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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Costa Rica]] 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 purchase some things locally and have other things sent to you later. 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 Costa Rica.  
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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.  
  
===General Clothing===
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===General Clothing ===
  
Clothes should be conservative, sturdy, easily washable, and free of the need for ironing if possible. Given the high prices and limited selection in Costa Rica, you probably will not want to buy many clothes in-country. Women should know that although many Costa Rican women wear short skirts, doing so is likely to attract unwanted attention from men.
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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!
  
* At least two casual tops (e.g., T-shirts or polo shirts)
 
* One fleece vest/jacket, one windbreaker and one sweater or sweatshirt
 
* One or two swimsuits
 
* One lightweight rain jacket or poncho good for going over back-pack, bags
 
* Cap or hat for sun protection
 
* Running gear (if you run)
 
* 10 pairs of socks
 
* Belts
 
* Pajamas
 
* One or two dressy outfits for nightlife (on breaks or workshops) For Men
 
* Three pairs of pants for work (denim, cotton, khaki; wrinkle free)
 
* Five to seven shirts, some button down and mostly short sleeved
 
* Five to seven T-shirts
 
* One pair of casual pants (for hiking, painting, etc.)
 
* Three pairs of shorts
 
* Ten pairs of boxers or briefs
 
* One or two ties (sport coat optional) for formal occasions/swearing-in For Women
 
* Four pairs of pants for work (denim, cotton, khaki, wrinkle-free)
 
* Five or six tops for work (T-shirts, blouses, tank tops, etc.)
 
* One pair of dress pants
 
* Three casual skirts or dresses and one or two dressy outfits
 
* Five to seven bras and/or sports tops
 
* Fifteen to 20 pairs of underwear
 
  
===Shoes===
 
  
With the exception of flip-flops, the selection of shoes available in Costa Rica is more limited than in the United States, particularly in larger sizes (over size 9 for women or over size 10-1/2 for men). You may want to bring a two-year supply.
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===Both men and women ===
  
* One pair of sturdy walking or tennis shoes
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* A warm coat, as well as a lightweight, waterproof jacket
* One pair of running shoes, if you run
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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
* One pair of waterproof hiking boots or Vibram-soled boots (all parts of the country are wet and muddy during the rainy season; inexpensive rubber boots can be bought locally)  
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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
* Two pairs of comfortable shoes for work (can include open-toe shoes for women)  
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* Scarves for warmth
* One pair of dress shoes (can include sandals for women)
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* Turtlenecks
* Flip-flops or Teva-like sandals
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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.
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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===Suggestions for Women===
  
* Regular toiletries (soap, shampoo, shaving cream, body lotion, toothpaste, special floss, etc.) Volunteers recommend bringing economy size of these as the
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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.  
  
===Peace Corps does not provide for these items===
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* 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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* 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)
  
* Tampons, if you use them (few brands are available locally, and they are expensive)
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Suggestions for Men
* Any particular brands of over-the-counter medicine you need (the Peace Corps provides some over-the-counter medicine but usually has only one brand for each type)  
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* Tie, belt, dress socks
* Fast-drying towels—two bath, one beach, and one hand
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* Nice short-sleeved dress shirts for summer months
* Sunscreen and mosquito repellent, if you prefer a certain type (The Peace Corps provides only one kind of each. Mosquito nets are provided)  
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* Professional-looking jacket for warmth and also for the workplace Shoes
* Refillable razors 
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* Comfortable, nice dress shoes for work (closed toe; black is best; avoid suede shoes due to dust and scuffing)  
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* Sturdy sandals 
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* All-purpose shoes (something to walk, run, bike, or hike in)
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* Flip-flops or slipper sandals for use in the bathroom (can be purchased cheaply in Jordan)  
  
===Miscellaneous===
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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.
  
* Two flat sheets or a set for a twin bed
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===Exercise Clothing===
* A favorite pillow and pillowcase(s)
 
* Flashlight
 
* Sturdy (larger) backpack or duffel bag for three-tofour-day trips (Many Volunteers say this is essential)
 
* Day pack or small backpack
 
* Inexpensive water-resistant or waterproof watch
 
* Small travel alarm clock
 
* Money belt
 
* Leakproof water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
 
* Pocket knife
 
* Radio, cassette player or discman (with electrical cord); favorite tapes or CDs
 
* Shortwave radio (optional)
 
* Start-up supply of stationery, pens, etc.
 
* Light, stuffable, and preferably waterproof sleeping bag
 
* Camera and film
 
* A few dollars to tide you over at your pre-departure orientation (or staging)
 
* Good scissors
 
* World map or lightweight atlas
 
* Small iron
 
* Photos of family and friends
 
* Inexpensive jewelry
 
* Backgammon and other travel games
 
* Journal
 
* Small sewing kit
 
* A pair or two of cheap but strong sunglasses 
 
* Favorite resources for working with children and youth (games, art supplies, icebreakers, etc.); the Peace Corps provides some
 
* Cheap items to use as rewards (e.g., stickers, decorative pencils, or erasers)
 
* Books in English (to read and exchange; Peace Corps/Costa Rica has a library of novels and resource materials)
 
* Rechargable Batteries (while regualar batteries are available locally, they are expensive and/or of lower quality.)
 
  
===Items You Do Not Need to Bring===
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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.
  
The following items are either available in Costa Rica or provided by the Peace Corps.
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===Miscellaneous ===
  
* Disposable razors, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, body lotions
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* A lightweight towel and washcloth (travel towel is good)
* Mosquito net
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* Decorations for your house (pictures, maps, etc.)
* Spanish-English dictionary
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* 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
* Travel books about Costa Rica or Central America (there are plenty in the Peace Corps library)
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* Good-quality backpack for travel, as well as a smaller daypack
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* Baseball, football, Frisbee, hackeysack, or travel games such as Uno
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* Camera (film and processing are readily available, but Volunteers recommend bringing a supply of film)
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* Sewing items (iron-on mending tape, straight and safety pins, etc.)
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* Rechargeable batteries and recharger (with power converter)
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* Pocket calculator (preferably solar-powered)
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* Small, battery-powered alarm clock or wristwatch
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* Duct tape (can be bought in Amman, but costly)
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* Compact sleeping bag
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* A few good books, which can be traded at or donated to the Volunteer book exchange 106 
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* 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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* U.S. stamps (for sending mail via anyone traveling to U.S.)
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* Swiss Army, Leatherman, or an equivalent multipurpose knife
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* 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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* Journal, diary, or schedule book
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* 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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* Small, retractable tape measure
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* Items such as scotch tape, scissors, crayons, and markers for teachers (you can buy lower quality here)  
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* Polarized sunglasses
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* Travel guides of countries you'll want to visit during vacation
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* 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
  
[[Category:Costa Rica]]
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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:Jordan]]

Revision as of 23:43, 12 March 2009


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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

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.

General Clothing

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!


Both men and women

  • A warm coat, as well as a lightweight, waterproof jacket
  • At least two heavy wool sweaters so that you have one to wear while the other is in the wash or drying
  • Silk or cotton thermal underwear—they pack tightly and are quick drying. They can also double as sleeping outfits during the winter
  • Scarves for warmth
  • Turtlenecks
  • Jeans; a pair or two
  • Wool socks
  • A bathing suit (Women should bring shorts and T-shirt to wear over their suit. Men’s bathing suits should be baggy, knee-length)
  • Summer hats
  • Knitted hat, gloves or mittens
  • Loosely tailored pants or khakis and lined pants for winter
  • 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.

Suggestions for Women

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.

  • 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)
  • Dresses/skirts: must be long enough to cover the ankle; side slits must be sewn up
  • Pants: loose and long enough to cover the ankle
  • Short-sleeved or tank tops only to wear under long-sleeved tops
  • Lightweight, long-sleeved jackets for wearing over short-sleeved shirts
  • A few pairs of black slacks
  • A long cotton slip
  • Tights (hard to find here), dress socks, and knee-high stockings (preferably black)

Suggestions for Men

  • Tie, belt, dress socks
  • Nice short-sleeved dress shirts for summer months
  • Professional-looking jacket for warmth and also for the workplace Shoes
  • Comfortable, nice dress shoes for work (closed toe; black is best; avoid suede shoes due to dust and scuffing)
  • Sturdy sandals
  • All-purpose shoes (something to walk, run, bike, or hike in)
  • Flip-flops or slipper sandals for use in the bathroom (can be purchased cheaply in Jordan)

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.

Exercise Clothing

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.

Miscellaneous

  • A lightweight towel and washcloth (travel towel is good)
  • Decorations for your house (pictures, maps, etc.)
  • 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
  • Good-quality backpack for travel, as well as a smaller daypack
  • Baseball, football, Frisbee, hackeysack, or travel games such as Uno
  • Camera (film and processing are readily available, but Volunteers recommend bringing a supply of film)
  • Sewing items (iron-on mending tape, straight and safety pins, etc.)
  • Rechargeable batteries and recharger (with power converter)
  • Pocket calculator (preferably solar-powered)
  • Small, battery-powered alarm clock or wristwatch
  • Duct tape (can be bought in Amman, but costly)
  • Compact sleeping bag
  • A few good books, which can be traded at or donated to the Volunteer book exchange 106
  • 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!
  • U.S. stamps (for sending mail via anyone traveling to U.S.)
  • Swiss Army, Leatherman, or an equivalent multipurpose knife
  • Favorite stove-top recipes and cookbook (Peace Corps provides a stove top, but not an oven, although it can be purchased separately)
  • Journal, diary, or schedule book
  • 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)
  • Small, retractable tape measure
  • Items such as scotch tape, scissors, crayons, and markers for teachers (you can buy lower quality here)
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Travel guides of countries you'll want to visit during vacation
  • Measuring cups, spoons, etc.
  • One or two sets of double-sized bed sheets and pillow cases
  • Pocket-size dictionary and thesaurus
  • Maps (good for wall hangings and traveling)
  • Money belt or other means of concealing passport and valuables when traveling
  • Favorite music CDs or tapes

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

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.

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.

  • Makeup (the quality here is okay; if you are picky, pack it)
  • 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
  • Three-month supply of any prescription medications

Electronics

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.

  • Radio with shortwave and medium-wave (A decent shortwave radio will pick up VOA, BBC, and the Jordanian English station)
  • Laptop computer. Bring one at your own risk. Power surges are common, so bring a good surge protector.

Get personal insurance; Peace Corps does not insure/ replace personal items

  • Discman with speakers. This can be bought here, but it may make your plane ride more pleasant if you pack it