Packing list for Senegal

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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.  
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.  
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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
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* Coffeepot, if you prefer real coffee over instant
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* Coffeepot, if you prefer real coffee over instant (You can buy an Italian style moka pot[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot] in country for around 10$)
===Miscellaneous Essential Items ===
===Miscellaneous Essential Items ===
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* Watch—inexpensive, rugged, waterproof, and dustproof (cheap ones are available locally)  
* Watch—inexpensive, rugged, waterproof, and dustproof (cheap ones are available locally)  
* Battery-operated shortwave radio and a supply of batteries (radios are available locally for around $40)  
* Battery-operated shortwave radio and a supply of batteries (radios are available locally for around $40)  
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*      Solar bulbs or/and solar power panels. With a power panel you can charge your cell or any other low-voltage USB-port devices, such as IPod, Kindle, etc. All you need is sun, and that's plentiful. You may want to check the Nokero and Solio products. Peace Corps Volunteers get a 25%-50% discount on Nokero products when they join Market for Change [http://www.marketforchange.com].
* Small cassette player and cassettes (prerecorded and blank cassettes are available locally, but the former are not of great quality)  
* Small cassette player and cassettes (prerecorded and blank cassettes are available locally, but the former are not of great quality)  
* Three or four bandannas  
* Three or four bandannas  
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* One set of fitted and flat sheets—double size is best (good, inexpensive flat sheets are available in Senegal)  
* One set of fitted and flat sheets—double size is best (good, inexpensive flat sheets are available in Senegal)  
* Battery-powered alarm clock  
* Battery-powered alarm clock  
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* Calendar or schedule book  
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* Calendar or schedule book
===Nice to Have but Not Essential ===
===Nice to Have but Not Essential ===

Latest revision as of 17:27, 27 November 2011


Packing List for Senegal
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Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Senegal 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 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.

Contents

[edit] 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.

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

[edit] Miscellaneous Essential Items

[edit] Nice to Have but Not Essential

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