In the last few days, we've looked at a lot of pictures of Berlin and Vienna as a family. While it's closer to the top of my mind, I wanted to write down the things that I usually buy here and take over with us for Study Abroad. I'm being a little more generous at present because of the weak dollar, but here is what I have taken, and a few things I have wished that I'd brought.
1. school supplies. paper, notebooks, pencils, backpacks and even binders.
2. top drawer desk supplies: tape, pens, scissors, post-it and shopping list pads, glue sticks and very basic art supply kinds of things (crayons there are terribly expensive)
3. tool/fix it kit: screwdrivers (both kinds, especially a small one for battery toys), duct tape, double-sided tape, and something like pliers (could also buy a tool kit from IKEA)
4. baking aids: baking soda, baking powder, and recipes for things without brown sugar (the zucchini bread recipe worked well there, also some brownies and other treats to make for FHE refreshments with the students).
5. childproofing and puddle pads or mattress covers. Just not worth the risk on rental mattresses.
6. diapers -- if anyone is still using them, I take a case or so from Costco which helps keep the suitcases light on the way over, and is my insurance that we'll have room for souvenirs on the way back.
7. first aid: OTC medicines like Motrin and Benadryl and the most useful Triaminic. Adult medicines too! Prescriptions like our cough medicine and vitamins. Liquid band-aids and blister treatments/foot care.
8. travel items: hand sanitizing wipes, travel bibs, disposable sippy cups, even a few boxes of granola bars and fruit roll-ups get used. Also travel Tide and the Tide stain sticks for use with wash on the road.