A million years ago (okay, three months), I blogged about what to bring to Sweden from the US. As an example, I talked about the “Eggsact Eggtimer” I owned and whether I should take that to Sweden. It was not an expensive item but it was super handy and I thought it might be hard to find one in Sweden.
You know, Sweden is not exactly a third world country, my Swedish friends assured me.
I didn’t pack the eggtimer and later I stumbled across a large container of them at a store in Stockholm so it turned out to be a good decision.
But I am traveling home for a week this month and I am busy trying to assemble a list of what makes sense to bring back with me (that I already own) and what would be smart to stock up on while I am in the States.
You might recall that I arrived in Sweden three months ago with three enormous bags—two of which I paid extra fees for. I had done the research and found that it was cheaper to pay the airline fees than to try to ship extra stuff. So this time around I am considering paying for one extra bag again.
Here are a few of the things that seem really expensive to me in Sweden. Most of them are really mundane, everyday items but I just can’t bring myself to pay Swedish prices while the US prices are still fresh in my head. Perhaps I will bring some or all of these things back from my trip. (And yes, I realize that paying for an extra bag also adds to the US price but I think I will still come out ahead. Who really knows?)
- Backpack for carrying my computer, etc. back and forth to work (definitely exist here but too expensive)
- Power bars for a high protein snack. They have them in Sweden but they are twice as expensive
- Transformer so that I can bring some US electrical stuff to Sweden (for example, my electric toothbrush) Note: I purchased this before I came to Sweden but then it was too heavy to bring!
- Underwear (don’t laugh, too expensive here)
- Socks (ditto)
- A special kind of shampoo I haven’t found in Sweden
- Winter jacket (already ordered it during a really good online sale) The one I use for medium cold days here is really and truly ugly, not at all fit for wearing to work…
- Sports phone case – they have them here but again, they cost about 40% more
Bring from storage:
- sheets and pillow cases (higher thread count than I can afford in Sweden)
- pens – my word, the office supplies are horrible in Sweden!
- Wii console and games
- Long “body” pillow – haven’t seen one in Sweden but they’re probably here
- Some DVDs (I miss my collection!)
- Laptop pillow for computer (yes, I know, but this one is perfect and I have never seen this type for sale again, even in the US)
I know what you’re thinking…Why not bring back armloads of iPads and other electronic wonderfulness since those definitely cost more in Sweden?
Well, the answer is money. You can see how modest (and dull!) the lists above are so there will be no fabulous new purchases, I can tell you that!
And I won’t bring back the “Egg-Per’fect Color Changing Eggtimer” (the eggtimer formerly known as the “Eggsact Eggtimer”…there’s a Prince joke here somewhere). That will stay in California since egg-loving Swedes can buy buckets of them….