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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Ecuador]] 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. If you are buying luggage, we recommended that you consider the easy-to-carry variety rather than hard suitcases. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Ecuador, including custom-made clothing.
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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.  
 
 
Since you may live in chilly mountains, the hot and humid coast or jungle, or a more temperate transition zone, this can only be a general guide.  
 
  
 
===General Clothing===
 
===General Clothing===
  
* One or two pairs of nice pants
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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.
* One to four pairs of heavy work pants or jeans (ag and habitat conservation Volunteers usually need more and rural public health and youth and families Volunteers usually need less)
 
* Six T-shirts or short-sleeved polo shirts (T-shirts are readily available in Ecuador unless you need something larger than XL)
 
* One or two dress up outfits
 
* Two or three long-sleeved or turtleneck shirts
 
* Two to four (or more) pairs of shorts (not too short)
 
* 12 pairs of cotton underwear
 
* One or two pairs of long underwear or other clothes to layer
 
* 12 pairs of good-quality socks
 
* Two or three pairs (or more) of heavy wool socks
 
* Two or three sweaters (you can also buy them locally) or a fleeces
 
* Two (or more)sweatshirts
 
* Two pairs of sweatpants (or leggings or warm tights for women)
 
* One heavy jacket
 
* One waterproof windbreaker or poncho
 
* One pair of heavy work gloves
 
* One bathrobe or long T-shirt (useful when sharing a bathroom with a host family)
 
* One or two bathing suits
 
* One or two sun hats, visors, or caps with a bill (the sun is very strong in Ecuador)
 
* Bandanas
 
  
===For Women===
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===Women===
  
* Six or more bras (available locally, but not good quality)  
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* Loosely tailored pants
* One or two nice dresses or modest sundresses (read above)
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* Skirts and dresses for both warm and cold weather
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* Long- and short-sleeved button-down shirts
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* Wool or cotton sweaters
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* Tailored jackets
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* Tights and stockings (good quality are difficult to find in Georgia) 81
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* Solid, sturdy shoes and boots for rough terrain and mud
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* A warm winter coat, either of wool or down
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* Two sets of long underwear that can be worn under dress wear
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* Couple of pairs of good gloves (more if you are prone to losing them)
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* Wool socks (many pairs)
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*      shorts or capries ( for spring and summer)
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Women’s clothing is available at various shops, boutiques, and markets, but good quality is expensive and styles are limited.
  
===For Men===  
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===Men===
* One sport coat (read above)
 
* One or two neckties
 
  
===Shoes===
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* Khakis and casual-dress pants (avoid light-colored khakis, as these show stains very easily)
(remember that it is difficult to find shoe sizes over 10)  
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* Long-sleeved button-down shirts (light and heavy materials for climate changes)
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* Sports jackets
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* Belts and dress socks (these are available in-country) and a few ties
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* Sturdy shoes
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* Two sets of long underwear
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* Wool socks (many pairs)
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* Couple of pairs of good gloves
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* Warm coat (wool or down)  
  
* Two pairs of tennis or running shoes
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Men’s clothing is readily available in Georgia at retail shops and markets, but good quality is expensive.
* One pair of good-quality work boots, if you are in the agriculture or habitat conservation programs
 
* One or two pairs of dress shoes
 
* One pair of flip-flops (for showers or wearing around the house), sandals (easily purchased locally), or Tevas
 
* One pair of rain/mud boots (you can get these here)
 
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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===Miscellaneous===
 
 
* Shampoo and other toiletries are readily available in Ecuador, but if you use special brands, bring a supply with you
 
* Hand sanitizer
 
* Contact lens solutions and extra cases and travel bottles, if you wear contacts (available in larger cities, but a little more expensive than in the United States)
 
* Skin So Soft by Avon (some people use it as a bug repellent)
 
* Tampons (extremely expensive in Ecuador)
 
* Makeup (U.S. brands are expensive here)
 
  
===Kitchen===
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Note: You will need to prioritize to meet the weight limitations.  
 
 
Most of the following items can be bought in Quito, but they will cost more than they do in the United States and may be of lesser quality. Dishes, eating utensils, and spices can be found locally at reasonable prices. You will receive a cookbook during training.
 
 
 
* General cookbook and favorite recipes
 
* Water bottle (Nalgene is recommended)
 
* Small steamer basket
 
* Nonstick frying pan (if you require the best quality)
 
* Sharp kitchen knife
 
* Paring knife
 
* Garlic press
 
* Plastic storage bags
 
* Spices (except lemon pepper) are available locally
 
 
 
===Miscellaneous===
 
  
* Two pairs sheets (full size is recommended) and pillowcases (available locally—prices vary according to quality)
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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.
* Towels (available locally—prices vary according to quality)
 
* Film (expensive locally)
 
* Portable music player
 
* Charger and rechargeable batteries
 
* Sunglasses (with UV protection-IMPORTANT)
 
*      Laptop computer (very useful for projects and communicating)
 
* Collapsible umbrella (available locally)
 
* Combination lock
 
* Wide colored markers and other art supplies (available locally, but expensive)
 
* Decorations for your room or apartment (e.g., posters, maps, and postcards of your hometown)
 
* Favorite books and “how to” books with illustrations (Many Volunteers teach English formally or informally so “Ingles Para Dummies” or other related is a good resource)
 
* Flea collars, if you plan to have a pet
 
* Equipment for hobbies, such as sewing patterns (expensive and hard to find in Ecuador) and musical instruments (you can buy a good handmade guitar in Ecuador)
 
* Favorite games, Frisbee, Nerf footballs, etc.
 
* Knapsack or day pack (IMPORTANT)
 
* Medium-size backpack or duffel bag for weekend travel (available locally, but expensive)
 
* Photos of family and friends (IMPORTANT)
 
* Pillow, if you have a favorite one
 
* Pocket calculator, if you will need it for your work
 
* Sleeping bag (useful if you plan to travel a lot)
 
* Small flashlight (a headlamp is better)
 
* Small pocket calendar or daily planner (available locally)
 
* Shortwave radio
 
* Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
 
* Travel alarm and watch (nothing flashy or expensive)
 
* Small tool kit (available locally, but expensive so only bring if you would normally use one)
 
* U.S. stamps (to send letters with staff or Volunteers traveling to the United States)
 
  
Remember, after training you will have to get all of your luggage to your site by yourself and only a few of you will live in big cities with good public transportation. So if you bring it, you will have to carry it! Big suitcases with wheels don’t work too well on dirt or gravel roads. There will also be many Volunteers completing their two years of service about the time you begin your service, so they will have many items to sell.
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* 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.
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* Good-quality backpack, daypack, or messenger bag
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* Prescription drugs: A three-month supply
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* 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.
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* Sunglasses
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* Rechargeable batteries and rechargers
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* Poncho/raincoat and folding umbrella
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* Camera and film (film and processing are readily available)
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* Musical instruments (with music books and spare parts as needed)
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* Sewing items (iron-on mending tape, straight and safety pins, etc.)
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* Several good flashlights (of different sizes) and accompanying batteries
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*      Headlamp (for outhouses, outages, dark stairwells, dark streets)
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* Small, battery-powered alarm clock
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* 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.  
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* Favorite books (PC does have books in the lounge), including a dictionary
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* Lots of pictures of home (photos, postcards, etc.) for yourself and to share with friends, students
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* U.S. stamps and envelopes (for sending mail with friends who happen to make a return trip to the United States)
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* Swiss Army, Leatherman, or an equivalent multipurpose knife
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* Journal, diary, or schedule book
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* Small retractable tape measure (inch/centimeter)
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* Good can opener
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* Maps of the United States and the world (good teaching aids) and wall-hangings
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* Inexpensive gifts (toys, jewelry, perfume, magazines, books, pencils, key chains, etc.)
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* Games (e.g., Scrabble, chess, Trivial Pursuit) 
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* Baseball, football, Frisbee, hackeysack, or other “American” sports equipment
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* Ziploc storage bags
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* Polypropylene, wool, and cotton sock and glove liners
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* Warm gloves, hats, scarfs, and boots
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* Spices (your favorites may be difficult to locate, especially in winter)
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* Some supplies if you like to bake or cook (things like baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla, are difficult to find locally)
  
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[[Category:Georgia]]

Latest revision as of 12:15, 23 August 2016


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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |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 Georgia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |5}}]]
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  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Georgia| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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

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.

General Clothing

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.

Women

  • 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.

Men

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

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.
  • Sunglasses
  • 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)