To be honest, I can get pretty much all the basic necessities that I need here and it’s usually of decent quality. While some of these things are accessible to me, there are inevitably some things from the US that are either not available in Madagascar or very expensive for me to buy when available in-country. For these reasons, I’ve provided the following list of items as a reference and I’ll try to update it as often as possible. Most of these things are not necessities for me to survive. Instead, they are welcomed reminders of home, friends, and family. I will enjoy whatever reminds you of me. Especially with food items, it will certainly go a long way to adding some excitement to my rice-based diet.
In no way do I expect or require anyone to send me packages at anytime. But some people ask me if I need or want anything to be sent from the US. I usually don’t need anything, but if you’re feeling generous or crafty you can certainly pop something in the mail. If you do, please check out the page “How to Contact Michael” for tips on how to send me mail and packages. When in doubt, you can always e-mail me with questions. No matter what you send, hearing from you will definitely put a smile on my face!
- Instant oatmeal packets (single serving, just add water)
- Hot sauce and other condiments
- Macaroni and cheese
- Single serving packets of tuna (not the cans)
- Beef or turkey jerkey
- Instant coffee (single serving packets, like Starbucks Via, are the best)
- Cooking spices (surprise me!)
- Peanut butter (creamy)
- Candy (peanut M&Ms, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, red licorice, Reese’s pieces, dark chocolate, Swedish fish, jelly beans)
*Pro Tip: wrapping things in ziploc bags is a great way to keep things together during shipping (especially food items) and I can reuse the bags for lots of things!
- Guitar music books (beginner level, I like classic rock and folk genres)
- USB flash drive with new movies and/or music
- Photos of you and of us together!
- Adult coloring books
- Postcards from various places in America
- Other small items of American cultural importance that I can share with students and community members in Madagascar