I was lucky enough to be living in France’s capital city, so I was able to find emergency supplies of British produce in certain shops such as Franprix and Monoprix during desperate times but it was sold for about triple the price. However, if you’re not living in a country’s capital, the struggle to find British produce is real. So, before embarking on your adventure abroad, here are some things you will miss and how to resolve them in order to satisfy those cravings. (Thank me later!)
This is such a stereotypical British problem whilst abroad, but whether you’re a Typhoo, Yorkshire or PG tips tea drinker, you will realise that other tea leaves and tea brands will not taste the same.
Solution: Trust me, devote some room in that suitcase for a 500 bags worth of tea, it’s completely worth it.
2) Cadbury chocolate
Having a bad day? You delve into your cupboard and realise… you only have Milka. DISASTER.
Solution: Become friends with those who go back to Britain regularly and adopt them as your chocolate dealer to bring back Cadbury supplies for you to munch on.
Luckily there were several M&S shops in Paris to buy British goodies from. However, elsewhere in France, you are left with jambon cru. No, it’s not the equivalent of bacon. It’s way too thin and most definitely not satisfactory for the classic hungover bacon sandwich.
Solution: If you live near a butchers, see if they are able to find a better alternative. They may be able to cut thicker slices of meat for you.
4) HP sauce
Much to the distaste of many of my friends, I put this on pretty much everything I eat and is way too expensive to buy abroad when you finally find a store that sells it.
Solution: Easy, take a bottle with you.
It’s summer and you’re searching for a refreshing drink but beer isn’t ticking off the right boxes.
Solution: Again, it’s simple… take a bottle.
I personally don’t eat a lot of cheese but the amount of times I heard my friends complaining about not having any cheddar in France despite the range of other cheeses that were stacked on the shelves, I was happy I didn’t eat it.
Solution: I advise you to buy a load before you leave. If you buy plenty, I guarantee you will make a lot of friends.
7) Heinz beans
Hungry and in a rush? Good luck finding a quicker meal to make than beans on toast.
Solution: Heinz have created so many different containers for their beans from tins to snap pots. The snap pots are a lighter option if you have a weight limit for your suitcase.
8) Golden Syrup
If you like baking, shops cater for the food culture of the country. The French like light desserts such as tarts, so when I fancied baking flapjack, I realised I had to find an alternative to golden syrup.
Solution: For a lot of products, you are able to find a substitute but if you want that specific taste of home, take a little bottle of golden syrup just in case.