If you’ve read about our shopping options here, you’ll know that there are a lot of things not available here in Northern Laos. So, what do we do about it? Well, we go without a lot of things, but there are a few items that we stock up on when we go to Thailand. The first couple months we were here, we had to leave every 4 weeks to renew our visa. You can imagine the long lists we made knowing we’d be going over the border in a few weeks.
Now that we have our 1 year visas, we don’t have to leave, but went last month and will again in a couple of months to have another prenatal checkup.
So, are you curious what things we make sure to buy when in Thailand?
These are the essentials that we restock each time:
1. baking soda – we use it to wash our hair and brush our teeth
2. grass fed butter – a healthy fat for cooking our morning eggs
3. apple cider vinegar – for multiple uses including hair care and upset tummies
4. coconut oil – another healthy fat for cooking, making nutritious treats like homemade chocolate, or using as lotion (101 uses for coconut oil)
We rent a moped and enjoy the freedom of zipping around town running errands. Yes, there is room for me on the back!We’ve also bought a couple of bikes which are our only mode of transportation over here.The bridge was not yet open on our first trip, so we brought the bike and all our other purchases and mail back on multiple tuk tuks, buses and a boat! Now, the 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge is open, so it’s getting a bit easier to move things across. We already have a running list for our next trip in April.
-new bike tires for my used Japanese bike that no one has parts for here
-a rake to clean up the yard
-and a backpack, as ours is falling apart
Of course we also pick up a few non-essentials like cheese, bacon and chocolate, which never quite last as long as we’d hope.
What kind of food items would you not want to live without?