Packing list for Fiji

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* Clock. Bring a small one with an alarm, either wind-up or battery-powered.  
* Clock. Bring a small one with an alarm, either wind-up or battery-powered.  
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* Good, sharp kitchen knife. Needs no explanation and will make your hours in the kitchen much fewer and less painful! Remember to pack this in your luggage and not in your carry-on bag.  
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* Good, sharp kitchen knife. Needs no explanation and will make your hours in the kitchen much fewer and less painful! Remember to pack this in your luggage and not in your carry-on bag. ''For sure bring this''
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* Battery-operated (or solar-powered) tape recorder, radio cassette/CD player and/or shortwave radio. Also bring along some of your favorite music as pre-recorded tapes and CDs are very expensive here.  
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* Battery-operated (or solar-powered) tape recorder, radio cassette/CD player and/or shortwave radio. Also bring along some of your favorite music as pre-recorded tapes and CDs are very expensive here. ''You will be very happy if you bring your iPod and portable speakers (battery powered in case you don't have electricity).''
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* Portable tool kit. Screwdriver, pliers, etc. can be bought here, but you may want to bring a small portable kit anyway.  
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* Portable tool kit. Screwdriver, pliers, etc. can be bought here, but you may want to bring a small portable kit anyway. ''Kind of a good idea, but if you don't already have it, don't go buy one just for Fiji.''
* Towels. Two towels and face cloths. Lightweight towels dry faster in the humidity.  
* Towels. Two towels and face cloths. Lightweight towels dry faster in the humidity.  
* Flashlight. Also known as a “torch” here in Fiji, these come in very handy. Consider a waterproof flashlight.  Mini-Mag-lights are great, too.  
* Flashlight. Also known as a “torch” here in Fiji, these come in very handy. Consider a waterproof flashlight.  Mini-Mag-lights are great, too.  
* Pocket knife or all-purpose tool. A Swiss Army knife or Leatherman is something you will find yourself using daily.  
* Pocket knife or all-purpose tool. A Swiss Army knife or Leatherman is something you will find yourself using daily.  
* Duct Tape. A roll or two will come in handy throughout your two years.  
* Duct Tape. A roll or two will come in handy throughout your two years.  
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* Luggage locks. A few small locks for your bags when they are in storage. Note: Most airlines are discouraging their use in flight, so you may want to just pack them in your suitcase rather than actually using them on your trip over.  
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* Luggage locks. A few small locks for your bags when they are in storage. Note: Most airlines are discouraging their use in flight, so you may want to just pack them in your suitcase rather than actually using them on your trip over. ''Italic text''
* Plastic drip coffeemaker. Bring it if you really love coffee. The non-electrical kind that fits on top of a glass decanter or the type that you can brew an individual cup is best.  Instant coffee is available all over Fiji and drip coffee can be found in Suva, if you’re willing to pay the price.  
* Plastic drip coffeemaker. Bring it if you really love coffee. The non-electrical kind that fits on top of a glass decanter or the type that you can brew an individual cup is best.  Instant coffee is available all over Fiji and drip coffee can be found in Suva, if you’re willing to pay the price.  
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* Silica gel. This is to protect your electronics (camera, etc.) from moisture damage. It also comes in handy with leather items, tapes, shoes, your medical kit, etc. You can get packets at your local craft store (used to dry flowers), at some discount chains (Target), some home stores and on the Internet. The kind that you can bake and re-use is best.  
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* Silica gel. This is to protect your electronics (camera, etc.) from moisture damage. It also comes in handy with leather items, tapes, shoes, your medical kit, etc. You can get packets at your local craft store (used to dry flowers), at some discount chains (Target), some home stores and on the Internet. The kind that you can bake and re-use is best. ''Yes, bring this if you love your iPod.''
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* Basic cookbook. The Joy of Cooking comes in a compact paperback version and is very useful.  
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* Basic cookbook. The Joy of Cooking comes in a compact paperback version and is very useful. ''You will get Peace Corps Fiji cookbook with all the info you need for cooking in Fiji, so you don't need to bring your own.''
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* Vegetable steamer. Non-electric, basket kind that fits inside a pot.  
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* Vegetable steamer. Non-electric, basket kind that fits inside a pot. ''I guess if you really like steamed vegetables.''
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* Zip-loc bags. These have so many uses! They keep the bugs out of your food; they can be used to store items (with a little silica packet to capture the moisture), for travel, wet clothing, cosmetics, etc.  
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* Zip-loc bags. These have so many uses! They keep the bugs out of your food; they can be used to store items (with a little silica packet to capture the moisture), for travel, wet clothing, cosmetics, etc.
===Miscellaneous and Personal Items===
===Miscellaneous and Personal Items===
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* Checks. It’s a good idea to keep a checking account at home so that you can write checks for things like tax returns, magazine subscriptions, graduate school applications, etc.  
* Checks. It’s a good idea to keep a checking account at home so that you can write checks for things like tax returns, magazine subscriptions, graduate school applications, etc.  
* Camera supplies. Film is available, but lens tissue, cleaning fluid, etc. are very expensive. There is also a one-day developing service, but expensive as you might expect.  
* Camera supplies. Film is available, but lens tissue, cleaning fluid, etc. are very expensive. There is also a one-day developing service, but expensive as you might expect.  
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* Paperback books. Very expensive in Fiji. Peace Corps is developing a limited lending library and there is a public library in Suva. Books can be shipped surface mail or “M-bag” (ask the post office for information), but will take several months to arrive.   
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* Paperback books. Very expensive in Fiji. Peace Corps is developing a limited lending library and there is a public library in Suva. Books can be shipped surface mail or “M-bag” (ask the post office for information), but will take several months to arrive.  ''Bring as many as possible, you'll love yourself if you do.''
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* Day pack/backpack. Waterproof is best. You will use it often.  
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* Day pack/backpack. Waterproof is best. You will use it often. ''Yes.''
* Games, Cards, UNO, Scrabble, Frisbees, etc.  
* Games, Cards, UNO, Scrabble, Frisbees, etc.  
* Sturdy luggage/travel bags. Waterproof and collapsible.  
* Sturdy luggage/travel bags. Waterproof and collapsible.  
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Hard luggage tends to be cumbersome here as you will not have much room for storage. Collapsible cloth bags or backpacks tend to be more durable than leather goods, which can mold quickly. Once you are in Fiji, you will be asked to travel during training for extended periods of time with only your necessities in one suitcase, so bring one average-sized lightweight piece of luggage so that you can travel light when necessary. You might consider a few waterproof bags—also known as sea bags—for when you travel by boat.  
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Hard luggage tends to be cumbersome here as you will not have much room for storage. Collapsible cloth bags or backpacks tend to be more durable than leather goods, which can mold quickly. Once you are in Fiji, you will be asked to travel during training for extended periods of time with only your necessities in one suitcase, so bring one average-sized lightweight piece of luggage so that you can travel light when necessary. You might consider a few waterproof bags—also known as sea bags—for when you travel by boat. ''You don't big sea bags, just small ones to fit your wallet, cell phone, ipod, etc. for when your traveling by boat.''
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* Inflatable globe or lightweight atlas. Great for explaining where you come from to local children.  
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* Inflatable globe or lightweight atlas. Great for explaining where you come from to local children. ''Adults too.''
* Musical instrument(s) (if you play any).  
* Musical instrument(s) (if you play any).  
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* Photos of home. Photos of winter/snow scenes will be especially fascinating.  
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* Photos of home. Photos of winter/snow scenes will be especially fascinating. ''Fijians love to see photos of your family from America.''
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* Simple song book of American songs.  
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* Simple song book of American songs. ''If you don't know any American songs...''
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* American pocket dictionary (British versions available here).  
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* American pocket dictionary (British versions available here). ''Why would you want this?''
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* Backpacker’s sleeping bag. You will not need a full-size sleeping bag, but a “dream sack,” cotton “mummy” sleeping bag liner or other lightweight travel sheet will come in handy.  
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* Backpacker’s sleeping bag. You will not need a full-size sleeping bag, but a “dream sack,” cotton “mummy” sleeping bag liner or other lightweight travel sheet will come in handy. ''Completely unnecessary.''
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* Surface mail subscriptions of your favorite magazines. Takes about six to eight weeks to arrive.  
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* Surface mail subscriptions of your favorite magazines. Takes about six to eight weeks to arrive. ''Wait until you get your site assignment, then have your subscriptions sent there.  You'll definitely enjoy getting magazines in your mailbox.  Some good ones are Time, the Economist, and National Geographic.''
* Cheap baseball logo hats for gifts.  
* Cheap baseball logo hats for gifts.  
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* U.S. symbols (such as pins, flags, etc.) for gifts. Bottle openers, nail clippers, bumper stickers, ashtrays, ballpoint pens, etc.  
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* U.S. symbols (such as pins, flags, etc.) for gifts. Bottle openers, nail clippers, bumper stickers, ashtrays, ballpoint pens, etc. ''It's a good idea to bring gifts for you host family during training.  After that, you don't need any gifts for anybody.''
* Comic books, cheap wind-up toys, posters, magazines, logo T-shirts for gifts.  
* Comic books, cheap wind-up toys, posters, magazines, logo T-shirts for gifts.  
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* Water sport equipment. If you plan on SCUBA diving or snorkeling during your downtime you might consider bringing some gear—especially light-gauge wetsuits or dive skins to protect you from water lice. Snorkeling equipment might also be very handy for environmental education Volunteers. We do not recommend that you bring a SCUBA tank, regulator or buoyancy compensating device, as they can be rented and/or supplied by our partners for professional use.  
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* Water sport equipment. If you plan on SCUBA diving or snorkeling during your downtime you might consider bringing some gear—especially light-gauge wetsuits or dive skins to protect you from water lice. Snorkeling equipment might also be very handy for environmental education Volunteers. We do not recommend that you bring a SCUBA tank, regulator or buoyancy compensating device, as they can be rented and/or supplied by our partners for professional use. ''Definitely bring a mask, snorkel, and fins.  Nobody goes SCUBA diving as part of their assignment, and when you go diving on your own, the equipment is always included.''
* U.S. postage stamps. A good idea for sending mail home with staff or other Volunteers who are going to the States.  
* U.S. postage stamps. A good idea for sending mail home with staff or other Volunteers who are going to the States.  
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*      ''Bring a can-opener from America cause the ones here suck.''
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*      ''If you're addicted to chewing gum, the gum here is kinda lame too so bring your own.  But only bring the kind that you pop out of the plastic thing cause all other kinds melt.''
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*      ''Hand sanitizer if you're into that.''
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*      ''Women:  Battery-operated body massager...trust me.''
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*      ''Italic text''
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Latest revision as of 04:59, 26 April 2009


Packing List for Fiji
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Fiji 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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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
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For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers who currently serve in Fiji 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 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 Fiji.

Contents

[edit] General Clothing

Avoid bringing clothing that requires dry cleaning. Also suede gets ruined here due to the high humidity.

[edit] For Women:

[edit] For Men:

Undergarments. Bring a good number of cotton briefs. Underclothes are very expensive in Fiji and wear out quickly due to hand-scrubbing and humidity. Cotton boxer shorts are not available here.

[edit] All Volunteers

Shoes and Accessories

[edit] Kitchen and Home

[edit] Miscellaneous and Personal Items

Bring along small, but replaceable, parts of your life you don’t want to live without for the next two years. Make sure they are light enough to carry, sturdy enough to last and dispensable enough so that losing them wouldn’t be serious problem. Here are some suggestions:

Hard luggage tends to be cumbersome here as you will not have much room for storage. Collapsible cloth bags or backpacks tend to be more durable than leather goods, which can mold quickly. Once you are in Fiji, you will be asked to travel during training for extended periods of time with only your necessities in one suitcase, so bring one average-sized lightweight piece of luggage so that you can travel light when necessary. You might consider a few waterproof bags—also known as sea bags—for when you travel by boat. You don't big sea bags, just small ones to fit your wallet, cell phone, ipod, etc. for when your traveling by boat.

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