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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Belize]] 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 limit on baggage. The less you bring, the easier it will be for <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Brenda_Jaudon<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] you to travel to and within Belize. Do not do all your packing in one day. Fill your bags and then return later to reevaluate your decisions. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Belize.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Cape Verde and is based on their collective 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, although it may be more expensive than back home, you can find and buy most things you may need in Cape Verde!
  
The climate of Belize is hot and humid most of the year, so bring lightweight and sturdy clothing that breathes (cotton or a cotton blend are recommended) and is easy <span class="plainlinks">[http://goo.gl/oj60r<span style="color:black;font-weight:normal; text-decoration:none!important;  background:none!important; text-decoration:none;">century 21 broker properti jual beli sewa rumah Indonesia</span>] to hand-wash and line-dry. Because it can get cool during the winter months at higher elevations, bring a few clothing items to layer.  Lightweight rain gear is helpful during the many rainy days that occur during the wet season.
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For those who do need to purchase items there is a list of companies that offer [[Volunteer discounts]].
 
 
Because clothes generally have to be washed in cold water with strong detergents, clothes tend to wear out quickly. As many Belizeans iron their clothes, you may want to purchase an iron and ironing board after settling in to your site.
 
 
 
Although you can buy almost anything in Belize, cosmetics, toiletries, clothes, and shoes—many of which are imported from the United States—are expensive.  
 
  
 
===General Clothing===
 
===General Clothing===
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* Keep in mind that traditional scrub board washing techniques tend to wear out clothing at a fast rate.This is a hot, arid and windy climate: modest cotton clothing is a usually a good choice
  
===For Women===
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===Women===
  
* Lightweight jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt
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*       Dresses: light casual and a couple of nice ones for special occasions.
* Lightweight poncho or raincoat
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*       Skirts: wash and wear
* Eight to 10 lightweight, loose-fitting skirts or dresses
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*       Blouses: casual blouses for work, any style. Preferably light colors.
* One nice outfit for special occasions
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*       Pants: casual slacks and jeans both come in handy and are acceptable for work. Baggy and ragdy jeans are not acceptable for work, trainings or official events.
* Eight to 10 lightweight blouses or other tops
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*       Shorts: are acceptable for casual wear, but not at work.
* Eight to 10 lightweight T-shirts (tank tops can be worn at home)
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*       T-shirts
* Two to four pairs of loose-fitting khakis, slacks, or jeans with pockets
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*       Shoes: sneakers, comfortable and durable sandals/shoes (cobblestones, dirt, and rocky roads are tough on shoes), shoes for dressing-up, hiking boots (if you are so inclined) and sturdy flip-flops. Flip-flops are considered too casual to wear to work.
* Four to six pairs of long, loose-fitting shorts with pockets
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*       Socks, underwear, and (sports) bras: a two-year supply. Cotton underwear is preferable (it can get pretty hot here) but difficult to obtain in country
* Two-year supply of underpants, bras, and socks and at least one half slip (cotton is best)
 
* Sleepwear (lightweight, cotton, not see-through); bring one heavier item for cool weather
 
* One or two swimsuits
 
* Casual clothes for hanging out at home or for exercise
 
* Hat or cap
 
  
===For Men===
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===Men===
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*      Pants: light cotton pants, khakis, or jeans for outdoor work, teaching, and evenings. A couple of nice pairs of slacks for dressier occasions. Nice blue jeans are considered appropriate for work but cotton pants or khakis are preferred..
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*      Shirts: inexpensive short-sleeve cotton dress shirts for classroom and office. Short-sleeved, lightweight work shirts for outside labor. A good supply of T-shirts is crucial. A dress shirt is needed for official occasions. A few long-sleeved shirts for cooler, windy weather.
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*      Shorts: acceptable and practical for men as casual wear, but not for work.
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*      Ties: you will need one for weddings, New Year's, swearing in, etc. A blazer would be good for occasions such as these as well.
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*      Shoes: depending on your preference for footwear, you may want one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of work shoes. Sturdy rubber soles are best. The climate and terrain here (and the cobblestones) will wear shoes down rapidly, and Volunteers tend to do a lot of walking. An inexpensive, yet sturdy pair of casual loafers may be your best bet for dress wear. A pair of sandals for around the house and casual wear will be useful, as well as a pair of sturdy flip-flops. Flip-flops are considered too casual to wear to work. Also, larger sizes are hard to find. Socks and Underwear: a two-year supply.
  
* Lightweight jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt
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===Men and Women===
* Lightweight poncho or raincoat
 
* Three or four pairs of slacks, jeans, or khakis with pockets
 
* Three or four short-sleeved, button-down shirts
 
* One short-sleeved dress shirt
 
* Three or four T-shirts in light colors
 
* Two-year supply of cotton underwear
 
* Two or three pairs of long, loose-fitting shorts with pockets
 
* Swimming trunks
 
* Casual clothes for hanging out at home or for exercise
 
* Hat or cap
 
  
===Shoes===
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*      A sweatshirt or sweater for cool evenings
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*      A bathing suit or two
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*      Bandannas or handkerchiefs. Indispensable for dusty road trips.
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*      Athletic shorts, for sports or at home only
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*      Hats/caps and sunglasses
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*      Socks and underwear: a two-year supply (bring extra as traditional washing techniques tend to wear out clothing at a fast rate). Cotton underwear is preferable and difficult to obtain in-country.
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*      Small easy to carry umbrella
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*      Cel Phone - we recommend bringing some $75 for buying a cell phone here. You can bring one but has to be unblocked the specifications are GSM triband
  
Shoes in Belize are very expensive. You will be doing a great deal of walking, so be sure that the shoes you bring are sturdy and comfortable.
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
 
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Most of the items listed below can be found in Cape Verde, however they are more expensive and of lesser quality, so they may not be up to your standards.
====For Women====
 
 
 
* One pair of comfortable dress shoes
 
* One or two pairs of sneakers
 
* Two or three pairs of sandals appropriate for work or special occassions
 
* One pair of sturdy sandals (e.g., Chaco, Tevas)
 
* One pair of comfortable hiking shoes or boots
 
* One pair of rubber-soled flip-flops
 
 
 
====For Men====
 
 
 
* One pair of comfortable dress shoes
 
* Several pairs of sneakers or athletic shoes
 
* One or two pairs of hiking shoes or boots
 
* One pair of rubber-soled flip-flops
 
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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*      Razors and shaving cream
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*      Contact lens solutions (wearing contacts is highly discouraged by Peace Corps due to sand storms)
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*      Makeup
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*      Scissors or other hair cutting device
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*      Lotions and Chapstick: though this comes in your medical kit, you might want to bring your favorite brand or flavor. Those provided by Peace Corps Medical Office but they are generic bulk buy items so you are cannot be given preferences
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*      Favorite personal hygiene items: you can get shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and brush, deodorant, and lotion, but you may not find your favorite brands, and the prices are high
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*      Tampons
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*      Prescription drugs: a three-month supply until the Peace Corps in Praia can order refills
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*      Travel sewing kit
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*      Hair dryer, curling iron, or straightener
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*      Some personal items may not be possible to find or have sent to you (HAZMAT items may not travel in planes): insect repellent, alcohol-based hand cleaner, many things that are come in an aerosol can).  Bring a 2 year supply or consider doing without these items.
  
* Two pairs of sunglasses.
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===Electronics===
* Six-month supply of toothpaste, shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, razors, shaving cream
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It is important to note that most electronics items are at higher risk to break because of Cape Verdean's landscape (rust/corrosion,dust, sand, and/or proximity to sea) and climate (heat and/or humidity).
  
===Kitchen ===
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*      Electronic gadgets with batteries (some of you may not have regular electricity). A solar battery charger and set of rechargeable batteries Is very practical here.
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*      Laptop computer: very usable, but bring at your own risk. Power surges are common, so bring a good surge protector and purchase insurance coverage. Peace Corps does not provide insurance for personal items
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*      Computer software: a lot of places have computers with corrupted files, so you will need the backup disks (or CDs) to fix the problems. Most computers now have USB ports, a jump-drive is ideal for transferring files.
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*      220 electricity converter and adaptor plugs (to use for 110-volt electronics you bring from the U.S.)
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*      Camera and replacement batteries: film can be bought and developed here, but can be expensive. Camera batteries can be purchased here, but they are expensive and may not meet the specific requirements for your camera. (see solar charger above)
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*      Shortwave radio: good for news; most Volunteers can tune into the BBC or the VOA quite easily
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*      A cell phone and a flashlight are essential items (see note on cell phones, you can buy them in Cape Verde.)
  
* Pots and pans (which you can have sent to you toward the end of training) Miscellaneous
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===Kitchen===
* One or two sets of double-size sheets
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You can easily buy most kitchen supplies (e.g., dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils)here. There are, however, a few items we highly recommend bringing:
* One to three sets of lightweight towels and washcloths
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*       A good Teflon frying pan
* One cotton blanket for cool weather
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*       Good can opener
* Electrical appliances (e.g., hair dryer, iron, coffeepot, wok, crockpot)  
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*       Favorite spices
* Surge protector (a must)
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*       Measuring cups and spoons
* Umbrella
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*       Rubber spatula
* Inexpensive waterproof watch
 
* Sturdy water bottle or canteen (e.g., Nalgene)
 
* Camera, film, and silica gel
 
* Rechargeable batteries and recharger
 
* Walkman, radio, or cassette player
 
* Swiss Army knife
 
* Flashlight(s) with replacement bulbs
 
* Travel alarm clock
 
* Sewing kit with scissors
 
* Photos of your home, family, and friends
 
* Board games
 
* Art supplies
 
* Binoculars (a must if you are a bird-watcher or wildlife fan)
 
* Sports equipment (e.g., snorkeling or fishing gear)
 
* Bike lock, if you plan to get a bicycle
 
* Guidebooks on the region, a Spanish/English dictionary
 
* Personal checks (for obtaining emergency cash)
 
* Daypack or other small bag
 
* Lightweight sleeping bag (for visiting other Volunteers; the Peace Corps provides a mosquito net)
 
  
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===Miscellaneous Items===
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*      Good-quality towels
 +
*      Anti-bacterial, no-rinse soap
 +
*      Extra batteries (rechargable ones are best.)
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*      One or two sets of double-sized bed sheets, mattress cover, and pillow cases, preferably not white
 +
*      Backpack for day trips
 +
*      A Swiss Army knife, leatherman tool or the equivalent
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*      Alarm clock
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*      Duct tape
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*      Pocket-size dictionary and thesaurus
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*      Pictures of home, family, friends
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*      Money belt or other means of concealing your passport and valuables when traveling
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*      Your favorite music
 +
*      Your favorite games (travel-size)
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*      Good hairbrushes
 +
*      Small sewing kit
 +
*      Musical instrument (bring extra strings, reeds, etc.)
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*      Mattress cover
 +
*      Compact sleeping bag or bed roll
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*      Leash, collar, and other pet necessities (if you are planning on getting a pet)
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*      Hair dryer
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*      Roach motels
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*      Travel iron
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*      Snorkeling gear (if that is your thing)
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*      U.S. postage stamps (many people come and go to the United States and can send letters if you have stamps)
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*      Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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*      Sports bras
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*      Tea (if you have preferences)
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*      High fluoride (prespcription) toothpaste
  
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[[Category:Cape Verde]]

Revision as of 19:10, 3 September 2009


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

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Cape Verde and is based on their collective 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, although it may be more expensive than back home, you can find and buy most things you may need in Cape Verde!

For those who do need to purchase items there is a list of companies that offer Volunteer discounts.

General Clothing

  • Keep in mind that traditional scrub board washing techniques tend to wear out clothing at a fast rate.This is a hot, arid and windy climate: modest cotton clothing is a usually a good choice

Women

  • Dresses: light casual and a couple of nice ones for special occasions.
  • Skirts: wash and wear
  • Blouses: casual blouses for work, any style. Preferably light colors.
  • Pants: casual slacks and jeans both come in handy and are acceptable for work. Baggy and ragdy jeans are not acceptable for work, trainings or official events.
  • Shorts: are acceptable for casual wear, but not at work.
  • T-shirts
  • Shoes: sneakers, comfortable and durable sandals/shoes (cobblestones, dirt, and rocky roads are tough on shoes), shoes for dressing-up, hiking boots (if you are so inclined) and sturdy flip-flops. Flip-flops are considered too casual to wear to work.
  • Socks, underwear, and (sports) bras: a two-year supply. Cotton underwear is preferable (it can get pretty hot here) but difficult to obtain in country

Men

  • Pants: light cotton pants, khakis, or jeans for outdoor work, teaching, and evenings. A couple of nice pairs of slacks for dressier occasions. Nice blue jeans are considered appropriate for work but cotton pants or khakis are preferred..
  • Shirts: inexpensive short-sleeve cotton dress shirts for classroom and office. Short-sleeved, lightweight work shirts for outside labor. A good supply of T-shirts is crucial. A dress shirt is needed for official occasions. A few long-sleeved shirts for cooler, windy weather.
  • Shorts: acceptable and practical for men as casual wear, but not for work.
  • Ties: you will need one for weddings, New Year's, swearing in, etc. A blazer would be good for occasions such as these as well.
  • Shoes: depending on your preference for footwear, you may want one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of work shoes. Sturdy rubber soles are best. The climate and terrain here (and the cobblestones) will wear shoes down rapidly, and Volunteers tend to do a lot of walking. An inexpensive, yet sturdy pair of casual loafers may be your best bet for dress wear. A pair of sandals for around the house and casual wear will be useful, as well as a pair of sturdy flip-flops. Flip-flops are considered too casual to wear to work. Also, larger sizes are hard to find. Socks and Underwear: a two-year supply.

Men and Women

  • A sweatshirt or sweater for cool evenings
  • A bathing suit or two
  • Bandannas or handkerchiefs. Indispensable for dusty road trips.
  • Athletic shorts, for sports or at home only
  • Hats/caps and sunglasses
  • Socks and underwear: a two-year supply (bring extra as traditional washing techniques tend to wear out clothing at a fast rate). Cotton underwear is preferable and difficult to obtain in-country.
  • Small easy to carry umbrella
  • Cel Phone - we recommend bringing some $75 for buying a cell phone here. You can bring one but has to be unblocked the specifications are GSM triband

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Most of the items listed below can be found in Cape Verde, however they are more expensive and of lesser quality, so they may not be up to your standards.

  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Contact lens solutions (wearing contacts is highly discouraged by Peace Corps due to sand storms)
  • Makeup
  • Scissors or other hair cutting device
  • Lotions and Chapstick: though this comes in your medical kit, you might want to bring your favorite brand or flavor. Those provided by Peace Corps Medical Office but they are generic bulk buy items so you are cannot be given preferences
*      Favorite personal hygiene items: you can get shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and brush, deodorant, and lotion, but you may not find your favorite brands, and the prices are high
  • Tampons
  • Prescription drugs: a three-month supply until the Peace Corps in Praia can order refills
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Hair dryer, curling iron, or straightener
  • Some personal items may not be possible to find or have sent to you (HAZMAT items may not travel in planes): insect repellent, alcohol-based hand cleaner, many things that are come in an aerosol can). Bring a 2 year supply or consider doing without these items.

Electronics

It is important to note that most electronics items are at higher risk to break because of Cape Verdean's landscape (rust/corrosion,dust, sand, and/or proximity to sea) and climate (heat and/or humidity).

  • Electronic gadgets with batteries (some of you may not have regular electricity). A solar battery charger and set of rechargeable batteries Is very practical here.
  • Laptop computer: very usable, but bring at your own risk. Power surges are common, so bring a good surge protector and purchase insurance coverage. Peace Corps does not provide insurance for personal items
  • Computer software: a lot of places have computers with corrupted files, so you will need the backup disks (or CDs) to fix the problems. Most computers now have USB ports, a jump-drive is ideal for transferring files.
  • 220 electricity converter and adaptor plugs (to use for 110-volt electronics you bring from the U.S.)
  • Camera and replacement batteries: film can be bought and developed here, but can be expensive. Camera batteries can be purchased here, but they are expensive and may not meet the specific requirements for your camera. (see solar charger above)
  • Shortwave radio: good for news; most Volunteers can tune into the BBC or the VOA quite easily
  • A cell phone and a flashlight are essential items (see note on cell phones, you can buy them in Cape Verde.)

Kitchen

You can easily buy most kitchen supplies (e.g., dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils)here. There are, however, a few items we highly recommend bringing:

  • A good Teflon frying pan
  • Good can opener
  • Favorite spices
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Rubber spatula

Miscellaneous Items

  • Good-quality towels
  • Anti-bacterial, no-rinse soap
  • Extra batteries (rechargable ones are best.)
  • One or two sets of double-sized bed sheets, mattress cover, and pillow cases, preferably not white
  • Backpack for day trips
  • A Swiss Army knife, leatherman tool or the equivalent
  • Alarm clock
  • Duct tape
  • Pocket-size dictionary and thesaurus
  • Pictures of home, family, friends
  • Money belt or other means of concealing your passport and valuables when traveling
  • Your favorite music
  • Your favorite games (travel-size)
  • Good hairbrushes
  • Small sewing kit
  • Musical instrument (bring extra strings, reeds, etc.)
  • Mattress cover
  • Compact sleeping bag or bed roll
  • Leash, collar, and other pet necessities (if you are planning on getting a pet)
  • Hair dryer
  • Roach motels
  • Travel iron
  • Snorkeling gear (if that is your thing)
  • U.S. postage stamps (many people come and go to the United States and can send letters if you have stamps)
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Sports bras
  • Tea (if you have preferences)
  • High fluoride (prespcription) toothpaste