KIKKI.K wrote:As for vitamins and what not, you can find them for not very expensive in your local supermarkets and drugstores^^ Plus, if you bring over a certain amount with you, Japanese customs might think you're trying to set up a shop....
Siyris wrote:If you are bringing omiyage... don't ship those ahead... you will want those when you first get to your BoE and therfore should bring them in your suitcase.
I was in the same boat as you with clothes, but it did kind of backfire a bit as I lost a lot of weight since getting here... when I go home for a visit this summer I"m bringing with me a bunch of clothes that are now far too big for me, and doing a lot of shopping at home. Some advice on shipping clothes: If you are not sure if you're going to wear it or not, don't bring it. Bring only the clothes that you KNOW you will wear -- it's not worth cluttering up your closet with things you don't put on except for once every two months or so.
When I came, I needed only to ship one big box... a good company to look at is Nippon Express and their pelican pack -- it was something like a 60 lb box for $100 which was the cheapest I could find anywhere.
For the vitamins and fish oil I don't think you need to bring as much as you fear. I see vitamins everywhere at grocery stores here and they aren't that expensive. For fish oil, you will be getting more than enough of that just by eating the school lunches -- you won't need to have extra supplements of it. Instead of bringing those, throw a few extra sticks of deodorant into your to-ship box. Antiperspirant deodorant is really hard to find here, so I would suggest bringing your own from home.
Because the most affordable way to ship things is by boat, it takes about 2 and a half months to get here. What most JETs did last year, was put their winter clothes, refills on things like deodorant and toothpaste, and some winter shoes into their to-ship boxes. Make sure it's things you don't need or want right away.
sleepykitty wrote:One thing I'd be tempted to send is a memory foam mattress topper. The bed at my host family's house gave me bruises but hopefully my next bed won't be that awful.