Packing list for Malawi

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Malawi]] and is 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! You can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Malawi.  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Malawi]] and is 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! You can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Malawi.  
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===General Clothing ===
===General Clothing ===
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* One set long underwear
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* Lightweight, all-weather jacket  
* Lightweight, all-weather jacket  
* Hooded sweatshirt or fleece  
* Hooded sweatshirt or fleece  
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* Knit hat and gloves
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* Sleeveless dresses and shirts (note that Volunteer teachers cannot wear these in the classroom)
* Sleeveless dresses and shirts (note that Volunteer teachers cannot wear these in the classroom)
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* Swimsuit (one piece); very sturdy
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* Swimsuit (one piece)
* Bandannas or handkerchiefs  
* Bandannas or handkerchiefs  
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* Sun hat (baseball cap or straw hat)  
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* Sun hat (baseball cap)  
* Good-quality raincoat   
* Good-quality raincoat   
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* Heavy-duty poncho and quality umbrella  
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* Small umbrella  
* Durable, easy-to-wash pants  
* Durable, easy-to-wash pants  
* Shorts and other clothes like drawstring pajama pants for lounging around (doctor’s scrubs are ideal)  
* Shorts and other clothes like drawstring pajama pants for lounging around (doctor’s scrubs are ideal)  
* Women can and do wear trousers for traveling and in the cities  
* Women can and do wear trousers for traveling and in the cities  
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* Teachers need dresses/skirts that go below the knee (no slits above the knee, and not tight-fitting)  
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* Teachers need lightweight dresses/skirts that go below the knee (no slits above the knee, and not tight-fitting)  
* Cotton slips (waist to knee and waist to ankle)  
* Cotton slips (waist to knee and waist to ankle)  
* Men do not need full suit, just a tie and a button-down shirt for special occasions  
* Men do not need full suit, just a tie and a button-down shirt for special occasions  
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* Sturdy work gloves (if you garden)  
* Sturdy work gloves (if you garden)  
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Overall advice: do not bring a lot. Just three to four outfits for staging and beginning of training.You can find just about everything in the markets.  
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Overall advice: do not bring a lot. Just three to four outfits for staging and beginning of training.You can find just about everything in the markets. Malawians dress very conservatively, and will expect the same from you!
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===Shoes===  
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===Shoes===
Durable shoes are an essential investment  
Durable shoes are an essential investment  
* Teva or Chaco sandals  
* Teva or Chaco sandals  
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* Sneakers and/or hiking boots (two pairs) (Boots are handy for rainy season)  
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* Sneakers and/or hiking boots (Boots are handy for rainy season)  
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* Shoes (close-toed and good to stand in all day; for Volunteer teachers)   
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* Shoes (close-toed and good to stand in all day; for anyone who teaches)   
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* House shoes (slippers); you can get flip-flops in Malawi  
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* You can get flip-flops in Malawi  
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* Dress shoes  
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* Dress shoes
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
* Favorite brand of tampon  
* Favorite brand of tampon  
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* Face lotions
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* Face/hand/body lotion
* Deodorant  
* Deodorant  
* Shampoo (just a 2-in-1 to get through training)  
* Shampoo (just a 2-in-1 to get through training)  
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* Toothpaste (just one for training)  
* Toothpaste (just one for training)  
* Hand sanitizer  
* Hand sanitizer  
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* Multivitamins (low-concentration vitamins available in-country)
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* Multivitamins  
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* Razor and extra blades  
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* Short supply of razors and blades  
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* Sunscreen (just one to get started)
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* Two pair eyeglasses if needed
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* Manicure set
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* Hair-cutting scissors  
* Hair-cutting scissors  
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* Prescription drugs (three-month supply)  
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*      Tweezers
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*      Lip balm
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* Prescription drugs (three-month supply)
===Kitchen ===
===Kitchen ===
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* French press (if you appreciate good coffee)  
* French press (if you appreciate good coffee)  
* Kitchen towels  
* Kitchen towels  
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* Send foodstuff to yourself before leaving: specialty/herbal teas; Kraft Mac & Cheese powder; Cliff,Lunaor other energy bars.
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* Send foodstuff to yourself before leaving: specialty/herbal teas; Kraft Mac & Cheese powder; Cliff, Luna or other energy bars.
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===Miscellaneous ===
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===Miscellaneous But Important Items For Serious Consideration!===
* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)  
* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)  
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* Leatherman/Swiss Army knife  
* Leatherman/Swiss Army knife  
* Compact sleeping bag for cold weather  
* Compact sleeping bag for cold weather  
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* Indiglo watch
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* Laptop
* Bungee cords or backpack straps  
* Bungee cords or backpack straps  
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* Chair that folds out into sleeping mat (e.g., Crazy Creek or LL Bean)
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* Fitted and flat twin sheets, or double if you need
* Flashlight or headlamp with extra bulbs  
* Flashlight or headlamp with extra bulbs  
* Shortwave radio  
* Shortwave radio  
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* Duct tape  
* Duct tape  
* Scissors  
* Scissors  
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* Good envelopes
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* Headlamp (very popular among PCVS!) and/or wind-up flash light
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* Elmer’s glue
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* Converter and adaptors (220V here. Small multi converters/adapters work well.)
* Good dictionary  
* Good dictionary  
* U.S. stamps (so you can send letters home with travelers)
* U.S. stamps (so you can send letters home with travelers)
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* Lonely Planet Guide to Malawi
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* Flash drive!! We provide a 2 gig version, but you may want more of your own.
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* Camera (35mm point-and-shoot)  
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* Camera (digital is easiest, real film can be developed in major towns but is [[very]] expensive)  
* Field guide for flora and fauna of sub-Saharan Africa  
* Field guide for flora and fauna of sub-Saharan Africa  
* Seeds for herbs and vegetables  
* Seeds for herbs and vegetables  
* Battery-powered alarm clock  
* Battery-powered alarm clock  
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* Double size, flat sheets and a couple of towels  
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* A couple of thirsty towels  
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* Sewing kit
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* English dictionary, Thesaurus
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* Sunglasses  
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* Sunglasses
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*      Some zip-lock baggies
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*      Watch - think cheap
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*      Jewelry - like the watch
* Personal money (you can keep it in the safe at the Peace Corps office)  
* Personal money (you can keep it in the safe at the Peace Corps office)  
* Games (Scrabble, cards, chess, Frisbee, etc.)  
* Games (Scrabble, cards, chess, Frisbee, etc.)  
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* Walkman and variety of tapes (Discman uses much more battery power)  
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* iPod, mp3 player, Zune. Recordable audio function is great for capturing sounds of village life. Please note that erratic energy, heat, humidity, sand and dust will do a number on all electronic devices (computers, iPods and cameras).
* Musical instrument (harmonica, guitar, etc.)  
* Musical instrument (harmonica, guitar, etc.)  
* A few novels (to swap after reading)  
* A few novels (to swap after reading)  
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* Day pack  
* Day pack  
* Luggage (should be tough, lightweight, lockable, and easy to carry)  
* Luggage (should be tough, lightweight, lockable, and easy to carry)  
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* Hiking backpacks without frames are practical
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* Hiking backpack
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*      Sharpies
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*      Crayons, markers, colored paper, colored pencils and cheap paint sets
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*      Children’s books
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*      GRE prep materials
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*      Unbreakable French Press
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*      Misc pictures from home and calendar showing scenes of the US
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Bug spray with DEET
[[Category:Malawi]]
[[Category:Malawi]]

Latest revision as of 19:38, 2 July 2010


Packing List for Malawi
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Malawi 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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Malawi and is 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! You can always have things sent to you later. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Malawi.

The three key qualities for clothing in Malawi are dark colors, many pockets, and easy to wash and care for. Overall, dress conservatively. Remember that it does get cold so bring warm clothes. Rainy season means just that—you will get wet and splattered with mud. We recommend quick-drying, breathable clothes.

Contents

[edit] General Clothing

Overall advice: do not bring a lot. Just three to four outfits for staging and beginning of training.You can find just about everything in the markets. Malawians dress very conservatively, and will expect the same from you!

[edit] Shoes

Durable shoes are an essential investment

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

[edit] Kitchen

[edit] Miscellaneous But Important Items For Serious Consideration!

Bug spray with DEET

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