Packing list for Lesotho

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* Button-down shirts and T-shirts  
* Button-down shirts and T-shirts  
* Several pairs of khaki trousers and one or two pairs of jeans  
* Several pairs of khaki trousers and one or two pairs of jeans  
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* Dark-colored socks (white ones are difficult to keep clean) For Women  
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* Dark-colored socks (white ones are difficult to keep clean)
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* Hair clippers for men 
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===For Women ===
* At least one dressy outfit (a nice dress)  
* At least one dressy outfit (a nice dress)  
* Dress shoes  
* Dress shoes  
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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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===For Both Genders ===
* A three-month supply of any prescription medicine you take  
* A three-month supply of any prescription medicine you take  
* Any favorite brands of toiletry or cosmetic items (but most items are available locally)   
* Any favorite brands of toiletry or cosmetic items (but most items are available locally)   
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* Hair clippers for men
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* Two towels and washcloths (essential during training)
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* Two towels and washcloths (essential during training)  
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===Kitchen ===
===Kitchen ===

Revision as of 02:21, 19 October 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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