Over time I have adapted to living here in Mexico. Not having things available that I would normally have access to in the States. Although some are harder to get used to than others.
But, there are a handful of items that I haven't found here and either bring back with me or beg someone to mail me some.
Even the postal service here in Mexico thinks I might be smuggling something that shouldn't be here in Mexico. I ordered a region-free DVD player and had my mom mail it to me (with some other goodies) and just got the package yesterday. Not only was the box opened and verified nothing illegal inside. They also opened the DVD player box. Nope, no guns or any such illegal things inside, Sir!
Things I feel I HAVE to have:
First and most important...TEA!
Good ol' Leslie has a post on her site that shows a somewhat substitute for iced tea here. I have bought the pinguica powder but haven't tried it yet. Soon.
I would say the next most important items for me to bring/have mailed are these! Q-tips and my Target brand eye make-up remover! Especially the Q-tips, though. You can find cotton swabs here. But, they are just not Q-tip quality and they are a bit pricey. So, I just bring them here with me. You can find one of those giant boxes of 650 count for $3.50 at Target. I buy 4 or 5 and stuff them in my suitcase. No biggie!
Here is another staple that I just recently found out about a substitute. However, I haven't tried it yet. As you see, I still have a 7 lb bag waiting to be used.
The rest are things I wouldn't say I "need" but really like having. Especially this! These are courtesy of my aunt Janny!
My mom just sent me this. I have seen several recipes on this site that call for this ranch seasoning. Now I can try them!
And, lastly, I have a handful of Tastefully Simple seasonings. It is just fun to have stuff like this around because I can't find anything here remotely similar.
There are lots of other things that I have brought back from the States. Most of it is just impulse shopping. It is too easy for me to get carried away when I go. I always pack lightly knowing that I will need the room and more in my suitcases. I've already started thinking about what I want to buy when I go back. And I don't go back until the middle of October.