I know you’re supposed to enjoy the local foods when you’re abroad in order to fully experience the culture. But sometimes you just want to curl up with a jar of peanut butter, or chow down on an American-style pancake. It’s OK to pack some of these comfort foods and bring them along to satisfy those cravings. In fact, it might help you make new friends.
Every student who had been to the U.S. before talked longingly of peanut butter and Reese’s Cups. One even asked me to ship her a box of Reese’s. If you need gift ideas for a boss, host family or neighbors, David Lebovitz has a good list of foods to fit in your checked luggage.