Aka. “Things Emma wants to eat”

Last updated on April 19, 2018

Since arriving in Vanuatu, a few people have asked me about sending packages and if there’s anything specific I would want. As I am never opposed to presents (especially now that I’m starting to crave certain snacks from home), I decided to make a running wishlist of things I may need/want at site. Thank you in advance to anyone who is considering sending me a care package! You’re keeping me sane. Also, if you think of something that I might like but it’s not on the list, go ahead and send it anyways! Always down for surprises.

General Notes: 

Before you go and start making all my dreams come true, please know that shipping to Vanuatu is both expensive and slow. So keep that in mind!

My address is:

Emma Malueg

Peace corps Vanuatu

Port Vila PMB 9097

Republic of Vanuatu

Now this may sound crazy, but I highly encourage you to write “religious materials enclosed” and/or a Bible verse on the exterior of the package. This tends to help prevent it from being stolen or tampered with while in transit or even in customs. If it seems to work, why question it?


  • HOT. CHEETOS. All of them.
  • Mint lifesavers and/or Mentos
  • Herbs/seasonings/spices
  • Pringles
  • Hot sauce (the spicier the better)
  • Snacks of any sort
  • Coffee (ground for French press)
  • Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, all the stuff that’ll rot my teeth
  • Nutella
  • Instant ramen – spicy flavors!
  • Cheesy popcorn
  • Cookies – Oreos, Biscoff, etc
  • Grains – lentils, barley, etc (soup kits with these different grains are very useful)
  • Wine…? Please? I’m kidding (sortofnotreallysendhelp)

Arts n Crafts:

  • Cute stationery
  • Stickers (to bribe my students)
  • Sketchbooks – all sizes, preferably suitable for both dry and wet media, avoid any with leather covers because they will rot (eww)
  • Paint brushes – all sizes
  • Paint – especially watercolor
  • Any cool or fun craft ideas you personally enjoy/think I might like
  • Push pins
  • Embroidery hoops/needles
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils – any color
  •  Art supplies suitable for children (I do live on school grounds after all)
  • Coloring books for children


  • Cute letters
  • Wall calendar – preferably one with classic American landmarks/scenery, or just cool art
  • The Ugly American/any books or recommendations
  • Magazines – any variety, though I do like the Economist/Foreign Affairs or fashion mags. Locals keep asking me about American magazines, so a wide variety would be nice.
  • Art books
  • Scented candles
  • Selfie stick (judge me, I dare you)
  • Something to remove rust? I don’t know.
  • Cute stuff to decorate my house with
  • Photos I can hang up – this especially pertains to my relatives!!!!
  • iPhone6 charging cords and headphones
  • One of those inflatable t-Rex suits – don’t question it

Again, surprise me!

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