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People preparing to come to [[Lesotho]] are, of course, interested in finding out what items and clothing they should bring. The problem in preparing such a list is that even the best suggestions are subject to variations and changes, depending on your personal interests and style. There is no perfect list! In the past, many Volunteers have regretted bringing half of what they packed. Almost everything you could want or need is available in-country, so do not load up on a lot of basic items.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers 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 a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Armenia.
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Volunteers must prepare themselves for extremes in climate (up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and below freezing in winter). You may have to discard a lot of preconceived ideas of Africa, including visions of hot, steamy jungles. Sweaters and coats are a must because there is no central heating, and buildings get very cold when nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. Some buildings have fireplaces or heaters, but they typically heat only a small area.  All clothes should be washable and comfortable. You will most likely do your laundry by hand in cold water, so bring clothes that can take that kind of treatment. There is a lot of wind, dust, and dirt, and clothes need to be washed frequently.  
 
 
When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of taxis and vans and sometimes lugging it around on foot. The most important qualities are that it be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry.  
 
  
 
===General Clothing ===
 
===General Clothing ===
  
Although you can buy clothing in [[Armenia]], much of it is synthetic and it may not meet your tastes. Variety in clothing is not as important as how it looks. Bring sturdy clothes that will last a long time. You can have some clothes made locally, so it is a good idea to bring patterns or pictures of clothes you like. Be sure to pack a good supply of underwear; polypropylene, wool, and cotton socks and glove liners; and long underwear of different weights (e.g., wool and silk).
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* Comfortable shoes (sandals, tennis shoes), durable walking shoes (with good tread), and good-quality waterproof/Gore-Tex hiking boots
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* Sweatshirts and sweaters
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* One pair of shorts for vacations and lounging in the house  (older people will frown upon you for wearing shorts in many areas of Lesotho and you won't be able to wear shorts during training)
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* Warm jacket or coat and light jacket
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* Items for cold weather, including long underwear, tights (for women), hat, gloves, scarf, fleece tops
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* Lots of underwear (harsh detergent and scrubbing are rough on underwear)
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* Rain gear, including boots*
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* Swimwear and light gym wear (there are pools and you'll have chances to jump in the ocean on vacation or the senqu while you're in Lesotho)
  
===For Women===
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Rain Boots can also be purchase in Lesotho, they are a national staple.
  
* Dressy and casual clothing for winter and summer: skirts, dresses, blouses, knit tops, slacks, and jeans, including one formal outfit (skirts and dresses should fall below the knee)
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===For Men ===
* At least two pairs of flat shoes, along with dressy sandals, tennis shoes, winter boots, and hiking boots if desired (quality is important)
 
* Jewelry and makeup (women in Yerevan wear both, but they are not necessary)
 
* Slips
 
* Leggings
 
* Shorts, for wearing at home or while jogging early in the morning (Armenian women do not wear shorts in public)
 
* Warm coat, hats, and scarves
 
  
===For Men===
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* At least one dressy outfit for swearing in (dress shirt, tie, and slacks)I would not pack a suit
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* Dress shoes
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* Hiking/running shoes
  
* An assortment of winter and summer clothing, including collared shirts for work and at least one dressy outfit (sport coat, tie, dress shirt, and slacks); Volunteers suggest dark colors because they look clean longer than light colors
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* Button-down shirts and T-shirts (if you're a teacher, you will be expected to wear dress shirts virtually always, although you can get away with t-shirts at most schools)
* Shoes for work, tennis shoes, winter boots, sandals for summertime, and hiking boots if desired (quality is important)
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* Several pairs of khaki trousers and one or two pairs of jeans
* Warm coat and wool hats and wool or ski-type gloves
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* Dark-colored socks (white ones are difficult to keep clean)
* Shorts, for wearing at home or sports (Armenian men do not usually wear shorts unless playing sports)
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*       A pair or two of shorts.
 
===Kitchen===
 
  
* Good can opener
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===For Women ===
* Spices (your favorites may be difficult to locate, especially in winter)  
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* At least one dressy outfit (a nice dress)
* Cooking supplies (many items can be found locally)  
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* Dress shoes
* Basic cookbook
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* Dresses and skirts for work (knee length and longer)
* Plastic storage bags
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* Blouses (wash-and-wear) and casual tops such as tank tops
* Measuring cups and spoons
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* Two slips
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* Two or three pairs of pants (to wear on holidays and in some work situations) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
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* A three-month supply of birth control pills, if applicable
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*       You may be put in the mountains and be really greatful for camping gear
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*       You may also be put in a camptown and be really greatful for lots of american style clothes
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*      (mix it up)
  
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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===For Both Genders ===
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* A three-month supply of any prescription medicine you take
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* Any favorite brands of toiletry or cosmetic items (but most items are available locally) 
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* Two towels and washcloths (essential during training)
  
* Favorite over-the-counter medical supplies (items provided by the Peace Corps tend to be generic brands)
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===Kitchen ===
* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take (to give the Peace Corps ample time to order them)
 
* Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take several months to arrive)
 
* Contact lens supplies (not available locally and not supplied by the Peace Corps)
 
* Towels, absorbent and of good quality
 
* Hair-coloring products, if you prefer a certain brand
 
  
===Miscellaneous===
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* Herbal teas and spices
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* Ground coffee (French presses are sometimes available locally, but it'd probably be a good idea to bring one, especially a backpacker's in the mug-style) Also, you can get instant coffee here easily, but not ground coffee. You can't really get good tea either so pack some.
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* A good hand-operated can opener (you won't be able to find a decent one in country)
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* Vegetable peeler (you won't be able to find a decent one in country and will peel a LOT of vegetables)
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*      A good chefs knife, and even a way to sharpen it
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* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Sigg, Nalgene- even Platypus)
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Travel coffee Mug/Thermos
  
* Watch (durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive); batteries can be purchased in Armenia
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===Miscellaneous ===
* Travel alarm clock (battery operated is best)
 
* Sunglasses, for dusty road travel and for winter and summer glare
 
* Sturdy work gloves, especially if you like to garden
 
* Poncho and folding umbrella
 
* Fanny pack
 
* Small daypack without a frame (for shopping and carrying books or work materials)
 
* Camera (film and processing are available locally)
 
* Voltage transformers and surge protectors (if you bring 110-volt appliances)
 
* Variable voltage adapter, which switches the current from AC to DC and can reduce the need for battery replacements (also available in Yerevan electronics stores)
 
* Flashlights (available in Armenia, but choices are limited) 83
 
* Batteries (rechargeable ones are best)
 
* CD or tape player/recorder and shortwave radio
 
* Cassette tapes or CDs
 
* One or two sets of double-size flat sheets (available locally)
 
* Small tool kit (available locally)
 
* Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
 
* Sewing kit
 
* Pictures and videocassette tapes of home (for yourself and to share with friends and students)
 
* U.S. postage stamps (so that travelers going home can hand-carry mail for you)
 
* U.S. and world maps which make good teaching aids and can serve as wall hangings
 
* Inexpensive gifts (e.g., toys, costume jewelry, magazines, key chains, kitchen gadgets such as potato peelers)
 
* Games (e.g., Scrabble, chess, Trivial Pursuit)
 
* Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, baseball, volleyball)
 
* Detergent for delicate fabrics (e.g., Woolite); dry cleaning is limited in Armenia
 
* Sleeping bag rated for minus 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit and a pad (Volunteers also suggest a compactable bag and fleece liner)
 
 
===Work-Related Materials===
 
  
* English language tapes
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* Sleeping bag for a cold climate, preferably one that packs into a small stuff sack (some Volunteers prefer down bags because of their warmth; others advise against down, as it can be hard to keep clean and dry) . You will have a bed at your place, but bags are nice for when you visit other volunteers (and you will do a lot of that)
* Dictionary and thesaurus
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* Lightweight foam sleeping pad
* Word games
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* Two backpacks—a day pack and a large camping pack
* Songbooks
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*      You will be able to charge your electronics (intermittently for some, frequently for others) so bring your computer/ipod, Kindle etc, it will make your time here a lot more enjoyable (and on the bad days, bearable)
* Calendars with colorful pictures  
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* Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player
* Scissors
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* Music CDs, iPod, books, children’s songs,
* Small stapler with staples (available locally)  
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* Batteries (available in-country, but expensive and not as long lasting as those in the United States) and/or power-pack units
* Tape measure (with inches and centimeters)  
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* Solar battery recharger for those without electricity, though a solar set is easier to get in country
* Novels and short stories (for yourself and your work)
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*      solar ipod etc charger (voltaic makes a good backpack, solio makes a good small charger)
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* Solar or battery-operated calculator
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* Two additional passport pictures  
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* Sewing kit 
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* Sunglasses and a hat for the sun
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* Swiss Army knife (very expensive in Lesotho)
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* Pictures of your home, family, and friends (Basotho LOVE pictures)
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* Credit card (American Express, Visa, or MasterCard)
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* Duct tape
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* Camera and supply of film—it is expensive here, but prints (color only) can be processed locally
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* Personal passport
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* A travel book called Lonely Planet: Africa on a Shoestring (by Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond and Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lonely Planet Publications, 2004) (this is also available in country through volunteer trading)
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* Headlamp or Flashlight (small Maglite is a good choice[headlamps are great for middle of the night latrine runs])  
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* Markers, crayons, colored pencils, ink pens, mechanical pencils
  
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[[Category:Lesotho]]

Revision as of 03:36, 9 September 2013


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

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

People preparing to come to Lesotho are, of course, interested in finding out what items and clothing they should bring. The problem in preparing such a list is that even the best suggestions are subject to variations and changes, depending on your personal interests and style. There is no perfect list! In the past, many Volunteers have regretted bringing half of what they packed. Almost everything you could want or need is available in-country, so do not load up on a lot of basic items.

Volunteers must prepare themselves for extremes in climate (up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and below freezing in winter). You may have to discard a lot of preconceived ideas of Africa, including visions of hot, steamy jungles. Sweaters and coats are a must because there is no central heating, and buildings get very cold when nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. Some buildings have fireplaces or heaters, but they typically heat only a small area. All clothes should be washable and comfortable. You will most likely do your laundry by hand in cold water, so bring clothes that can take that kind of treatment. There is a lot of wind, dust, and dirt, and clothes need to be washed frequently.

General Clothing

  • Comfortable shoes (sandals, tennis shoes), durable walking shoes (with good tread), and good-quality waterproof/Gore-Tex hiking boots
  • Sweatshirts and sweaters
  • One pair of shorts for vacations and lounging in the house (older people will frown upon you for wearing shorts in many areas of Lesotho and you won't be able to wear shorts during training)
  • Warm jacket or coat and light jacket
  • Items for cold weather, including long underwear, tights (for women), hat, gloves, scarf, fleece tops
  • Lots of underwear (harsh detergent and scrubbing are rough on underwear)
  • Rain gear, including boots*
  • Swimwear and light gym wear (there are pools and you'll have chances to jump in the ocean on vacation or the senqu while you're in Lesotho)

Rain Boots can also be purchase in Lesotho, they are a national staple.

For Men

  • At least one dressy outfit for swearing in (dress shirt, tie, and slacks)I would not pack a suit
  • Dress shoes
  • Hiking/running shoes
  • Button-down shirts and T-shirts (if you're a teacher, you will be expected to wear dress shirts virtually always, although you can get away with t-shirts at most schools)
  • Several pairs of khaki trousers and one or two pairs of jeans
  • Dark-colored socks (white ones are difficult to keep clean)
  • A pair or two of shorts.

For Women

  • At least one dressy outfit (a nice dress)
  • Dress shoes
  • Dresses and skirts for work (knee length and longer)
  • Blouses (wash-and-wear) and casual tops such as tank tops
  • Two slips
  • Two or three pairs of pants (to wear on holidays and in some work situations) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  • A three-month supply of birth control pills, if applicable
  • You may be put in the mountains and be really greatful for camping gear
  • You may also be put in a camptown and be really greatful for lots of american style clothes
  • (mix it up)

For Both Genders

  • A three-month supply of any prescription medicine you take
  • Any favorite brands of toiletry or cosmetic items (but most items are available locally)
  • Two towels and washcloths (essential during training)

Kitchen

  • Herbal teas and spices
  • Ground coffee (French presses are sometimes available locally, but it'd probably be a good idea to bring one, especially a backpacker's in the mug-style) Also, you can get instant coffee here easily, but not ground coffee. You can't really get good tea either so pack some.
  • A good hand-operated can opener (you won't be able to find a decent one in country)
  • Vegetable peeler (you won't be able to find a decent one in country and will peel a LOT of vegetables)
  • A good chefs knife, and even a way to sharpen it
  • Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Sigg, Nalgene- even Platypus)

Travel coffee Mug/Thermos

Miscellaneous

  • Sleeping bag for a cold climate, preferably one that packs into a small stuff sack (some Volunteers prefer down bags because of their warmth; others advise against down, as it can be hard to keep clean and dry) . You will have a bed at your place, but bags are nice for when you visit other volunteers (and you will do a lot of that)
  • Lightweight foam sleeping pad
  • Two backpacks—a day pack and a large camping pack
  • You will be able to charge your electronics (intermittently for some, frequently for others) so bring your computer/ipod, Kindle etc, it will make your time here a lot more enjoyable (and on the bad days, bearable)
  • Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player
  • Music CDs, iPod, books, children’s songs,
  • Batteries (available in-country, but expensive and not as long lasting as those in the United States) and/or power-pack units
  • Solar battery recharger for those without electricity, though a solar set is easier to get in country
  • solar ipod etc charger (voltaic makes a good backpack, solio makes a good small charger)
  • Solar or battery-operated calculator
  • Two additional passport pictures
  • Sewing kit
  • Sunglasses and a hat for the sun
  • Swiss Army knife (very expensive in Lesotho)
  • Pictures of your home, family, and friends (Basotho LOVE pictures)
  • Credit card (American Express, Visa, or MasterCard)
  • Duct tape
  • Camera and supply of film—it is expensive here, but prints (color only) can be processed locally
  • Personal passport
  • A travel book called Lonely Planet: Africa on a Shoestring (by Kevin Anglin, Becca Blond and Jean-Bernard Carillet, Lonely Planet Publications, 2004) (this is also available in country through volunteer trading)
  • Headlamp or Flashlight (small Maglite is a good choice[headlamps are great for middle of the night latrine runs])
  • Markers, crayons, colored pencils, ink pens, mechanical pencils