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{{Packing lists by country}}
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Madagascar]] 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 a 100-pound weight restriction on baggage. (Luggage should be tough, lightweight, lockable, and easy to carry.) And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Madagascar.
===General Clothing===
* Lightweight all-weather jacket
* Hooded sweatshirt or fleece
* Knit hat and gloves
* Swimsuit (one-piece and very sturdy)
* Bandannas or handkerchiefs
* Baseball cap or straw hat for sun protection
* Good-quality lightweight raincoat and heavy-duty poncho
* Slacks and shirts or blouses (some sleeveless)
* Shorts and other clothes for lounging around (e.g., drawstring pajama pants or doctor’s scrubs).
* For women, dresses or skirts (below the knee for teachers, with no slits above the knee and not tight-fitting), including a dressy outfit
* For women, cotton slips (short and long)
* For men, a button-down shirt and tie for special occasions
* Plenty of underwear, bras (including a sports bra), and socks
* Belt
* Money belt
* Quick-drying shorts for biking
Note: The three ideal characteristics of clothing in Madagascar are dark colors, many pockets, and the ability to withstand rain and mud splatters (i.e., quick drying and breathable). In general, one should dress conservatively. It does get cold, so bring some warm clothes. Do not bring a lot of clothes, just three or four outfits for staging and the beginning of training; you can buy just about anything in local markets.
* Sandals such as Tevas or Chacos
* Sneakers and/or hiking boots (at least two pairs of shoes)
* Professional shoes for teachers (with closed toes and comfortable for standing)
* Dress shoes for special occasions
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
* Enough deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, sunscreen, lotion, etc. to last you through training
* A few toothbrushes
* Tampons without applicators (e.g., o.b.); a basic selection of pads and tampons without applicators are available through the Peace Corps. If a specific brand/ type is preferred, please have them sent to you.
* Razor and extra blades
* Manicure set
* Hair-cutting scissors, if so inclined
* Bicycle helmet
* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
* Leatherman or Swiss army knife
* Compact sleeping bag for cold weather
* Indiglo watch
* Bungee cords or backpack straps
* Chair that folds out into a sleeping mat
* Flashlight or headlamp with extra bulbs
* Shortwave radio
* Solar-powered rechargeable batteries with recharger
*      Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join Market for Change [http://www.marketforchange.com].
* Duct tape
* Scissors
* Good envelopes
* Glue
* Dictionary
* U.S. stamps for sending letters with travelers (and for mailing in student loan deferments, taxes, etc)
* Battery-powered alarm clock
* Towels, preferably of the quick-drying camping variety.
* Sewing kit
* Sunglasses
* Cash (which you can keep in the safe at the Peace Corps office)
* A voided check or deposit slip from your U.S. bank account
* Games (Scrabble, cards, chess, Frisbee, etc.)
* Walkman/iPod with favorite music
* Musical instruments (harmonica, guitar, etc.)
* Videotapes of some favorite or new movies to share at the Volunteer house in the capital
* A few novels (to swap after reading)
* Hobby materials like sketching pads and pencils
* Day pack or a small backpack without a frame
* Sturdy gardening gloves
* Good-quality large umbrella
*      Cell phone and charger

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