Packing list for Ghana

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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.  Expect to have electricity if you are a teacher.
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Since electronics require electricity, and since the electricity in Ghana is quite different than in America, there are a few '''important''' things you should know prior to coming to Ghana.  Please read the following section on [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Living_conditions_and_volunteer_lifestyles_in_Ghana#Electricity electricity in Ghana] for more information.
<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
<span style="color:red;">'''The Backpacker'''</span><br/>
*2 Flash drives (at least 8.0 GB total capacity)
*2 Flash drives (at least 8.0 GB total capacity)
*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.''')
*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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*1 Socket/outlet adapter and voltage converter/transformer (See  [http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=227  Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for Ghana] for acceptable devices.)
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*1 Socket/outlet adapter and voltage converter/transformer (See  [http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=227  Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for] for acceptable plugs, converters, adapters, etc. in Ghana)
*1 Point and shoot camera with memory card, battery, and charger
*1 Point and shoot camera with memory card, battery, and charger
*1 Head lamp  
*1 Head lamp  
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<span style="color:green;">'''The Traveler'''</span><br/>
<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 Laptop/Netbook with waterproof case (It is absolutely feasible to bring a laptop or netbook.  They come in handy during all the down time you have.  However, have a mindset that whatever you bring you are willing to part with it. That is because their are many hazards like electrical fluctuations, viruses, and theft.  '''Please read the section''' on [http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Living_conditions_and_volunteer_lifestyles_in_Ghana#Computers computers] 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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*1 External hard drive (At least 500GB for all the TV shows and movies you'll watch during your down time.  Also bring new stuff for the older volunteers, we'll love you for it)
*Small portable speakers
*Small portable speakers
<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
<span style="color:purple;">'''The Settler'''</span><br/>
*Kindle
*Kindle
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:There are enough books, but bring one at your own interest.
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:There are enough books at the Peace Corps offices, but bring one at your own interest.
*Digital SLR Camera
*Digital SLR Camera
*Solar charger
*Solar charger
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:BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.  
:BBC is broadcasted in Ghana.  
*Cell phone (if you want to get it unlocked here in Ghana)
*Cell phone (if you want to get it unlocked here in Ghana)
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'''Important Note:'''
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Since many of your electronics are valuable, it is also '''recommended''' to insure these items prior to coming to Ghana.  Information on insurance will be included in your invitation packet.
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===Cooking ware===
===Cooking ware===

Revision as of 15:13, 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 usually be easily 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

Since electronics require electricity, and since the electricity in Ghana is quite different than in America, there are a few important things you should know prior to coming to Ghana. Please read the following section on electricity in Ghana for more information.

The Backpacker

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

The Traveler

The Settler

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


Important Note: Since many of your electronics are valuable, it is also recommended to insure these items prior to coming to Ghana. Information on insurance will be included in your invitation packet.


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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