If you have traveled away from home for an extensive period of time, then you are familiar with the issue of not having all of your usual gadgets and comfort items. Remember that discomfort you might have felt for 11 days in Rwanda and Tanzania in 2012 without the hair dryer? Or perhaps you spent a summer interning abroad and had to learn how to make rice without a rice maker. These types of adjustments might be confusing and annoying enough but consider the life of an expat - who might only have a couple of suitcases of things from home.
The WordPress blog Born Again Brazilian (http://bornagainbrazilian.wordpress.com/
) just did a recent post on some material goods the author misses during their time of living abroad. Some items are larger (such as a washing machine) but others are smaller - such as a coffee pot with a timer and space heaters.
Check out their post "10 Things I Wish I Had Brought in the Move" here: http://bornagainbrazilian.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/10-things-i-wish-i-had-brought-in-the-move/