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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Niger]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Niger.
Many Volunteers end up wishing they had not brought so many clothes and toiletries and had concentrated instead on more personal items like music and , photos. However, we recommend that you avoid bringing anything you would be heartbroken to lose. Since there is a variety of jobs, each with different clothing requirements, you should consider your particular job in deciding what to bring. Health and education Volunteers have a greater need for professional-looking clothing than Volunteers who spend most of the time in the field, but all Volunteers should be neat and presentable.  Despite your worst fears, there is a cool season in Niger, when night temperatures become quite tolerable. Make sure your clothes are comfortable and durable, because they will take a beating during hand laundering. Keep in mind that it is relatively cheap and easy to have local tailors make great-looking traditional clothes (or copies of what you bring with you).
===General Clothing ===
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* Ten or so pairs of cotton underwear (boxer shorts, bras, etc.)
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* Three to five cotton T-shirts or tank tops (white not recommended)
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* Three or four dress shirts
* One or two pairs of shorts for sports (but note that shorts are not normally worn by men or women in public)
* Two or three pairs of lightweight, loose-fitting cotton pants (tailors can duplicate them), the darker the better
* Two or three skirts for women (short skirts are inappropriate, and pockets are handy), below knee-length
* One sweater/sweatshirt (fleece)
* Three or five pairs of cotton socks (not white due to dust)
* One or two dressy outfits for official functions, e.g., good-looking dress or pants and a collared shirt (tie optional); do not bring anything that needs dry cleaning
* Belts (for when your clothes no longer fit you as you’ll probably lose weight)
* One or two brimmed hats or baseball caps
* One pair of jeans
* Swimsuit (sometimes a pool may be available)
===Shoes ===
* One pair of sturdy sandals (e.g., Tevas, Birkenstocks, Chacos)
* One pair of tennis shoes
* One pair of dress shoes for official functions (e.g., loafers or boat shoes for men and nice sandals for women)
Note: Sand, dust, rain, mud, and mildew are prevalent in Niger, so you may want to waterproof or otherwise protect much of your clothing and footwear.
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
* Thin, lightweight towel
* Nail clippers and nail file
* Good pair of scissors (for hair cutting and other things)
* Two pairs of prescription glasses, if you wear them, and maybe one tinted pair.
* Three-month supply of any prescription medication you take (including birth control pills)
* Facial astringent/Face wipes (only if you prefer a specific brand)
* Special soaps and hair conditioners
* Two-month supply of shampoo for training
* Earplugs
* Toothpaste (only if you want your favorite brand, as it can be purchased in Niger)
* Two pairs of dark sunglasses (locally available sunglasses may not have UV protection) with a sturdy case
* Razor and blades (if you are partial to a certain type—you can purchase Bic razors locally)
===Kitchen ===
* Swiss army knife or Leatherman with can opener, bottle opener, blade, corkscrew
* Sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene) or canteens; two-quart size is ideal (small-mouth bottle easier to drink out of while traveling)
* Spices for cooking (e.g., cinnamon, oregano, basil, curry powder); most can be purchased in Niger 89
* Dry sauce mixes and instant drink mixes (a nice treat)
* Small and large plastic food storage bags
* Hard candies (note that chocolate melts, except for peanut M&M’s)
* Plastic containers (to protect a camera, tapes, and food)
* Dried fruit/granola/energy bars
* Jerky and/or tuna in a pouch
* Pudding
* Instant coffee
Note that Peace Corps/Niger has a cookbook specific to cooking in Niger. Also almost any food you want can be sent from home.
===Miscellaneous ===
* Sleeping bag (very light, highly compactable one is best)
* Pillow (optional)
* Combination lock (key locks available locally)
* Sturdy but inexpensive waterproof watch
* A sturdy day pack or fanny pack
* Batteries for anything electronic that you bring
* Solar battery recharger (note that it is usually easier to just buy new batteries and battery rechargers can get burnt out from the heat)
* Alarm clock
* Backpack—internal frame, well constructed (not too large)
* U.S. and world maps
* Paperbacks (there are many at the Peace Corps office, but recent releases make good additions)
* Games (e.g., deck of cards, chess, checkers, Othello, Frisbee, backgammon); many are available in the transit houses
* Photos of family, friends, and scenery (a great way to get to know people)
* Musical instruments
* Materials for hobbies and crafts (you will have more free time and fewer distractions)
* Calendars, holiday cards, thank-you notes, stationery, address book, good writing pens
* U.S. driver’s license (for travel outside Niger)
* Credit cards
* Padded envelopes for sending items home (like film)
* Twelve to 15 ID photos (for visas and other forms; photo-booth quality is OK, though this can be done in Niger )
* Duct tape
* Cassette recorder,Walkman, iPod, or MP3 player
* Your favorite music and blank cassettes (CDs will get scratched)
* Shortwave radio (for BBC and Voice of America news broadcasts; inexpensive ones can be purchased in Niamey)
* Flashlight or headlamp and spare bulbs (also available in Niger)
* Self-adhesive U.S. stamps for mailing letters with people traveling to the United States
* Camera with a dustproof case (smaller is better as it is more inconspicuous), including digital equipment to download to a computer
* USB sticks
* Your favorite movie on DVD or VHS (You will have access to a TV sometimes) 91
===Don’t Bring ===
* Heavy coats
* Too many clothes
* Clothing that is torn, disheveled-looking, or has offensive wording
* Camouflage or military clothing
* Lots of cash
* Two-year supply of toiletries (basic products are available in Niger)
* Pots, pans, and kitchen utensils
* Anything cumbersome or unusual that could attract customs’ attention
* Over-the-counter medication (common OTC medication is provided by Peace Corps)
* Insect repellant (provided by Peace Corps/Niger)
* Sun block (provided by Peace Corps)
* Boots
* Rain gear
* Tampons
* Cellphones

Revision as of 12:50, 25 May 2009

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Peace Corps Association of Ventura County