I’ve never been to a third world country before, but friends of mine who have traveled to some have told me that the poverty they saw in those places is unimaginable to those of us who grew up in the United States.

And I think we can all agree that some things we view as problems would be seen as luxuries in those less fortunate countries.

AskReddit users talked about the first world problems they think are third world luxuries.

Let’s see what they had to say…

1. Produce.

“Here’s one that blew my mind: imperfect vegetables.

Imagine a grocery discarding a pepper for having too many bumps or a banana for having to many brown spots.

Meanwhile here I am with my crinkly green peppers and bananas that are 40% brown patch. (But our avocados are like .20cents US).”

2. Analysis paralysis.

“I find buying a loaf of bread to be confusing.

There as are so many option in the grocery store—White, Whole wheat, Rye, Sourdough, Italian, Oatmeal.

It can be hard to choose.”

3. Boo hoo.

“When there’s not enough hot water to take a long shower because the tank in the heater is too small.”

4. We’ve all been there.

“One ply toilet paper.

We’ve all had to use it at work or in some public washroom.

That stuff’s the worst!”

5. Definitely.

“Having to “Tetris” the fridge because you ordered too much food and it’s full of leftovers.”

6. Crazy.

“Shoes with a small tear or smudge.

I always see the European and American ppl have very braand new shoes and clothes it looks like as if they change them every 6 months or so.

I really wonder what is average life of their clothes and shoes.”

7. Well, there’s that.

“When my charger is not long enough to comfortably reach my phone while I lay in bed.”

8. Sad.


I have had three cousins from a third world country come visit me in the last month just because they can’t get the Covid vaccine in their country.

Meanwhile, my dad refuses to get vaccinated and is now worried about losing his job over it.”

9. Lucky to have a job.


Yeah, it sucks having to go into work everyday.

But living in an artificially economically depressed area that has been f**ked over is even worse.”

10. Come on!

“The guys that mow my lawn use a blower to clear debris, but always blow it into my heated inground salt pool.

It happens every week during the summer.”

11. We take this one for granted.

“Taking out the garbage.

In India, there is the garbage collection infrastructure is real bad and there will be big boxes in some streets filled with garbage and they are cleared like once in a couple weeks.

But I gotta give props to all the garbage municipal workers, with what they have there are doing so much more.”

12. Too many options.

“Do you want pizza? No.

Chinese? No.

Salad? No.

Want to go to the grocery store and get stuff no make dinner? No.

Ugghhhh there’s nothing to eatttt!!!!”

What first world problems do you think are third world luxuries?

Tell us what you think in the comments.

Thanks a lot!