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One of the most stressful tasks in preparing for Peace Corps service is deciding what to pack and what to leave behind. Generally, packing involves a gradual whittling process as more and more items shift from the "Necessities" pile to the "If There’s Room..." pile. The following list has been compiled by Volunteers currently serving in [[Jordan]], based on their experience. There is no perfect list! Please use it as a guide, bearing in mind that experience is individual and tastes differ. Do not try to bring everything on this list; consider only those items that make sense to you personally. Peace Corps will not reimburse you for overweight baggage. Remember, you can get everything you will really need, and most of what you will really want, here in Jordan.  
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Use this list as an informal guide in making your own packing decisions. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you. As you decide what to bring, keep the airline’s weight restriction on baggage in mind. Remember, you can get almost everything you need in [[Peru]], most at an equal or lower price than in the U.S.  
  
===General Clothing ===
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The standard for work attire in [[Peru]] is neat and professional but not fancy, which applies during pre-service training as well as Volunteer service. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability (i.e., able to withstand repeated and vigorous washing). Since there are considerable variations in the weather, items that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful. Given the cold evening temperatures in the sierra, long underwear and flannel pajamas may be an excellent investment. Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and larger men’s and women’s shoe sizes are difficult to find in Peru.
  
Dress is more conservative and formal than you might think and suggestions from recently arrived Volunteers are listed below. Your appearance is very important as a sign of respect and your effectiveness can be influenced by how you present yourself. Both men and women are expected to look “sharp” with clothes clean and unwrinkled. It gets quite cold in the winter and there is no central heating in the centers or schools. Dressing in layers is key! Any additional clothing you may need is readily available in-country at retail and second-hand shops. However, good quality cotton underwear is generally expensive and hard to find. Laundry facilities are limited, so clothing that can be easily washed by hand and air dried is a good choice. You can wear the same things repeatedly, so pack lightly!
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Women find that skirts, loose-fitting shirts, and simple dresses, both with sleeves and without, are comfortable for coastal heat. Slacks (especially khakis) are good in colder climates, as are cotton turtlenecks and sweaters. For men, a mix of short-sleeved polo shirts and short- and long-sleeved button-down shirts is recommended.  
  
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Among the things you do not need to bring—either because they are provided by Peace Corps or widely available locally— are disposable razors, sheets, shampoo and conditioner, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, a kerosene burner, a mosquito net, and standard first-aid items. Good-quality knitwear and sweaters are widely available in Peru. Radios and cassette players are also available at reasonable prices, although the compact versions found in the U.S. may not be available.  Favorite electronic players, such as a Discman or iPod, should be brought.
  
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===General Clothing ===
  
===Both men and women ===
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* Three or four pairs of casual pants for work
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* Two or more pairs of jeans
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* Two pairs of shorts
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* Bathing suit
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* One pair of dress pants for men  
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* Sports jacket and tie for men
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* Skirts and/or dresses for women  
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* Collared polos and blouses for women
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* One casual, nice outfit (for evenings out)
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* Underwear (12 pairs, good-quality cotton)
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* Long underwear
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* Socks (just enough to get started, as they are available in Peru); it is recomended that some be “smartwools” for colder sites
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* Light, waterproof jacket
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* Fleece jacket and/or vest with hood
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* Down or heavy jacket suitable for higher altitudes
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* One or two sweaters*
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* One or two sweatshirts*
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* One pair of sweatpants*
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* Baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat (the Peruvian sun is fierce!)
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* Note: These items are bulky and are widely available in Peru, so if you are short of space or weight, you may want to plan on buying them in Peru.
  
* A warm coat, as well as a lightweight, waterproof jacket
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* At least two heavy wool sweaters so that you have one to wear while the other is in the wash or drying
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* Silk or cotton thermal underwear—they pack tightly and are quick drying. They can also double as sleeping outfits during the winter
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* Scarves for warmth
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* Turtlenecks
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* Jeans; a pair or two
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* Wool socks
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* A bathing suit (Women should bring shorts and T-shirt to wear over their suit. Men’s bathing suits should be baggy, knee-length)
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* Summer hats
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* Knitted hat, gloves or mittens
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* Loosely tailored pants or khakis and lined pants for winter
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* One dressier outfit (for women, either pants or long skirt; for men, a sports jacket/blazer and dress slacks plus a tie) and dress shoes. These will be worn for the occaisional official reception, swearing-in ceremony, and other important functions.
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===Suggestions for Women===
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===Shoes===
  
Covering up is important and may feel strange at first, but neatness and appropriate dress will enhance your credibility and smooth your integration. All clothing must be loose fitting for comfort and modesty, but still look neat.
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* One pair of dress or professional shoes
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* One pair of sneakers
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* Hiking boots and/or sturdy walking shoes
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* One pair of running shoes (if you run)
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* Flip-flops or sandals (Chacos are best)
  
* Shirts/blouses: Any top worn on the outside needs to be thigh-length (in other words, covering your behind), loose (masking your shape); and long sleeved. Layers can extend your wardrobe and keep you warmer in winter. Collars or high necklines are important; do not bring anything sheer or opaque (really check yourself in the mirror)
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
* Dresses/skirts: must be long enough to cover the ankle; side slits must be sewn up
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* Pants: loose and long enough to cover the ankle
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* Short-sleeved or tank tops only to wear under long-sleeved tops
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* Lightweight, long-sleeved jackets for wearing over short-sleeved shirts
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* A few pairs of black slacks
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* A long cotton slip
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* Tights (hard to find here), dress socks, and knee-high stockings (preferably black)
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Suggestions for Men
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* Strong sunglasses (with UV protection and polarized)
* Tie, belt, dress socks
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* Start-up supply of soap, shampoo, shaving cream, and other personal toiletries
* Nice short-sleeved dress shirts for summer months
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* Hand sanitizer
* Professional-looking jacket for warmth and also for the workplace Shoes
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* Tampons (they are more expensive in Peru)  
* Comfortable, nice dress shoes for work (closed toe; black is best; avoid suede shoes due to dust and scuffing)
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* Any favorite brands of sunscreen or other over-thecounter medicines (the Peace Corps provides needed items, but they may not be your preferred brands.)  
* Sturdy sandals 
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* Contact lens solution (note that the Peace Corps discourages the use of contact lenses)
* All-purpose shoes (something to walk, run, bike, or hike in)  
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* Towels (available in Peru)
* Flip-flops or slipper sandals for use in the bathroom (can be purchased cheaply in Jordan)  
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Note: When you enter a person’s house, you normally take off your shoes. Bring shoes that are easy to put on and take off.
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===Exercise Clothing===
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Once settled at site, some Volunteers participate in individual and organized sports. You should bring modest exercise clothes, including sweatpants and sleeved shirts. Do not expect to wear running shorts and tank tops as exercise apparel.
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===Miscellaneous ===
 
===Miscellaneous ===
  
* A lightweight towel and washcloth (travel towel is good)  
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* Sturdy, small backpack or duffel bag (with a lock) for short trips
* Decorations for your house (pictures, maps, etc.)
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* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool (do not pack in carry-on luggage)  
* At least 12 passport-size photos (inexpensive kind available in portable photo booths are adequate). You will need them for your Peace Corps identification, obtaining visas to other countries, medical charts, and the Jordanian residence permit
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* A pair of workgloves
* Good-quality backpack for travel, as well as a smaller daypack
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* Fanny pack or money belt
* Baseball, football, Frisbee, hackeysack, or travel games such as Uno
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* Photos of family, friends, your house, car, pets, and hometown
* Camera (film and processing are readily available, but Volunteers recommend bringing a supply of film)
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* Flashlight
* Sewing items (iron-on mending tape, straight and safety pins, etc.)
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* Compact umbrella (available in Peru)
* Rechargeable batteries and recharger (with power converter)
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* Digital or film camera (film is widely available in Peru)  
* Pocket calculator (preferably solar-powered)  
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* Books to read and exchange
* Small, battery-powered alarm clock or wristwatch
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* Cassettes/CDs to listen to and exchange (also available in Peru)  
* Duct tape (can be bought in Amman, but costly)  
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* Travel water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)  
* Compact sleeping bag
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* Watch
* A few good books, which can be traded at or donated to the Volunteer book exchange 106 
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* Duct tape and ziplock bags
* Family photographs (screen these for appropriateness to Jordanian culture. For example, photos of beach scenes with minimally clothed people or scenes with alcohol consumption will be viewed as inappropriate by many Jordanians) Maybe get them laminated because they'll be passed around a lot!
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* A deck of playing cards
* U.S. stamps (for sending mail via anyone traveling to U.S.)  
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* Small pocket notebook (widely available in Peru)  
* Swiss Army, Leatherman, or an equivalent multipurpose knife
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* A jar of your favorite peanut butter
* Favorite stove-top recipes and cookbook (Peace Corps provides a stove top, but not an oven, although it can be purchased separately)
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* Favorite electronic items (either inexpensive or insured)
* Journal, diary, or schedule book
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* A laptop computer (insured)  
* Jump rope, yoga mat, round ball, or any small and light exercise equipment (as an alternative to jogging, which may not be a viable option)
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* An extra pack of batteries for the electronic items (available in Peru, but often more expensive)
* Small, retractable tape measure
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* Sleeping bag (light, stuffable, and preferably waterproof)*
* Items such as scotch tape, scissors, crayons, and markers for teachers (you can buy lower quality here)  
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* Camping equipment (if you are a camper)*
* Polarized sunglasses
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* Note: Sleeping bags and other camping equipment can be rented in tourist areas. Also, some Volunteers choose to have these items brought down later by visiting family members and friends
* Travel guides of countries you'll want to visit during vacation
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*       House or Room only slippers, helps keep a clean room and warm feet.
* Measuring cups, spoons, etc.
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* One or two sets of double-sized bed sheets and pillow cases
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* Pocket-size dictionary and thesaurus
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* Maps (good for wall hangings and traveling)  
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* Money belt or other means of concealing passport and valuables when traveling
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* Favorite music CDs or tapes
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
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Many imported items (L’Oreal, Neutrogena, Nivea, Colgate, Tampax, Always, etc.) are widely available, but they are expensive relative to your Volunteer living allowance. Contact lens solution is also available, but expensive. Tampons are available, but very expensive. If you plan to use them, it is not a bad idea to bring a good supply.
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If you wear contact lenses and use regular saline solution, you can buy bags of saline (like those used in IV's) at any pharmacy.  This is much cheaper than actual contact lens solution.  Just be sure to keep a bottle so you can refill it with the bagged solution.
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* Makeup (the quality here is okay; if you are picky, pack it)  
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* Scissors or other hair-cutting device. Every group seems to have at least one person who can cut hair, but you need good scissors to do so
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* Three-month supply of any prescription medications
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===Electronics ===
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If you plan to bring any small appliances, such as hair dryers, electric shavers, or contact lens disinfecters, get a voltage converter. The power is adequate for laptop computers with AC/ DC adapters. CD/cassette players can be purchased in Jordan, but are slightly more expensive than in the U.S. If you choose to bring one, make sure you have a voltage converter since batteries are expensive. Hairdryers and irons are readily available.
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* Radio with shortwave and medium-wave (A decent shortwave radio will pick up VOA, BBC, and the Jordanian English station)
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* Laptop computer. Bring one at your own risk. Power surges are common, so bring a good surge protector.
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Get personal insurance; Peace Corps does not insure/ replace personal items
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* Discman with speakers. This can be bought here, but it may make your plane ride more pleasant if you pack it
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[[Category:Peru]]

Revision as of 23:38, 12 March 2009


Packing List for [[{{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]

Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]] 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!
  • [[Packing list for {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Training in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

[[Category:{{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]

Use this list as an informal guide in making your own packing decisions. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you. As you decide what to bring, keep the airline’s weight restriction on baggage in mind. Remember, you can get almost everything you need in Peru, most at an equal or lower price than in the U.S.

The standard for work attire in Peru is neat and professional but not fancy, which applies during pre-service training as well as Volunteer service. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability (i.e., able to withstand repeated and vigorous washing). Since there are considerable variations in the weather, items that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful. Given the cold evening temperatures in the sierra, long underwear and flannel pajamas may be an excellent investment. Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and larger men’s and women’s shoe sizes are difficult to find in Peru.

Women find that skirts, loose-fitting shirts, and simple dresses, both with sleeves and without, are comfortable for coastal heat. Slacks (especially khakis) are good in colder climates, as are cotton turtlenecks and sweaters. For men, a mix of short-sleeved polo shirts and short- and long-sleeved button-down shirts is recommended.

Among the things you do not need to bring—either because they are provided by Peace Corps or widely available locally— are disposable razors, sheets, shampoo and conditioner, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, a kerosene burner, a mosquito net, and standard first-aid items. Good-quality knitwear and sweaters are widely available in Peru. Radios and cassette players are also available at reasonable prices, although the compact versions found in the U.S. may not be available. Favorite electronic players, such as a Discman or iPod, should be brought.

General Clothing

  • Three or four pairs of casual pants for work
  • Two or more pairs of jeans
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • One pair of dress pants for men
  • Sports jacket and tie for men
  • Skirts and/or dresses for women
  • Collared polos and blouses for women
  • One casual, nice outfit (for evenings out)
  • Underwear (12 pairs, good-quality cotton)
  • Long underwear
  • Socks (just enough to get started, as they are available in Peru); it is recomended that some be “smartwools” for colder sites
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket and/or vest with hood
  • Down or heavy jacket suitable for higher altitudes
  • One or two sweaters*
  • One or two sweatshirts*
  • One pair of sweatpants*
  • Baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat (the Peruvian sun is fierce!)
  • Note: These items are bulky and are widely available in Peru, so if you are short of space or weight, you may want to plan on buying them in Peru.


Shoes

  • One pair of dress or professional shoes
  • One pair of sneakers
  • Hiking boots and/or sturdy walking shoes
  • One pair of running shoes (if you run)
  • Flip-flops or sandals (Chacos are best)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Strong sunglasses (with UV protection and polarized)
  • Start-up supply of soap, shampoo, shaving cream, and other personal toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tampons (they are more expensive in Peru)
  • Any favorite brands of sunscreen or other over-thecounter medicines (the Peace Corps provides needed items, but they may not be your preferred brands.)
  • Contact lens solution (note that the Peace Corps discourages the use of contact lenses)
  • Towels (available in Peru)

Miscellaneous

  • Sturdy, small backpack or duffel bag (with a lock) for short trips
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool (do not pack in carry-on luggage)
  • A pair of workgloves
  • Fanny pack or money belt
  • Photos of family, friends, your house, car, pets, and hometown
  • Flashlight
  • Compact umbrella (available in Peru)
  • Digital or film camera (film is widely available in Peru)
  • Books to read and exchange
  • Cassettes/CDs to listen to and exchange (also available in Peru)
  • Travel water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Watch
  • Duct tape and ziplock bags
  • A deck of playing cards
  • Small pocket notebook (widely available in Peru)
  • A jar of your favorite peanut butter
  • Favorite electronic items (either inexpensive or insured)
  • A laptop computer (insured)
  • An extra pack of batteries for the electronic items (available in Peru, but often more expensive)
  • Sleeping bag (light, stuffable, and preferably waterproof)*
  • Camping equipment (if you are a camper)*
  • Note: Sleeping bags and other camping equipment can be rented in tourist areas. Also, some Volunteers choose to have these items brought down later by visiting family members and friends
  • House or Room only slippers, helps keep a clean room and warm feet.