What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going?
Apart from specialty items from your home country, you can buy anything you want.
Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit?
For really tall people, it can be difficult to find pants that fit.
What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at?
There are several options located throughout Moscow, including: Azbuka Vkusa, Auchan, Perekrestok, Sedmoij Continent
and METRO (where you can find anything, but you'll need a company card to get in).
Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found?
For cleaning materials, Auchan is your best bet. If you're looking for furniture, IKEA is a leader in this field, though other major furniture stores have opened recently.
What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city?
Because of the size of this city and the bad traffic, it can be a very time-consuming activity. If it's one of your primary hobbies, you might also need a car for this because there is not always a metro station nearby.
Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
No, as you can get a driver very easily and inexpensively. The public transportation system is very efficient although the metro is quite busy during rush hour. There are lots of inexpensive taxi services available: Uber, Yandex Taxi, Gett and Taxi.ru.
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