Packing list for Rwanda

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This list has been compiled by Volunteers and is based on their
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experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list,
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bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no
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perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention,
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so consider those items that make the most sense to you
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personally and professionally. You can always have things sent
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to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you
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have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you
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can get almost everything you need in Rwanda.
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===General Clothing===
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You may also find that the clothing you bring from home will
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suffer more wear and tear than usual. Fortunately, used clothing
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markets abound in Rwanda, even in smaller towns, so it is not
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necessary to bring two years’ worth of clothes.
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* Several pairs of khaki trousers
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* T-shirts, polo shirts, and blouses
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* Sweatshirts/ fleece
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* Athletic shorts, for sports or home
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* Jeans
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* One or two dressy outfits
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* Bandannas
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* Tank tops for women
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* Long or knee-length skirts
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* Raincoat or umbrella
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* Cotton socks (gray or athletic)
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* Undergarments, including slips for women
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* Swimsuit
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===Shoes===
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Durable shoes are an essential investment. Shoes will wear out
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more quickly in Rwanda than you are accustomed due to of all
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the walking you will do and the volcanic terrain in some regions
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of the country.
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* One or two pairs of hiking/walking shoes or boots
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* One or two pairs of sneakers or running shoes
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* Two pairs of comfortable dress shoes
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* Dress sandals
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===Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items===
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A range of basic hygiene items is available in most towns and
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cities; however, if you have strong personal preferences, plan to
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bring those brands.
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* Deodorant (if you prefer the stick kind, which is not available locally)
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* Contact lens solution (available locally but very expensive); Peace Corps does not provide this
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* A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take, including birth control pills
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* Good-quality sunscreen (with a high SPF)
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* Tampons or sanitary pads (some are available locally but are very expensive)
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* Aloe or after-sun lotion
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* Conditioner (shampoo can be widely found in markets)
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* Nail clippers/Nail file
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===Recreation/Entertainment===
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* Camera and accessories (film is available locally)
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* Binoculars
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* Music player/recorder—iPod, MP3, CD, cassette (voltage converters are available locally)
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* Your favorite music (blank tapes are available locally)
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* Shortwave radio (three- to seven-band is recommended)
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* Portable musical instruments
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* Biking shorts and gloves (the Peace Corps provides a helmet and repair tools)
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* Sports equipment (e.g., Frisbee, kites, football, soccer ball)
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* Art supplies
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* Games and puzzle books (e.g., playing cards, cribbage, Scrabble, chess)
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* Favorite novels (but there will also be plenty circulating among Volunteers)
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* Almanac and dictionary
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* Camping or hiking gear
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* Tent (useful for travel as well as backpacking)
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===Miscellaneous===
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* Pictures from home of your family, friends, pets, seasons of the year, etc.
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* Pens and pencils, stationery, and notebooks
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* Alarm clock
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* Solar calculator (essential for small enterprise development Volunteers)
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* Solar batteries and recharger
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* Sewing kit
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* Knives (available locally but of poor quality)
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* Plastic storage bags and containers
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* Duct tape
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* Peeler, grater, etc.
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* Tools such as a Leatherman knife and pruning shears
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* Packaged sauces, seasonings, soft-drink mixes, and spices (spices are hard to find and can be very expensive)
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* Potholders
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* Solar shower
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* Work gloves
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* Cash (most Volunteers bring $200 to $500 for travel and vacation)
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* Credit card and/or ATM card
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* At least 12 passport-size photos of yourself for visas, work permits, etc. (NOTE: These photos are a must)
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* U.S. and world maps
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* U.S. stamps (you can often have letters mailed in the United States by travelers)
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* Checks from a U.S. bank account (handy for ordering things from home)
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* Day planner
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* Nalgene water bottle
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* Sunglasses/visor
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* Bedsheets
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* Towels

Revision as of 17:57, 25 July 2010


Packing List for Rwanda
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Rwanda 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 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 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 Rwanda.

Contents

General Clothing

You may also find that the clothing you bring from home will suffer more wear and tear than usual. Fortunately, used clothing markets abound in Rwanda, even in smaller towns, so it is not necessary to bring two years’ worth of clothes.

Shoes

Durable shoes are an essential investment. Shoes will wear out more quickly in Rwanda than you are accustomed due to of all the walking you will do and the volcanic terrain in some regions of the country.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

A range of basic hygiene items is available in most towns and cities; however, if you have strong personal preferences, plan to bring those brands.

Recreation/Entertainment

Miscellaneous

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