10 things you must purchase immediately upon arrival in Tel Aviv

There's nothing worse than coming unprepared to a new city
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It's easy to get overwhelmed by a big move. While Tel Aviv can be daunting when you first arrive–with its overpopulation of beard-sporting hipsters, cats, and caffeine addicts–there's nothing to worry about. With these ten essential items, you'll be ready to rule the White City world without a problem.

Get out those shekels and start shopping for:

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cockroach
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Roach Killer

Who needs an exterminator when you've got this lethal spray? Deadlier than any military assault rifle you'll find in Israel.

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Bleach
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Ekonomika

Hats off to the genius who came up with a completely irrelevant name that would take any North American, Brit, and even Israeli months of grocery aisle searching to find when seeking out a bathroom staple: bleach.

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A Bicycle

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Owning a bike in Tel Aviv is like owning a pair of legs; they're necessary to get around town and to stay alive (if you don't die on the battlefield known as the White City streets).

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Tahina
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Tahina

Not only is it delicious, it's multipurpose too. Slap it on tricky doorknobs, ungreased locks, and mold when you're running low on Ekonomika.

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A watch
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A Watch

Just kidding, what's the fun in that? Everyone would be on time to meetings, the work day would start promptly at 9:00 a.m., and Park HaYarkon concerts would actually end at 11:00 p.m.

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Flip flops
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Havaianas

These aren't just any flip flops, these are the cream of the flip flop crop. Legend has it that Havaianas can not only outlast global warming, but also the cockroaches.

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Water bottles
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Water bottles

Don't hate, rehydrate. Plus, they double as flasks for desert festivals like InDnegev and Midburn.

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Stroller
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A Shuk Shopping Cart

Okay, some might argue that this is a baby stroller not a shopping cart, but creativity is a must when living in Israel's most expensive city. Allow your baby carriage to double as a shopping cart when doing your weekly shuk shopping. On that note...

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Babies

They're just really cute, and they seem to multiply at shockingly high rates here.

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