… What can I live without, and what is worth its (very limited) packing space. I particularly love the Christmas ornaments one. Something I would never have thought of but will make me feel a little closer to family at that special time of year… Thanks for this post, and for your blog in general!

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