Packing list for Benin

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These lists have been compiled by Volunteers serving in
These lists have been compiled by Volunteers serving in
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Benin and are based on their experiences. Use it as an
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[[Benin]] and are based on their experiences. Use it as an
informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that
informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that
experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can
experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can
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always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot
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always have <span class="plainlinks">[http://goo.gl/oj60r<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] things sent to you later. You obviously cannot
bring everything we mention, so consider those items that
bring everything we mention, so consider those items that
make the most sense to you personally and professionally.
make the most sense to you personally and professionally.
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clothing is also very popular across Benin and is available in
clothing is also very popular across Benin and is available in
many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of
many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of
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clothing. Nice-quality shoes and sandals can also be made incountry.
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clothing. Nice-quality shoes and sandals can also be made in country.
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Luggage should be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry
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Luggage should be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry as you will be responsible for transporting it in-country.
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as you will be responsible for transporting it in-country.
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Duffel bags and backpacks without frames work well. A good
Duffel bags and backpacks without frames work well. A good
backpack is priceless because you will likely travel in-country
backpack is priceless because you will likely travel in-country
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regularly. Almost all the basic items you need can be found
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regularly. Almost <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/South_Africa_Expand_the_Band<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] all the basic items you need can be found
here; however, they may not be good quality or they may be
here; however, they may not be good quality or they may be
expensive. So, if you are particular about something, bring
expensive. So, if you are particular about something, bring
lots!
lots!
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Necessities
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==Necessities==
* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene) or camelback
* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene) or camelback
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* Nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (the
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* Nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries (the longest lasting)
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longest lasting)
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* Battery charger—solar powered or plug in
* Battery charger—solar powered or plug in
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* Two pair prescription eyeglasses, consider prescription
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* Two pair prescription eyeglasses, consider prescription sunglasses as well
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sunglasses as well
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* Flashlight or headlamp with batteries and replacement bulb
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* A nice dressy outfit for first week dinner with officials
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and for going out
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* Flashlight or headlamp with batteries and replacement
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bulb
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* Two bathing suits (no bikinis for women)
* Two bathing suits (no bikinis for women)
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* Sunglasses (two pair)
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* Sunglasses
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* English dictionary
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* English dictionary (TEFL)
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* Nice comfortable shoes (nice sandals, Tevas, Chacos)
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* Comfortable shoes (toe and ankle strap sandals like Tevas, Chacos are popular with volunteers; note: if you don't like them, but think you might wear them--you probably won't; so don't spend the money on them unless you really think you'll wear them.)
* One pair of dress shoes
* One pair of dress shoes
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* Professional clothing in breathable fabrics (two outfits
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* Good pair of tennis shoes
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minimum for TEFL Volunteers)
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* Business casual clothing in breathable fabrics (two outfits minimum for TEFL Volunteers) - no need to bring a suit or sport coat.
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* Plenty and durable cotton T-shirts (many Volunteers
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* Plenty and durable cotton T-shirts (many Volunteers prefer darker colors)
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prefer darker colors)
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* Pants (of lightweight material)
* Pants (of lightweight material)
* Blouses/button-down shirts
* Blouses/button-down shirts
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* Linen/cotton clothing (you can find linen and cotton
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* Linen/cotton clothing (you can find linen and cotton here and get clothing made; dresses/skirts must be at least knee-length)
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here and get clothing made; dresses/skirts must be at
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least knee-length)
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* Hats/scarf/bandannas
* Hats/scarf/bandannas
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* Good sturdy bras (bring lots because hand washing
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* Good sturdy bras (bring lots because hand washing wears them out)
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wears them out)
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* Good underwear (bring a two-year supply; hand washing wears them out)
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* Good underwear (bring a two-year supply; hand
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* Sweater, sweatshirt, or long-sleeve shirt (one, two at most)
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washing wears them out)
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* Workout clothes (if you work out).  For women, shorts to the knee are a must, modest tank tops ok.
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* Good pair of tennis shoes
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* Sweater, sweatshirt, or long-sleeve shirt
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* Workout clothes (if you work out)
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* Pictures from home
* Pictures from home
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* USB flash drive (important for storing documents as
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* USB flash drive (Peace Corps provides each volunteer with a 128 MB key but larger sizes are useful for backing things up)
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diskettes fail quickly from dust/humidity and Volunteer
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* Digital camera
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computers don’t burn CDs)
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* Camera and film (lots!)
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* Short-wave radio or World Space Radio
* Short-wave radio or World Space Radio
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* Duct tape
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* Duct tape, duct tape and more duct tape
* Medium book bag (for three- to four-day trips)
* Medium book bag (for three- to four-day trips)
* Hairbrush or comb
* Hairbrush or comb
* Three-month supply of prescription drugs
* Three-month supply of prescription drugs
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* Watch
 
* Portable alarm clock
* Portable alarm clock
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* Leatherman or Swiss army knife (remember to pack in
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* Leatherman or Swiss army knife (remember to pack in your suitcase as checked luggage)
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your suitcase as checked luggage)
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* Towel
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* Towel (travel/camping ones work well because they dry
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quickly)
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==Specifically for Women==
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Specifically for Women
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* Your shoulders and knees need to be covered, so pack accordingly.
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* Northern Benin is Muslim. Your shoulders and knees
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* In the south and in some northern cities things are more liberal, so you can bring tank tops (not spaghetti straps).
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need to be covered, so pack accordingly.
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* In the south and in some northern cities things are
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more liberal, so you can bring tank tops (not spaghetti
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straps).
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* Linen pants are great!
* Linen pants are great!
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Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers
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==Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers==
* Wall calendar
* Wall calendar
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* One set of sheets (in-country sheets are very low
 
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quality)
 
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* Language materials (French)
 
* Adaptor (if bringing electrical appliances)
* Adaptor (if bringing electrical appliances)
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* CDs (bring lots—you will be listening to them for two
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* MP3 player
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years)
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* CD player (portable with speakers or small batteryoperated
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one)
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* Tupperware
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* Plastic storage bags (e.g., Ziploc)
* Plastic storage bags (e.g., Ziploc)
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* Raincoat/poncho
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* Yoga mat or Therm-a-Rest (for when you or a friend needs to sleep on the floor)
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* Yoga mat or Therm-a-Rest (for when you or a friend
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needs to sleep on the floor)
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* Money belt
* Money belt
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* U.S. stamps (can easily be sent to you by mail)
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* Beauty products/ pampering things for de-stressing (if you use them)
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* Beauty products/ pampering things for de-stressing (if
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* Money (in large denominations, $50, $100, traveler’s checks, euros)
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you use them)
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* Your favorite pillow (ones here are not the greatest) or travel pillow
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* Money (in large denominations, $50, $100, traveler’s
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checks, euros)
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* Your favorite pillow (ones here are not the greatest) or
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travel pillow
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* Spices/spice packets
* Spices/spice packets
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* Catalogue of clothing (to show to tailor to get copies
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* Catalogue of clothing (to show to tailor to get copies made)
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made)
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* Good pens (if they are important to you)
* Good pens (if they are important to you)
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* Good flashlight
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* Good flashlight  
TEFL-Specific Suggestions
TEFL-Specific Suggestions
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* Art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, construction
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* Art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, construction paper, rubber cement, etc.)
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paper, rubber cement, etc.)
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* Children’s books
* Children’s books
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* World map/map of Africa (can get free from AAA if
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* World map/map of Africa (can get free from AAA if member)
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member)
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* Books on CD (there are computers at work stations and in some schools; they are smaller than books, easy to pack, and can be useful (e.g., encyclopedias, journals, etc.)
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* Calculator
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* Stapler
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* Appointment book
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* Books on CD (there are computers at work stations and in
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some schools; they are smaller than books, easy to pack,
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and can be useful (e.g., encyclopedias, journals, etc.)
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* Stickers (can be easily sent here, too)
* Stickers (can be easily sent here, too)
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* Blank cassettes (for making listening comprehensions)
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Gift Ideas for Host Families
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==Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items==
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(not necessary, can be bought here, too)
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* Coloring books
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* Dollar store stuff (tacky is good here!)
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* Candy
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* Pocket knives
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* T-shirts
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* Flashlights
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* Karate/action movies on VCD (not regular DVD!)
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* UNO
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* Tape player/recorder
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Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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Almost every type of toiletry is available here, but some
Almost every type of toiletry is available here, but some
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are quite expensive (such as shampoo, deodorant, hair
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are quite expensive (such as deodorant, facial creams, and toners). If you prefer a certain
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conditioner, facial creams, and toners). If you prefer a certain
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brand name, stock up, but otherwise bring a three-month
brand name, stock up, but otherwise bring a three-month
supply for the duration of training.
supply for the duration of training.
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* Tea tree oil (a useful antiseptic and anti-fungal agent)
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* Liquid hand sanitizer and hand wipes
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* Hand wipes
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* Oil-free sunscreen (for the face)
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* Medical supplies if special medicine is taken or a preference on certain brands
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* Baby powder or talc
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* Towel
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* Medical supplies if special medicine is taken or a
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preference on certain brands
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* Two good-quality towels
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* Aloe-Vera
* Aloe-Vera
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* Tampons (three-month supply; can buy generic brands
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* Tampons (small OB ones pack well or bring a diva cup because here they are expensive)
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here)
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* Good hair conditioner
* Good hair conditioner
* Hair ties
* Hair ties
* Nail clippers, nail file
* Nail clippers, nail file
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* Contact lenses and enough solution for two years
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* Contact lenses and enough solution for two years (Peace Corps does not recommend wearing contacts due to dusty conditions and does not provide solution)
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(Peace Corps does not recommend wearing contacts
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* Deodorant (note that deodorant salt crystals work well and could last your whole service; they’re small, too!)
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due to dusty conditions and does not provide solution)
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* Deodorant (note that deodorant salt crystals work well
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and could last your whole service; they’re small, too!)
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* Shampoo and conditioner
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* Q-tips
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* Basic make-up
* Basic make-up
* Facial soap
* Facial soap
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Kitchen
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==Kitchen==
* Basic cookbook and favorite recipes
* Basic cookbook and favorite recipes
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* Packaged mixes (sauces, salad dressings, soups,
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* Packaged mixes (sauces, salad dressings, soups, Kool-Aid, etc.)
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Kool-Aid, etc.)
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* Most spices are available, but are expensive, so stock up if you like to cook (e.g., cinnamon, Italian spices, allspice, chili powder, curry)
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* Most spices are available, but are expensive, so stock
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up if you like to cook (e.g., cinnamon, Italian spices,
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allspice, chili powder, curry)
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* Freeze-dried foods
* Freeze-dried foods
* Low-cal sweetener
* Low-cal sweetener
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* Good-quality garlic press
* Good-quality garlic press
* Measuring cups and spoons
* Measuring cups and spoons
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* Good-quality Teflon frying pan
 
* Good-quality knife
* Good-quality knife
* Pepper grinder
* Pepper grinder

Latest revision as of 17:43, 26 December 2011


Packing List for Benin
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Benin 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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These lists have been compiled by Volunteers serving in Benin and are based on their experiences. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You can always have century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia things sent to you later. 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 an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Benin. Clothing can very easily be tailor-made from local fabrics. Second-hand clothing is also very popular across Benin and is available in many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of clothing. Nice-quality shoes and sandals can also be made in country. Luggage should be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry as you will be responsible for transporting it in-country. Duffel bags and backpacks without frames work well. A good backpack is priceless because you will likely travel in-country regularly. Almost century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia all the basic items you need can be found here; however, they may not be good quality or they may be expensive. So, if you are particular about something, bring lots!

Contents

[edit] Necessities

[edit] Specifically for Women

[edit] Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers

TEFL-Specific Suggestions

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Almost every type of toiletry is available here, but some are quite expensive (such as deodorant, facial creams, and toners). If you prefer a certain brand name, stock up, but otherwise bring a three-month supply for the duration of training.

[edit] Kitchen

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