Packing list for Paraguay

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[Paraguay]] and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that every experience is unique. 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 a 23 kilo, or 50 pound, weight restriction per bag, and a 2 bag limit. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Paraguay. There are modern shopping malls in Asunción. Most small appliances, such as blow dryers and CD players/radio, are available. Clothes can be purchased or made for a modest price, and thrift stores offer used American clothing.  
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This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Paraguay and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, 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 Paraguay.  
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The standard for work attire in Paraguay is neat and professional, but not fancy. This “business casual” applies during pre-service training as well as Volunteer service. Volunteers working in different professional capacities will need different sets of clothing although, in general, Volunteers should be prepared to have a couple of good business casual type outfits. For example, municipal services development, rural economic development, and Volunteers working within the school system will need more clothes for an office setting than will a Volunteer placed in a rural setting. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability. Since there are extremes in weather, separates that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful.  
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The standard for work attire in Paraguay is neat and professional, but not fancy. This "business casual" applies during pre-service training, as well as Volunteer service. Volunteers working in different professional capacities will need different sets of clothing, although, in general, Volunteers should be prepared to have a couple of good business casual-type outfits. For example, community economic development Volunteers and Volunteers working within the school system will need more clothes for an office setting than a Volunteer placed in a rural setting. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability. Since there are extremes in weather, separates that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful. Remember that it gets really hot in the summer and, although it does not freeze in the winter, homes in Paraguay are not insulated and are drafty—imagine going camping in 40 F weather. It is a very good idea to bring a mummy-type sleeping bag for the cold (comes with a stuff sack, is lightweight, and easy to pack). Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and men‘s sizes over 10 1/2 and women‘s sizes over 9 are difficult to find in Paraguay.  
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Remember that it gets really hot in the summer and, although it does not freeze in the winter, homes in Paraguay are not insulated and are drafty-imagine going camping in 40°F weather. It is a very good idea to bring a mummy-type sleeping bag for the cold (comes with a stuff sack, is lightweight, and easy to pack). Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and men’s sizes over 10.5 and women’s sizes over 9 are difficult to find in Paraguay.  
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It is also important to consider the color of your clothing. Volunteers generally recommend darker colors because they are less likely to show dirt. However, Volunteers working in beekeeping will need light-colored work clothes, and education Volunteers working with teachers should bring navy blue pants or skirts and white shirts or blouses. Red and royal blue are the colors of the main political parties. Wearing these colors inside a municipality may have political implications. Business casual is recommended for community economic development and education and youth development Volunteers. For both men and women, simple, non-flashy clothing will open more doors and minds. Everything on the general clothing list applies to both women and men. Also, Paraguayans wear typical embroidered clothing called ''ao’poi'' for formal occasions, as well as business casual, which is very popular with Volunteers in Paraguay. Most Volunteers buy at least one ''ao’poi'' item of clothing during training.  
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It is also important to consider the color of your clothing.  Volunteers generally recommend darker colors because they are less likely to show dirt. However, Volunteers working in beekeeping will need light-colored work clothes, and early elementary education Volunteers working with teachers should bring navy blue pants or skirts and white shirts or blouses.  Red and royal blue are the colors of the main political parties.  Wearing these colors inside a municipality may have political implications. Business casual is recommended for municipal services development Volunteers. For both men and women, simple, nonflashy clothing will open more doors and minds.  Everything on the general clothing list applies to both women and men. Also, Paraguayans wear a shirt called Ao’poi for formal occasions as well as business casual which is very popular with Volunteers in Paragauy. Most Volunteers buy at least one of these shirts during training.
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Do not pack anything precious or expensive that you could not reasonably part from.  
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Do not pack anything precious or expensive that you could not reasonably part from. This includes laptop computers.  While they may be a great tool, laptops increase the threat of theft and are susceptible to the exteme conditions in-country(humidity, dust, bugs etc.). The incidence of theft is on the rise, and Paraguay’s high humidity and dust can damage expensive equipment.  
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===General Clothing ===
===General Clothing ===
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* Two or four pairs of durable, dark-colored pants or jeans
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* Two to four pairs of durable, dark-colored pants or jeans  
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* Long underwear for the winter  
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* Long underwear for the winter (a necessity)
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* Six or more T-shirts
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* Six or more T-shirts  
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* One or two long-sleeved shirts or flannel shirts for layering with sweaters and sweatshirts
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* One or two long-sleeved shirts or flannel shirts for layering with sweaters and sweatshirts  
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* Two winter sweaters/sweatshirts/fleece shirts  
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* Two winter sweaters/sweatshirts/fleece shirts  
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* One medium jacket (fleece generally works great, but other windbreaker types of jackets will work as well)  
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* One medium jacket (fleece generally works great, but other lined, windbreaker jackets will work as well)  
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* Hooded raincoat  
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* Hooded raincoat  
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* Two or three pairs of shorts to wear around the house or for sleeping or exercising, etc.(Paraguayans very rarely wear shorts in public)  
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* Two or three pairs of shorts to wear around the house or for sleeping or exercising, etc. (shorts are not to be worn during training events or in the Peace Corps office)  
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* Six to eight pairs of socks—include, cotton, wool, and synthetic blend (your personal favorite is best)  
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* Six to eight pairs of socks—include cotton and wool (at least one pair of Smart Wool socks is recommended)  
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* Your favorite hat for sun protection (baseball hats work well, but wide-brimmed are best to keep the sun off your neck)  
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* Your favorite hat for sun protection (baseball hats work well, but wide-brimmed are best to keep the sun off your neck)  
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* Warm hat and gloves for winter—a necessity!  
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* Warm hat and gloves and scarves for winter—a necessity!  
===For Women ===
===For Women ===

Revision as of 03:29, 9 August 2011


Packing List for Paraguay
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Paraguay 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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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Paraguay and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, 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 Paraguay.

The standard for work attire in Paraguay is neat and professional, but not fancy. This "business casual" applies during pre-service training, as well as Volunteer service. Volunteers working in different professional capacities will need different sets of clothing, although, in general, Volunteers should be prepared to have a couple of good business casual-type outfits. For example, community economic development Volunteers and Volunteers working within the school system will need more clothes for an office setting than a Volunteer placed in a rural setting. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability. Since there are extremes in weather, separates that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful. Remember that it gets really hot in the summer and, although it does not freeze in the winter, homes in Paraguay are not insulated and are drafty—imagine going camping in 40 F weather. It is a very good idea to bring a mummy-type sleeping bag for the cold (comes with a stuff sack, is lightweight, and easy to pack). Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and men‘s sizes over 10 1/2 and women‘s sizes over 9 are difficult to find in Paraguay.

It is also important to consider the color of your clothing. Volunteers generally recommend darker colors because they are less likely to show dirt. However, Volunteers working in beekeeping will need light-colored work clothes, and education Volunteers working with teachers should bring navy blue pants or skirts and white shirts or blouses. Red and royal blue are the colors of the main political parties. Wearing these colors inside a municipality may have political implications. Business casual is recommended for community economic development and education and youth development Volunteers. For both men and women, simple, non-flashy clothing will open more doors and minds. Everything on the general clothing list applies to both women and men. Also, Paraguayans wear typical embroidered clothing called ao’poi for formal occasions, as well as business casual, which is very popular with Volunteers in Paraguay. Most Volunteers buy at least one ao’poi item of clothing during training.

Do not pack anything precious or expensive that you could not reasonably part from.

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Paraguayan women usually wear shorts and T-shirts to swim).

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