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The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. As a consequence of varying PCV preferences, the list has been separated into three categories to differentiate the importance and availability of each item. This list is not all encompassing but it is a good starting place.  
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The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. The list has been divided into the following sections: [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Luggage.2FSuitcases Luggage/Suitcases], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Clothing Clothing], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Shoes Shoe's], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Toiletries Toiletries], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Electronics Electronics], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Cooking_ware Cooking ware], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Accessories Accessories], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Financial Financial], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Items_Peace_Corps_Provides Items Peace Corps Provides], [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Packing_Tips Packing Tips], and [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Packing_list_for_Ghana?title=Packing_list_for_Ghana&action=submit#Other_Important_Information Other Important Information].
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With the exception of the last three sections, each section is organized into three categories: <span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span>, <span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span>, and <span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span>.  These three categories differentiate the importance, cost, and availability of each item.
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===The Backpacker===
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span> can be described as a person who '''only packs the essentials''' that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list below are the items PCVs feel are the most important, cannot be easily found in Ghana, or are really expensive.
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A '''Backpacker''' can be described as a person who only packs the essentials that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list below are the items PCVs feel are the most important and cannot be easily found in Ghana.  
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span> is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. The list below is in addition to <span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span> list but these comfort or '''nonessential items can be bought in Ghana''' if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are ''not found everywhere'' but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs.  These items are moderately priced.
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'''Clothing'''
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span> is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack '''everything''' in <span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span> and <span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span> lists and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both check-in bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana. The list below is of '''luxury''' items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags.  These items can easily be purchased in Ghana and are relatively inexpensive.
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'''Important Notes: '''
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*If applicable, each category is further divided into sub categories to distinguish gender-specific items.
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*This list is not all encompassing but it is a good starting place.
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===Luggage/Suitcases===
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Although airlines have pretty restrictive luggage policies these days, have no fear.  Since you are now working for Uncle Sam, Peace Corps will purchase you a full-fare ticket on a U.S. airline (one ticket from your home of record to staging and one ticket from staging to Accra, Ghana) which ''should'' entitle you to ''at least'' two check-in bags and one carry-on bag at no cost.  If you really want to make sure how much you can bring, its best just to [http://www.panynj.gov/airports/jfk-airlines.html call the airline].  If the airline charges you for luggage, Peace Corps will reimburse you for any fees you incur (assuming you meet Peace Corps' baggage size and weight limitations – to be sent before staging).
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As of March 2011, the two U.S. Carriers that fly to Accra are [http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/index.jsp  Delta] and [http://www.united.com/page/middlepage/0,6823,1031,00.html?navSource=dropDown&linkTitle=baggage  United] (click on respective airline for baggage policies).
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*1 Hiking backpack or bag (Should be able to live out of 4-7 days for)
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*1 Rolling duffel bag (come's in handy when consolidating other bags, especially those that have loose straps)
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*1 Day-pack (IE. standard size backpack)
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*1 Carry on/shoulder bag
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*[http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/assistant/locks.shtm TSA approved] locks for backpacks, suitcases, etc.
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Money belt
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*TBD
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===Clothing===
You are forewarned that you will have to '''HAND WASH''' all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy back the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.
You are forewarned that you will have to '''HAND WASH''' all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy back the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.
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Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.
Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.
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*cotton underwear
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*2 pairs of khaki pants (men)
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*25+ Pairs of cotton underwear (half for the first year, the other half for second year)
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*2 lightweight knee-length skirts (women)
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*5-7 T-shirts (pretty cheap here)
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*1 pair of knee-length short pants or capris
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*1 Business casual outfit and shoes
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*t-shirts
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*1 Pair of shorts (for home/sleeping)
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:(See donated clothes comment above.)
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*1 Adjustable belt
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*1 long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or fleece
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*3-6 Pairs of socks
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:You will get cold at least one night, trust me!
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*Workout/exercise outfit or clothes
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*1 business casual outfit and shoes
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*1 Hat for the sun
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:Because you will attend a dinner at the Ambassadors early in training.
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*1 Lightweight waterproof jacket
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*sandals
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*1 Long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt or fleece (You will get cold at least one night, trust me!)
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:A nice and durable pair.
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*5-7 Bandannas/Handkerchiefs (You will sweat a lot, trust me!)
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*running shoes
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:For the Prefontaines.
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*workout/exercise outfit or clothes
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:Quality gear is hard to find.
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*conservative swimsuit (women) or board shorts (men)
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:Beaches are nice and low-key.
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*a hat for the sun
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*a lightweight waterproof jacket
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'''Toiletries'''
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'''Males:'''
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*toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
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:Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.
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*deodorant
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:It is primarily found in the major cities so bring enough to last through the 10-week training.
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*camping towel
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*nail clippers
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*Q-tips
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*personal medicine ('''Arrange to take a three-month supply of all medications, including birth control pills, you are presently taking''')
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*prescription glasses (if applicable) - If you wear eyeglasses, bring two pairs with you — your current pair and a spare. If a either pair breaks, gets stolen, etc., the Peace Corps will replace it '''only once''', using the information your doctor in the United States provided on the eyeglasses form during your examination.
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'''Accessories'''
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*2-3 Pairs of slacks/pants: if you're a teacher you're going to live in these. Also if you're a bit on the heavier side now, you'll probably lose weight, so consider bringing one pair that is slightly smaller.
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*sunglasses
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*3-5 Collar dress shirts (you will definitely need these if you're a teacher)
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*a backpack for a four- to seven-day trip
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*1 Pair of board shorts (for swimming)
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*locks for backpacks, suitcases, etc.
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*1 Pair of shorts
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*sturdy water bottle
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*multi-tool/knife
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:Leatherman's Skeletool is great but '''remember to not to pack it in your carry-on.'''
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*pics of family and friends (including the 4-legged ones)
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*books
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:Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
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*head lamp and/or small flashlight
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*batteries
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:Quality batteries, like Duracell, are only found in Accra.
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*'''Ipod/MP3 Player'''
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:It is required!
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*extra headphones
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*cell phone
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*keep track of extra passport pictures because they can be used for visas if you choose to travel to neighboring countries
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*1 socket/outlet adapter
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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'''Cooking ware'''
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'''Females:'''
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''You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here — dishes, pots, glasses, and utensilsBut if you are particular about your kitchen supplies (as the quality of these might not live up to the standards you are accustomed to in America), then there are a few items we highly recommend bringing:''
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*2+ Dresses (more if you are a teacher)
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*2+ Blouses (don't bring anything too fancy, bring more if you are a teacher)
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*2 -3 Lightweight knee-length skirts (bring more if you are a teacher)
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*Conservative swimsuit
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*2 Sport bras
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*8 Bras (Definitely bring bras, you can buy them here, but it's awkward, so bring enough to lastAlso if you can get away without using an under-wire do so, since it's really hard to hand wash with it)
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*A good-quality small Teflon fry pan
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*Two dozen Ziploc baggies (freezer bags are best)
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*1 Pair of sturdy pants: something comfy that you don't mind getting dirty
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*A good-quality small cutting knife
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*1 Pair of jeans
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*1 Baseball cap
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'''Financial'''
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'''Males:'''
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*5-10 Undershirts
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*1 Extra belt
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''Although all PCVs receive a per diem during training, a sizable move-in allowance (from which you can buy household items for your house/room and a cell phone), and a regular living allowance, it is always a good idea to bring some extra financial resources in the event of an emergency:''
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'''Females:'''
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*1-2 Pairs of knee-length shorts or capris
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*2-3 Cami-tanks
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*Cash $100 USD
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Travelers checks: $100 - $200 USD
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*Scrub bottoms
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*ATM card
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*2 Pairs of wool socks
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:Verify the card has the VISA logo and,
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:Verify the card doesn't expire during your service and,
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:Notify card issuer of possible overseas use
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'''Other'''
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===Shoes===
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''One of the perks of being a Peace Corps volunteer is that it makes you eligible for many discounts offered by companies selling footwear, clothing, outdoor gear, electronics, and more.  Please visit [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Volunteer_discounts this page] for more information.''
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*1 Pair of dressy shoes or sandals
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*1 Pair of durable sandals (IE. Chacos, Teva's, etc)
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*1 Pair of sneakers
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*1 Pair of flip flops (for the shower and just walking around; can easily be purchased here)
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'''''DO NOT BRING A BIKE HELMET!''' They can be bought after training and COSing volunteers donate them or sell them for cheap. Save that space for something important.''
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Pair of hiking boots (especially if you're an environment or health/watsan volunteer)
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*1 Extra pair of flip flops
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*Running shoes (these are available in Ghana but are expensive, bringing a couple of pairs would be a good idea if you are into running)
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''Peace Corps will provide all volunteers with a first aid kit that contains band aids, anti-diarrhea tablets, sun screen, insect repellent, benadryl, etc. (For a complete list of items in the first aid kit [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Health_care_and_safety_in_Ghana#First_Aid_Kit_Contents  click here])  Furthermore, medicine like Tylenol and aspirin is provided for PCVs upon request for free or can be purchased at local pharmacies for a nominal expense.''
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'''Females:'''
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*1 Pair of flats
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===The Traveler===
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*TBD
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A '''Traveler''' is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. The list below is in addition to ''The Backpacker'' list but these ''comfort'' or '''nonessential items can be bought in Ghana''' if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are not found ''everywhere'' but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs.
 
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'''Clothing'''
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===Toiletries===
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*cotton under t-shirts or 'wife beaters'
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*bras (women)
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*jeans
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*socks
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*scrub bottoms
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:They are great! Yet, they can be made in-country in some fabulous colors.
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'''Toiletries'''
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*disposable razors  
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*Toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss
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*tampons (women)  
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:Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.
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*2-4 Deodorant sticks (it is hard to find stick deodorant in Ghana, so unless you are okay with roll-on, bring a few with you & have more sent later)
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*1 Towel (camp towel preferable)
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*Nail clippers/tweezers
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*Q-tips
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*1 Travel size soap, shampoo, and conditioner
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*1 Sturdy hairbrush/wide tooth comb
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*2 Bottles of shampoo/conditioner (Use shampoo bars from LUSH, they save on space and smell nice.  You can buy shampoo here, but it's either really expensive or really bad, so shampoo bars are the way to go)
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*Personal medication ('''Bring a three-month supply of all medications, including birth control pills, you are presently taking''')
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*Over the counter medications (Most are provided in the [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Health_care_and_safety_in_Ghana#First_Aid_Kit_Contents first aid kit])
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*2 Pairs of prescription eyeglasses (if applicable) - If you wear eyeglasses, bring two pairs with you — your current pair and a spare. If a either pair breaks, gets stolen, etc., the Peace Corps will replace it '''only once''', using the information your doctor in the United States provided on the eyeglasses form during your examination.
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*1 Eyeglasses strap/holder
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*1 Screwdriver for eyeglasses
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*1-2 Pairs of sunglasses
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*Contact solution - virtually impossible to find in Ghana
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'''Males:'''
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*2-year supply of aftershave (the antiseptic here burns!)
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'''Females:'''
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*80 Tampons: Bring the O.B. brand, you don't want to deal with applicators here (Also tampons can be used as packing peanuts in packages if you're friends and family feel ok with doing that).
:PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.
:PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.
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*shampoo
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*Leave in conditioner
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*lotion
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*Face wash
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'''Accessories'''
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*scissors
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*1 camping towel
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*1 adjustable belt
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*Disposable razors (you can buy cheap razors here)
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:For weight gain or loss.
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*Lotion
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*small portable speakers
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*Hand wipes or hand sanitizer (maybe one bottle/packet, but most of the time you really just need soap and water to get your hands clean)
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*laptop or netbook
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*external hard drive
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:(See ''Electronics'' section below.)
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*small games or cards
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:These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, frisbee, American football, soccer ball, etc.
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===The Settler===
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Travel-size toilet paper (you never know when nature calls!)
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*Travel size toiletries bottles (smaller travel size bottles that you can refill from your big bottles)
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*Shower cap
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*Shower robe
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A '''Settler''' is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack ''everything'' and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both check-in bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana. The list below is of ''luxury'' items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags.
 
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'''Clothing'''
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===Electronics===
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*flip flops or shower shoes
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:They are everywhere!
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'''Toiletries'''
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There are a few important things you '''must''' know when bringing electronic equipment to Ghana.  Please read the Electronics Guidelines section for more information.
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*face wash (specifically for women)
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*shower cap
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*shower robe
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'''Accessories'''
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*tent or any camping gear
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*2 Flash drives (at least 8.0 GB total capacity)
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*travel-size pillow
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*1 iPod/mp3 player with extra headphones ('''If you have one, bring it.  If you don't, buy one because you will have a lot of downtime and you will need a break from reading all the books you read.''')
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*hammock
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*1 Socket/outlet adapter/voltage converter (Please read the Electronics Guidelines section for more information.)
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*hiking boots
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*1 Point and shoot camera with memory card, battery, and charger
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*radio
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*1 Head lamp
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*alarm clock
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*1 Flash light
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*duct tape
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*AA/AAA batteries:  Make sure they're rechargeable and bring a charger for them, you'll be happy!
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:Quality batteries, like Duracell, are expensive and only found in Accra.
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Laptop/Netbook with waterproof case (It is absolutely feasible to bring a laptop or netbook.  However, have a mindset that whatever you bring you are willing to part with it. That is because their are many hazards like viruses and theft.  Please read the Computers section under the Electronics Guidelines tab for more relevant information..  Therefore, '''bring a computer at your own risk!'''
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*1 External hard drive (At least 500GB for all the TV's and movies you'll watch during your down time.  Also bring new stuff for the older volunteers, we'll love you for it)
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*Small portable speakers
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Kindle
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:There are enough books, but bring one at your own interest.
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*Digital SLR Camera
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*Radio
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:BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.
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*Cell phone (if you want to get it unlocked here in Ghana)
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===Cooking ware===
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You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here — dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils.  But if you are particular about your kitchen supplies (as the quality of these might not live up to the standards you are accustomed to in America), then there are a few items we highly recommend bringing:
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*A good-quality small non-stick Teflon fry pan
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*Two dozen Ziploc baggies (freezer bags are best)
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*A good-quality small cutting knife (knives here in Ghana are of poor quality)
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*1 Set of utensils
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*Powdered cheese (in general, cheese is difficult to find in Ghana)
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Drink mixes
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*Powder sauce packets
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*Seasoning (Italian, taco, etc.)
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===Accessories===
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*1-2 sturdy water bottles (IE. Nalgene)
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*1 Travel alarm clock
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*2 Rolls of duct tape
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*1 Multi-tool/knife
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:Leatherman's Skeletool or Swiss Army Knife is great but '''remember don't pack it in your carry-on.'''
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*Books
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:Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
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*Pictures of family and friends (including the 4-legged ones)
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*10 Extra passport pictures (they can be used for visas if you choose to travel to neighboring countries)
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*1 Pair of scissors
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*Small games or deck of cards
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:These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, Frisbee, American football, soccer ball, etc.
*Ziplock bags
*Ziplock bags
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*camping cookware
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*1 Set of earplugs
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*a nice umbrella
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*hand wipes or hand sanitizer
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*guitar
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*1 Paper hand fan
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*1 Set of sheets: (You can buy sheets in country but they're typically poor quality, so bring one good set with you, you'll be happy)
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*Photo album
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*4 Folders  (PC will give you about 4 clear plastic folders throughout your training)
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*2 Notebooks/Journals  (definitely journals, cheap notebooks can be bought here)
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*15 Envelopes (letter size and manila; you can also buy envelopes in Ghana)
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*Host family gifts:  Definitely!!!!  Good ideas: headlamps (Ghanians love our headlamps), multi-tools (if you can find some inexpensive ones), small toys, and American candies.
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Guitar
:Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.
:Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.
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*travel-size iron
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*1 Travel-size iron
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*food seasonings
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*1 Small tent or any camping gear (there are some places here like the beach where they allow you to camp for cheap)
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*1 Sleeping bag with liner  (Don’t' bother, you're not going to need a sleeping bag, it's too hot)
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*1 Nylon hammock with mosquito net (During the hot season a lot of PCVs sleep outside in a hammock.  Unfortunately you won't know if you have a place to hang a hammock until you go to your site, so it's kind of a gamble.)
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*1 Travel-size pillow
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*1 Small sewing kit:  Tailors are everywhere here, so you can buy needle and tread easily.
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===Financial===
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Although all PCVs receive a per diem during training, a sizable move-in allowance (from which you can buy items for your house/room and a cell phone), and a regular living allowance, it is always a good idea to bring some extra financial resources in the event of an emergency:
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<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
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*Cash $100 USD
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
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*Travelers checks: $100 - $200 USD (use American Express – they never expire)
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*ATM card
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:Verify the card has the VISA logo and,
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:Verify the card doesn't expire during your service and,
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:Notify card issuer of possible overseas use
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<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
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*Credit Card
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: can only be used in large cities
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:Verify the card is either a Visa, American Express, or MasterCard
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:Verify the card doesn't expire during your service and,
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:Notify card issuer of possible overseas use
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===Items Peace Corps Provides===
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*Mosquito net
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*Water filter
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*First-aid kit (For a list of items in the first aid kit [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Health_care_and_safety_in_Ghana#First_Aid_Kit_Contents  click here])
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*A bunch of books - there are plenty of books here that we all trade around, so just bring one or two that you can read and then pass on
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*Travel Guides/Map of Ghana (There are a ton of Ghana, West Africa, and other travel guides here in the offices.  Plus you’ll get a map when you first come to country.)
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*'''''DO NOT BRING A BIKE HELMET!''' They can be bought after training and COSing volunteers donate them or sell them for cheap. Save that space for something important.''
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===Packing Tips===
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TBD
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===Other Important Information===
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*One of the perks of being a Peace Corps volunteer is that it makes you eligible for many '''discounts''' offered by companies selling footwear, clothing, outdoor gear, electronics, and more.  Please visit [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Volunteer_discounts this page] for more information.
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*If you're curious as to what things cost check out the price list (under construction).

Revision as of 11:17, 18 March 2011


Packing List for Ghana
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ghana 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

The packing list below has been compiled by PCVs in Ghana and is based on their experiences. The list has been divided into the following sections: Luggage/Suitcases, Clothing, Shoe's, Toiletries, Electronics, Cooking ware, Accessories, Financial, Items Peace Corps Provides, Packing Tips, and Other Important Information.

With the exception of the last three sections, each section is organized into three categories: The Backpacker, The Traveler, and The Settler. These three categories differentiate the importance, cost, and availability of each item.

The Backpacker can be described as a person who only packs the essentials that can be ergonomically placed inside one or two backpacks with a week-long trip in mind. They pack with the intentions of buying more according to the environment of their destination. Therefore, the list below are the items PCVs feel are the most important, cannot be easily found in Ghana, or are really expensive.

The Traveler is a person who packs with the intentions of a being lightweight but include a few nonessential items. The list below is in addition to The Backpacker list but these comfort or nonessential items can be bought in Ghana if you do not have high standards. That means that the following items are not found everywhere but in most large cities and some market towns, where market towns are typically within an hour or town of most PCVs. These items are moderately priced.

The Settler is a person who packs with the purpose of establishing permanent residence in Ghana. They are people who pack everything in The Backpacker and The Traveler lists and exceed the one luggage weight limit at the airport . . . for both check-in bags. They pack with the intention of purchasing only disposable items in Ghana. The list below is of luxury items that one could bring if you budget for a small boy to help you carry your bags. These items can easily be purchased in Ghana and are relatively inexpensive.


Important Notes:


Contents

Luggage/Suitcases

Although airlines have pretty restrictive luggage policies these days, have no fear. Since you are now working for Uncle Sam, Peace Corps will purchase you a full-fare ticket on a U.S. airline (one ticket from your home of record to staging and one ticket from staging to Accra, Ghana) which should entitle you to at least two check-in bags and one carry-on bag at no cost. If you really want to make sure how much you can bring, its best just to call the airline. If the airline charges you for luggage, Peace Corps will reimburse you for any fees you incur (assuming you meet Peace Corps' baggage size and weight limitations – to be sent before staging).

As of March 2011, the two U.S. Carriers that fly to Accra are Delta and United (click on respective airline for baggage policies).

The Backpacker

The Traveler

The Settler


Clothing

You are forewarned that you will have to HAND WASH all of your clothes or pay someone to which is hard on clothes. Cotton clothes are the most durable, practical and comfortable. FYI, you can buy back the clothes you donated in the past to Goodwill and Salvation Army here for cheap in the markets.

Furthermore, tailors are everywhere in Ghana. And even though they are not all created equal, you can have almost anything made because labor and material is cheap. Ghanaians really appreciate seeing PCVs wearing Ghanaian-tailored clothes, be it traditional or modern. In addition, the cloth that is bought here is strong enough to endure hand-washing, and it is also breathable.

The Backpacker

Males:

Females:

The Traveler

Males:

Females:

The Settler


Shoes

The Backpacker

The Traveler

Females:

The Settler


Toiletries

The Backpacker

Pack enough to last at least through the 10-week training.

Males:

Females:

PC does provide a limited amount to volunteers.

The Traveler

The Settler


Electronics

There are a few important things you must know when bringing electronic equipment to Ghana. Please read the Electronics Guidelines section for more information.

The Backpacker

Quality batteries, like Duracell, are expensive and only found in Accra.

The Traveler

The Settler

There are enough books, but bring one at your own interest.
BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.


Cooking ware

You can easily buy most kitchen supplies here — dishes, pots, glasses, and utensils. But if you are particular about your kitchen supplies (as the quality of these might not live up to the standards you are accustomed to in America), then there are a few items we highly recommend bringing:

The Backpacker

The Traveler

The Settler


Accessories

The Backpacker

Leatherman's Skeletool or Swiss Army Knife is great but remember don't pack it in your carry-on.
Even though there is a well-developed collection of books at all of the offices and an unofficial system of exchanging the most popular books, you may want to bring a couple of your top choices to last through the 10-week training.
These are like travel chess boards, Yahtzee, Frisbee, American football, soccer ball, etc.

The Traveler

The Settler

Ones of decent quality can be purchased in country.


Financial

Although all PCVs receive a per diem during training, a sizable move-in allowance (from which you can buy items for your house/room and a cell phone), and a regular living allowance, it is always a good idea to bring some extra financial resources in the event of an emergency:

The Backpacker

The Traveler

Verify the card has the VISA logo and,
Verify the card doesn't expire during your service and,
Notify card issuer of possible overseas use

The Settler

can only be used in large cities
Verify the card is either a Visa, American Express, or MasterCard
Verify the card doesn't expire during your service and,
Notify card issuer of possible overseas use


Items Peace Corps Provides


Packing Tips

TBD


Other Important Information


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