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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 serving in [[Romania]] 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 Romania if you look long enough to find it.  
  
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.  
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When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of taxis and trains and often lugging it around on foot. It should be durable, flexible, lightweight, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and sturdy backpacks are good choices.  
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Do not bring anything that is so valuable or precious that you would be heartbroken to lose it.  
  
 
===General Clothing ===
 
===General Clothing ===
  
* Comfortable shoes (sandals, tennis shoes), durable walking shoes (with good tread), and good-quality waterproof/Gore-Tex hiking boots
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* Shorts and T-shirts for relaxing in hot weather
* Sweatshirts and sweaters  
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* Slacks and jeans and short-sleeved cotton shirts for summer
* 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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* Wool or flannel shirts, turtlenecks, and sweaters for winter
* Warm jacket or coat and light jacket
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* Heavy socks (wool and cotton) and lightweight cotton socks (socks wear out quickly)
* Items for cold weather, including long underwear, tights (for women), hat, gloves, scarf, fleece tops
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* Heavy-duty poncho (if you plan to do any camping)  
* Lots of underwear (harsh detergent and scrubbing are rough on underwear)  
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* Warm hats, scarves, and earmuffs
* Rain gear, including boots*
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* Two or three sets of long underwear
* 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)
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* Flannel pajamas (sweatsuits can also double as PJs)
 
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* Heavy winter coat or ski jacket and a down vest
Rain Boots can also be purchase in Lesotho, they are a national staple.
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* All-weather coat (preferably in a dark color)
 
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* Swimsuit and goggles (local pools have a lot of chlorine)
===For Men ===
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* Men: Collared shirts (turtlenecks are also appropriate professional wear), a few ties, and at least one jacket or suit to wear to weddings and other celebrations
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* Women: Two or three professional outfits (one should be fancier for special occasions) Shoes
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* At least one pair of sturdy, thick-soled walking shoes (for cobblestone streets)  
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* Plastic shower shoes
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* House slippers
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* One pair of insulated, waterproof, ice-gripping boots Note: Winter boots as well as dress and casual shoes, sandals, and slippers are readily available in Romania, but they may not have the fit, quality, or style that you prefer; women who wear size 10 or larger may have difficulty finding shoes.  
  
* 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 ===
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
* 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 ===
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* Any favorite nonprescription medical supplies, though the items the Peace Corps supplies are good (i.e., you do not need to bring a two-year supply of aspirin, vitamins, dental floss, insect repellent, or eyedrops).
* A three-month supply of any prescription medicine you take  
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* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, to last until we can order your special needs
* Any favorite brands of toiletry or cosmetic items (but most items are available locally)
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* Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States)
* Two towels and washcloths (essential during training)
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* Contact lens solution (if you bring contacts)
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* Hand lotion and body cream
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* Towels (bath-sized ones are difficult to find locally)  
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* Women: If you have favorite brands of cosmetics like Clinique or Estée Lauder, bring them with you (but they may also be available in larger Romanian cities)  
  
 
===Kitchen ===
 
===Kitchen ===
  
* Herbal teas and spices
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* Good can and bottle opener and corkscrew
* 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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* Measuring cups (both metric and nonmetric)
* A good hand-operated can opener (you won't be able to find a decent one in country)
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* Potholders
* 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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* Plastic water carrier for traveling (some types are available locally)
*       A good chefs knife, and even a way to sharpen it
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* Strong string or twine for use as a clothesline
* Two sturdy water bottles (e.g., Sigg, Nalgene- even Platypus)
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* Rubber gloves for washing clothes by hand  
Travel coffee Mug/Thermos
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* Plastic food containers
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* Favorite cooking utensils
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* Basic cookbook
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* Plastic storage bags
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* Packaged mixes of your favorite sauces, salad dressings, and soups
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* Favorite spices (Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and Italian spices can be hard to find and make good gifts)  
  
 
===Miscellaneous ===
 
===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)
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* Money belt
* Lightweight foam sleeping pad
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* Folding umbrella
* Two backpacks—a day pack and a large camping pack
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* Camera—35 mm compacts are best because they are inconspicuous and travel well, but digital cameras are also good if they are small and you have the appropriate computer equipment
*       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)
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* Small, relatively inexpensive tool kit (e.g., Leatherman) 
* Battery-operated radio (FM/AM and shortwave) and/or a tape player
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* Good scissors
* Music CDs, iPod, books, children’s songs,  
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* Duct tape (can be used for many things)  
* Batteries (available in-country, but expensive and not as long lasting as those in the United States) and/or power-pack units
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* Swiss Army knife (very important to many Volunteers)  
* Solar battery recharger for those without electricity, though a solar set is easier to get in country
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* Two good flashlights (one small enough to carry in a pocket) and extra batteries
*       solar ipod etc charger (voltaic makes a good backpack, solio makes a good small charger)
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* Travel sewing kit
* Solar or battery-operated calculator
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* Pictures of home and postcards of common sights in America
* Two additional passport pictures
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* U.S. stamps (you can often have letters mailed in the States by people traveling home from Romania)  
* Sewing kit 
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* Games (e.g., Scrabble, Pictionary, chess), Frisbee, volleyball, etc.
* Sunglasses and a hat for the sun
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* Good sleeping bag (compact with a stuff sack and fully unzippable for use as blanket)
* Swiss Army knife (very expensive in Lesotho)  
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* Good bedsheets (not fitted ones because you will not know the size of your bed in advance)  
* Pictures of your home, family, and friends (Basotho LOVE pictures)
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* Books and materials you might need for your assignment, as described in the Volunteer Assignment Description
* Credit card (American Express, Visa, or MasterCard)
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* Reference books, such as a good grammar book, an English dictionary, and a thesaurus
* Duct tape
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* A few novels to read and trade
* Camera and supply of film—it is expensive here, but prints (color only) can be processed locally
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* Credit/cash cards (be certain they will work in Romania and that you notify your bank you will be out of the country using them)
* Personal passport
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* Shortwave radio (but such radios work with limited success in Romania and may not be worth the bother)  
* 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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* Exercise materials (e.g., exercise tape or jump rope; some sites have gyms, and some Volunteers teach aerobic classes, so bring music and new steps if you have them)  
* Headlamp or Flashlight (small Maglite is a good choice[headlamps are great for middle of the night latrine runs])  
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* Reliable watch—durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive
* Markers, crayons, colored pencils, ink pens, mechanical pencils  
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* Reliable battery-powered alarm clock and back-up batteries
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* Sunglasses
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* Small daypack without frame
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* Tape or CD player and recorder
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* Cassette tapes or CDs
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* Retractable tape measure (inch and centimeter)  
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* Pens and pencils  
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* Journal
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* Calendars
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* Paper clips and rubber bands
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* Clothespins
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* U.S. maps
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THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY MADE BY A AMERICAN BECAUSE OF MAPS FOR AMERICA!
  
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[[Category:Romania]]

Revision as of 21:15, 6 June 2013


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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Romania 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 Romania if you look long enough to find it.

When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of taxis and trains and often lugging it around on foot. It should be durable, flexible, lightweight, and easy to carry. Duffel bags and sturdy backpacks are good choices.

Do not bring anything that is so valuable or precious that you would be heartbroken to lose it.

General Clothing

  • Shorts and T-shirts for relaxing in hot weather
  • Slacks and jeans and short-sleeved cotton shirts for summer
  • Wool or flannel shirts, turtlenecks, and sweaters for winter
  • Heavy socks (wool and cotton) and lightweight cotton socks (socks wear out quickly)
  • Heavy-duty poncho (if you plan to do any camping)
  • Warm hats, scarves, and earmuffs
  • Two or three sets of long underwear
  • Flannel pajamas (sweatsuits can also double as PJs)
  • Heavy winter coat or ski jacket and a down vest
  • All-weather coat (preferably in a dark color)
  • Swimsuit and goggles (local pools have a lot of chlorine)
  • Men: Collared shirts (turtlenecks are also appropriate professional wear), a few ties, and at least one jacket or suit to wear to weddings and other celebrations
  • Women: Two or three professional outfits (one should be fancier for special occasions) Shoes
  • At least one pair of sturdy, thick-soled walking shoes (for cobblestone streets)
  • Plastic shower shoes
  • House slippers
  • One pair of insulated, waterproof, ice-gripping boots Note: Winter boots as well as dress and casual shoes, sandals, and slippers are readily available in Romania, but they may not have the fit, quality, or style that you prefer; women who wear size 10 or larger may have difficulty finding shoes.


Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Any favorite nonprescription medical supplies, though the items the Peace Corps supplies are good (i.e., you do not need to bring a two-year supply of aspirin, vitamins, dental floss, insect repellent, or eyedrops).
  • A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, to last until we can order your special needs
  • Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take a long time to arrive from the United States)
  • Contact lens solution (if you bring contacts)
  • Hand lotion and body cream
  • Towels (bath-sized ones are difficult to find locally)
  • Women: If you have favorite brands of cosmetics like Clinique or Estée Lauder, bring them with you (but they may also be available in larger Romanian cities)

Kitchen

  • Good can and bottle opener and corkscrew
  • Measuring cups (both metric and nonmetric)
  • Potholders
  • Plastic water carrier for traveling (some types are available locally)
  • Strong string or twine for use as a clothesline
  • Rubber gloves for washing clothes by hand
  • Plastic food containers
  • Favorite cooking utensils
  • Basic cookbook
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Packaged mixes of your favorite sauces, salad dressings, and soups
  • Favorite spices (Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and Italian spices can be hard to find and make good gifts)

Miscellaneous

  • Money belt
  • Folding umbrella
  • Camera—35 mm compacts are best because they are inconspicuous and travel well, but digital cameras are also good if they are small and you have the appropriate computer equipment
  • Small, relatively inexpensive tool kit (e.g., Leatherman)
  • Good scissors
  • Duct tape (can be used for many things)
  • Swiss Army knife (very important to many Volunteers)
  • Two good flashlights (one small enough to carry in a pocket) and extra batteries
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Pictures of home and postcards of common sights in America
  • U.S. stamps (you can often have letters mailed in the States by people traveling home from Romania)
  • Games (e.g., Scrabble, Pictionary, chess), Frisbee, volleyball, etc.
  • Good sleeping bag (compact with a stuff sack and fully unzippable for use as blanket)
  • Good bedsheets (not fitted ones because you will not know the size of your bed in advance)
  • Books and materials you might need for your assignment, as described in the Volunteer Assignment Description
  • Reference books, such as a good grammar book, an English dictionary, and a thesaurus
  • A few novels to read and trade
  • Credit/cash cards (be certain they will work in Romania and that you notify your bank you will be out of the country using them)
  • Shortwave radio (but such radios work with limited success in Romania and may not be worth the bother)
  • Exercise materials (e.g., exercise tape or jump rope; some sites have gyms, and some Volunteers teach aerobic classes, so bring music and new steps if you have them)
  • Reliable watch—durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive
  • Reliable battery-powered alarm clock and back-up batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Small daypack without frame
  • Tape or CD player and recorder
  • Cassette tapes or CDs
  • Retractable tape measure (inch and centimeter)
  • Pens and pencils
  • Journal
  • Calendars
  • Paper clips and rubber bands
  • Clothespins
  • U.S. maps

THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY MADE BY A AMERICAN BECAUSE OF MAPS FOR AMERICA!