Packing list for Macedonia

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* Cash (for vacation travel and long-distance phone calls)  
* Cash (for vacation travel and long-distance phone calls)  
* Personal checks from a U.S. checking account (handy if you plan to apply to graduate school; can be cashed at a bank in Skopje)  
* Personal checks from a U.S. checking account (handy if you plan to apply to graduate school; can be cashed at a bank in Skopje)  
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* Credit card (accepted in a few places in Skopje and other large cities, also useful for wiring money to Macedonia)  
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* Credit card (accepted in most places in Skopje and other large cities, also useful for wiring money to Macedonia)  
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* Laptop computer (not required but could be useful; please see prior sections for tips and other advice on transporting this item)  
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* Laptop computer (not required, but tough to get along without one; please see prior sections for tips and other advice on transporting this item)  
* Flashlight (small and durable), an absolute necessity  
* Flashlight (small and durable), an absolute necessity  
* Compact sewing and tool kits  
* Compact sewing and tool kits  
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* Compact sleeping bag  
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* Compact sleeping bag (not necessary but may be useful is visiting other volunteers; they take a lot of room in a suitcase and can be purchased in Macedonia)
* CDs (also available in Macedonia, except for country music)  
* CDs (also available in Macedonia, except for country music)  
* Colored chalk (if you will be working in a school)  
* Colored chalk (if you will be working in a school)  

Revision as of 15:24, 9 September 2013


Packing List for Macedonia
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Macedonia 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 Macedonia and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each 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 102pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Macedonia.

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General Clothing

All Volunteers will need an assortment of clothing for work, play, and socializing. Suitable attire for male teachers includes slacks with a nice shirt and an optional tie. Community development Volunteers working in a municipal or NGO office may find a suit and tie de rigueur for everyday wear, but wearing nice slacks with a sport coat or blazer is fairly common. Community development Volunteers working with an environmental NGO fall somewhere in between, depending on the organization they’re placed with. Suits, dresses, and skirts that are not too short, or nice slacks with blouses are all suitable work attire for women. For both men and women, nice jeans (but not the grunge look), dressed up with a nice shirt and jacket, are also acceptable in many situations, especially social ones. For most places outside of Skopje, a more conservative approach to dressing is appropriate for women. Clothing is expensive because most of it is imported, so it is best to bring most of what you will need. Shipping clothes from the States is also possible but expensive. See further suggestions below:

Shoes

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

A wide variety is available in Macedonia, so do not pack extra toothpaste, toilet paper, dental floss, and shampoo.

Kitchen

Note that most items can be bought in Macedonia and many dried spices and herbs can be found here, especially in Skopje.

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