Here is my version as I head off to Moscow for the next few weeks...I packed my TUMI suitcase to return to Russia and in it I put…
Ambien CR: a three-month supply wheedled from the woman at the Pharmacy who once spent 3 months in Tomsk trying to adopt a kid.
Benadryl, in capsule form for Tancy, who I don’t think is using it to make drugs…
Contact Lenses, a scandalous waste of space, since the Moscow air is so gritty, I can only wear them for four minutes at a time.
Dandruff Shampoo for HRH: don’t be fooled…those FMCG people have one quality for the first world and another for the third.
Eileen Fisher’s washable stretch crepe pants, in basic black. Four pairs.
Five Dollar bills (500 USD worth) – for tipping in UAE, Thailand, and Sheremeytevo II airport.
Grill Cleaner from WEBER, wrapped in bubble wrap and sealed with duck tape…just in case.
Hanna Anderson clothes for Velvet…an entire year’s worth
Itsy-Bitsy Red Mini Altoids boxes, 6
King-Sized medium warmth duvet, which takes up room, but saves us 900 USD by not getting it at Stockmann’s.
Love In a Cold Climate, by Nancy Mitford (never leave home without it).
Marshmallows (4 bags) for Velvet’s Girl Scout camp out.
Neti Pot: nasal salt sachets (400 items) for clearing sinuses four times a day.
Oven Mitts: (fireproof, extra long) from Williams Sonoma
Pantyhose/Knee-Highs: (30 pair in nude, black, and brown from Wolford).
Questions You Should Ask If You Aren’t Fulfilled, which is absolutely the last self-help book I am ever buying.
Real Simple Magazine, for contrast.
Sudafed Cold & Flu (10 packets of 24), a standing order for Sergei Bykchuk, who swears it’s the only thing that works.
Tylenol Cold & Flu: (10 packets of 24) a standing order for Tancy who swears it’s the only thing that works.
Undergarments, which support, lift and smooth. Many.
Vanilla Extract (6 bottles), which simply does not exist in Russia
Wright’s Silver Polish: (4 tubs), which, apart from being the best in the world, does not exist in Russia.
X-Files: The Complete Season 5 to give to Mike.
Yeast Infection cures: 10 packets
Zip Lock bags: 10 boxes of gallon sized, 4 boxes of assorted XL, XXL and XXXL, 4 boxes of quart sized, which simply do not exist in Russia.