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#1 Aug 20th, 2013, 20:30
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Hi

I'm coming to India for medical treatment and there are some things I've been advised to bring with me.

These are protein drinks, oats?, dried noodles.

Does anybody know what the rules are at customs? I don't want to get in to trouble.

Thank you..
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You will find everything dude here in India
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I have carried packaged food from UK to India in my check-in luggage and never had any problems with it. If they are factory packed and of a reputable brand, you should not have any problems in carrying them into India. However make sure these are personal consumption quantities (not 1,000 packets of noodles or protein bars)
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Is there anything special about the noodles? Are they made with special kind of flour? You will find noodles made with wheat, and all-purpose flour here, but they will be with preservatives. Search for the names "maggi" and "top ramen" for the product information. I have also seen unbranded egg noodles (uncooked) in some general stores.

You can find protein powder in health food stores. Not sure if you can find drinks, search the GNC catalogues here to see if they sell what you need, and also make sure there are stores in places where you intend to be.

I think you can carry as much of those items as your baggage allowance is, no problem. It is plants, seeds, flowers and such things that might cause problems, going both ways.

There might be some food stuffs that are banned in some countries, not sure if india has a banned food list.
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Thanks!

Thank you so much for all your helpful replies.

I'm sure that most things are available there, it's just as I said I'm coming to Bangalore for medical treatment and don't want the stress of having to find stuff.

I'm also mainly in a wheelchair. It's going to be an interesting 8 week visit!
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wELCOME TO BANGALORE
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hope it all works out, madmslady. I have been in one major hospital here in india (not in bangalore), which has a separate foreigner wing, and only people with non-indian passports are allowed. And they send ward boys out to pick up KFC chicken by the bucketloads, because they are not used to eating indian hospital mush.

I hope someone is available in hospital (you are going to) to run your errands. If required, just ask the nurses or doctors nicely, and they will inform you if they have such ward boys around.

by the way, these ward boys are employed by the hospital to assist patients either with in-hospital transportation ( to and fro between departments) or to do some reasonable personal errands (fetching medicines form the pharmacy, or food items).

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Noodles: aside from Maggi and other instant noodles mentioned above, larger shops sell imported pasta as well, such as familiar brands of Italian pasta, spaghetti, spirals, etc.

Oats: again, larger shops sell oatmeal. No problem. Choices of plain in large containers or small packets of flavoured things.

Protein drinks: I have no idea about those.
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Originally Posted by NonIndianResident View Post Noodles: aside from Maggi and other instant noodles mentioned above, larger shops sell imported pasta as well, such as familiar brands of Italian pasta, spaghetti, spirals, etc.

Oats: again, larger shops sell oatmeal. No problem. Choices of plain in large containers or small packets of flavoured things.

Protein drinks: I have no idea about those.
Macaroni...
regarding protein drinks... you will get lot...
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Of course you will get such foodstuffs in Blore, as long as you know where to shop!

You are in a new city, in a wheelchair, going to hospital, and have not a clue where anything is.

If you have space in your luggage take things you like from home.

Indian "pot Noodle' like is available, but very spicy.

I always pack some 'cuppa soups', and husband takes tea bags, some Indian tea is 'dust' and dreadful
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post Of course you will get such foodstuffs in Blore, as long as you know where to shop!

You are in a new city, in a wheelchair, going to hospital, and have not a clue where anything is.

If you have space in your luggage take things you like from home.

Indian "pot Noodle' like is available, but very spicy.

I always pack some 'cuppa soups', and husband takes tea bags, some Indian tea is 'dust' and dreadful
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Take a few packs of your favourite biscuits. Of course, it may be that you find a shop next door to the hospital that is full of them --- or it might be full of all other sorts of biscuits that are just not the same.

Whatever you take, take some lightweight plastic jars or kitchen boxes to keep it in. Not only to keep it fresh: you'd be amazed at how ants can find stuff, and I wouldn't be surprised if they can even in the poshest of hospitals. I like PET jars, they have almost no weight at all, but I gather they now have the environmental/health thumbs down.

Remember the climate. A pack of McVities Plain Chocolate Digestive Biscuits will have melted and stuck together between the airport and the hospital!

Bring your favourite shampoo and your favourite soap or shower gel. Of course they're available here! You may particularly enjoy Medimix Aurvedic Soap; it is found in almost every hotel room, and, for many, it is one of the smells of India, but, stuck in a hospital room, alone, you might find that you get a great deal of comfort from some of the smells of home. And it will be no time to be struggling to find a shampoo that suits your hair and scalp. If you do need to buy these things locally, it is quite possible that you might find a familiar brand: if not, try Himalaya Herbals range, they are gentle, good, and quite a few visitors stock up to take them home.
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@N-H

The last thing I would take is chocolate biscuits.....Bag handlers at airports are bag slingers, and you will end up with crumbs.

If you take food things in their own sealed packaging no chance of ants, but any shop will sell 'ant chalk' which draws a circle around foodstuffs and repels ants,

BUT Indian choc chip cookies are very good , if that is what you wish

Pet jars. Where to purchase in Blore?

If you need such items, the nearest pound shop in UK is your best choice.
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If you take food things in their own sealed packaging no chance of ants, but any shop will sell 'ant chalk' which draws a circle around foodstuffs and repels ants...
Lesson learnt the hard way, although admittedly in a home rather than a hopsital. Yes, the biscuits are perfectly safe until they are opened. I think it took the ants a couple of days to then find their way into my biscuits inside my case. The chalk is good; as a relatively naive visitor, I didn't know about it at the time. It is rather poisonous.

PET jars still in the pound shops? I'm not sure whether that is good or bad, as I'm not up to date on the reasons why they are now frowned on --- and if I look it up I might have throw all mine out . My first PET jars came from one of the local Indian shops in London. At that time I didn't realise they were freely available here: all the kitchens that I saw had all steel jars.

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