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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Burkina Faso]] 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. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Burkina Faso.
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Zambia]] 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 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 80pound weight restriction on baggage. Pack things that will
  
Peace Corps Burkina Faso Packing List
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help you to be content at your post. Used clothes markets or salualas (places to “rummage through piles”) are plentiful here and most Volunteers shop for clothing here or have items made. All projects require a great deal of field work, so bring clothes that can get dirty. You will be attending office meetings with counterparts, so a pair or two of easy-care slacks and appropriate shirts are necessary. For women, skirts must not be shorter than the knee; blouses and dresses need to be modest. Slips need to be worn.
  
Packing List (Items in bold are those most recommended by Peace Corps/ Burkina Faso Volunteers) Please see Electronics Guidelines below for suggestions about technology (laptops, cameras, etc.)
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Lastly, keep in mind that you can get almost everything you need in Zambia.  
  
===Clothes===
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===General Clothing ===
  
* One or two pairs of jeans (no holes, nothing ratty)  
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* A good raincoat.
* One pair of sweatpants (or other lightweight pants for sleeping) and a lightweight cotton sweatshirt/sweater  
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* A fleece or light jacket (it does get cold)  
* 3-4 pairs of socks (more if you like to go running)
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* A couple of long sleeved shirts of choice.
* Four to six cotton shirts (preferably not all white or light colors—everything turns brown here with the dust and it’s hard to beat out when you wash them by hand.  Also, some Volunteers prefer non-cotton wicking shirts, but these are expensive.)  
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* A sweater  
* A pair of sturdy sandals/flip-flops (e.g., Tevas or Chacos) and a pair of athletic shoes. You may want a nice pair of shoes for dressing up, but these can also be bought here
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* 3–4 good-quality T-shirts.
* Baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat
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* 2-year supply of cotton underwear and socks
* Breathable rain jacket
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* 1 bathing suit
* Swimsuit (there are swimming pools in the capital and other cities)
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* Lots of bras (especially sports bras)
* Belt (you may lose weight and need one to hold up your pants)
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* Sweat pants/shirt for warmth, running, sleeping.
* Sturdy sunglasses with UV protection (plan on losing them; you may want two pairs, but they can also be bought here)
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* 2–3 shorts for athletics or in your house (these can be bicycle shorts, but no short running shorts)  
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* 2–3 pairs of jeans, zip-off, or other comfortable pants.  
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* A couple pairs of dressy, easy-care, trousers (khaki is good) and dressy shirts
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* Hat (baseball or safari-type to shade you from the sun)  
  
===Men===
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Men should bring nice pants and a button-up shirt and at least one jacket and tie for meeting government officials or to attend important meetings or functions. Women should bring shirts with collars and short sleeves, 1–2 dresses and 3–4 skirts of cotton/polyester at or below the knee (not sleeveless, low-cut or revealing) and an outfit for meetings or official functions.
* Two to four pairs of shorts for around the house and biking
 
* Two to four pairs of comfortable lightweight pants
 
* Two to three sets of “dress casual” clothes: shirts with collars, casual slacks
 
* One dress-up outfit (shirt and tie is sufficient)
 
* Underwear
 
  
===Women===
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===Shoes ===
  
* Nice dresses (or long skirts) for training and teaching (make sure these cover your knees, even when you sit down, and are not see-through, very important for teachers)
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* 2 pairs of good sandals (e.g., Tevas or Birkenstocks)  
* Two nicer outfits (think spring/summer wear that covers your knees)
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* 1 pair of boots
* One or two pairs of comfortable lightweight pants or long capris
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* 1 pair of sneakers/low-top hiking shoes.
* One or two pairs of longer shorts for around the house and biking
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* A pair of shoes that can be worn when trying to look nice (male Volunteers suggest bucs or loafers); female Volunteers suggest nice sandals/flats)  
* Lots of bras and underwear (bring comfortable stuff that you don’t mind ruining; many female Volunteers prefer wicking sports bras for transport and biking)  
 
* Cosmetics and hair accessories (mascara, bandanas, etc., if you use them)
 
* Your favorite jewelry, but nothing too dear to you.
 
  
A note on clothing: Burkinabé, while not excessively formal, put a great deal of emphasis on a professional appearance.  Dressing appropriately will greatly enhance your credibility at work, improve your ability to integrate into your community, and increase your odds of having a safe Peace Corps service.  You’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable in village, too. Men should expect to wear shirts with a collar and casual slacks; women should wear below-the-knee skirts, dresses, or casual slacks with shirts that are not revealing. This means, for men and women, no tight or see-through clothing or ratty and worn articles. For women especially, please note that Peace Corps does not consider spaghetti strap tank-tops, skirts that reveal the knee, and pants/skirts that reveal the top of your underwear (this goes for the men, too) to be appropriate, professional clothing. For fancy occasions like your swearing-in ceremony, many Volunteers opt to have special clothing made from cloth here rather than wear the dressy outfit they brought. You are expected to dress appropriately at all times when you are in public and while at the Peace Corps training site. That said it is fine to dress down when you are hanging out with other Volunteers or while you are at home and in your courtyard. It' a good idea to bring dresses whose pattern you particularly like - tailors here are good at copying.
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Note: Volunteers with large feet may have a hard time finding shoes that fit in Zambia.  
  
Very important: Don’t bring anything that you can’t bear to see destroyed by the dusty climate, harsh soap, and merciless hand washing.
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Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items
  
===Toiletries===
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Unless you have favorite brands you can’t do without, you should be able to buy what you need in Lusaka and provincial capitals. These include cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, general cleaning products and deodorants, hair conditioner, good razors and razor blades, Q-tips, and hair-care products. Bring only enough to get you through training. Peace Corps provides brand-name tampons; bring only enough for training.
  
* Bring a three-month supply to get you through training
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===Kitchen ===
* Deodorants (very hard to find your favorites here)
 
* Acne soap (you might have skin problems here. Peace Corps supplies antibacterial soap, which can be used on the face.)
 
* Soap holder
 
* Shampoo and hair conditioner (if you’re picky about brands)
 
* Razor and supply of razor blades (available here but very, very expensive)
 
* Foot care items (sorry, but your feet will get trashed, so you may want a pumice stone and other exfoliating devices; you can find inexpensive shea butter and shea butter products here)
 
  
A note about medical supplies: Unless you need a special prescription medicine, the Peace Corps supplies all of the basic medical supplies you may need. This includes multivitamins, sunscreen, bug repellent, lip balm, hand-sanitizer, and lotion. However, if you prefer a certain brand name over-the-counter drug or product, bring it. Peace Corps also provides you with an excellent water filter and several water purification options for travel as well. You do not need to bring your own water filter.  
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* Spices
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* Can opener
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* Basic cookbook
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* Ziploc storage bags (although ants and roaches can eat through them)
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* Packaged mixes for rice, pasta, sauces, and drinks (e.g., Kool Aid), etc. Miscellaneous
  
A note to females: Peace Corps/Burkina Faso provides feminine products including Tampax and OB tampons and sanitary napkins, but if you have a preference, you may want to bring your own supply. Some Volunteers recommend the “Keeper” or “Diva Cup” in lieu of disposable products. The medical staff recommends the “Diva Cup” because it is latex-free.
 
  
===General===
 
  
* Sturdy backpacks. Day packs (some like fanny packs or the tops of larger packs) are nice for work and bike rides. Medium packs are good for short trips. And large packs are recommended for longer trips (if you plan any) and getting all your stuff here.
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The following are general items you may wish to have but you will need to prioritize and choose for yourself. Remember that it is a composite list; for each person perhaps only a few items will be critical:
* A good headlamp
 
* Leatherman or Swiss Army knife
 
* Durable water bottle (e.g., Nalgene; you might want to bring two as they tend to wander off)
 
* Lightweight screen mosquito tent for sleeping outside in the hot season and traveling (Peace Corps provides mosquito nets, but many Volunteers recommend Tropic Screen Tents or REI's Bug Hut)
 
* Good can opener
 
* Duct tape
 
*      Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join [http://www.marketforchange.com Market for Change]
 
* Ziploc bags (in various sizes)
 
* Lots of good pens and craft supplies (special papers, sharpie permanent markers, highlighters, pencils, pastels, etc.)
 
* A book or two of U.S. stamps (Volunteers traveling home can mail letters for you)
 
* Good nonstick frying pan and plastic spatula (can be found here, but they are expensive)
 
* Sharp kitchen knife (if you plan on cooking, this is essential; knives here are very dull, you may even want to bring your own knife sharpener)
 
* Pot holders (although you can get kitchen towels here that will suffice)
 
* Good scissors (and hair-cutting scissors if you want them)
 
* Family pictures and anything from home that will make you feel more comfortable (pictures, posters, your favorite book or teddy bear, journal, scented candles… but, again, don’t bring items too dear to you)
 
* Eyeglass repair kit
 
* Travel sewing kit
 
* A durable watch with alarm (nothing you mind losing) or travel-size clock
 
  
===Books===
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===Highly Recommended ===
  
* Do not worry too much about books. There are plenty of books already here, especially classic novels, fiction about Africa, Oprah’s book club, Harry Potter, and way too many romance novels. You may want to bring a few to get you through training or some newer novels.  
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* Umbrella
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* Headlamp
===Food===
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* Flashlight
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* Sleeping bag
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* Tent
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* Leatherman or Swiss army knife
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* Music (CDs, tapes, I-Pod, etc.) (Note that CDs tend to get scratched up easily)
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* CD player or Walkman
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* Mini-speakers 
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* Shortwave radio (3–7 band)
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* Games (cards, chess, Scrabble, etc.)
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* Hair elastics
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* Two good water bottles
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* Good-quality sunglasses
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* Camera with accessories
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* Travel alarm clock
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* Small backpack/bag
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* Money belt
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* Journal
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* Bicycle saddlebags
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* At least eight color photos of you (photo booth-type is okay) for visas, work permits, and ID cards. You can purchase photos here if necessary Optional (depending on your interest)
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* Camel back canteen
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* Bed sheets (since bed sizes vary, double-size flat sheets are the best choice)
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* Binoculars
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* Small sewing kit
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* Pictures or posters for hut decoration
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* Bandana
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* Guitar (bring lots of extra strings and picks)
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* Sports equipment (football, volleyball, basketball, Frisbees, etc.)
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* Fishing equipment
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* Batteries (you can buy them here, but they are expensive)
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* Film (you can buy this here, but it’s cheaper in the U.S.)
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* Sleeping pad 
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* Bicycle handlebar extensions
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* U.S. stamps (letters may be mailed in the States by people traveling home from post)
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* Maps of the United States and the world (good teaching aids and wall-hangings).  
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* Art supplies, sketch book
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* Film mailers
  
* Powdered drink mixes (e.g., Crystal Lite or Kool-Aid; sugar is available here)
 
* Cheese, soup, and sauce packets
 
* Your favorite spices
 
* Power bars and granola bars
 
* Dried fruit
 
* Candy and your favorite junk foods
 
  
You can conserve packing space by preparing a package with food, books, and anything else you feel you may not require right away during training and ask your family to ship it to you.
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[[Category:Zambia]]
 
 
===You also might want...===
 
 
 
* Musical instrument (if you play or would like to take up a new hobby)
 
* Sleeping pad for sleeping outside or on the floor (e.g., Therm-a-rest)
 
* Travel-size board games (Scrabble, Boggle, etc.)
 
* Small towel or a special pack light towel (although most volunteers end up using what's called a pagne - a fairly large piece of cloth you can buy in any market - that dries quicker than other towels)
 
* Small battery-powered fan with water spritzer
 
* And if you’re at all picky about pillows, bring your own
 
 
 
===And if you really like to bike...===
 
 
 
* Bike gloves
 
* Bike shorts
 
* Biking hydration system (e.g., Camelbak)
 
* Any other bike accessories you prefer (like a padded seat)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
== Things you can get here ==
 
 
 
 
 
* Gas stove, cooking utensils, pots, forks, spoons, etc.
 
* Second-hand European and U.S. clothing
 
* African and European cloth that can be made into any kind of clothing you desire at very reasonable prices (if you’re interested in making Western-style clothing you may want to bring a few clothes catalogues with pictures to take to the tailor)
 
* A wide selection of plastic flip-flops and cheap sunglasses
 
 
 
'''Teachers Only'''
 
 
 
* Bring your calculator
 
* If you can find one, a good French/English technical dictionary in your discipline may also be helpful
 
 
 
== Guidelines for Electronic Equipment in Burkina Faso ==
 
 
 
 
 
The following are a few suggestions put together by staff and Volunteers regarding electronic equipment that you may wish to bring to Burkina Faso. These suggestions are not at all intended to be comprehensive or authoritative, but rather they are meant to provide some guidance in a complicated and confusing area.
 
 
 
* By no means should you think that you must bring a laptop to do your work here. If you don’t have the money for one, don’t worry about it. Volunteers do a wide variety of work with and without computers.  However, most Volunteers who have brought laptops are glad that they did. It may make things a lot easier for you, though most Volunteers do not have electricity in their villages and need to charge their laptops elsewhere. A computer is an enormous symbol of wealth in Burkina Faso; if you reveal that you own one, it will affect how people view you and could make you a target for theft.
 
* The electrical current in Burkina Faso is 220 volts, twice the strength of the current in the U.S. Make sure you understand how to adapt your equipment before you plug it in. In some cases, this simply means turning a switch from 110 to 220; in other cases, you will need a transformer or converter. (One trainee who wasn’t aware of this ruined a laptop when he plugged it in immediately upon arrival.) 110-220 watt converters are of better quality in the U.S. and we suggest purchasing this before arriving in-country.
 
* Whatever electronic equipment you will need, bring it with you. Almost anything can be purchased here, but often only after a lengthy search, at exorbitant prices and of inferior quality.
 
* You may type documents in French. Often the software that comes with your computer lets you install a French dictionary and spell check. Load this sort of thing before you come. If you don’t have such a package, consider purchasing one.
 
* Electrical outlets here have different prongs than in the U.S. Here it’s two round pegs like in France, rather than the two flat prongs as in the U.S. You can buy these adaptors in the U.S., but they are much cheaper (about 40 cents) in Burkina Faso where they are available in most hardware stores. If you choose to purchase it in the U.S., it is called a French adaptor.
 
* Very few organizations that Volunteers work with have a desktop computer. Volunteers who have UBS jump drives or flash memory are glad they brought them. They can carry documents and pictures around as needed. This is a good idea even if your organization does not have a computer, as all Volunteers can save work done on computers in Ouagadougou.
 
* There is Internet access now in almost every large town. This will be at a public cybercafé where you will pay anywhere from $.75 to $3 an hour. Connections can be slow and unreliable. Often you can hook up directly to the cybercafé’s connection via ethernet or even wi-fi using your own laptop. 
 
* Most Volunteers have digital cameras.
 
* Batteries sold here are of very poor quality. Bring a charger and rechargeable batteries for your camera or you will spend a fortune on batteries.
 
* Radios, boom boxes, CD players, etc. are very expensive here and often of poor quality. While shortwave radios are available in markets here, many Volunteers suggest bringing your own shortwave from home. (Grundigs are great and they make a hand crank model that doesn’t require batteries. Some Volunteers are fond of World
 
Space Satellite Radio, but it is expensive.) If you want music, make sure you bring something to play it on; iPods work well. If you don’t have an iPod or MP3 player, many Volunteers bring Discmans and find that they can use these despite the dust. Bring good portable speakers, too.
 
* Most volunteers buy cell phones on arrival, but some bring GSM phones (ie not CDMA phones from Verizon) and swap out the SIM card.
 
During your training you will be living with a host family.  It would be a good idea not to show off your electronics. If community members know you have something rare and interesting, it will build pressure on you to lend it out, etc.
 
 
 
[[Category:Burkina Faso]]
 

Revision as of 23:33, 12 March 2009


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

Packing Lists by Country

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

For information see Welcomebooks

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

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Zambia 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 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 80pound weight restriction on baggage. Pack things that will

help you to be content at your post. Used clothes markets or salualas (places to “rummage through piles”) are plentiful here and most Volunteers shop for clothing here or have items made. All projects require a great deal of field work, so bring clothes that can get dirty. You will be attending office meetings with counterparts, so a pair or two of easy-care slacks and appropriate shirts are necessary. For women, skirts must not be shorter than the knee; blouses and dresses need to be modest. Slips need to be worn.

Lastly, keep in mind that you can get almost everything you need in Zambia.

General Clothing

  • A good raincoat.
  • A fleece or light jacket (it does get cold)
  • A couple of long sleeved shirts of choice.
  • A sweater
  • 3–4 good-quality T-shirts.
  • 2-year supply of cotton underwear and socks
  • 1 bathing suit
  • Lots of bras (especially sports bras)
  • Sweat pants/shirt for warmth, running, sleeping.
  • 2–3 shorts for athletics or in your house (these can be bicycle shorts, but no short running shorts)
  • 2–3 pairs of jeans, zip-off, or other comfortable pants.
  • A couple pairs of dressy, easy-care, trousers (khaki is good) and dressy shirts
  • Hat (baseball or safari-type to shade you from the sun)

Men should bring nice pants and a button-up shirt and at least one jacket and tie for meeting government officials or to attend important meetings or functions. Women should bring shirts with collars and short sleeves, 1–2 dresses and 3–4 skirts of cotton/polyester at or below the knee (not sleeveless, low-cut or revealing) and an outfit for meetings or official functions.

Shoes

  • 2 pairs of good sandals (e.g., Tevas or Birkenstocks)
  • 1 pair of boots
  • 1 pair of sneakers/low-top hiking shoes.
  • A pair of shoes that can be worn when trying to look nice (male Volunteers suggest bucs or loafers); female Volunteers suggest nice sandals/flats)

Note: Volunteers with large feet may have a hard time finding shoes that fit in Zambia.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Unless you have favorite brands you can’t do without, you should be able to buy what you need in Lusaka and provincial capitals. These include cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, general cleaning products and deodorants, hair conditioner, good razors and razor blades, Q-tips, and hair-care products. Bring only enough to get you through training. Peace Corps provides brand-name tampons; bring only enough for training.

Kitchen

  • Spices
  • Can opener
  • Basic cookbook
  • Ziploc storage bags (although ants and roaches can eat through them)
  • Packaged mixes for rice, pasta, sauces, and drinks (e.g., Kool Aid), etc. Miscellaneous


The following are general items you may wish to have but you will need to prioritize and choose for yourself. Remember that it is a composite list; for each person perhaps only a few items will be critical:

Highly Recommended

  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Leatherman or Swiss army knife
  • Music (CDs, tapes, I-Pod, etc.) (Note that CDs tend to get scratched up easily)
  • CD player or Walkman
  • Mini-speakers
  • Shortwave radio (3–7 band)
  • Games (cards, chess, Scrabble, etc.)
  • Hair elastics
  • Two good water bottles
  • Good-quality sunglasses
  • Camera with accessories
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Small backpack/bag
  • Money belt
  • Journal
  • Bicycle saddlebags
  • At least eight color photos of you (photo booth-type is okay) for visas, work permits, and ID cards. You can purchase photos here if necessary Optional (depending on your interest)
  • Camel back canteen
  • Bed sheets (since bed sizes vary, double-size flat sheets are the best choice)
  • Binoculars
  • Small sewing kit
  • Pictures or posters for hut decoration
  • Bandana
  • Guitar (bring lots of extra strings and picks)
  • Sports equipment (football, volleyball, basketball, Frisbees, etc.)
  • Fishing equipment
  • Batteries (you can buy them here, but they are expensive)
  • Film (you can buy this here, but it’s cheaper in the U.S.)
  • Sleeping pad
  • Bicycle handlebar extensions
  • U.S. stamps (letters may be mailed in the States by people traveling home from post)
  • Maps of the United States and the world (good teaching aids and wall-hangings).
  • Art supplies, sketch book
  • Film mailers