Packing list for Thailand

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One strategy is to pack a box or two with items you probably will not need until after training and arrange for someone to send the boxes to you by surface mail once you get to your site.  
One strategy is to pack a box or two with items you probably will not need until after training and arrange for someone to send the boxes to you by surface mail once you get to your site.  
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Riap roiy (appropriate and complete) professional dress for men consists of nondenim pants such as chinos or Dockers, collared shirts (long- or short-sleeved button-down shirts or polo shirts) in conservative colors and patterns, and casual dress shoes. Professional dress for women consists of knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and blouses (Thai women rarely wear pants to the office). A slip or camisole should be worn under sheer material, and blouses should have sleeves and modest necklines. If a dress is not form-fitting, people may ask you if you are pregnant, so wearing a belt is recommended. Revealing one’s upper thighs, stomach, shoulders, and cleavage is generally frowned upon, even outside a work setting. All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. Shoes for work should have a back strap. Note that all-black outfits are generally worn only while in mourning.  
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Riap roiy (appropriate and complete) professional dress for men consists of nondenim pants such as chinos or Dockers, collared shirts (long- or short-sleeved button-down shirts or polo shirts) in conservative colors and patterns, and casual dress shoes. Professional dress for women consists of nice pants, knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and blouses. A slip or camisole should be worn under sheer material, and blouses should have sleeves and modest necklines. If a dress is not form-fitting, people may ask you if you are pregnant, so wearing a belt is recommended. Revealing one’s upper thighs, stomach, shoulders, and cleavage is generally frowned upon, even outside a work setting. All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. Note that all-black outfits are generally worn only while in mourning.  
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For both men and women, T-shirts and jeans are fine to wear after hours, and shorts (preferably ones that reach the knee) are fine to wear when working out. Thais do not generally wear shorts in public except in very relaxed situations. Tank tops are not recommended for women. When you are in your own home, however, what you wear is up to you.  
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For both men and women, T-shirts and jeans are fine to wear after hours, and shorts (preferably ones that reach the knee) are fine to wear when working out. Thais do not generally wear shorts in public except in very relaxed situations. Tank tops are not recommended for women. When you are in your own home, however, what you wear is up to you. '''For a current discussion about packing and volunteer life in Thailand visit the Peace Corps Thailand Group 124 Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/144164488997096?ap=1'''
===General Clothing ===
===General Clothing ===
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===Miscellaneous ===
===Miscellaneous ===
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* Camera  
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* Laptop, notebook or netbook (either PC or Mac)
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* Small backpack for weekend travel  
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* Camera
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* Guidebook about Thailand (e.g., Lonely Planet)  
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* eBook reader
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* iPod-type device (with microphone for recording)
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* USB storage - for copying and sharing files
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* Portable hard drive to store movies
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* Small backpack or bag for weekend travel  
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* Guidebook about Thailand (e.g., Lonely Planet)
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* Maps of the U.S. and Thailand
* Three-month supply of prescription medications  
* Three-month supply of prescription medications  
* Second pair of prescription eyeglasses  
* Second pair of prescription eyeglasses  
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* Swiss army knife  
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* Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
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* Small flashlight  
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* Small flashlight or headlamp
* Games (e.g., Scrabble and Uno)  
* Games (e.g., Scrabble and Uno)  
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* Photos of your life in the United States to show to Thai friends
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* Photos of your life in the United States to show to Thai friends - Thais love looking at photos!
* Souvenirs from home to give as gifts (e.g. magazines coins, postcards, stamps, cool pens, etc.)  
* Souvenirs from home to give as gifts (e.g. magazines coins, postcards, stamps, cool pens, etc.)  
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* Walkman/iPod-type device (with microphone for recording)
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* Plug adapter - most outlets accept american flat-pronged plugs but in case you travel. Most electronics are now 110-240v but check each device you bring to be sure. If it is 110 only you will need a voltage converter as well.
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* A voltage converter—if you are bringing any electronics  
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* Collapsible umbrella
* Collapsible umbrella
* Contact information for resources in America (former employers, school loan information, colleges, organizations, etc.), which can useful for obtaining materials during service or for applying for jobs near the end of service  
* Contact information for resources in America (former employers, school loan information, colleges, organizations, etc.), which can useful for obtaining materials during service or for applying for jobs near the end of service  
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* Credit card (Visa is the most widely accepted), ATM card, and/or traveler’s checks  
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* Credit card (Visa is the most widely accepted), ATM card, and/or traveler’s checks
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* USB pen drive/micro-storage device (for copying and sharing computer files 0
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[[Category:Thailand]]

Revision as of 02:47, 3 August 2011


Packing List for Thailand
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Thailand 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 Thailand 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. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage. Although you can get almost everything you need in Thailand, underwear, clothes and shoes in larger sizes may be hard to find here.

One strategy is to pack a box or two with items you probably will not need until after training and arrange for someone to send the boxes to you by surface mail once you get to your site.

Riap roiy (appropriate and complete) professional dress for men consists of nondenim pants such as chinos or Dockers, collared shirts (long- or short-sleeved button-down shirts or polo shirts) in conservative colors and patterns, and casual dress shoes. Professional dress for women consists of nice pants, knee-length or longer dresses or skirts and blouses. A slip or camisole should be worn under sheer material, and blouses should have sleeves and modest necklines. If a dress is not form-fitting, people may ask you if you are pregnant, so wearing a belt is recommended. Revealing one’s upper thighs, stomach, shoulders, and cleavage is generally frowned upon, even outside a work setting. All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. Note that all-black outfits are generally worn only while in mourning.

For both men and women, T-shirts and jeans are fine to wear after hours, and shorts (preferably ones that reach the knee) are fine to wear when working out. Thais do not generally wear shorts in public except in very relaxed situations. Tank tops are not recommended for women. When you are in your own home, however, what you wear is up to you. For a current discussion about packing and volunteer life in Thailand visit the Peace Corps Thailand Group 124 Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/groups/144164488997096?ap=1

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