Packing list for Senegal

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* Plastic food storage containers with airtight lids  
* Plastic food storage containers with airtight lids  
*      A box of zip lock bags, which come in handy
*      A box of zip lock bags, which come in handy
* Coffeepot, if you prefer real coffee over instant
* Coffeepot, if you prefer real coffee over instant (You can buy an Italian style moka pot[] in country for around 10$)
===Miscellaneous Essential Items ===
===Miscellaneous Essential Items ===

Revision as of 11:00, 29 January 2009

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Senegal 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 Senegal.

We recommend that you bring a minimal amount of clothing. Although ready-made imported clothing is expensive in Senegal, local tailors can produce custom-made pants, shirts, and dresses for less than the cost of ready-made equivalents in the United States. Making use of these tailors will free up some packing space for other things and ensure that your clothes are suitable for the climate. Likewise, toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo, razor blades, and deodorant can be found in Senegal, so bring only enough to last you through the 11-week training period. Also bring items that will make you feel a little like your old self in a completely new and strange home.

Remember to bring 18 photos with you for purposes such as visas and ID cards. These photos need not be expensive; those taken in a photo booth will suffice. Two final bits of advice: When packing, choose items that are modest, not ostentatious, and if in doubt, leave it out.


General Clothing

Note: Many volunteers have clothing made out of beautiful and colorful African material, which is made in Dakar. If you take favorite designs or even patterns, the tailors can copy them.

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Miscellaneous Essential Items

Nice to Have but Not Essential

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