Packing list for Lesotho

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* Sleeping bag for a cold climate, preferably one that packs into a small stuff sack (some Volunteers prefer down bags because of their warmth; others advise against down, as it can be hard to keep clean and dry)  
* Sleeping bag for a cold climate, preferably one that packs into a small stuff sack (some Volunteers prefer down bags because of their warmth; others advise against down, as it can be hard to keep clean and dry)  
* Lightweight foam sleeping pad  
* Lightweight foam sleeping pad  
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* Two backpacks—a day pack and a large, internal-frame camping pack  
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* Two backpacks—a day pack and a large camping pack  
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* Two sets of nonwhite sheets and pillowcases, possibly flannel (the Peace Corps does not provide sheets and towels, and local sheets are expensive)
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* Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player  
* Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player  
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* Music tapes, books, children’s songs, and lots of blank cassettes
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* Music CDs, iPod, books, children’s songs,  
* Batteries (available in-country, but expensive and not as long lasting as those in the United States) and/or power-pack units  
* Batteries (available in-country, but expensive and not as long lasting as those in the United States) and/or power-pack units  
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* Solar battery recharger (for those without electricity)
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* Solar battery recharger for those without electricity, though a solar set is easier to get in country
* Solar or battery-operated calculator  
* Solar or battery-operated calculator  
* Two additional passport pictures  
* Two additional passport pictures  
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* Camera and supply of film—it is expensive here, but prints (color only) can be processed locally  
* Camera and supply of film—it is expensive here, but prints (color only) can be processed locally  
* Personal passport  
* Personal passport  
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* A travel book called Lonely Planet: Africa on a Shoestring (by Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond and Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lonely Planet Publications, 2004)  
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* A travel book called Lonely Planet: Africa on a Shoestring (by Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond and Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lonely Planet Publications, 2004) (this is also available in country)
* Flashlight (small Maglite is a good choice)  
* Flashlight (small Maglite is a good choice)  
* Markers, crayons, colored pencils, ink pens, mechanical pencils  
* Markers, crayons, colored pencils, ink pens, mechanical pencils  
[[Category:Lesotho]]
[[Category:Lesotho]]

Revision as of 06:16, 10 December 2008

People preparing to come to Lesotho are, of course, interested in finding out what items and clothing they should bring. The problem in preparing such a list is that even the best suggestions are subject to variations and changes, depending on your personal interests and style. There is no perfect list! In the past, many Volunteers have regretted bringing half of what they packed. Almost everything you could want or need is available in-country, so do not load up on a lot of basic items.

Volunteers must prepare themselves for extremes in climate (up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and below freezing in winter). You may have to discard a lot of preconceived ideas of Africa, including visions of hot, steamy jungles. Sweaters and coats are a must because there is no central heating, and buildings get very cold when nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. Some buildings have fireplaces or heaters, but they typically heat only a small area. All clothes should be washable and comfortable. You will most likely do your laundry by hand in cold water, so bring clothes that can take that kind of treatment. There is a lot of wind, dust, and dirt, and clothes need to be washed frequently.

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