Difference between pages "Packing list for Kenya" and "Living Conditions and Volunteer Lifestyles in Benin"

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{{Packing lists by country}}
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Kenya]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Kenya.
===General Clothing===
You may also find that the clothing you bring from home will suffer more wear and tear than ususal. Fortunately, used clothing markets abound in Kenya, even in smaller towns, so it is not necessary to bring two years’ worth of clothes.
* Several pairs of khaki trousers
* T-shirts
* Sweatshirts/ fleece
* Athletic shorts, for sports or home
* Jeans
* One or two dressy outfits
* Bandannas
* Long skirts
* Raincoat
* Cotton socks (grey or atheletic)
* Undergarments, including slips for women
*      Linen clothes it gets hot
Durable shoes are an essential investment. Shoes will wear out more quickly in Kenya than you are used to because of all the walking you will do.
* One or two pairs of hiking/walking shoes or boots
* One or two pairs of sneakers or running shoes
* Two pairs of comfortable dress shoes
* Comfortable sandals
===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
A range of basic hygiene items is available in most towns and cities, however, if you have strong personal preferences, plan to bring those brands.
* Deodorant (if you prefer the stick kind, which is not available locally)
* Contact lens solutions (available locally but very expensive); the Peace Corps does not provide these
* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, including birth control pills
* Good-quality sunscreen (with a high SPF)
* Tampons (o.b. brand is available locally but expensive)
* Aloe or after-sun lotion
* Camera and accessories (film is available locally)
*      Laptop most Volunteers come with one, or buy one when they get here.
* Binoculars
* Music player/recorder—iPod, MP3, CD, cassette (voltage coverters are available locally)
* Your favorite music (blank tapes are available locally)
* Shortwave radio (three- to seven-band is recommended)
* Portable musical instruments
* Biking shorts and gloves (the Peace Corps provides a helmet and repair tools)
* Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, kites, football, soccer ball, snorkeling gear)
* Art supplies
* Games and puzzle books (e.g., playing cards, cribbage, Scrabble, chess)
* Favorite novels (but there will also be plenty circulating among Volunteers)
* Almanac and dictionary
* Camping or hiking gear
* Tent (useful for travel as well as backpacking)
* Cotton sheets (full or queen size) *MANDATORY, as these will not be provided during pre-service training and/or home stays. You can bring these items with you to your site)
* A light blanket *MANDATORY, see above
* Bath towels *MANDATORY, see above
* Sleeping bag *MANDATORY, see above
* CPSC-approved bicycle helmets (if interested in having a bicycle)–Up to $30 reimbursable item with receipt
* Favorite sleeping pillow
* Pens and pencils, stationery, and notebooks
* External Hard Drive!
* Solar calculator (essential for small enterprise development Volunteers)
* Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
* Solar batteries and recharger
* Sewing kit
* Knives (available locally but of poor quality)
* Plastic storage bags and containers
* Duct tape
* Peeler, grater, etc. (available locally but expensive)
* All-purpose knife (e.g., Leatherman)
* Packaged sauces, seasoning and soft-drink mixes
* Potholders
* Solar shower
* Work gloves
* Cash (most Volunteers bring $200 to $500 in traveler’s checks for travel and vacation)
* Credit card and/or ATM card
* At least 12 passport-size photos of yourself for visas, work permits, etc. (NOTE: These photos are a must)
* Pictures from home
* U.S. and world maps
* U.S. stamps (you can often have letters mailed in the United States by travelers)
* Checks from a U.S. bank account (handy for ordering things from home)
* Day planner
* Sunglasses/visor
*      USB Flash Drive

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