Packing list for Namibia

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Namibia]] 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 obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.  
This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Namibia]] 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 obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.  
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Note: It is important that you bring 10 passport-size photos of yourself for identification cards, work permits, and visas. We will ask for them shortly after your arrival in Namibia. They may be black and white or color, and photo-booth prints are acceptable.  
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While it is impossible to bring everything on the packing list, may items area available in Windhoek and other large towns. Devote the space in your luggage to items that are important to you, and plan to purchase items like linens (sheets/towels) upon your arrival in Namibia.
===General Clothing ===
===General Clothing ===
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Namibians place an importance on professional dress in the workplace, and dressing “smart” is seen as a sign of respect for others. Dress slacks and skirts or dresses are required in the classroom and are the norm in most other situations.  
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Namibians place an importance on professional dress in the workplace, and dressing “smart” is seen as a sign of respect for others. Dress slacks and skirts or dresses are required in the classroom and are the norm in most other work environments.  
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Tennis shoes are not appropriate at work. While jeans and T-shirts are increasingly acceptable as casual wear, it is more common—especially in rural areas—to see men wearing shirts with collars and casual slacks and women wearing casual dresses or skirts and shirts. Short shorts, short dresses, and tops that show a lot of skin, (e.g., halter tops, spaghetti straps, etc.) are inappropriate for women in both towns and villages. All clothing should be clean and well mended.  
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Tennis shoes are not appropriate at work. Short shorts and extremely short dresses are inappropriate for women in both towns and villages. Tank tops are acceptable for women in both urban and rural areas, but not in professional settings. All clothing should be clean and well mended.  
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You should bring professional washable clothes for classroom teaching and meetings. For men who will be classroom teachers, bring wrinkle-free business casual slacks and 3-4 ties. For women, dresses and skirts. A few pairs of dress slacks, sandals, and comfortable closed-toe dress shoes are appropriate for work. Shorts (at mid-knee or longer) can be worn after work, weekends and holidays. Other items that are recommended are: hiking boots (if you like to hike), flashlight, sleeping bag, rechargeable batteries, music and pictures. You will need to bring a set of unfitted (flat) double bed sheets and a towel to use during your homestays. A small pillow might also be nice to have and can be purchased upon your arrival. While it is impossible to bring everything on the packing list, may items area available in Windhoek. Also, even though the temperature in Namibia will be warmer by November, we recommend you bring along some warm clothing for the winter months. The temperature can drop into the 30 degrees Farenheit range at night during the three months of ”winter”’ (June–August). You’ll be much more comfortable if you bring along a fleece jacket, some sweaters, warm socks, winter cap that covers the ears, scarf and gloves.  Also remember to bring along some suntan lotion or any kind of skin moisturizer.
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You should bring professional washable clothes for work. For men, bring wrinkle-free business casual slacks, and 3-4 ties for more formal events. For women, dresses and skirts that fall below the knee are acceptable, as are dress slacks. Sandals (such as Chacos or Keens) are acceptable footwear for women in some schools/offices; in others, the norm is for women to wear closed toed shoes.  Men should wear closed toed shoes at work. Shorts (at mid-knee or longer) and jeans can be worn after work, weekends and holidays. Bring a nice outfit for more formal events, such as Swearing In, weddings, and funerals.
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We recommend you bring along some warm clothing for the winter months. The temperature can drop into the 30 degrees Farenheit range at night during the three months of ”winter”’ (June–August). You’ll be much more comfortable if you bring along a fleece jacket, some sweaters, warm socks, winter cap that covers the ears, scarf and gloves.
===Shoes ===
===Shoes ===
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* Closed walking shoes for teaching and meetings or comfortable dress shoes or nice sandals for work
* Closed walking shoes for teaching and meetings or comfortable dress shoes or nice sandals for work
* Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, or other casual shoes  
* Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, or other casual shoes  
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* Waterproof hiking boots  
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* Waterproof hiking boots (if you like to hike)
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* Shower sandals/flip flops (these are available all over Namibia at a very reasonable price. It might be easier and cheaper to purchase them in Namibia than carry them over from the United States.)
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* Shower sandals/flip flops
* Sandals (e.g., Tevas, Birkenstocks, etc).  
* Sandals (e.g., Tevas, Birkenstocks, etc).  
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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Bring enough of your favorites to get you through your first five or six weeks. Volunteers have also suggested bringing good-quality body and facial lotion for dry skin and a pumice stone. Sunglasses are a must, and if you wear prescription glasses, you should bring prescription sunglasses. Remember that you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.  
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Bring enough of your favorites to get you through your first five or six weeks. Volunteers have also suggested bringing good-quality body and facial lotion for dry skin and a pumice stone. Sunglasses are a must, and if you wear prescription glasses, you should bring prescription sunglasses.  A case for your glasses and/or sunglasses is also recommended. Remember that you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.
===Kitchen ===
===Kitchen ===
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You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here—dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils. Plastic food containers and storage bags are very useful. Also, a basic cookbook can be useful once you get to your permanent site. Peace Corps/Namibia provides you with a locally appropriate cookbook.  
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You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here—dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils, plastic food containers and storage bags, etc. Also, a basic cookbook can be useful once you get to your permanent site. Peace Corps/Namibia provides you with a locally appropriate cookbook.
===Miscellaneous ===
===Miscellaneous ===
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* Camping equipment such as a backpack, sleeping bag and foam pad, and small tent (if you like to camp); a small camping stove is nice, but it should burn several types of fuel
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* Sleeping bag; a travel pillow and sleeping pad are also nice but not essential
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* Camera and film (a telephoto lens greatly enhances photos of game, and a good camera bag helps keep out the dust)
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* Radio or shortwave radio, cassette player, or CD player with speakers; it should be both battery operated and able to run on 220 volts (if it does not, you will need to bring a converter)
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* Music tapes, digital music or CDs (available in Namibia but expensive)
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* Good quality batteries (AA are expensive and 9V can be hard to find in Namibia)  
* Good quality batteries (AA are expensive and 9V can be hard to find in Namibia)  
* Back-up (spare) watch since locally available models are generally not of good quality  
* Back-up (spare) watch since locally available models are generally not of good quality  
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* Small candle lantern
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* Crayons, colored markers, colored pencils, Sharpies
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* Crayons, colored markers, colored paper
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* Craft idea books  
* Craft idea books  
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*      Stickers (if you will be a classroom teacher)
* Duct tape  
* Duct tape  
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* Song books
 
* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool  
* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool  
* Travel-size clock  
* Travel-size clock  
* Small flashlight or headlamp and extra bulbs  
* Small flashlight or headlamp and extra bulbs  
* Guidebooks about the region  
* Guidebooks about the region  
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* Maps, pictures, and wall hangings to decorate your home
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* Maps, pictures, and wall hangings to decorate your home  
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* Dictionary and thesaurus (keep in mind that people in Namibia use British English)
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* Inexpensive gifts to give to your hosts and to children   
* Inexpensive gifts to give to your hosts and to children   
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* U.S. postage stamps for sending mail with Volunteers who are traveling to the United States
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* Digital camera (and good camera bag to keep out the dust)
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* Digital camera
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* Laptop and external hard drive
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* Laptop  
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* iPOD/MP3 player
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* iPOD/CD Player
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* DVDs  
* DVDs  
* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene)  
* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Nalgene)  
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* A jump/flash/pen/USB drive (it’s a whole lot easier than using disks)
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* A jump/flash/pen/USB drive
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* For women, feminine hygiene items like tampons, pads, Diva Cup, the Keeper, GladRag, etc.; they can be expensive here
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* For women, feminine hygiene items like Diva Cup, the Keeper, GladRag, etc. are recommended; pads and tampons are available but are often quite expensive
* Favorite recipes  
* Favorite recipes  
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* A few books (you can have some sent, trade with other Volunteers, buy them here, or make use of the Peace Corps’ in-country resource center)
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* A few books
* Small book bag or backpack for work and weekends  
* Small book bag or backpack for work and weekends  
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* Enough stationery to last you during pre-service training Packing Advice Directly from Volunteers
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*       Special equipment for your hobbies (tent and camping stove for camping, rock climbing equipment, etc.)
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I suggest taking some sticky insect traps. You can get bug spray, but I never found the traps.
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===Things we shouldn’t have brought ===
===Things we shouldn’t have brought ===
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* Too many toiletries (too mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.; they can all be purchased in Namibia)
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* Too many toiletries (mouthwash, dental floss, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.; they can all be purchased inexpensively in Namibia)
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* Pots/Pans (as you are coming in, other Volunteers are leaving and they will pass their pots/pans on to you at a very reasonable price)  
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* Kitchen equipment (pots, pans, can openers, silverware, etc.)  
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* Can opener
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* White clothes and clothes that require dry cleaning or cannot be washed by hand.   
* White clothes and clothes that require dry cleaning or cannot be washed by hand.   
* Spices  
* Spices  
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* Silverware
 
* Mosquito net (Peace Corps/Namibia gives you one)  
* Mosquito net (Peace Corps/Namibia gives you one)  
* An electric adapter (you can’t get the right one if you buy it elsewhere)  
* An electric adapter (you can’t get the right one if you buy it elsewhere)  
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* Too many formal clothes.
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* Too many formal clothes
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*      Wireless reading devices (such as the Kindle or Nook).  Many Volunteers have experienced problems with these devices in Namibia due to the electrical current, and shipping them back to the U.S. for repair is prohibitively expensive.
[[Category:Namibia]]
[[Category:Namibia]]

Latest revision as of 23:51, 6 July 2013


Packing List for Namibia
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Namibia 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:
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For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Namibia 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 obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, because of Namibia’s proximity to South Africa, you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.

While it is impossible to bring everything on the packing list, may items area available in Windhoek and other large towns. Devote the space in your luggage to items that are important to you, and plan to purchase items like linens (sheets/towels) upon your arrival in Namibia.

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[edit] General Clothing

Namibians place an importance on professional dress in the workplace, and dressing “smart” is seen as a sign of respect for others. Dress slacks and skirts or dresses are required in the classroom and are the norm in most other work environments.

Tennis shoes are not appropriate at work. Short shorts and extremely short dresses are inappropriate for women in both towns and villages. Tank tops are acceptable for women in both urban and rural areas, but not in professional settings. All clothing should be clean and well mended.

You should bring professional washable clothes for work. For men, bring wrinkle-free business casual slacks, and 3-4 ties for more formal events. For women, dresses and skirts that fall below the knee are acceptable, as are dress slacks. Sandals (such as Chacos or Keens) are acceptable footwear for women in some schools/offices; in others, the norm is for women to wear closed toed shoes. Men should wear closed toed shoes at work. Shorts (at mid-knee or longer) and jeans can be worn after work, weekends and holidays. Bring a nice outfit for more formal events, such as Swearing In, weddings, and funerals.

We recommend you bring along some warm clothing for the winter months. The temperature can drop into the 30 degrees Farenheit range at night during the three months of ”winter”’ (June–August). You’ll be much more comfortable if you bring along a fleece jacket, some sweaters, warm socks, winter cap that covers the ears, scarf and gloves.

[edit] Shoes

Shoes are key. Everyone will walk many miles every week. Volunteers recommend four pairs of shoes. Bring newer shoes as your shoes will wear out quickly. The Volunteers also recommend more expensive footwear, just because it’s better and lasts longer. Some female Volunteers say one pair of trendy sandals or shoes is also nice,as there are chances to go out and dress up a bit in Windhoek.

A suggested list of shoes for men and women includes:

Note that people with large feet (especially men with size 11 or bigger) should bring an extra pair or two of shoes or sandals, as larger sizes can be difficult to find in Namibia

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Bring enough of your favorites to get you through your first five or six weeks. Volunteers have also suggested bringing good-quality body and facial lotion for dry skin and a pumice stone. Sunglasses are a must, and if you wear prescription glasses, you should bring prescription sunglasses. A case for your glasses and/or sunglasses is also recommended. Remember that you can get almost everything you need in Namibia at prices comparable to those in the United States.

[edit] Kitchen

You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here—dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils, plastic food containers and storage bags, etc. Also, a basic cookbook can be useful once you get to your permanent site. Peace Corps/Namibia provides you with a locally appropriate cookbook.

[edit] Miscellaneous

I suggest taking some sticky insect traps. You can get bug spray, but I never found the traps.

[edit] Things we shouldn’t have brought

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