Packing list for Benin

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many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of
many markets. It is not necessary to bring a large amount of
clothing. Nice-quality shoes and sandals can also be made in country.
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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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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* A nice dressy outfit for first week dinner with officials and for going out
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* A nice dressy outfit for first week dinner with officials
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* Flashlight or headlamp with batteries and replacement bulb
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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)
* Sunglasses
* Sunglasses
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* Nice comfortable shoes (nice sandals, Tevas, Chacos)
* Nice comfortable shoes (nice sandals, Tevas, Chacos)
* 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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* Professional clothing in breathable fabrics (two outfits minimum for TEFL Volunteers)
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minimum for TEFL Volunteers)
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* Plenty and durable cotton T-shirts (many Volunteers prefer darker colors)
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* Plenty and durable cotton T-shirts (many Volunteers
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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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washing wears them out)
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* Good pair of tennis shoes
* Good pair of tennis shoes
* Sweater, sweatshirt, or long-sleeve shirt
* Sweater, sweatshirt, or long-sleeve shirt
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* Three-month supply of prescription drugs
* Three-month supply of prescription drugs
* 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
* Towel
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Specifically for Women
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==Specifically for Women==
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* Your shoulders and knees
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* Your shoulders and knees need to be covered, so pack accordingly.
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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 more liberal, so you can bring tank tops (not spaghetti straps).
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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==
* Margarita machine
* Margarita machine
* Wall calendar
* Wall calendar
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* MP3 player
* MP3 player
* Plastic storage bags (e.g., Ziploc)
* Plastic storage bags (e.g., Ziploc)
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* Yoga mat or Therm-a-Rest (for when you or a friend
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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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needs to sleep on the floor)
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* Money belt
* Money belt
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* Beauty products/ pampering things for de-stressing (if
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* Beauty products/ pampering things for de-stressing (if you use them)
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you use them)
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* Money (in large denominations, $50, $100, traveler’s checks, euros)
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* Money (in large denominations, $50, $100, traveler’s
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* Your favorite pillow (ones here are not the greatest) or travel pillow
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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
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TEFL-Specific Suggestions
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* Art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, construction paper, rubber cement, etc.)
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* Art supplies (markers, crayons, paints, construction
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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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* 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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Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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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
are quite expensive (such as deodorant, facial creams, and toners). If you prefer a certain
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
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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* Hand wipes
* Hand wipes
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* Medical supplies if special medicine is taken or a
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* Medical supplies if special medicine is taken or a preference on certain brands
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preference on certain brands
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* Towel
* Towel
* Aloe-Vera
* Aloe-Vera
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* Tampons (three-month supply; can buy generic brands
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* Tampons (three-month supply; can buy generic brands here)
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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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* 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

Revision as of 01:15, 10 April 2008

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 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 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!

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Necessities

Specifically for Women

Not necessary but useful for some Volunteers


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.

Kitchen

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