Packing list for Cambodia

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'''Overview'''
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There are very few important items that you cannot find in the markets of Phnom Penh. The things that are really hard to find are often things that are commonly available (like clothes and shoes), but that are only available in small sizes that will fit Cambodian people. Be sure to bring:
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* Sturdy shoes that fit (you may want both sport sandals such as Tevas/Chacos and hiking boots—both are unavailable in-country)
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* Cotton underwear for both men and women (especially bras and sports bras)
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* Rain gear (for riding your bike in the rain)
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'''Packing for training'''
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Most of the information below is oriented toward your life as a Volunteer. However, it is important to remember that for your first two months you will be in training. While in training, your meals, transport and lodging will be provided. Be sure to bring enough appropriate clothing to last you at least a week (as finding time to do laundry during training will be difficult) and everything else, such as toiletries and other consumables, to last for two months. After your training period, you will have more access to shopping and can buy whatever you need for the longer term.
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'''General Clothing'''
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* Two or three pairs of lightweight pants (jeans can be hot, but bring them if you like them because chances are you won’t find your size here)
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* Five to seven T-shirts/tops
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* Sweatshirt or fleece top (it can get chilly in the cold season)
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* A windbreaker or raincoat
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* Athletic clothes—if you work out
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* Baseball cap or other hat
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'''For Women, also bring'''
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* Four or five work outfits (usually a light-colored blouse and a dark-colored skirt (calf-length) or pants)
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* Bathing suit (a one-piece is best)
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* A good supply of bras and cotton underwear, including sports bras
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* Athletic braces if you need them
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'''For Men, also bring'''
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* Five or six dress shirts (white or light blue are best)
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* Four or five casual dress pants
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* One necktie
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* Bathing trunks (Speedo-style swimsuits are not recommended)
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* Athletic supports and braces if you need them
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'''Shoes'''
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* One pair of casual dress shoes for work
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* One pair of sport sandals (e.g., Tevas/Chacos)
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* One pair of athletic shoes
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* One or two pairs of slip-on shoes (you will often have to take off your shoes before entering a building)
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'''Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items'''
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The Peace Corps medical kit contains almost everything you will need for basic first-aid, though not necessarily in the brands you are accustomed to. You may want to bring a three- month supply of the following items to use during pre-service training. After training, you will be able to find a variety of these products in the local shops.
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* Shampoo and conditioner
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* Deodorant
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* Good razor and supply of blades
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* Body lotion
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* Sunscreen
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* Allergy medication
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* Tampons or sanitary napkins
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* Two pairs of prescription glasses or contact lenses and solution Contact lens supplies (Cambodia is very dusty, and you may find that you can’t wear contacts at all. If you do wear contacts, be sure to bring glasses too just in case)
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* Three-month supply of any prescription medication you take (including birth control pills)
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* Nail clippers or nail care kit
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* Earplugs
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* Heat rash powder (Gold Bond is recommended)
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* Cosmetics
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'''Miscellaneous'''
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Remember, there is not enough room in your luggage for everything. Base your choices of what to bring on what is most important to you. You will not become a different person when you step onto the airplane. The things that are important to you in the U.S. are likely to be important to you in Cambodia as well.
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* Sturdy backpacks (Small packs for work and bike rides; larger packs for trips)
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* Leatherman, Swiss army knife, or other multipurpose tool
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* Alarm clock (battery operated)
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* Good batteries (solar batteries or battery rechargers may be a good alternative)
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* A sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
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* A portable music player (e.g., MP3 player, iPod, etc.) and plenty of your favorite music
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* Camera and film or digital with extra flash cards
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* A voltage converter—if you are bringing any electronics
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* Flashlight or headlamp
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* Towel
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* One or two flat sheets and a pillowcase
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* Plastic bags (e.g., Ziplocs)—to protect your camera, iPod, food, etc.
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* Good scissors (hair-cutting scissors optional)
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* Sturdy sunglasses
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* Sturdy but inexpensive watch, preferably waterproof
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* Photos of your life in the United States to show to Cambodian friends
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* Small gifts from home for your host family during training and at site (magazines, coins, postcards, stamps, cool pens, etc.)
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* Contact information for resources in U.S. (former employers, colleges, organizations, etc.)
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* Credit card (Visa is the most widely accepted) or ATM card (traveler’s checks are not widely accepted or convenient to cash) for vacation travel
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* Things from home that will make you feel more comfortable (e.g., posters, books, journals, hobbies, music, photos)
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'''Additional Items to Consider Bringing'''
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* Visual aids for teaching
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* Art supplies
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* U.S. and world maps
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* Travel games (e.g., cards, chess, checkers, Frisbee, backgammon, Scrabble, Uno, Monopoly, Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, Risk)
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* Shortwave radio
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* Musical instrument
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* Calendar
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* Note cards, stationery, good writing pens, address book,
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books of U.S. stamps
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* Small toolkit (including vise grip)
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* Eyeglass repair kit
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'''Items You Do Not Need to Bring'''
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* Food
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* Heavy coat
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* A large quantity of clothes (tailors and fabric are readily  available)
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* Short-shorts (if you bring shorts even for hanging out at  the house, they should be knee-length)
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* Camouflage or military-style clothing
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* A lot of language materials
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* A lot of cash
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* A two-year supply of toiletries
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* Pots, pans, kitchen utensils, or cook stove
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* Water filter (provided by the Peace Corps, if needed)
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* Spaghetti strap tops or mini skirts

Latest revision as of 20:43, 2 July 2011


Packing List for Cambodia
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Cambodia 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


Overview

There are very few important items that you cannot find in the markets of Phnom Penh. The things that are really hard to find are often things that are commonly available (like clothes and shoes), but that are only available in small sizes that will fit Cambodian people. Be sure to bring:

Packing for training

Most of the information below is oriented toward your life as a Volunteer. However, it is important to remember that for your first two months you will be in training. While in training, your meals, transport and lodging will be provided. Be sure to bring enough appropriate clothing to last you at least a week (as finding time to do laundry during training will be difficult) and everything else, such as toiletries and other consumables, to last for two months. After your training period, you will have more access to shopping and can buy whatever you need for the longer term.

General Clothing

For Women, also bring

For Men, also bring

Shoes

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

The Peace Corps medical kit contains almost everything you will need for basic first-aid, though not necessarily in the brands you are accustomed to. You may want to bring a three- month supply of the following items to use during pre-service training. After training, you will be able to find a variety of these products in the local shops.

Miscellaneous

Remember, there is not enough room in your luggage for everything. Base your choices of what to bring on what is most important to you. You will not become a different person when you step onto the airplane. The things that are important to you in the U.S. are likely to be important to you in Cambodia as well.

Additional Items to Consider Bringing

books of U.S. stamps

Items You Do Not Need to Bring

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