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The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. As a consequence of varying PCV preferences, the list has been separated into three categories to differentiate the importance and availability of each item. This list is not all encompassing but it is a good starting place.  
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The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. The list has been divided into the following sections: [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Luggage.2FSuitcases Luggage/Suitcases], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Clothing Clothing], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Shoes Shoe's], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Toiletries Toiletries], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Electronics Electronics], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Cooking_ware Cooking ware], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Accessories Accessories], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Financial Financial], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Items_Peace_Corps_Provides Items Peace Corps Provides], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Packing_Tips Packing Tips], and [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana#Other_Important_Information Other Important Information].
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With the exception of the last three sections, each section is organized into three categories: <span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span>, <span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span>, and <span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span>.  These three categories differentiate the importance, cost, and availability of each item.
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===The Backpacker===
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span> can be described as a person who '''only packs the essentials''' that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list in this category are the items PCVs feel are the most important, cannot be easily found in Ghana, or are really expensive.
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A '''Backpacker''' can be described as a person who only packs the essentials that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list below are the items PCVs feel are the most important and cannot be easily found in Ghana.  
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span> is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. This list is in addition to <span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span> list but these comfort or '''nonessential items can be bought in Ghana''' if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are ''not found everywhere'' but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs.  These items are moderately priced.
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'''Clothing'''
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span> is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack '''everything''' in <span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span> and <span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span> lists and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both check-in bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana.  This category consists of '''luxury''' items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags.  These items can usually be easily purchased anywhere in Ghana and are relatively inexpensive.
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'''Important Notes: '''
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*If applicable, each category is further divided into sub categories to distinguish gender-specific items.
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*This list is not all encompassing but it is a good starting place.
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===Luggage/Suitcases===
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Although airlines have pretty restrictive luggage policies these days, have no fear.  Since you are now working for Uncle Sam, Peace Corps will purchase you a full-fare ticket on a U.S. airline (one ticket from your home of record to staging and one ticket from staging to Accra, Ghana) which ''should'' entitle you to ''at least'' two check-in bags and one carry-on bag at no cost.  If you really want to make sure how much you can bring, its best just to [http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airlines.html call the airline].  If the airline charges you for luggage, Peace Corps will reimburse you for any fees you incur (assuming you meet Peace Corps' baggage size and weight limitations – to be sent before staging).
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As of April 2011, the two U.S. Carriers that service Accra, Ghana are [http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/index.jsp  Delta] and [http://www.united.com/page/middlepage/0,6823,1031,00.html?navSource=dropDown&linkTitle=baggage  United] (click on respective airline for baggage policies).
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*1 Hiking backpack or bag (Should be able to live out of 4-7 days for)
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*1 Rolling duffel bag (come's in handy when consolidating other bags, especially those that have loose straps)
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*1 Day-pack (IE. standard size backpack)
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*[http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/locks.shtm TSA approved] locks for backpacks, suitcases, etc.
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Carry on/shoulder bag
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*1 Money belt
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*TBD
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===Clothing===
You are forewarned that you will have to '''HAND WASH''' all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy back the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.
You are forewarned that you will have to '''HAND WASH''' all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy back the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.
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Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.
Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.
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*cotton underwear
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*2 pairs of khaki pants (men)
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*25+ Pairs of cotton underwear (half for the first year, the other half for second year)
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*2 lightweight knee-length skirts (women)
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*2-4 T-shirts (pretty cheap here)
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*1 pair of knee-length short pants or capris
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*1 Business casual outfit and shoes
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*t-shirts
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*1 Pair of shorts (for home/sleeping)
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:(See donated clothes comment above.)
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*1 Adjustable belt
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*1 long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or fleece
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*3-6 Pairs of socks
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:You will get cold at least one night, trust me!
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*Workout/exercise outfit or clothes
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*1 business casual outfit and shoes
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*1 Hat for the sun
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:Because you will attend a dinner at the Ambassadors early in training.
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*1 Lightweight waterproof jacket
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*sandals
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*1 Long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or fleece (You will get cold at least one night, trust me!)
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:A nice and durable pair.
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*1-2 Bandannas/Handkerchiefs (You will sweat a lot, trust me!)
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*running shoes
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:For the Prefontaines.
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*workout/exercise outfit or clothes
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:Quality gear is hard to find.
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*conservative swimsuit (women) or board shorts (men)
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:Beaches are nice and low-key.
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*a hat for the sun
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*A lightweight waterproof jacket
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'''Toiletries'''
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'''Males:'''
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*toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
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:Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.
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*deodorant
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:It is primarily found in the major cities so bring enough to last through the 10-week training.
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*camping towel
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*nail clippers
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*personal medicine
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'''Accessories'''
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*2-3 Pairs of slacks/pants: if you're a teacher you're going to live in these. Also if you're a bit on the heavier side now, you'll probably lose weight, so consider bringing one pair that is slightly smaller.
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*sunglasses
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*3-5 Collar '''short sleeve''' dress shirts (you will definitely need these if you're a teacher)
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*a backpack for a four- to seven-day trip
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*1-2 Undershirts
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*sturdy water bottle
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*1 Pair of board shorts (for swimming)
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*multi-tool/knife
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*1 Pair of shorts
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:Leatherman's Skeletool is great but '''remember to not to pack it in your carry-on.'''
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*pics of family and friends (including the 4-legged ones)
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*books
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:Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
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*head lamp and/or small flashlight
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*batteries
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:Quality batteries, like Duracel, are only found in Accra.
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*'''ipod
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:It is required!'''
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*extra headphones
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*cell phone
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*keep track of extra passport pictures because they can be used for visas if you choose to travel to neighboring countries
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*1 socket/outlet adapter
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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'''''DO NOT BRING A BIKE HELMET!''' They can be bought after training and COSing volunteers donate them or sell them for cheap. Save that space for something important.''
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'''Females:'''
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''Peace Corps will provide all volunteers with a first aid kit that contains band aids, anti-diarhea tablets, sun screen, insect repellent, benadryl, etc. Furthermore, medicine like tylenol and aspirin is provided for PCVs upon request for free or purchased at local pharmacies at a nominal expense.''
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*1-2 Dresses (more if you are a teacher; fyi, they are easy to have made here)
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*2+ Blouses (don't bring anything too fancy, bring more if you are a teacher)
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*2 -3 Lightweight knee-length skirts (bring more if you are a teacher)
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*Conservative swimsuit
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*2 Sport bras
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*6-8 Bras (Definitely bring bras, you can buy them here, but it's awkward, so bring enough to last. Also if you can get away without using an under-wire do so, since it's really hard to hand wash with it)
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''All PCVs will receive a sizable move-in allowance from which you can buy household items for your house/room and a cell phone.''
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*2-3 T-shirts
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*1 Pair of sturdy pants or zip-off hiking pants: something comfy that you don't mind getting dirty
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*1 Pair of jeans
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*1 Baseball cap
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===The Traveler===
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'''Males:'''
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*1 Extra belt
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A '''Traveler''' is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. The list below is in addition to ''The Backpacker'' list but these ''comfort'' or '''nonessential items can be bought in Ghana''' if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are not found ''everywhere'' but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs.
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'''Females:'''
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*1-2 Pairs of knee-length shorts or capris
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*2-3 Cami-tanks
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'''Clothing'''
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*cotton under t-shirts or 'wife beaters'
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*Scrub bottoms or Lounge Clothes
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*bras (women)
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*2 Pairs of smart wool socks
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*jeans
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*socks  
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*scrub bottoms
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:They are great! Yet, they can be made in-country in some fabulous colors.
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'''Toiletries'''
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*disposable razors  
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===Shoes===
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*tampons (women)  
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*1 Pair of dressy shoes or sandals (Chacos are permissible)
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*1 Pair of durable sandals (IE. Chacos, Teva's, etc)
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*1 Pair of sneakers
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Pair of hiking boots (especially if you're an environment or health/watsan volunteer)
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*1 Pair of flip flops (for the shower and just walking around; can easily be purchased here)
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*Running shoes (these are available in Ghana but are expensive, bringing a couple of pairs would be a good idea if you are into running)
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'''Females:'''
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*1 Pair of flats
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Extra pair of flip flops
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===Toiletries===
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*Toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss
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:Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.
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*2-4 Deodorant sticks (it is hard to find stick deodorant in Ghana, so unless you are okay with roll-on, bring a few with you & have more sent later)
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*1 Towel (camp towel preferable)
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*Nail clippers/tweezers
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*1 Travel size soap, shampoo, and conditioner
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*1 Sturdy hairbrush/wide tooth comb
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*2 Bottles of shampoo/conditioner (Use shampoo bars from LUSH, they save on space and smell nice.  You can buy shampoo here, but it's either really expensive or really bad, so shampoo bars are the way to go)
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*Personal medication ('''Bring a three-month supply of all medications, including birth control pills, you are presently taking''')
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*2 Pairs of prescription eyeglasses (if applicable) - If you wear eyeglasses, bring two pairs with you — your current pair and a spare. If a either pair breaks, gets stolen, etc., the Peace Corps will replace it '''only once''', using the information your doctor in the United States provided on the eyeglasses form during your examination.
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*1 Eyeglasses strap/holder
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*1 Screwdriver for eyeglasses
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*1-2 Pairs of sunglasses
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*Contact solution - virtually impossible to find in Ghana
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'''Important Note: Over the counter medications are provided in the [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Health_care_and_safety_in_Ghana#First_Aid_Kit_Contents first aid kit]).  Although this kit is provided to you a few weeks after you first arrive, some of the OTC medications are given to you on your first day here in Ghana.'''
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'''Males:'''
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*2-year supply of aftershave (the antiseptic here burns!)
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'''Females:'''
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*80 Tampons: Bring the O.B. brand, you don't want to deal with applicators here (Also tampons can be used as packing peanuts in packages if you're friends and family feel ok with doing that).
:PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.
:PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.
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*shampoo
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*Face wash
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*lotion
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*scissors
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*1 camping towel
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*1 adjustable belt
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*Leave in conditioner
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:For weight gain or loss.
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*Q-tips (can easily be purchased here, but are of poor quality)
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*small portable speakers
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*Disposable razors (you can buy cheap razors here)
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*laptop or netbook
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*Lotion (small travel size is sufficient, bigger bottles can be purchased here)
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*Hand wipes or hand sanitizer (maybe one bottle/packet, but most of the time you really just need soap and water to get your hands clean)
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*external hard drive
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*small games or cards
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:These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, frisbee, american football, soccer ball, etc.
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Travel-size toilet paper (you never know when nature calls!)
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*Travel size toiletries bottles (smaller travel size bottles that you can refill from your big bottles)
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*Shower cap
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*Shower robe
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A '''Settler''' is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack ''everything'' and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both body bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana. The list below is of ''luxury'' items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags.
 
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'''Clothing'''
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===Electronics===
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*flip flops or shower shoes
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:They are everywhere!
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'''Toiletries'''
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Since electronics require electricity, and since the electricity in Ghana is quite different than in America, there are a few '''important''' things you should know prior to coming to Ghana.  Please read the following section on [[ICT_in_Ghana#Electricity in Ghana|Electricity in Ghana]] for more information.
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*face wash (specifically for women)
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*shower cap
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*shower robe
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In addition, see this important section on [[ICT_in_Ghana#Mobile Phones in Ghana|mobile phones in Ghana]].
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*tent or any camping gear
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*travel-size pillow
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*hammock
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*2 Flash drives (at least 8.0 GB total capacity)
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*hiking boots
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*1 iPod/mp3 player with extra headphones ('''If you have one, bring it.  If you don't, buy one because you will have a lot of downtime and you will need a break from reading all the books you read.''')
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*radio
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*1 Socket/outlet adapter and voltage converter/transformer (See  [http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=227  Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for] for acceptable plugs, converters, adapters, etc. in Ghana)
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*alarm clock
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*1 Point and shoot camera with memory card, battery, and charger
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*duct tape
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*1 Head lamp
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*1 Flash light
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*AA/AAA batteries:  Make sure they're rechargeable and bring a charger for them, you'll be happy!
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:Quality batteries, like Duracell, are expensive and only found in Accra.
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Laptop/Netbook with waterproof case (It is absolutely feasible to bring a laptop or netbook.  They come in handy during all the down time you have.  However, have a mindset that whatever you bring you are willing to part with it. That is because their are many hazards like electrical fluctuations, viruses, and theft.  '''Therefore, bring a computer at your own risk!'''  (Please read the [[ICT_in_Ghana#Computers in Ghana|Computers in Ghana]] section for more relevant information).
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*1 External hard drive (At least 500GB for all the TV shows and movies you'll watch during your down time.  Also bring new stuff for the older volunteers, we'll love you for it!)
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*Small portable speakers
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Kindle
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:There are enough books at the Peace Corps offices, but bring one at your own interest.
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*Digital SLR Camera
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*Solar charger
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*Radio
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:BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.
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*Cell phone (if you want to get it unlocked here in Ghana)
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*Spare computer parts (ie. power adapter, network cables, hard drive) - quality replacement parts are difficult to find and expensive in Ghana.
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'''Important Note:'''
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Since many of your electronics are valuable, it is also '''recommended''' to insure these items prior to coming to Ghana.  Information on insurance will be included in your invitation packet.
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===Cooking ware===
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You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here — dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils.  But if you are particular about your kitchen supplies (as the quality of these might not live up to the standards you are accustomed to in America), then there are a few items we highly recommend bringing:
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*A good-quality small non-stick Teflon fry pan
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*Two dozen Ziploc baggies (freezer bags are best)
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*A good-quality small cutting knife (knives here in Ghana are of poor quality)
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Set of utensils
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*Powdered cheese (in general, cheese is difficult to find in Ghana)
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Drink mixes
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*Powder sauce packets
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*Seasoning (Italian, taco, etc.)
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===Accessories===
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*1-2 sturdy water bottles (IE. Nalgene)
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*1 Travel alarm clock
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*2 Rolls of duct tape
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*1 Multi-tool/knife
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:Leatherman's Skeletool or Swiss Army Knife is great but '''remember don't pack it in your carry-on.'''
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*Books
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:Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
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*Pictures of family and friends (including the 4-legged ones)
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*10 Extra passport pictures (they can be used for visas if you choose to travel to neighboring countries)
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*1 Pair of scissors
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*Small games or deck of cards
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:These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, Frisbee, American football, soccer ball, etc.
*Ziplock bags
*Ziplock bags
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*camping cookware
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*1 Set of earplugs
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*a nice umbrella
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*hand wipes or hand sanitizer
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*guitar
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:Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.
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*travel-size iron
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*food seasonings
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Paper hand fan
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*1 Set of sheets: (You can buy sheets in country but they're typically poor quality, so bring one good set with you, you'll be happy)
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*Photo album
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*4 Folders  (PC will give you about 4 clear plastic folders throughout your training)
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*2 Notebooks/Journals  (definitely journals, cheap notebooks can be bought here)
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*15 Envelopes (letter size and manila; you can also buy envelopes in Ghana)
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*Host family gifts:  Definitely!!!!  Good ideas: headlamps (Ghanians love our headlamps), multi-tools (if you can find some inexpensive ones), small toys, and American candies.
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FYI, if you are a teacher volunteer, you WILL have electricity.
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Guitar
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:Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.
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*1 Small tent or any camping gear (there are some places here like the beach where they allow you to camp for cheap)
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*1 Nylon hammock with mosquito net (During the hot season a lot of PCVs sleep outside in a hammock.  Unfortunately you won't know if you have a place to hang a hammock until you go to your site, so it's kind of a gamble.)
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*1 Travel-size pillow
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*1 Small sewing kit:  Tailors are everywhere here, so you can buy needle and tread easily.
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*socket/outlet adapter
 
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:See the following link about [http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=227| electrical plug/outlet and voltage information for Ghana].
 
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*laptop or netbook
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===Financial===
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:It is absolutely feasible to bring a laptop or netbook because about 1 in 3 PCVs currently possess one or the other. However, have a mindset that whatever you bring you are willing to part with it. That is because their are many hazards for electronics, especially computers, in Ghana: theft (insurance cannot recover files from your stolen computer), hot and humid climate, electrical fluctuation and surges, dust and other critters. Therefore, '''bring a computer at your own risk!'''
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*external hard drive
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Although all PCVs receive a per diem during training, a sizable move-in allowance (from which you can buy items for your house/room and a cell phone), and a regular living allowance, it is always a good idea to bring some extra financial resources in the event of an emergency:
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:If you have a computer, it is essential to backup your files in case the worst happens. And if you like movies . . .
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*mobile/cell phone
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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**Cheap cell phones (about $30) can be purchased in Ghana but most phones are knock-offs. Check out the links below to decide if you can use your current phone in Ghana or if you want to buy a new one that is compatible with the frequency in both Ghana and the US. Furthermore, '''there are no cell phone contracts''' or locked phones here. You simply buy a chip and pay prepaid minutes as you go, and you can switch chips at any time depending on phone rates and cell phone coverage.
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*Cash $100 USD
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**[http://thetravelinsider.info/roadwarriorcontent/quadbandphones.htm|The Travel Insider] discusses the different frequency bands around the world.
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**[http://www.mobileworldlive.com/maps/network.php?cid=134&cname=Ghana| Mobile World Live / Ghana] discusses the frequency bands specific to the companies in Ghana.
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*ipod
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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:If you have one, bring it. If you don't, buy one because you will have a lot of downtime and you will need a break from reading all the books you read.
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*Travelers checks: $100 - $200 USD (use American Express – they never expire)
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*ATM card (see "Financial Management" section in the [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Pre-Departure_Checklist_for_Ghana Pre-Departure Checklist for Ghana].)
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: ATM's are located in numerous locations across Ghana.
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*pen drive
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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:So you will not have to share and transfer files on a regular basis, like reports and pictures.
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*Credit Card (see "Financial Management" section in the [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Pre-Departure_Checklist_for_Ghana Pre-Departure Checklist for Ghana].)
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: Can only be used in large cities
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*Checkbook
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*radio
 
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:BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.
 
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===Care Packages===
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===Items Peace Corps Provides===
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*Mosquito net
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*Water filter
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*First-aid kit (For a list of items in the first aid kit [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Health_care_and_safety_in_Ghana#First_Aid_Kit_Contents  click here])
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*A bunch of books - there are plenty of books here that we all trade around, so just bring one or two that you can read and then pass on
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*Travel Guides/Map of Ghana (There are a ton of Ghana, West Africa, and other travel guides here in the offices.  Plus you’ll get a map when you first come to country.)
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*'''''DO NOT BRING A BIKE HELMET!''' They can be bought after training and COSing volunteers donate them or sell them for cheap. Save that space for something important.''
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The staff in Accra pick up packages at least once a week. However, if you do not travel to the main office, you will have to wait for the monthly delivery to the two sub-offices at the first of the month. Typically, it takes about '''one to three months to receive a package''' of which you have to pay a small duty fee for.
 
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The address for Peace Corps is below:
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===Packing Tips===
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TBD
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:Jane Doe (PCV)
 
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:Peace Corps Ghana
 
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:P.O. Box 5796
 
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:Accra-North
 
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:Ghana, West Africa
 
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Here is the link for information about the [http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/fh_012.htm  United States Parcel Service in Ghana].
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===Other Important Information===
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*As a Peace Corps volunteer, you are eligible for many [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Volunteer_discounts '''discounts'''] offered by companies selling footwear, clothing, outdoor gear, electronics, and more.
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Here is the link for information about [http://www.dhl.com.gh/en/express/shipping.html  DHL in Ghana].
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'''Ghana Price List'''
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'''''Care packages are just not great for birthdays and holidays but also for receiving things that you wanted to bring but did not have room for in your luggage.'''''
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:''I'm coming.''
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'''Preferred Gifts'''
 
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*powdered Gatorade
 
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:When you receive it, you will understand why it is absolutely fabulous.
 
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*candy
 
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*coffee or tea packets
 
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*dried food
 
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*'''magazines'''
 
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:Virtually nonexistent here and perhaps the best way to keep up with current events because the internet is not always the swiftest.
 
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*books
 
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Packing List for Ghana
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ghana 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
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. The list has been divided into the following sections: Luggage/Suitcases, Clothing, Shoe's, Toiletries, Electronics, Cooking ware, Accessories, Financial, Items Peace Corps Provides, Packing Tips, and Other Important Information.

With the exception of the last three sections, each section is organized into three categories: The Backpacker, The Traveler, and The Settler. These three categories differentiate the importance, cost, and availability of each item.

The Backpacker can be described as a person who only packs the essentials that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list in this category are the items PCVs feel are the most important, cannot be easily found in Ghana, or are really expensive.

The Traveler is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. This list is in addition to The Backpacker list but these comfort or nonessential items can be bought in Ghana if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are not found everywhere but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs. These items are moderately priced.

The Settler is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack everything in The Backpacker and The Traveler lists and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both check-in bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana. This category consists of luxury items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags. These items can usually be easily purchased anywhere in Ghana and are relatively inexpensive.


Important Notes:


Contents

[edit] Luggage/Suitcases

Although airlines have pretty restrictive luggage policies these days, have no fear. Since you are now working for Uncle Sam, Peace Corps will purchase you a full-fare ticket on a U.S. airline (one ticket from your home of record to staging and one ticket from staging to Accra, Ghana) which should entitle you to at least two check-in bags and one carry-on bag at no cost. If you really want to make sure how much you can bring, its best just to call the airline. If the airline charges you for luggage, Peace Corps will reimburse you for any fees you incur (assuming you meet Peace Corps' baggage size and weight limitations – to be sent before staging).

As of April 2011, the two U.S. Carriers that service Accra, Ghana are Delta and United (click on respective airline for baggage policies).

The Backpacker

The Traveler

The Settler


[edit] Clothing

You are forewarned that you will have to HAND WASH all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy back the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.

Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.

The Backpacker

Males:

Females:

The Traveler

Males:

Females:

The Settler


[edit] Shoes

The Backpacker


The Traveler

Females:

The Settler


[edit] Toiletries

The Backpacker

Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.

Important Note: Over the counter medications are provided in the first aid kit). Although this kit is provided to you a few weeks after you first arrive, some of the OTC medications are given to you on your first day here in Ghana.

Males:

Females:

PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.

The Traveler

The Settler


[edit] Electronics

Since electronics require electricity, and since the electricity in Ghana is quite different than in America, there are a few important things you should know prior to coming to Ghana. Please read the following section on Electricity in Ghana for more information.

In addition, see this important section on mobile phones in Ghana.

The Backpacker

Quality batteries, like Duracell, are expensive and only found in Accra.

The Traveler

The Settler

There are enough books at the Peace Corps offices, but bring one at your own interest.
BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.


Important Note: Since many of your electronics are valuable, it is also recommended to insure these items prior to coming to Ghana. Information on insurance will be included in your invitation packet.

[edit] Cooking ware

You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here — dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils. But if you are particular about your kitchen supplies (as the quality of these might not live up to the standards you are accustomed to in America), then there are a few items we highly recommend bringing:

The Backpacker

The Traveler

The Settler


[edit] Accessories

The Backpacker

Leatherman's Skeletool or Swiss Army Knife is great but remember don't pack it in your carry-on.
Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, Frisbee, American football, soccer ball, etc.

The Traveler

The Settler

Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.


[edit] Financial

Although all PCVs receive a per diem during training, a sizable move-in allowance (from which you can buy items for your house/room and a cell phone), and a regular living allowance, it is always a good idea to bring some extra financial resources in the event of an emergency:

The Backpacker

The Traveler

ATM's are located in numerous locations across Ghana.

The Settler

Can only be used in large cities


[edit] Items Peace Corps Provides


[edit] Packing Tips

TBD


[edit] Other Important Information

Ghana Price List

I'm coming.


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