Packing list for Chad

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Chad 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 80pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Chad.

General Clothing

  • Good-quality cotton tops (light colors show dirt quickly)
  • Good-quality underwear, socks, and bras (elastic tends to wear out, so bring plenty)
  • Rain jacket
  • For men, sport coat or blazer and tie with slacks for the rare formal event
  • Two to four pairs of comfortable lightweight pants
  • Two button-down shirts
  • For women, two nice dresses or skirts (below the knee)
  • One or two sweaters or sweatshirts (it does get chilly in Chad)
  • Comfortable jeans (without holes or rips!)
  • One pair of sweatpants
  • Shorts (though not acceptable in public, shorts can be worn around the house and while on vacation)
  • Swimsuit or trunks
  • Durable jacket (denim or fleece)


  • Sandals for general use (e.g., Tevas)
  • Nice and comfortable casual shoes
  • Running shoes
  • Good hiking boots for travel and the rainy season

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizer (useful when traveling)
  • Three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take
  • Two pairs of prescription eyeglasses, if you wear them, plus straps and repair kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Hair clips or ties
  • Good-smelling things like lotions, incense, soaps, and sachets
  • An initial supply of toiletries and hygiene products; if there are favorites you think you cannot do without, bring a two-year supply Kitchen
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Minimalist cookbook (e.g., More-With-Less Cookbook)
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Packaged mixes (sauces, salad dressing, soups, Kool-Aid, etc.)
  • Good can opener
  • Favorite spices
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Small kitchen knife


  • 12 passport-size photos (for visas when traveling on vacation)
  • Sturdy backpacks of varying size (day packs are nice for work; medium packs are best for short trips)
  • Maglite-brand flashlight with replacement bulbs or a good headlamp
  • Travel games, e.g., Yahtzee, Scrabble, Uno, playing cards
  • U.S. stamps for sending mail to home with returning Volunteers
  • Address book with addresses of relatives, friends, and professional contacts
  • Bandannas
  • Hidden money pouch or belt
  • Nalgene water bottle for traveling
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Screened tent for sleeping in the hot season (e.g., Long Road Travel, TropicScreen, MSR Bug Hut 2)
  • A Walkman that records with durable headphones
  • Duct tape
  • Family pictures and other items that will make you feel at home (e.g., coffee mug, pillow, perfume, inexpensive jewelry)
  • Hobby materials (musical instruments, art or knitting supplies, etc.)
  • Shortwave radio receiver (for listening to BBC and VOA broadcasts)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • French/English dictionary