Packing list for Lesotho

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* At least one dressy outfit for swearing in (dress shirt, tie, and slacks)I would not pack a suit  
* At least one dressy outfit for swearing in (dress shirt, tie, and slacks)I would not pack a suit  
* Dress shoes  
* Dress shoes  
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Hiking/running shoes
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* Hiking/running shoes
* Button-down shirts and T-shirts (if you're a teacher, you will be expected to wear dress shirts virtually always, although you can get away with t-shirts at most schools)
* Button-down shirts and T-shirts (if you're a teacher, you will be expected to wear dress shirts virtually always, although you can get away with t-shirts at most schools)
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* Two or three pairs of pants (to wear on holidays and in some work situations) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items  
* Two or three pairs of pants (to wear on holidays and in some work situations) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items  
* A three-month supply of birth control pills, if applicable
* A three-month supply of birth control pills, if applicable
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* You may be put in the mountains and be really greatful for camping gear
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*       You may be put in the mountains and be really greatful for camping gear
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* You may also be put in a camptown and be really greatful for lots of american style clothes
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*       You may also be put in a camptown and be really greatful for lots of american style clothes
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(mix it up)
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*      (mix it up)
===For Both Genders ===
===For Both Genders ===
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* A good hand-operated can opener (you won't be able to find a decent one in country)
* A good hand-operated can opener (you won't be able to find a decent one in country)
* Vegetable peeler (you won't be able to find a decent one in country and will peel a LOT of vegetables)
* Vegetable peeler (you won't be able to find a decent one in country and will peel a LOT of vegetables)
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* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Sigg or Nalgene)
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*      A good chefs knife, and even a way to sharpen it
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* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Sigg, Nalgene- even Platypus)
Travel coffee Mug/Thermos
Travel coffee Mug/Thermos
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* Lightweight foam sleeping pad  
* Lightweight foam sleeping pad  
* Two backpacks—a day pack and a large camping pack  
* Two backpacks—a day pack and a large camping pack  
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*      You will be able to charge your electronics (intermittently for some, frequently for others) so bring your computer/ipod etc, it will make your time here a lot more enjoyable (and on the bad days, bearable)
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*      You will be able to charge your electronics (intermittently for some, frequently for others) so bring your computer/ipod, Kindle etc, it will make your time here a lot more enjoyable (and on the bad days, bearable)
* Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player  
* Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player  
* Music CDs, iPod, books, children’s songs,  
* Music CDs, iPod, books, children’s songs,  

Revision as of 11:20, 2 November 2011


Packing List for Lesotho
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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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