Packing list for Guinea

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* Two to three-week supply of cotton underwear  
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* Five or more bandannas (for dusty taxi rides)  
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* Two pairs of nice shoes for teaching or dressing up (nice sandals with no heels are also acceptable)
* Two pairs of nice shoes for teaching or dressing up (nice sandals with no heels are also acceptable)
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* Something that makes you happy
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* Hard suitcase/large duffel bag (w/wheels if possible)  
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Revision as of 06:24, 11 March 2009

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.

Contents

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

For Women

Shoes


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)

Kitchen

Food

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

Office and Other

Packing It All

A Few Notes

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