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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Guinea]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that everyone has their own priorities. 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 also have things sent to you later (although mail is unreliable, and postage from the U.S. to Guinea is expensive). As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that Peace Corps has an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Guinea.
* [[Allows value::Afghanistan]]
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* [[Allows value::Africa_Region]]
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In general, you should pack enough clothes to get you comfortably through the three months of pre-service training and use the rest of the space to pack the things that are most important to you. You can have clothes custom-made in Guinea at a very reasonable cost, and there are markets in Guinea with used clothing from other countries.
* [[Allows value::Albania]]
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* [[Allows value::Angola]]
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===General Clothing ===
* [[Allows value::Argentina]]
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* [[Allows value::Armenia]]
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For women, appropriate work clothing is a dress, pants or a skirt (dresses and skirts must at least cover your knees, even when sitting). Slips must be worn with anything transparent.
* [[Allows value::Azerbaijan]]
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* [[Allows value::Bahrain]]
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For men, appropriate work clothing is a nice pair of jeans or slacks (especially for teachers), a button-down shirt, and nice-looking shoes. Short-sleeved button-down shirts are acceptable, but we recommend at least one long-sleeved shirt because it does get cold during certain times of the year. All clothes should be clean and in good condition. For teachers, T-shirts with writing and jeans are generally unacceptable for the classroom (and these are available in the local market at cheaper prices than in the U.S.).
* [[Allows value::Bangladesh]]
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* [[Allows value::Belize]]
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===For Men ===
* [[Allows value::Benin]]
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* [[Allows value::Bhutan]]
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* Two to three-week supply of cotton underwear
* [[Allows value::Bolivia]]
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* A few pairs of athletic socks (most of the time Volunteers wear open-toed shoes with no socks)
* [[Allows value::Bosnia]]
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* Three nice outfits (business casual, possibly one with a coat and tie) appropriate for teaching, conferences, and meetings
* [[Allows value::Botswana]]
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* Two pairs of jeans
* [[Allows value::Brazil]]
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* Two pairs of casual pants (can be part of the “three nice outfits”; carpenter-type pants are acceptable)
* [[Allows value::Bulgaria]]
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* Two to four T-shirts (easy to buy locally if you need more during your service) in colors that easily match everything.
* [[Allows value::Burkina_Faso]]
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* One or two long-sleeved shirts
* [[Allows value::Burundi]]
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* Three or four pairs of shorts
* [[Allows value::Cambodia]]
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* One sweatshirt, sweater, or flannel shirt
* [[Allows value::Cameroon]]
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* Swimsuit
* [[Allows value::Cape_Verde]]
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* Five or more bandannas (for dusty taxi rides)
* [[Allows value::Central_African_Republic]]
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* A light raincoat
* [[Allows value::Chad]]
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* [[Allows value::Chile]]
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===For Women===
* [[Allows value::China]]
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* [[Allows value::Colombia]]
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* Two to three-week supply of cotton underwear
* [[Allows value::Comoros]]
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* Five to eight bras, including a few sports bras (good bras are unavailable locally)
* [[Allows value::Congo]]
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* A few pairs of socks (Volunteers typically wear open-toed shoes with no socks)
* [[Allows value::Cook_Islands]]
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* Three nice outfits appropriate for teaching, conferences, and meetings
* [[Allows value::Costa_Rica]]
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* Two or three casual long dresses (cotton is best; sleeveless is ok, but spaghetti straps are not)
* [[Allows value::Cote_d'Ivoire]]
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* Two or three casual long skirts (that cover your knees, even when sitting)
* [[Allows value::Crisis_Corps]]
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* One or more pairs of jeans or pants (agroforestry Volunteers tend to wear pants more than skirts, while teachers wear skirts)
* [[Allows value::US_Relief]]
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* Two to four cotton shirts (can be bought in Guinea)
* [[Allows value::Croatia]]
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* Two or three short-sleeved, button-down or polo-type collared shirts (especially important for teachers)
* [[Allows value::Cyprus]]
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* One sweater, sweatshirt, or flannel shirt
* [[Allows value::Czech_Republic]]
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* Two swimsuits (hard to buy in Guinea)
* [[Allows value::Djibouti]]
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* A pair of long shorts if you plan to participate in sports
* [[Allows value::Dominican_Republic]]
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* Hats or caps for sun protection
* [[Allows value::East_Timor]]
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* Five or more bandannas (for dusty taxi rides)
* [[Allows value::Eastern_Caribbean]]
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* [[Allows value::Ecuador]]
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===Shoes===
* [[Allows value::Egypt]]
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* [[Allows value::El_Salvador]]
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* Two pairs of nice shoes for teaching or dressing up (nice sandals with no heels are also acceptable)
* [[Allows value::Equator_Guinea]]
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* One pair of sneakers and/or light, waterproof hiking boots (especially useful for natural resource management Volunteers)
* [[Allows value::Eritrea]]
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* One pair of running/walking shoes
* [[Allows value::Estonia]]
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* One pair of sturdy sandals (e.g., Chacos or Tevas) (Note that Peace Corps Volunteers receive a 50 percent discount from Chacos; if you prefer to wait and order them after you arrive, an order form will be made available)
* [[Allows value::Ethiopia]]
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* One pair of comfortable flip-flops to wear around the house and in the shower (note that you can buy all sorts of plastic shoes in Guinea)
* [[Allows value::Federated_States_of_Micronesia]]
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* [[Allows value::Fiji]]
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* [[Allows value::Gabon]]
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items ===
* [[Allows value::Georgia]]
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(all basic toiletries are available in country, but if you are partial to a certain brand/type, please bring plenty of it and definitely bring enough to get through the first three months of training)
* [[Allows value::Ghana]]
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* [[Allows value::Guatemala]]
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* two to four toothbrushes
* [[Allows value::Guinea]]
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* At least two tubes of toothpaste
* [[Allows value::Guinea-Bissau]]
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* Mouthwash with fluoride
* [[Allows value::Guyana]]
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* Vitamins
* [[Allows value::Haiti]]
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* Face wash; face scrub or mask
* [[Allows value::Honduras]]
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* Moisturizers, lotions
* [[Allows value::Hong_Kong]]
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* Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
* [[Allows value::Hungary]]
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* Brush and/or comb
* [[Allows value::India]]
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* Razor blades (enough for your normal shaving routine)
* [[Allows value::Indonesia]]
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* Some makeup
* [[Allows value::Inter-America_Region]]
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* Nail polish and remover
* [[Allows value::Iran]]
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* Tweezers
* [[Allows value::Jamaica]]
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* Sunscreen (this is included in your medical kit)
* [[Allows value::Jordan]]
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* Travel toothbrush and soap holders
* [[Allows value::Kazakhstan]]
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* Nail clippers
* [[Allows value::Kenya]]
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* Pummel stone
* [[Allows value::Kiribati]]
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* Travel towel
* [[Allows value::Kyrgyz_Republic]]
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* Feminine hygiene products
* [[Allows value::Laos]]
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* Small bottles of gel hand sanitizer
* [[Allows value::Latvia]]
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* [[Allows value::Leeward_Islands]]
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===Kitchen===
* [[Allows value::Lesotho]]
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* [[Allows value::Liberia]]
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* Spatula
* [[Allows value::Libya]]
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* Good-quality can opener
* [[Allows value::Lithuania]]
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* One or two good-quality kitchen knives (paring knife, chef knife, serrated knife)
* [[Allows value::Macedonia]]
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* Swiss Army-type knife or Leatherman-type tool (remember to pack in checked luggage)
* [[Allows value::Madagascar]]
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* Garlic press 
* [[Allows value::Malawi]]
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* Sturdy water bottle, maybe two; (e.g., Nalgene)
* [[Allows value::Malaysia]]
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* Vegetable peeler
* [[Allows value::Maldive_Islands]]
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* Plastic food storage containers
* [[Allows value::Mali]]
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* Ziploc type plastic bags (some large, some small)
* [[Allows value::Malta]]
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* [[Allows value::Marshall_Islands]]
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===Food ===
* [[Allows value::Mauritania]]
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* [[Allows value::Mauritius]]
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To make the transition from your diet to rice and sauce easier, here is a list of recommended snacks and condiments to bring.
* [[Allows value::Mexico]]
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* [[Allows value::Moldova]]
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* Snack bars (cereal, nutrition, energy, etc.)
* [[Allows value::Mongolia]]
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* Trail mix/dried fruit
* [[Allows value::Morocco]]
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* Your favorite sugary snack (gum, candy, chocolate that won't melt)
* [[Allows value::Mozambique]]
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* Powdered drink mixes
* [[Allows value::Namibia]]
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* A good source of protein (beef jerky, tuna, tofu)
* [[Allows value::Nepal]]
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* Tea
* [[Allows value::Nicaragua]]
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* Macaroni and cheese (boxed)
* [[Allows value::Niger]]
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* Any spices you particularly enjoy (many spices are available in-country) Miscellaneous
* [[Allows value::Nigeria]]
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* [[Allows value::Niue]]
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===Office and Other===
* [[Allows value::Oman]]
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* Peel-and-seal letters, small padded package envelopes, and U.S. stamps (travelers to the U.S. are frequently willing to hand-carry small envelopes).
* [[Allows value::Pakistan]]
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* Some pens and pencils
* [[Allows value::Panama]]
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* Frisbee, volleyball, football, etc.
* [[Allows value::Papua_New_Guinea]]
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* Playing cards
* [[Allows value::Paraguay]]
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* Photos from home
* [[Allows value::Peru]]
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* Journal
* [[Allows value::Philippines]]
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* Watch (waterproof)
* [[Allows value::Poland]]
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* Travel alarm clock
* [[Allows value::Qatar]]
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* Calendar/planner
* [[Allows value::Republic_of_Azerbaijan]]
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* Post-it notes
* [[Allows value::Romania]]
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* Coloring books and crayons
* [[Allows value::Russia]]
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* Art supplies (e.g., markers, colored pencils, glue, glitter, construction paper, sketch books)
* [[Allows value::Rwanda]]
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* Simple calculator (solar-powered is best)
* [[Allows value::Samoa]]
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* Tape player, Walkman, iPod, mp3 player, or CD player with mini-speakers (most music sold in Guinea is on cassettes)
* [[Allows value::Sao_Tome]]
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* Tape recorder to record messages and sounds of your new life for friends at home
* [[Allows value::Senegal]]
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* Your favorite music and blank tapes (you can buy 60minute blank tapes in Guinea)
* [[Allows value::Seychelles]]
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* Shortwave radio (best are digital or wind-up type [no batteries]; cheap models are available in-country)
* [[Allows value::Sierra_Leone]]
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* Camera and film (locally available film costs about $1.50 a roll, but quality varies; most local film developing is of poor quality) Note that it may be difficult to download a digital camera on a regular basis, so be sure to bring an extra memory card (or a card with lots of memory) and appropriate batteries for your camera(s)
* [[Allows value::Slovak_Republic]]
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* Good-quality small flashlight and/or headlamp with extra bulbs (wind-up [no batteries] models are useful)
* [[Allows value::Solomon_Islands]]
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* Small alarm clock (essential for teachers)
* [[Allows value::Somalia]]
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* Batteries for your electronics and camera (batteries from the U.S. last longer; you might also consider bringing a solar battery re-charger as electricity may be nonexistent depending on your site)
* [[Allows value::South_Africa]]
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* Personal pictures/photos
* [[Allows value::South_Korea]]
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* A good book or two (there is also a supply at all regional Peace Corps facilities)
* [[Allows value::Special_Assign_Volunteer]]
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* Calculator (for teachers)
* [[Allows value::Sri_Lanka]]
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* Musical instrument (if you play one)
* [[Allows value::Sudan]]
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* Tape (duct and scotch types) 
* [[Allows value::Suriname]]
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* Tent, sleeping bag, hammock, and travel mosquito net (a regular mosquito net is provided by Peace Corps for your use)
* [[Allows value::Swaziland]]
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* Good-quality sunglasses
* [[Allows value::Tanzania]]
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* A few things that will make you feel happy or luxurious (like foot or face scrubs)
* [[Allows value::Thailand]]
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* Pillow (pillows are sold locally, but the quality varies)
* [[Allows value::The_Gambia]]
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* Sewing kit
* [[Allows value::The_Peoples_Republic_of_China]]
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* Earplugs (if you are a light sleeper)
* [[Allows value::Togo]]
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* Credit cards/some extra money (for vacation travel)
* [[Allows value::Tokelau]]
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* Something that reminds you of home
* [[Allows value::Tonga]]
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* Something that makes you happy
* [[Allows value::Tunisia]]
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* [[Allows value::Turkey]]
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===Packing It All===
* [[Allows value::Turkmenistan]]
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* [[Allows value::Tuvalu]]
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* Hard suitcase/large duffel bag (w/wheels if possible)
* [[Allows value::Uganda]]
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* Camping backpack
* [[Allows value::Ukraine]]
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* School/day pack
* [[Allows value::Uruguay]]
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* Good-size purse
* [[Allows value::Uzbekistan]]
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* Money belt
* [[Allows value::Vanuatu]]
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* Luggage locks/combination locks
* [[Allows value::Venezuela]]
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* [[Allows value::Vietnam]]
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===A Few Notes ===
* [[Allows value::West_Bank/Gaza]]
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* [[Allows value::Windward_Islands]]
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* Check all electronics you plan to bring and be sure to bring spare batteries
* [[Allows value::Yemen]]
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* The Peace Corps/Guinea Volunteer libraries are pretty good; you don't need to bring enough books to read for two years.
* [[Allows value::Zaire]]
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* Only bring a large supply of toiletries if you are really particular about something, otherwise, you can find everything you need in-country. Do bring enough for your first three months though. 
* [[Allows value::Zambia]]
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* Limit clothes. Really. You'll probably wear lots of locally made clothing. Clothes are inexpensive in Guinea, and there is a large selection of Goodwill clothing available, including a variety of T-shirts.
* [[Allows value::Zimbabwe]]
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* Photos are sensitive to the elements, so choose the ones you bring carefully; make copies or don't bring any you don't want to have ruined or lost. Likewise, it isn't advisable to bring anything you are not willing to lose or have broken. Leave your most precious possessions items at home.
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* Don't buy too much, only items you really like. What you don't wear in the U.S. you probably wouldn't wear here.
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* You probably won't wear closed-toe shoes often here, or the type of clothes required to teach in the States, but a clean, neat appearance is essential.
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* Lastly, don't stress! Have Fun! You'll probably pack some crazy stuff you won't use while you are here, but that's ok—everyone does!
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[[Category:Guinea]]

Revision as of 11:20, 8 December 2015

Country Resources

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Guinea and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that everyone has their own priorities. 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 also have things sent to you later (although mail is unreliable, and postage from the U.S. to Guinea is expensive). As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that Peace Corps has an 80-pound weight restriction on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Guinea.

In general, you should pack enough clothes to get you comfortably through the three months of pre-service training and use the rest of the space to pack the things that are most important to you. You can have clothes custom-made in Guinea at a very reasonable cost, and there are markets in Guinea with used clothing from other countries.

General Clothing

For women, appropriate work clothing is a dress, pants or a skirt (dresses and skirts must at least cover your knees, even when sitting). Slips must be worn with anything transparent.

For men, appropriate work clothing is a nice pair of jeans or slacks (especially for teachers), a button-down shirt, and nice-looking shoes. Short-sleeved button-down shirts are acceptable, but we recommend at least one long-sleeved shirt because it does get cold during certain times of the year. All clothes should be clean and in good condition. For teachers, T-shirts with writing and jeans are generally unacceptable for the classroom (and these are available in the local market at cheaper prices than in the U.S.).

For Men

  • Two to three-week supply of cotton underwear
  • A few pairs of athletic socks (most of the time Volunteers wear open-toed shoes with no socks)
  • Three nice outfits (business casual, possibly one with a coat and tie) appropriate for teaching, conferences, and meetings
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • Two pairs of casual pants (can be part of the “three nice outfits”; carpenter-type pants are acceptable)
  • Two to four T-shirts (easy to buy locally if you need more during your service) in colors that easily match everything.
  • One or two long-sleeved shirts
  • Three or four pairs of shorts
  • One sweatshirt, sweater, or flannel shirt
  • Swimsuit
  • Five or more bandannas (for dusty taxi rides)
  • A light raincoat

For Women

  • Two to three-week supply of cotton underwear
  • Five to eight bras, including a few sports bras (good bras are unavailable locally)
  • A few pairs of socks (Volunteers typically wear open-toed shoes with no socks)
  • Three nice outfits appropriate for teaching, conferences, and meetings
  • Two or three casual long dresses (cotton is best; sleeveless is ok, but spaghetti straps are not)
  • Two or three casual long skirts (that cover your knees, even when sitting)
  • One or more pairs of jeans or pants (agroforestry Volunteers tend to wear pants more than skirts, while teachers wear skirts)
  • Two to four cotton shirts (can be bought in Guinea)
  • Two or three short-sleeved, button-down or polo-type collared shirts (especially important for teachers)
  • One sweater, sweatshirt, or flannel shirt
  • Two swimsuits (hard to buy in Guinea)
  • A pair of long shorts if you plan to participate in sports
  • Hats or caps for sun protection
  • Five or more bandannas (for dusty taxi rides)

Shoes

  • Two pairs of nice shoes for teaching or dressing up (nice sandals with no heels are also acceptable)
  • One pair of sneakers and/or light, waterproof hiking boots (especially useful for natural resource management Volunteers)
  • One pair of running/walking shoes
  • One pair of sturdy sandals (e.g., Chacos or Tevas) (Note that Peace Corps Volunteers receive a 50 percent discount from Chacos; if you prefer to wait and order them after you arrive, an order form will be made available)
  • One pair of comfortable flip-flops to wear around the house and in the shower (note that you can buy all sorts of plastic shoes in Guinea)


Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

(all basic toiletries are available in country, but if you are partial to a certain brand/type, please bring plenty of it and definitely bring enough to get through the first three months of training)

  • two to four toothbrushes
  • At least two tubes of toothpaste
  • Mouthwash with fluoride
  • Vitamins
  • Face wash; face scrub or mask
  • Moisturizers, lotions
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap
  • Brush and/or comb
  • Razor blades (enough for your normal shaving routine)
  • Some makeup
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Tweezers
  • Sunscreen (this is included in your medical kit)
  • Travel toothbrush and soap holders
  • Nail clippers
  • Pummel stone
  • Travel towel
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small bottles of gel hand sanitizer

Kitchen

  • Spatula
  • Good-quality can opener
  • One or two good-quality kitchen knives (paring knife, chef knife, serrated knife)
  • Swiss Army-type knife or Leatherman-type tool (remember to pack in checked luggage)
  • Garlic press
  • Sturdy water bottle, maybe two; (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Ziploc type plastic bags (some large, some small)

Food

To make the transition from your diet to rice and sauce easier, here is a list of recommended snacks and condiments to bring.

  • Snack bars (cereal, nutrition, energy, etc.)
  • Trail mix/dried fruit
  • Your favorite sugary snack (gum, candy, chocolate that won't melt)
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • A good source of protein (beef jerky, tuna, tofu)
  • Tea
  • Macaroni and cheese (boxed)
  • Any spices you particularly enjoy (many spices are available in-country) Miscellaneous

Office and Other

  • Peel-and-seal letters, small padded package envelopes, and U.S. stamps (travelers to the U.S. are frequently willing to hand-carry small envelopes).
  • Some pens and pencils
  • Frisbee, volleyball, football, etc.
  • Playing cards
  • Photos from home
  • Journal
  • Watch (waterproof)
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Calendar/planner
  • Post-it notes
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Art supplies (e.g., markers, colored pencils, glue, glitter, construction paper, sketch books)
  • Simple calculator (solar-powered is best)
  • Tape player, Walkman, iPod, mp3 player, or CD player with mini-speakers (most music sold in Guinea is on cassettes)
  • Tape recorder to record messages and sounds of your new life for friends at home
  • Your favorite music and blank tapes (you can buy 60minute blank tapes in Guinea)
  • Shortwave radio (best are digital or wind-up type [no batteries]; cheap models are available in-country)
  • Camera and film (locally available film costs about $1.50 a roll, but quality varies; most local film developing is of poor quality) Note that it may be difficult to download a digital camera on a regular basis, so be sure to bring an extra memory card (or a card with lots of memory) and appropriate batteries for your camera(s)
  • Good-quality small flashlight and/or headlamp with extra bulbs (wind-up [no batteries] models are useful)
  • Small alarm clock (essential for teachers)
  • Batteries for your electronics and camera (batteries from the U.S. last longer; you might also consider bringing a solar battery re-charger as electricity may be nonexistent depending on your site)
  • Personal pictures/photos
  • A good book or two (there is also a supply at all regional Peace Corps facilities)
  • Calculator (for teachers)
  • Musical instrument (if you play one)
  • Tape (duct and scotch types)
  • Tent, sleeping bag, hammock, and travel mosquito net (a regular mosquito net is provided by Peace Corps for your use)
  • Good-quality sunglasses
  • A few things that will make you feel happy or luxurious (like foot or face scrubs)
  • Pillow (pillows are sold locally, but the quality varies)
  • Sewing kit
  • Earplugs (if you are a light sleeper)
  • Credit cards/some extra money (for vacation travel)
  • Something that reminds you of home
  • Something that makes you happy

Packing It All

  • Hard suitcase/large duffel bag (w/wheels if possible)
  • Camping backpack
  • School/day pack
  • Good-size purse
  • Money belt
  • Luggage locks/combination locks

A Few Notes

  • Check all electronics you plan to bring and be sure to bring spare batteries
  • The Peace Corps/Guinea Volunteer libraries are pretty good; you don't need to bring enough books to read for two years.
  • Only bring a large supply of toiletries if you are really particular about something, otherwise, you can find everything you need in-country. Do bring enough for your first three months though.
  • Limit clothes. Really. You'll probably wear lots of locally made clothing. Clothes are inexpensive in Guinea, and there is a large selection of Goodwill clothing available, including a variety of T-shirts.
  • Photos are sensitive to the elements, so choose the ones you bring carefully; make copies or don't bring any you don't want to have ruined or lost. Likewise, it isn't advisable to bring anything you are not willing to lose or have broken. Leave your most precious possessions items at home.
  • Don't buy too much, only items you really like. What you don't wear in the U.S. you probably wouldn't wear here.
  • You probably won't wear closed-toe shoes often here, or the type of clothes required to teach in the States, but a clean, neat appearance is essential.
  • Lastly, don't stress! Have Fun! You'll probably pack some crazy stuff you won't use while you are here, but that's ok—everyone does!