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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Namibia]] 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 restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.  
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Mongolia]] 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, remember that you have a 102-pound weight restriction on baggage.  
  
While it is impossible to bring everything on the packing list, may items area available in Windhoek and other large towns. Devote the space in your luggage to items that are important to you, and plan to purchase items like linens (sheets/towels) upon your arrival in Namibia.
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You can find almost anything you need in Ulaanbaatar and many basics can be purchased in aimag centers (provincial capitals). Depending upon your site, you may have limited time to shop in Ulaanbaatar until your first in-service training, which is usually held in December. So think carefully about those essential winter items you will need during your first few months at your site.  
  
===General Clothing ===
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Before you move to your site, the Peace Corps will provide you with a space heater, water filter or distiller, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, shortwave radio, good-quality extension cord, many teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) books, sleeping bag (some Volunteers find the sleeping bag bulky and heavy and suggest that trainees bring their own for travel purposes), medical kit (described in an earlier section of this book), and a subscription to Newsweek’s international edition.
  
Namibians place an importance on professional dress in the workplace, and dressing “smart” is seen as a sign of respect for others. Dress slacks and skirts or dresses are required in the classroom and are the norm in most other work environments.  
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Your living allowance should not be considered a source of funding for major clothing purchases, although replacement clothing is factored into the living allowance. The Peace Corps does not provide reimbursement for winter clothing purchased in the United States. However Peace Corps/ Mongolia does provide a settling-in/winterization allowance that covers the purchase of some winter clothing and supplies in-country.  
  
Tennis shoes are not appropriate at work. Short shorts and extremely short dresses are inappropriate for women in both towns and villages. Tank tops are acceptable for women in both urban and rural areas, but not in professional settings. All clothing should be clean and well mended.  
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The hard water and strong detergent in Mongolia, not to mention hand-washing, will be harsh on your clothing, so make sure that whatever you bring can stand up to this treatment. Most Volunteers wear their clothes for several days before washing them, so dark colors are a good idea. While dry cleaning is available in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet, you may not have regular access to these cities, and the quality of the service is not consistent.  
  
You should bring professional washable clothes for work. For men, bring wrinkle-free business casual slacks, and 3-4 ties for more formal events. For women, dresses and skirts that fall below the knee are acceptable, as are dress slacks. Sandals (such as Chacos or Keens) are acceptable footwear for women in some schools/offices; in others, the norm is for women to wear closed toed shoes.  Men should wear closed toed shoes at work. Shorts (at mid-knee or longer) and jeans can be worn after work, weekends and holidays.  Bring a nice outfit for more formal events, such as Swearing In, weddings, and funerals.
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A wide variety of clothes is available here (many of them made in China), but quality can be lacking. If you have a hard time finding your size in the United States, you won’t find it here, and genuine “high-tech” fibers are not readily available. Very warm, Mongolian-made winter clothes can be purchased in-country. Walking will be your main mode of transportation around town, and the terrain here is rather rugged, so you need footwear that can take a lot of abuse.  
  
We recommend you bring along some warm clothing for the winter months. The temperature can drop into the 30 degrees Farenheit range at night during the three months of ”winter”’ (June–August). You’ll be much more comfortable if you bring along a fleece jacket, some sweaters, warm socks, winter cap that covers the ears, scarf and gloves.
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==General Clothing ==
  
===Shoes ===
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Note: Many Volunteers suggest packing very light. Basic clothing and toiletries can be bought here. Save room in your suitcase for music, pictures from home, and things that make a big difference when being away from home for two years. Specialty items like quality long underwear and gloves make good sense to bring from home, but heavy jackets can be bought here for under $30. Also pack a separate bag of winter things or things you won’t need during the 11 weeks of summer training. This bag will be stored at the Peace Corps office and you won’t have access to it during summer training.
  
Shoes are key. Everyone will walk many miles every week. Volunteers recommend four pairs of shoes. Bring newer shoes as your shoes will wear out quickly. The Volunteers also recommend more expensive footwear, just because it’s better and lasts longer. Some female Volunteers say one pair of trendy sandals or shoes is also nice,as there are chances to go out and dress up a bit in Windhoek.
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* One pair (tops and bottoms) of mid-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
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* One pair (tops and bottoms) of heavy-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
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* Winter coat or parka (available in Mongolia)
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* Fall and spring coat or parka (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Gloves or mittens (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Scarf (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Stocking cap (readily available in Mongolia)
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* A few (3–4) pairs of woolen socks (readily available in Mongolia)
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* A few (3–4) pairs of cotton socks (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Sun hats (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two to three “professional” shirts to work in (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two to three pairs of nice pants for work (readily available in Mongolia)
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* One to two pullover sweaters (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two pairs of jeans (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Five to six of your favorite T–shirts
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* Sweatpants and sweatshirt (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Two pairs of shorts (essential for summer and playing sports)
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* One formal piece of clothing, such as a suit for males and a dress for women (readily available in Mongolia)
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A suggested list of shoes for men and women includes:
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Note: It is very difficult for tall men and women to find clothing that fits them here. Peace Corps recommends purchasing these items while in the U.S. if you are over 6’ tall.
  
* Closed walking shoes for teaching and meetings or comfortable dress shoes or nice sandals for work
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==For Women ==
* Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, or other casual shoes
 
* Waterproof hiking boots (if you like to hike)
 
* Shower sandals/flip flops
 
* Sandals (e.g., Tevas, Birkenstocks, etc).
 
  
Note that people with large feet (especially men with size 11 or bigger) should bring an extra pair or two of shoes or sandals, as larger sizes can be difficult to find in Namibia
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* Bras and underwear (larger sizes are difficult to find and the quality may be lacking)
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* Tank tops (readily available in Mongolia)
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* Bathing suit
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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==For Men ==
  
Bring enough of your favorites to get you through your first five or six weeks. Volunteers have also suggested bringing good-quality body and facial lotion for dry skin and a pumice stone. Sunglasses are a must, and if you wear prescription glasses, you should bring prescription sunglasses.  A case for your glasses and/or sunglasses is also recommended. Remember that you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.
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* Underwear (the quality of local underwear may be lacking)
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* Swim trunks
  
===Kitchen ===
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==Shoes ==
  
You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here—dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils, plastic food containers and storage bags, etc. Also, a basic cookbook can be useful once you get to your permanent site. Peace Corps/Namibia provides you with a locally appropriate cookbook.
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* Winter boots (available here)
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* Hiking boots (not necessary, but the hiking is great here)
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* Sneakers (especially if you like basketball or volleyball since there are plenty of opportunities to play these here)
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* Sandals (outdoor “flip-flop” sandals are not available in Mongolia)
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* Dress shoes
  
===Miscellaneous ===
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Note: Men’s shoes larger than size 10 and women’s shoes larger than size 8 are difficult to find in Mongolia.
  
* Sleeping bag; a travel pillow and sleeping pad are also nice but not essential
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==Kitchen ==
* Good quality batteries (AA are expensive and 9V can be hard to find in Namibia)
 
* Back-up (spare) watch since locally available models are generally not of good quality
 
* Crayons, colored markers, colored pencils, Sharpies
 
* Craft idea books
 
*      Stickers (if you will be a classroom teacher)
 
* Duct tape
 
* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
 
* Travel-size clock
 
* Small flashlight or headlamp and extra bulbs
 
* Guidebooks about the region
 
* Maps, pictures, and wall hangings to decorate your home
 
* Inexpensive gifts to give to your hosts and to children 
 
* Digital camera (and good camera bag to keep out the dust)
 
* Laptop and external hard drive
 
* iPOD/MP3 player
 
* DVDs
 
* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene)
 
* A jump/flash/pen/USB drive
 
* For women, feminine hygiene items like Diva Cup, the Keeper, GladRag, etc. are recommended; pads and tampons are available but are often quite expensive
 
* Favorite recipes
 
* A few books
 
* Small book bag or backpack for work and weekends
 
*      Special equipment for your hobbies (tent and camping stove for camping, rock climbing equipment, etc.)
 
I suggest taking some sticky insect traps. You can get bug spray, but I never found the traps.
 
  
===Things we shouldn’t have brought ===
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* Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
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* Sturdy water bottle(s) (e.g., Nalgene)
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* Plastic storage bags 
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* Your favorite cookbook (a Volunteer-compiled cookbook will be given to you at the end of pre-service training) Note: the following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: garlic press, corkscrew, pie tin, French press (electric coffeemakers are available in the capital), vegetable peeler, can opener, spices of all kinds, parmesan cheese, vanilla extract, and gourmet coffee and tea. These are not necessities and will not be needed during training. You don’t need to waste packing space on these since they can be sent to you in a care package once you arrive at your site or purchased in the capital.
  
* Too many toiletries (mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.; they can all be purchased inexpensively in Namibia)
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==Personal Hygiene & Toiletry Items ==
* Kitchen equipment (pots, pans, can openers, silverware, etc.)
 
* White clothes and clothes that require dry cleaning or cannot be washed by hand. 
 
* Spices
 
* Mosquito net (Peace Corps/Namibia gives you one)
 
* An electric adapter (you can’t get the right one if you buy it elsewhere)
 
* Too many formal clothes
 
*      Wireless reading devices (such as the Kindle or Nook).  Many Volunteers have experienced problems with these devices in Namibia due to the electrical current, and shipping them back to the U.S. for repair is prohibitively expensive.
 
  
[[Category:Namibia]]
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Hand and foot warmers (i.e., the charcoal kind that are activated when exposed to air). These are best sent in a care package.
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The following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: Razor, blades (these are hard to find, but cheap ones can be found in aimags and expensive gillette sensor-type blades in the capital), and shaving cream, a towel, contact lens solutions, hair-cutting device, antiperspirant or deodorant, hair fixatives, dental floss and fluoride mouthwash.
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Note: Many products are available in Mongolia (e.g., Nivea hand cream, Pantene shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, nail polish, and ALL kinds of cosmetics), but if you are, for instance, a Clinique or Body Shop junkie, bring your own or have them sent.
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==Miscellaneous ==
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* A small photo album of family and friends (a must-bring item)
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* 220-volt converter (essential if you bring American appliances)
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* Rechargeable batteries
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* Camera*
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* Flashlight*
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* American board and card games
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* Music*
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* Solar shower
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* Duct tape (highly recommended)
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* Camping gear (if you like to camp)*
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* Fishing gear (if you like to fish)*
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* Backpack (useful for traveling in-country)
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* Reading materials (much cheaper if sent using a postal M-bag; also, Peace Corps has an extensive lending library)
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* MP3 or iPod player
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* Flash disk or thumb drive
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(*Available in the capital)
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==Work Items for English Education Volunteers==
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Chances are good that your school will not be able to provide you with many resources. Below are a few items that cannot be bought in-country but would be useful in the classroom.
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* Colored construction paper
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* Catalogs (the pictures are useful when teaching)
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* Children’s books, a picture dictionary, songs on tape, and a book about American holidays
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* Erasers for chalkboards
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* Index cards
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==Work Items for Health and Community and Youth Development Volunteers ==
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What you need will depend on your experience in your field and the specific job you have. It is best to assess your situation when you get here and then have items sent from home.
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[[Category:Mongolia]]

Latest revision as of 12:02, 23 August 2016


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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]] 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!
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  • [[Training in {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

[[Category:{{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Mongolia| |5}}]]

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Mongolia 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, remember that you have a 102-pound weight restriction on baggage.

You can find almost anything you need in Ulaanbaatar and many basics can be purchased in aimag centers (provincial capitals). Depending upon your site, you may have limited time to shop in Ulaanbaatar until your first in-service training, which is usually held in December. So think carefully about those essential winter items you will need during your first few months at your site.

Before you move to your site, the Peace Corps will provide you with a space heater, water filter or distiller, fire extinguisher, smoke detector, shortwave radio, good-quality extension cord, many teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) books, sleeping bag (some Volunteers find the sleeping bag bulky and heavy and suggest that trainees bring their own for travel purposes), medical kit (described in an earlier section of this book), and a subscription to Newsweek’s international edition.

Your living allowance should not be considered a source of funding for major clothing purchases, although replacement clothing is factored into the living allowance. The Peace Corps does not provide reimbursement for winter clothing purchased in the United States. However Peace Corps/ Mongolia does provide a settling-in/winterization allowance that covers the purchase of some winter clothing and supplies in-country.

The hard water and strong detergent in Mongolia, not to mention hand-washing, will be harsh on your clothing, so make sure that whatever you bring can stand up to this treatment. Most Volunteers wear their clothes for several days before washing them, so dark colors are a good idea. While dry cleaning is available in Ulaanbaatar, Darkhan, and Erdenet, you may not have regular access to these cities, and the quality of the service is not consistent.

A wide variety of clothes is available here (many of them made in China), but quality can be lacking. If you have a hard time finding your size in the United States, you won’t find it here, and genuine “high-tech” fibers are not readily available. Very warm, Mongolian-made winter clothes can be purchased in-country. Walking will be your main mode of transportation around town, and the terrain here is rather rugged, so you need footwear that can take a lot of abuse.

General Clothing

Note: Many Volunteers suggest packing very light. Basic clothing and toiletries can be bought here. Save room in your suitcase for music, pictures from home, and things that make a big difference when being away from home for two years. Specialty items like quality long underwear and gloves make good sense to bring from home, but heavy jackets can be bought here for under $30. Also pack a separate bag of winter things or things you won’t need during the 11 weeks of summer training. This bag will be stored at the Peace Corps office and you won’t have access to it during summer training.

  • One pair (tops and bottoms) of mid-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
  • One pair (tops and bottoms) of heavy-weight long underwear (it is essential that you purchase these before coming to Mongolia)
  • Winter coat or parka (available in Mongolia)
  • Fall and spring coat or parka (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Gloves or mittens (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Scarf (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Stocking cap (readily available in Mongolia)
  • A few (3–4) pairs of woolen socks (readily available in Mongolia)
  • A few (3–4) pairs of cotton socks (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Sun hats (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two to three “professional” shirts to work in (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two to three pairs of nice pants for work (readily available in Mongolia)
  • One to two pullover sweaters (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two pairs of jeans (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Five to six of your favorite T–shirts
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirt (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Two pairs of shorts (essential for summer and playing sports)
  • One formal piece of clothing, such as a suit for males and a dress for women (readily available in Mongolia)


Note: It is very difficult for tall men and women to find clothing that fits them here. Peace Corps recommends purchasing these items while in the U.S. if you are over 6’ tall.

For Women

  • Bras and underwear (larger sizes are difficult to find and the quality may be lacking)
  • Tank tops (readily available in Mongolia)
  • Bathing suit

For Men

  • Underwear (the quality of local underwear may be lacking)
  • Swim trunks

Shoes

  • Winter boots (available here)
  • Hiking boots (not necessary, but the hiking is great here)
  • Sneakers (especially if you like basketball or volleyball since there are plenty of opportunities to play these here)
  • Sandals (outdoor “flip-flop” sandals are not available in Mongolia)
  • Dress shoes

Note: Men’s shoes larger than size 10 and women’s shoes larger than size 8 are difficult to find in Mongolia.

Kitchen

  • Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
  • Sturdy water bottle(s) (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Your favorite cookbook (a Volunteer-compiled cookbook will be given to you at the end of pre-service training) Note: the following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: garlic press, corkscrew, pie tin, French press (electric coffeemakers are available in the capital), vegetable peeler, can opener, spices of all kinds, parmesan cheese, vanilla extract, and gourmet coffee and tea. These are not necessities and will not be needed during training. You don’t need to waste packing space on these since they can be sent to you in a care package once you arrive at your site or purchased in the capital.

Personal Hygiene & Toiletry Items

Hand and foot warmers (i.e., the charcoal kind that are activated when exposed to air). These are best sent in a care package.

The following items have been recommended, but can be purchased in the capital: Razor, blades (these are hard to find, but cheap ones can be found in aimags and expensive gillette sensor-type blades in the capital), and shaving cream, a towel, contact lens solutions, hair-cutting device, antiperspirant or deodorant, hair fixatives, dental floss and fluoride mouthwash.

Note: Many products are available in Mongolia (e.g., Nivea hand cream, Pantene shampoo, Colgate toothpaste, nail polish, and ALL kinds of cosmetics), but if you are, for instance, a Clinique or Body Shop junkie, bring your own or have them sent.

Miscellaneous

  • A small photo album of family and friends (a must-bring item)
  • 220-volt converter (essential if you bring American appliances)
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Camera*
  • Flashlight*
  • American board and card games
  • Music*
  • Solar shower
  • Duct tape (highly recommended)
  • Camping gear (if you like to camp)*
  • Fishing gear (if you like to fish)*
  • Backpack (useful for traveling in-country)
  • Reading materials (much cheaper if sent using a postal M-bag; also, Peace Corps has an extensive lending library)
  • MP3 or iPod player
  • Flash disk or thumb drive

(*Available in the capital)

Work Items for English Education Volunteers

Chances are good that your school will not be able to provide you with many resources. Below are a few items that cannot be bought in-country but would be useful in the classroom.

  • Colored construction paper
  • Catalogs (the pictures are useful when teaching)
  • Children’s books, a picture dictionary, songs on tape, and a book about American holidays
  • Erasers for chalkboards
  • Index cards

Work Items for Health and Community and Youth Development Volunteers

What you need will depend on your experience in your field and the specific job you have. It is best to assess your situation when you get here and then have items sent from home.