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* Long dresses with sleeves. These should be loose and well below the knees (ankle length is best). Latest casual fashions are fine. One or two “nicer” dresses are good to have for swearing-in ceremonies and other important occasions, such as weddings and attending church services.  
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* Long dresses with sleeves. These should be loose and well below the knees (ankle length is best). Latest casual fashions are fine. One or two “nicer” dresses are good to have for swearing-in ceremonies and other important occasions, such as weddings and attending church services. ''You really only need one of these to wear to church.  Any other time, Fijians never wear dresses or skirts to their ankles.  Just below the knee is fine.''
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* Black dress and/or skirt. In the unfortunate event that there is a funeral in your community, you will need to have a properly conservative long black skirt or dress.  
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* Black dress and/or skirt. In the unfortunate event that there is a funeral in your community, you will need to have a properly conservative long black skirt or dress.''You will go to at least one funeral so definately bring a black dress or skirt.  The dress doesn't have to be ankle length because you can buy a black sulu to wear underneath it.''
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* Long, loose skirts. These should below the knees and full enough for you to be able to sit on the floor with your legs to the side and your knees covered.  
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* Long, loose skirts. These should below the knees and full enough for you to be able to sit on the floor with your legs to the side and your knees covered. ''These are what Fijian women wear everyday they're in town and some wear them in the village too, so bring plenty.''
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* Tops and shirts. At least one or two long-sleeved tops to wear when you’ve had enough sun. Also, plenty of loose-fitting, comfortable, short-sleeved cotton shirts. Tight-fitting and/or low-cut shirts or sleeveless tank tops are not appropriate. Loose tailored T-shirts are fine (check Eddie Bauer, Lands End, L.L. Bean, etc.). You may also want to consider one or two sleeveless tops for when you are traveling (on vacation/at resorts).  
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* Tops and shirts. At least one or two long-sleeved tops to wear when you’ve had enough sun. Also, plenty of loose-fitting, comfortable, short-sleeved cotton shirts. Tight-fitting and/or low-cut shirts or sleeveless tank tops are not appropriate. Loose tailored T-shirts are fine (check Eddie Bauer, Lands End, L.L. Bean, etc.). You may also want to consider one or two sleeveless tops for when you are traveling (on vacation/at resorts). ''If you can afford them, bring a few REI/Patagonia style fancy "quick-dry" whatever tee-shirts because cotton takes a long time to dry in humid Fiji and your cotton shirts will quickly get holes and become worn from all the hand washing.  The REI shirts last forever and dry well in Fiji.''
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* Blouses. Depending upon your site and your assignment, you may find yourself dressing more formally/professionally than you are used to at home.  Bring a few nice, lightweight tailored blouses. Short sleeves are best for the hotter weather.  
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* Blouses. Depending upon your site and your assignment, you may find yourself dressing more formally/professionally than you are used to at home.  Bring a few nice, lightweight tailored blouses. Short sleeves are best for the hotter weather. ''Italic text''
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* Jacket and sweatshirt. It does (occasionally) get cool here, so bring something that is sturdy and cotton.  Long-sleeved T-shirts work well, too. You will not need anything like fleece unless you are planning to travel to a colder area during your stay.  
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* Jacket and sweatshirt. It does (occasionally) get cool here, so bring something that is sturdy and cotton.  Long-sleeved T-shirts work well, too. You will not need anything like fleece unless you are planning to travel to a colder area during your stay. ''Italic text''
* Undergarments. There is only one kind to consider: cotton. Bring as many as you will need for your full two years as they are very expensive to replace here and they tend to wear out with repeated scrubbing. You may need to wear a slip with your lightweight dresses and skirts. On hot days, cotton slips will be more comfortable than nylon. Some Volunteers wear non-see-through medium-weight cotton skirts to avoid the double layers that slips produce. Leave your panty-hose and stockings at home as women do not wear them here (they are too hot in this climate).  
* Undergarments. There is only one kind to consider: cotton. Bring as many as you will need for your full two years as they are very expensive to replace here and they tend to wear out with repeated scrubbing. You may need to wear a slip with your lightweight dresses and skirts. On hot days, cotton slips will be more comfortable than nylon. Some Volunteers wear non-see-through medium-weight cotton skirts to avoid the double layers that slips produce. Leave your panty-hose and stockings at home as women do not wear them here (they are too hot in this climate).  
* Jeans and long pants. Usually they will not be appropriate to wear at your site and in general are just too heavy to wear in the heat anyway. Pants and jeans are acceptable for home wear and some urban activities, but almost never in a village or settlement. Bring a couple along for travel and/or visits to Suva. Lightweight cottons and capris-type pants are most appropriate.  
* Jeans and long pants. Usually they will not be appropriate to wear at your site and in general are just too heavy to wear in the heat anyway. Pants and jeans are acceptable for home wear and some urban activities, but almost never in a village or settlement. Bring a couple along for travel and/or visits to Suva. Lightweight cottons and capris-type pants are most appropriate.  
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* Shorts. One or two pair(s) of long, knee-length shorts are advisable. Though they cannot be worn in the villages in public, they can be worn at the beach or for playing sports. Some women also wear shorts under their sulus, so consider a pair or two for this purpose.  Nylon running shorts or tight biking shorts are not acceptable. For exercising outdoors, longer running shorts or capris-length shorts are acceptable.  
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* Shorts. One or two pair(s) of long, knee-length shorts are advisable. Though they cannot be worn in the villages in public, they can be worn at the beach or for playing sports. Some women also wear shorts under their sulus, so consider a pair or two for this purpose.  Nylon running shorts or tight biking shorts are not acceptable. For exercising outdoors, longer running shorts or capris-length shorts are acceptable.
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*      ''You will want to go to Suva (the capital) occasionally and go out to dinner and go dancing and whatnot.  So bring the same clothes you wear in the US when you want to dress up a little and look nice (jeans, spaghetti straps, short dresses, etc.).  The Fijians do it too, it's fine.''
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Revision as of 04:33, 26 April 2009


Packing List for Fiji
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Fiji 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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This list has been compiled by Volunteers who currently serve in Fiji 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 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Fiji.

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General Clothing

Avoid bringing clothing that requires dry cleaning. Also suede gets ruined here due to the high humidity.

For Women:

For Men:

Undergarments. Bring a good number of cotton briefs. Underclothes are very expensive in Fiji and wear out quickly due to hand-scrubbing and humidity. Cotton boxer shorts are not available here.

All Volunteers

Shoes and Accessories


Kitchen and Home

Miscellaneous and Personal Items

Bring along small, but replaceable, parts of your life you don’t want to live without for the next two years. Make sure they are light enough to carry, sturdy enough to last and dispensable enough so that losing them wouldn’t be serious problem. Here are some suggestions:

Hard luggage tends to be cumbersome here as you will not have much room for storage. Collapsible cloth bags or backpacks tend to be more durable than leather goods, which can mold quickly. Once you are in Fiji, you will be asked to travel during training for extended periods of time with only your necessities in one suitcase, so bring one average-sized lightweight piece of luggage so that you can travel light when necessary. You might consider a few waterproof bags—also known as sea bags—for when you travel by boat.

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