Travellers, have you ever been in a situation where you would have liked to request an item from your home or your home country to your current location?
Before I started travelling seriously I stored all of my belongings at my parents' house. I was very lucky that I could count on them as my "homebase" during my adventures. I told them it might happen that they have to send me a parcel at some point. For example when your travel pharmacy runs out of items that are hard to get where you are. Or if you find a place where you decide to settle down for a bit longer and you need a few personal amenities to feel more at home (e.g. possessions with high personal value that you don't want to replace).
Until now the only thing they had to do was to forward me a new credit card because mine got blocked during the journey. But in my mind it felt like I could request any object from my possessions at home to my location anywhere in the world. Kind of like a military support airdrop (except it takes a few days longer).
Have there been any situations where you would have liked to request something from home during your travels? Or maybe you just wanted to order something online (like travel gear replacement) but it didn't ship to your current location, so you ordered it to a friend in your home country so they could forward it to you?
Did you do it or just consider it? International express delivery is not cheap - how did the price play a role in your decision?
No. I take everything I need for a trip which fills up my 35 L backpack. If I need anything, I buy it locally, keeping in mind that I don't have room to pack much else. I don't extend my travels as that can be quite expensive with additional cost for airfare, etc. And international postage is very expensive! I don't have parents who will send me a credit card, or increase my credit limit for a card I hold. If you are old enough to travel, then you are old enough to pay for your own trips.
I agree with Bob. I take all that I will need and purchase locally if I want something additional or something wears out. I have traveled for extended periods of time without issues.
I've needed stuff like birth certs sent over by my family in the past for over-zealous visa applications/renewals and other immigration requirements, other than that, just plenty of 'home comforts' like good Irish sausages, tea bags and crisps!