no shame

As my summer expat migration back home comes to a close, I’ve had to start thinking about life back in the PRC…and what to bring back. I’m not afraid to say that I have ZIP-ZERO-ZILCH shame when it comes to importing my own food back to China. An entire suitcase. I’m sure the people checking my bag will look at me like a total freak (maybe they’ll get it?). ย Either way, it’s no matter. I’ve tried to consider what would be easiest to pack and beneficial to us back in China. I’ve settled on a number of dry goods ranging from coffee, powdered creamer, granola, spice packets for sauces/chili and out of sheer desperation for a few fav ingredients I’ve even packed some artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers in glass jars (see whyย here).

I purchased bubble wrap and went to town making sure the lids have little chance for breaking during the flight.

I also took anything I could out of cardboard boxes and packed those into Ziplock bags. I cut out the cooking directions and the names of each item like a champ (or a lunatic…you can decide).

Moment of truth…testing the weight. We clocked in at 46lbs! Under the limit by 4lbs…I’m ready!



7 thoughts on “no shame

  1. forget about anything that can contain water, even in the jar – they will take it out, it’s forbidden and China is very strickt about this. beside they have enough imported food there anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Not true about food that contained liquid. I did the same and no trouble! China’s imported food is at insane prices and so NOT the same quality! Franny – I checked two 50lbs bags! No shame club. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I wondered if everything would make it through and it did – thankfully. I managed to get some artichokes, roasted red peppers and maple syrup in ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I probably just got lucky when I walked out of the airport because they didn’t ask to search my bags in customs- whew!

    • keep my fingers for same luck in future ๐Ÿ™‚ what I’ve seen they argued because people didn’t want to throw away their snacks, I don’t know if in the end they threw cause my husband asked me to move on ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. My husband and I both had an extra bag when we returned to South Korea the first time. Interestingly, we are getting ready for a second trip back home and our list of “have to haves” is much shorter. I guess we’ve just got used to living without. I also don’t have a list of foods I must eat while I’m there. Must be I’m acculturating after all. Certainly will be an easier trip and we’re bound to not gain as much weight, as well.

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