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Zigmo
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September 21, 2010 3:25 am  

For all who have made the move already. I am a week away and wanted to ask a question. If you could pick one thing that you wish was available on the island what would it be? Something that you could have packed but didn't because you didn't know its lack of availability or you just plain forgot.


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September 21, 2010 3:30 am  

Social Security Card -- needed more here than anywhere - for all kinds of reasons.
Cash - using stateside checking is often very hard
90 day or longer -- supply of prescription meds


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TexasBoy
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September 21, 2010 8:04 am  

I'll be there tomorrow. Let ya know. Haha.


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ms411
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September 21, 2010 9:14 am  

Clear, dollar store garment bags. Lots of them. Business cards (or personal ones with name, contact info, and something about you that people will remember). Cheap (dollar store) flip flops ( several pairs). Klass Horchta mix. Bed cover that's not a comforter.


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Edward
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September 21, 2010 11:00 am  

I'll suggest you bring the following:

1. Patience

2. Flexibility

3. Sense of humor

They don't weigh much and they don't take up much room. Without them, you will have a difficult time adjusting. With them, life in the islands will be an indescribable delight. 🙂


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Linda J
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September 21, 2010 11:14 am  

Perfect advice. And if you don't bring these 3 things, it really doesn't matter what else you do bring.


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Hiya!
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September 21, 2010 12:05 pm  

Bring your hobbies. If your a gamer or a quilter, bring with you the things you like to do, it can often be hard or more expensive to find that stuff here. And patience, I still have to break that one out all the time.


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September 21, 2010 12:14 pm  

hiya
i brought ALL of my quilting supplies and other misc crafting supples. so glad i did


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September 22, 2010 1:28 am  

411: Okay, what the heck is "Klass Horchta" mix????:S And how have I lived without it??


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roadrunner
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September 22, 2010 11:46 am  

411: Okay, what the heck is "Klass Horchta" mix????:S And how have I lived without it??

I'm guessing horchata... Mexican cinnamon milk stuff. I could go the rest of my life without that. To each his own! 🙂


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September 22, 2010 11:58 am  

I know folks say you need it, but I've never had to use my S.S. card here.

I like Edward's answer: patience, flexibility, sense of humor. I would add "bring less debt & more cash."

All the other stuff can be bought or sent down if you really need it.


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September 22, 2010 1:03 pm  

I have found everything that I need on island, but I haven't always found everything I want.


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ms411
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September 22, 2010 4:38 pm  

Yes, Klass Horchata mix (I'm on a regular computer now instead of my EVO, so I have more control over the spelling!)

Horchata is a great substitute for milkshakes, and since the milkshake machine at McDonald's is frequently broken, it's a good substitute. Also good for when the power goes off, and you want something sweet and slightly filling.

But, anybody coming down here should bring their favorite convenience food items just in case it's not available here. Going to the grocery store is my most depressing activity of my week. That's when you really need the flexibility!


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September 22, 2010 10:19 pm  

I have found everything that I need on island, but I haven't always found everything I want.

Hey, that sounds like a Stones song!!:D

411: So it's a cinnamon milkshake??

To the OP: One thing I brought was a small picture album of my friends, family, etc. that I left back in Big America. During the first year, it helped with the inevitable homesickness. Definitely not something available here!


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September 22, 2010 10:26 pm  

[One thing I brought was a small picture album of my friends, family, etc. that I left back in Big America. During the first year, it helped with the inevitable homesickness. Definitely not something available here!

I was going to say the same thing....it helped me a lot to have a small album - I pulled it out A LOT in those first few weeks and months!


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September 22, 2010 11:40 pm  

My dogs!!!! I arrived here a few weeks ago, and I miss them more than anything. Oh, and of course cash, cash, and more cash. Yikes!!!!


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Zigmo
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September 23, 2010 12:07 am  

"dollar store garment bags" What would these be for? Is that Ocean air hard on cloths?


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ms411
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September 23, 2010 12:50 am  

The garment bags can protect your clothes from critters (lizards, terminates, etc), and moisture should your dwelling leak for whatever reason. Some people pack up their clothes when there's a hurricane warning. The humidity can also make your clothes smell dank.
You can get garment bags here, but they're $3, and it's hard to get enough.

I first had horchata in a Mexican restaurant. Most versions are made with rice, water, sugar, cinnamon. Kind of like liquid rice pudding, I guess. It's not thick like a mistake. Kind of like that Yoohoo chocolate drink.


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September 23, 2010 1:45 am  

Okay, I guess I am really out of the loop. Yoohoo chocolate drink??


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September 23, 2010 2:04 am  

PLAIN RUFFLE POTATO CHIPS(FEW AND FAR TIMES YOU WILL FIND IT HERE ON ST CROIX), DEVIL DOGS, FUNNY BONES

BRING YOUR FAVORITE COOKING PANS AND UTENSILS----OR HAVE A PLAN TO HAVE SOMEONE SHIP THEM AFTER YOU ARRIVE---ALTHOUGH AVAILABLE ON ISLAND, EXPENSIVE TO BUY AND QUALITY IS FAR BELOW WHAT YOU CAN PURCHASE IN STATES

MOST OF ALL----FOLLOW EDWARDS ADVICE

GOOD LUCK


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Linda J
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September 23, 2010 7:01 am  

EE, Yoohoo is a southern thing.


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ms411
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September 23, 2010 9:45 am  

They sell Yoohoo at the Lockhart McDonald's. It's a watered down chocolate drink in a bottle. I didn't think it was a southern thing, because I've seen it all over.


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Linda J
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September 23, 2010 11:08 am  

MS411, you are correct -- I always thought we were the only ones that had it!! lol Here is the Wikipedia entry:

Yoo-hoo originated in New Jersey in the 1920s, when Italian-American Natale Olivieri sold "Tru-Fruit" soft drinks in his small store. Olivieri discovered a process to produce a chocolate soft drink that would not spoil. The name "Yoo-hoo", already being used for Olivieri's other fruit drinks, was applied to the chocolate-flavored drink as well. Yoo-hoo would soon begin to be bottled by a major bottling company and to be sold in supermarkets and shops worldwide.

Sources in the beverage industry claim that Yoo-hoo owes its famously open-ended shelf life to a steam sterilization process that takes place after the bottles or cans are filled and capped. As long as it is sealed, Yoo-hoo cannot go sour.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Yoo-hoo went through a large promotional campaign that included Yogi Berra and the New York Yankees officially sponsoring the drink. The image of Berra drinking a bottle of Yoo-hoo while wearing a suit, in particular, became famous. The ads featured Berra holding the bottle next to his face and saying with a smile, "It's Me-He for Yoo-Hoo!"

Also during the '50s, B.B.C. Industries took over Yoo-hoo. They held ownership until 1976, when it was bought by Iroquois Brands. Yoo-hoo was sold again in 1981 to a group of private investors, which in turn sold Yoo-hoo to Pernod Ricard in 1989.

In 2001, Pernod Ricard sold Yoo-hoo to Cadbury-Schweppes, with production responsibilities falling to CS's Mott's group, and marketing and advertising responsibilities under Snapple. This led to an increased awareness of the once popular beverage.

The soft drink company's headquarters are in Rye Brook, New York, with plants in Carlstadt, New Jersey and Opelousas, Louisiana. Yoo-hoo apparently owns other chocolate drink brands, including Choc-Ola, Brownie, Cocoa Dusty and Chocolate Soldier.[citation needed]

In May 2008, Cadbury-Schweppes split into Cadbury plc and the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, of which Yoo-hoo is now part.

You learn something new everyday.


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East Ender
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September 23, 2010 11:29 am  

Ah, now Dr Pepper, THAT'S a southern drink!! :@)


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roadrunner
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September 23, 2010 12:42 pm  

Despite having lived away from the south, where I grew up, for the past 7 years, I'm still learning about things that are southern. All this time, I thought everyone had them! 🙂


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