Packing list for Dominican Republic

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the [[Dominican Republic]] 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, considering your work sector.. Please keep in mind two important factors that might affect your decision on what to buy and what to bring: 1) you have a baggage weight limit; and 2) You can get almost everything that you need in the Dominican Republic.  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the [[Dominican Republic]] 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, considering your work sector.. Please keep in mind two important factors that might affect your decision on what to buy and what to bring: 1) you have a baggage weight limit; and 2) You can get almost everything that you need in the Dominican Republic.  
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===General Clothing===  
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===General Clothing===
Dominican extension workers in forestry and water (male or female) usually wear a button-down short- or long-sleeved shirt, neat trousers, boots and a hat. Volunteers in health, education, youth, and small business projects will find that their co-workers often are casual-professional in their dress.  In general, men wear pants and short-sleeved sports shirts or Dominican chacabanas (also called guyaberas), and women wear skirts or pants with nice tops. Worn, torn, patched, tight, overly baggy, or very low-cut clothes are not appropriate for Volunteers. Nor is military-style clothing (i.e., camouflage or olive-green Army surplus items). Also, shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate to wear, either to work or when visiting the office in Santo Domingo. Following are suggested items for both men and women.  
Dominican extension workers in forestry and water (male or female) usually wear a button-down short- or long-sleeved shirt, neat trousers, boots and a hat. Volunteers in health, education, youth, and small business projects will find that their co-workers often are casual-professional in their dress.  In general, men wear pants and short-sleeved sports shirts or Dominican chacabanas (also called guyaberas), and women wear skirts or pants with nice tops. Worn, torn, patched, tight, overly baggy, or very low-cut clothes are not appropriate for Volunteers. Nor is military-style clothing (i.e., camouflage or olive-green Army surplus items). Also, shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate to wear, either to work or when visiting the office in Santo Domingo. Following are suggested items for both men and women.  
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* One or two ties (for special occasions)  
* One or two ties (for special occasions)  
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===For Women===  
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===For Women===
* Three pairs of work pants, more if you are in agroforestry or water (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki; capris)  
* Three pairs of work pants, more if you are in agroforestry or water (e.g., denim, cotton, or khaki; capris)  
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* Two or three casual skirts or casual dresses (knee length is recommended) and one or two dressy outfits  
* Two or three casual skirts or casual dresses (knee length is recommended) and one or two dressy outfits  
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===Shoes===  
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* One or two pairs of sturdy walking or hiking shoes/ boots (some Volunteers suggest Vibram soles)   
* One or two pairs of sturdy walking or hiking shoes/ boots (some Volunteers suggest Vibram soles)   
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===Miscellaneous===  
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===Miscellaneous===
* Sturdy backpack or duffel bag for three- to four-day trips
* Sturdy backpack or duffel bag for three- to four-day trips
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* Books (Peace Corps/Dominican Republic has a LARGE selection of paperbacks accumulated over the years.  Otherwise, English-language books generally are not available. The Peace Corps’ technical reference library is also quite good. If there are materials you think could be essential to your job, bring them with you.) If you use Media Mail (bulk rate surface mail) to ship a box of books, it can take one to two months to arrive.  
* Books (Peace Corps/Dominican Republic has a LARGE selection of paperbacks accumulated over the years.  Otherwise, English-language books generally are not available. The Peace Corps’ technical reference library is also quite good. If there are materials you think could be essential to your job, bring them with you.) If you use Media Mail (bulk rate surface mail) to ship a box of books, it can take one to two months to arrive.  
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===Items You Do Not Need to Bring===  
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===Items You Do Not Need to Bring===
The following items are either available in-country or provided by the Peace Corps:  
The following items are either available in-country or provided by the Peace Corps:  
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[[Category:Dominican Republic]]
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[[Category:Packing lists]]

Revision as of 06:21, 11 March 2009

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in the Dominican Republic 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, considering your work sector.. Please keep in mind two important factors that might affect your decision on what to buy and what to bring: 1) you have a baggage weight limit; and 2) You can get almost everything that you need in the Dominican Republic.

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General Clothing

Dominican extension workers in forestry and water (male or female) usually wear a button-down short- or long-sleeved shirt, neat trousers, boots and a hat. Volunteers in health, education, youth, and small business projects will find that their co-workers often are casual-professional in their dress. In general, men wear pants and short-sleeved sports shirts or Dominican chacabanas (also called guyaberas), and women wear skirts or pants with nice tops. Worn, torn, patched, tight, overly baggy, or very low-cut clothes are not appropriate for Volunteers. Nor is military-style clothing (i.e., camouflage or olive-green Army surplus items). Also, shorts and flip-flops are not appropriate to wear, either to work or when visiting the office in Santo Domingo. Following are suggested items for both men and women.

For Men

For Women

Shoes

You can buy almost anything available in the United States in the way of clothing and toiletries in the Dominican Republic. However, if you have any favorite brands of toiletries or cosmetics, you may want to bring a supply, as most imported items are considerably more expensive here than in the United States.

You can easily buy most kitchen supplies (e.g., dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils) locally. There are a few items you might consider bringing:


Miscellaneous

Items You Do Not Need to Bring

The following items are either available in-country or provided by the Peace Corps:

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