Packing list for Ecuador

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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.

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.

Contents

General Clothing

For Women

Shoes

(remember that it is difficult to find shoe sizes over 10)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Kitchen

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.

Miscellaneous

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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