Packing list for Lesotho

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* Comfortable shoes (sandals, tennis shoes), durable walking shoes (with good tread), and good-quality waterproof/Gore-Tex hiking boots  
* Comfortable shoes (sandals, tennis shoes), durable walking shoes (with good tread), and good-quality waterproof/Gore-Tex hiking boots  
* Sweatshirts and sweaters  
* Sweatshirts and sweaters  
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* One pair of shorts for vacations and lounging in the house   
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* One pair of shorts for vacations and lounging in the house  (older people will frown upon you for wearing shorts in many areas of Lesotho and you won't be able to wear shorts during training)
* Warm jacket or coat and light jacket  
* Warm jacket or coat and light jacket  
* Items for cold weather, including long underwear, tights (for women), hat, gloves, scarf, fleece tops  
* Items for cold weather, including long underwear, tights (for women), hat, gloves, scarf, fleece tops  
* Lots of underwear (harsh detergent and scrubbing are rough on underwear)  
* Lots of underwear (harsh detergent and scrubbing are rough on underwear)  
* Rain gear, including boots  
* Rain gear, including boots  
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* Swimwear and light gym wear  
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* Swimwear and light gym wear (there's a pool relatively near the training center and you'll have chances to jump in the ocean or the senqu while you're in Lesotho)
===For Men ===
===For Men ===

Revision as of 07:00, 20 March 2009


Packing List for Lesotho
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Lesotho 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

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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