Packing list for Georgia
This list has been compiled with the assistance of Volunteers serving in Georgia. 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. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have a 100 pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Georgia.
Volunteers in Georgia may come unprepared for the flexibility between rural and urban dress. Living in the regions will require you to dress professionally and fairly modestly. Professional dress at your site means clean and conservative—not necessarily dress suits or coats and ties. Georgians tend to wear black and other dark colors. It is not necessary for you to eliminate bright colors from your wardrobe; just be aware that they will make you stand out. Winters are quite cold and classrooms and offices are often not heated. Think warm clothes for the cold winters and cool clothing for the hot summers.
- Loosely tailored pants
- Skirts and dresses for both warm and cold weather
- Long- and short-sleeved button-down shirts
- Wool or cotton sweaters
- Tailored jackets
- Tights and stockings (good quality are difficult to find in Georgia) 81
- Solid, sturdy shoes and boots for rough terrain and mud
- A warm winter coat, either of wool or down
- Two sets of long underwear that can be worn under dress wear
- Couple of pairs of good gloves (more if you are prone to losing them)
- Wool socks (many pairs)
- shorts or capries ( for spring and summer)
Women’s clothing is available at various shops, boutiques, and markets, but good quality is expensive and styles are limited.
- Khakis and casual-dress pants (avoid light-colored khakis, as these show stains very easily)
- Long-sleeved button-down shirts (light and heavy materials for climate changes)
- Sports jackets
- Belts and dress socks (these are available in-country) and a few ties
- Sturdy shoes
- Two sets of long underwear
- Wool socks (many pairs)
- Couple of pairs of good gloves
- Warm coat (wool or down)
Men’s clothing is readily available in Georgia at retail shops and markets, but good quality is expensive.
Note: You will need to prioritize to meet the weight limitations.
Depending on your region or placement, your heating may be very limited or close to non-existent. A hot water bottle is a good thing to consider taking from home.
- Luggage, such as duffel bags and hiking backpacks, should be tough and flexible. When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of taxis, minibuses, trains, and often carrying it around on foot. Bring luggage that is durable, lightweight, and easy to carry.
- Good-quality backpack, daypack, or messenger bag
- Prescription drugs: A three-month supply
- Eyeglasses—two pairs, since replacements take several months to arrive from the United States. Contact lens supplies are not available in Georgia and are not supplied by the Peace Corps.
- Rechargeable batteries and rechargers
- Poncho/raincoat and folding umbrella
- Camera and film (film and processing are readily available)
- Musical instruments (with music books and spare parts as needed)
- Sewing items (iron-on mending tape, straight and safety pins, etc.)
- Several good flashlights (of different sizes) and accompanying batteries
- Headlamp (for outhouses, outages, dark stairwells, dark streets)
- Small, battery-powered alarm clock
- CD player and CDs or MP3 player or iPod. A variety of Russian, American, and European music is available cheaply in Tbilisi, though much of it is pirated and not of very good quality.
- Favorite books (PC does have books in the lounge), including a dictionary
- Lots of pictures of home (photos, postcards, etc.) for yourself and to share with friends, students
- U.S. stamps and envelopes (for sending mail with friends who happen to make a return trip to the United States)
- Swiss Army, Leatherman, or an equivalent multipurpose knife
- Journal, diary, or schedule book
- Small retractable tape measure (inch/centimeter)
- Good can opener
- Maps of the United States and the world (good teaching aids) and wall-hangings
- Inexpensive gifts (toys, jewelry, perfume, magazines, books, pencils, key chains, etc.)
- Games (e.g., Scrabble, chess, Trivial Pursuit)
- Baseball, football, Frisbee, hackeysack, or other “American” sports equipment
- Ziploc storage bags
- Polypropylene, wool, and cotton sock and glove liners
- Warm gloves, hats, scarfs, and boots
- Spices (your favorites may be difficult to locate, especially in winter)
- Some supplies if you like to bake or cook (things like baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, are difficult to find locally)