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This list has been compiled by Volunteers and is based on their
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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.  
experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list,
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bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no
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perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention,
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personally and professionally. You can always have things sent
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to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you
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have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you
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can get almost everything you need in Rwanda.
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===General Clothing===
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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).
  
You may also find that the clothing you bring from home will
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===General Clothing ===
suffer more wear and tear than usual. Fortunately, used clothing
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markets abound in Rwanda, even in smaller towns, so it is not
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necessary to bring two years’ worth of clothes.
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* Several pairs of khaki trousers
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* Ten or so pairs of cotton underwear (boxer shorts, bras, etc.)
* T-shirts, polo shirts, and blouses
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* Three to five cotton T-shirts or tank tops (white not recommended)
* Sweatshirts/ fleece
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* Three or four dress shirts
* Athletic shorts, for sports or home
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* One or two pairs of shorts for sports (but note that shorts are not normally worn by men or women in public)
* Jeans
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* Two or three pairs of lightweight, loose-fitting cotton pants (tailors can duplicate them), the darker the better
* One or two dressy outfits
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* Two or three skirts for women (short skirts are inappropriate, and pockets are handy), below knee-length  
* Bandannas
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* One sweater/sweatshirt (fleece)
* Tank tops for women
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* Three or five pairs of cotton socks (not white due to dust)  
* Long or knee-length skirts
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* 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
* Raincoat or umbrella
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* Belts (for when your clothes no longer fit you as you’ll probably lose weight)
* Cotton socks (gray or athletic)
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* One or two brimmed hats or baseball caps
* Undergarments, including slips for women
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* One pair of jeans
* Swimsuit
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* Swimsuit (sometimes a pool may be available)
  
===Shoes===
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===Shoes ===
  
Durable shoes are an essential investment. Shoes will wear out
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* One pair of sturdy sandals (e.g., Tevas, Birkenstocks, Chacos)
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* One pair of tennis shoes
the walking you will do and the volcanic terrain in some regions
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* One pair of dress shoes for official functions (e.g., loafers or boat shoes for men and nice sandals for women)
of the country.
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* One or two pairs of hiking/walking shoes or boots
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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.
* One or two pairs of sneakers or running shoes
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* Two pairs of comfortable dress shoes
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* Dress sandals
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
  
A range of basic hygiene items is available in most towns and
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* Thin, lightweight towel
cities; however, if you have strong personal preferences, plan to
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* Nail clippers and nail file
bring those brands.
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* Good pair of scissors (for hair cutting and other things)
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* Two pairs of prescription glasses, if you wear them, and maybe one tinted pair.
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* Three-month supply of any prescription medication you take (including birth control pills)
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* Facial astringent/Face wipes (only if you prefer a specific brand)
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* Special soaps and hair conditioners
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* Two-month supply of shampoo for training
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* Earplugs
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* Toothpaste (only if you want your favorite brand, as it can be purchased in Niger)
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* Two pairs of dark sunglasses (locally available sunglasses may not have UV protection) with a sturdy case
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* Razor and blades (if you are partial to a certain type—you can purchase Bic razors locally)
  
* Deodorant (if you prefer the stick kind, which is not available locally)
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===Kitchen ===
* Contact lens solution (available locally but very expensive); Peace Corps does not provide this
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* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, including birth control pills
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* Good-quality sunscreen (with a high SPF)
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* Tampons or sanitary pads (some are available locally but are very expensive)
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* Aloe or after-sun lotion
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* Conditioner (shampoo can be widely found in markets)
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* Nail clippers/Nail file
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===Recreation/Entertainment===
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* Swiss army knife or Leatherman with can opener, bottle opener, blade, corkscrew
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* Sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene) or canteens; two-quart size is ideal (small-mouth bottle easier to drink out of while traveling)
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* Spices for cooking (e.g., cinnamon, oregano, basil, curry powder); most can be purchased in Niger 89
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* Dry sauce mixes and instant drink mixes (a nice treat)
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* Small and large plastic food storage bags
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* Hard candies (note that chocolate melts, except for peanut M&M’s)
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* Plastic containers (to protect a camera, tapes, and food)
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* Dried fruit/granola/energy bars
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* Jerky and/or tuna in a pouch
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* Pudding
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* Instant coffee
  
* Camera and accessories (film is available locally)
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Note that Peace Corps/Niger has a cookbook specific to cooking in Niger. Also almost any food you want can be sent from home.  
* Binoculars
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* Music player/recorder—iPod, MP3, CD, cassette (voltage converters are available locally)
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* Your favorite music (blank tapes are available locally)
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* Shortwave radio (three- to seven-band is recommended)
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* Portable musical instruments
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* Biking shorts and gloves (the Peace Corps provides a helmet and repair tools)
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* Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, kites, football, soccer ball)
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* Art supplies
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* Games and puzzle books (e.g., playing cards, cribbage, Scrabble, chess)
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* Favorite novels (but there will also be plenty circulating among Volunteers)
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* Almanac and dictionary
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* Camping or hiking gear
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* Tent (useful for travel as well as backpacking)
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===Miscellaneous===
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===Miscellaneous ===
  
* Pictures from home of your family, friends, pets, seasons of the year, etc.
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* Sleeping bag (very light, highly compactable one is best)
* Pens and pencils, stationery, and notebooks
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* Pillow (optional)
* Alarm clock
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* Combination lock (key locks available locally)
* Solar calculator (essential for small enterprise development Volunteers)
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* Sturdy but inexpensive waterproof watch
* Solar batteries and recharger
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* A sturdy day pack or fanny pack
* 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 [http://www.marketforchange.com Market for Change]
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* Batteries for anything electronic that you bring
* Sewing kit
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* Solar battery recharger (note that it is usually easier to just buy new batteries and battery rechargers can get burnt out from the heat)
* Knives (available locally but of poor quality)
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* Alarm clock  
* Plastic storage bags and containers
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* Backpack—internal frame, well constructed (not too large)  
* Duct tape
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* U.S. and world maps
* Peeler, grater, etc.
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* Paperbacks (there are many at the Peace Corps office, but recent releases make good additions)
* Tools such as a Leatherman knife and pruning shears
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* Games (e.g., deck of cards, chess, checkers, Othello, Frisbee, backgammon); many are available in the transit houses
* Packaged sauces, seasonings, soft-drink mixes, and spices (spices are hard to find and can be very expensive)
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* Photos of family, friends, and scenery (a great way to get to know people)
* Potholders
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* Musical instruments
* Solar shower
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* Materials for hobbies and crafts (you will have more free time and fewer distractions)
* Work gloves
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* Calendars, holiday cards, thank-you notes, stationery, address book, good writing pens
* Cash (most Volunteers bring $200 to $500 for travel and vacation)
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* U.S. driver’s license (for travel outside Niger)
* Credit card and/or ATM card
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* Credit cards
* At least 12 passport-size photos of yourself for visas, work permits, etc. (NOTE: These photos are a must)
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* Padded envelopes for sending items home (like film)  
* U.S. and world maps
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* Twelve to 15 ID photos (for visas and other forms; photo-booth quality is OK, though this can be done in Niger )
* U.S. stamps (you can often have letters mailed in the United States by travelers)
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* Duct tape  
* Checks from a U.S. bank account (handy for ordering things from home)
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* Cassette recorder,Walkman, iPod, or MP3 player
* Day planner
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* Your favorite music and blank cassettes (CDs will get scratched)
* Nalgene water bottle
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* Shortwave radio (for BBC and Voice of America news broadcasts; inexpensive ones can be purchased in Niamey)  
* Sunglasses/visor
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* Flashlight or headlamp and spare bulbs (also available in Niger)
* Bedsheets
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* Self-adhesive U.S. stamps for mailing letters with people traveling to the United States
* Towels
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* Camera with a dustproof case (smaller is better as it is more inconspicuous), including digital equipment to download to a computer
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* USB sticks
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* Your favorite movie on DVD or VHS (You will have access to a TV sometimes) 91
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===Don’t Bring ===
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* Heavy coats
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* Too many clothes
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* Clothing that is torn, disheveled-looking, or has offensive wording
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* Camouflage or military clothing
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* Lots of cash
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* Two-year supply of toiletries (basic products are available in Niger)
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* Pots, pans, and kitchen utensils
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* Anything cumbersome or unusual that could attract customs’ attention
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* Over-the-counter medication (common OTC medication is provided by Peace Corps)  
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* Insect repellant (provided by Peace Corps/Niger)  
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* Sun block (provided by Peace Corps)
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* Boots
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* Rain gear
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* Tampons
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* Cellphones
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[[Category:Niger]]

Revision as of 23:38, 12 March 2009


Packing List for [[{{#explode:Packing list for Niger| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Niger| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Niger| |5}}]]

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

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

  • Ten or so pairs of cotton underwear (boxer shorts, bras, etc.)
  • Three to five cotton T-shirts or tank tops (white not recommended)
  • 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