Packing list for Romania

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Romania 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 a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Romania if you look long enough to find it.

When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of taxis and trains and often lugging it around on foot. It should be durable, flexible, lightweight, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and sturdy backpacks are good choices.

Do not bring anything that is so valuable or precious that you would be heartbroken to lose it.

General Clothing[edit]

  • Shorts and T-shirts for relaxing in hot weather
  • Slacks and jeans and short-sleeved cotton shirts for summer
  • Wool or flannel shirts, turtlenecks, and sweaters for winter
  • Heavy socks (wool and cotton) and lightweight cotton socks (socks wear out quickly)
  • Heavy-duty poncho (if you plan to do any camping)
  • Warm hats, scarves, and earmuffs
  • Two or three sets of long underwear
  • Flannel pajamas (sweatsuits can also double as PJs)
  • Heavy winter coat or ski jacket and a down vest
  • All-weather coat (preferably in a dark color)
  • Swimsuit and goggles (local pools have a lot of chlorine)
  • Men: Collared shirts (turtlenecks are also appropriate professional wear), a few ties, and at least one jacket or suit to wear to weddings and other celebrations
  • Women: Two or three professional outfits (one should be fancier for special occasions) Shoes
  • At least one pair of sturdy, thick-soled walking shoes (for cobblestone streets)
  • Plastic shower shoes
  • House slippers
  • One pair of insulated, waterproof, ice-gripping boots Note: Winter boots as well as dress and casual shoes, sandals, and slippers are readily available in Romania, but they may not have the fit, quality, or style that you prefer; women who wear size 10 or larger may have difficulty finding shoes.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items[edit]

  • Any favorite nonprescription medical supplies, though the items the Peace Corps supplies are good (i.e., you do not need to bring a two-year supply of aspirin, vitamins, dental floss, insect repellent, or eyedrops).
  • A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, to last until we can order your special needs
  • Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States)
  • Contact lens solution (if you bring contacts)
  • Hand lotion and body cream
  • Towels (bath-sized ones are difficult to find locally)
  • Women: If you have favorite brands of cosmetics like Clinique or Estée Lauder, bring them with you (but they may also be available in larger Romanian cities)


  • Good can and bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Measuring cups (both metric and nonmetric)
  • Potholders
  • Plastic water carrier for traveling (some types are available locally)
  • Strong string or twine for use as a clothesline
  • Rubber gloves for washing clothes by hand
  • Plastic food containers
  • Favorite cooking utensils
  • Basic cookbook
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Packaged mixes of your favorite sauces, salad dressings, and soups
  • Favorite spices (Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and Italian spices can be hard to find and make good gifts)


  • Money belt
  • Folding umbrella
  • Camera—35 mm compacts are best because they are inconspicuous and travel well, but digital cameras are also good if they are small and you have the appropriate computer equipment
  • Small, relatively inexpensive tool kit (e.g., Leatherman)
  • Good scissors
  • Duct tape (can be used for many things)
  • Swiss Army knife (very important to many Volunteers)
  • Two good flashlights (one small enough to carry in a pocket) and extra batteries
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Pictures of home and postcards of common sights in America
  • U.S. stamps (you can often have letters mailed in the States by people traveling home from Romania)
  • Games (e.g., Scrabble, Pictionary, chess), Frisbee, volleyball, etc.
  • Good sleeping bag (compact with a stuff sack and fully unzippable for use as blanket)
  • Good bedsheets (not fitted ones because you will not know the size of your bed in advance)
  • Books and materials you might need for your assignment, as described in the Volunteer Assignment Description
  • Reference books, such as a good grammar book, an English dictionary, and a thesaurus
  • A few novels to read and trade
  • Credit/cash cards (be certain they will work in Romania and that you notify your bank you will be out of the country using them)
  • Shortwave radio (but such radios work with limited success in Romania and may not be worth the bother)
  • Exercise materials (e.g., exercise tape or jump rope; some sites have gyms, and some Volunteers teach aerobic classes, so bring music and new steps if you have them)
  • Reliable watch—durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive
  • Reliable battery-powered alarm clock and back-up batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Small daypack without frame
  • Tape or CD player and recorder
  • Cassette tapes or CDs
  • Retractable tape measure (inch and centimeter)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Journal
  • Calendars
  • Paper clips and rubber bands
  • Clothespins
  • U.S. maps