5 Home Comforts That are Luxuries in Shanghai

Every move is different. So when the new place doesn’t meet home expectations, you miss the home comforts. Moving to Shanghai was my first big move and like all firsts, I overlooked and completely missed things that I should have taken into considerations—such as home comforts. Not only, was it my first move, but it was a move out of the country. Of course, I knew things would be different. Shanghai and Tampa are polar opposites, but things that I thought of as simple home amenities are luxuries.  


In general, most apartments and small-scale houses do no come with ovens. If you have an older building, don’t search too long for one. As a baker, this item is a big one on my list of home comforts missed. Good plumbing

Plumbing….  Even though Shanghai is rapidly developing, the plumbing doesn’t match up in many places. Unless you’re in a luxury hotel or an especially modern complex, expect to not be able to flush toilet paper. Western-style toilets are also a luxury and, unless requested, you will be left squatting or using buckets of water. Dryer

So long days of setting shirts on the wrinkle release cycle. You may have a washer, but the dryer will be replaced with a drying rack. Expect long dry times and wrinkly tees. No cuddling warm blankets fresh off the spin. I hang all my clothes inside because I’m afraid of them flying away with my luck. Storage

Apartments run on the small side. This means storage space is slim and buying in bulk nearly non-existent. What would I do with sixteen rolls of paper towels anyway? Dishwasher

Think before you use your dish because every single one you use you will have to wash and dry by hand (or air dry). I’ve definitely become a dishwashing pro. When washing dishes a lot, it is also necessary to keep cream and scrubs for your hands. 

Going through my home comforts and other things that I had access to back home, I can only count the blessings that I have, and be humbled by the new learning experiences abroad. Luxury and comforts are different everywhere in the world and it’s fortunate to experience any. 

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