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===General Clothing ===
===General Clothing ===
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Bring comfortable, professional-looking clothes that are appropriate for many occasions and can be layered according to the weather. (Note that you are expected to dress professionally during training.) Because you may be wearing the same clothes for two years, quality is more important than quantity. It is culturally acceptable in Ukraine to have a small wardrobe, so do not overpack. In addition, clothes should be wrinkle-fee (polyester-cotton blends are recommended), easy to clean, and dark colored (you are likely to be washing your clothes by hand and cleaning whites is a chore!). It is possible to buy clothes in Ukraine, but selection and sizes are limited in the smaller towns.  
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Bring comfortable, professional-looking clothes that are appropriate for many occasions and can be layered according to the weather. (Note: you are expected to dress professionally during training.) Because you may be wearing the same clothes for two years, quality is more important than quantity. It is culturally acceptable in Ukraine to have a small wardrobe, so do not overpack. In addition, clothes should be wrinkle-free (polyester-cotton blends are recommended), easy to clean, and dark colored (you are likely to be washing your clothes by hand and cleaning whites is a chore!). It is possible to buy clothes in Ukraine, but selection and sizes are limited in the smaller towns.
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One option is to have clothes custom-made, which is not as costly as it is in the United States.
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* Trench coat for spring and fall and possibly a light jacket  
* Trench coat for spring and fall and possibly a light jacket  
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* Full-length, winter coat or parka with lining (down is recommended)  
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* Full-length, winter coat or parka with lining (it is possible to buy a good, winter coat in country)  
* Lightweight and heavyweight sweaters  
* Lightweight and heavyweight sweaters  
* Gloves or mittens, preferably wool; glove liners are nice, too (and available locally)  
* Gloves or mittens, preferably wool; glove liners are nice, too (and available locally)  
* Hats (even if your head isn’t cold, the babushkas will make you wear a hat)  
* Hats (even if your head isn’t cold, the babushkas will make you wear a hat)  
* Long, thermal underwear (cotton or silk)  
* Long, thermal underwear (cotton or silk)  
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* Wool or Lycra-wool blend socks  
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* Good quality socks (brands like Bridgedale, Smartwool, and Teko are recommended)
* Casual clothes: jeans, walking shorts, T-shirts, turtlenecks
* Casual clothes: jeans, walking shorts, T-shirts, turtlenecks
*      Lounge wear: Adidas track pants (the popular choice of Ukrainian men and women of all ages)
*      Lounge wear: Adidas track pants (the popular choice of Ukrainian men and women of all ages)
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* Bathing suit (don't be too concerned about modesty; in Ukraine, women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wear bikinis.  It is the norm for men to wear tight-fitting Speedos)
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* Swimsuit (in Ukraine, women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wear bikinis.  It is the norm for men to wear Speedos)
===For Men ===
===For Men ===

Revision as of 17:36, 9 April 2009


Packing List for Ukraine
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ukraine 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

See also an alternative packing list

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Ukraine 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 a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in Ukraine.

Luggage should be tough and flexible, like duffel bags and backpacks without external frames. When choosing luggage, remember that you will be hauling it in and out of buses and trains and often lugging it around on foot (there are no porters!).

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General Clothing

Bring comfortable, professional-looking clothes that are appropriate for many occasions and can be layered according to the weather. (Note: you are expected to dress professionally during training.) Because you may be wearing the same clothes for two years, quality is more important than quantity. It is culturally acceptable in Ukraine to have a small wardrobe, so do not overpack. In addition, clothes should be wrinkle-free (polyester-cotton blends are recommended), easy to clean, and dark colored (you are likely to be washing your clothes by hand and cleaning whites is a chore!). It is possible to buy clothes in Ukraine, but selection and sizes are limited in the smaller towns.

For Men

For Women

Shoes

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Unless you have to have specific brands, you can get almost everything you need—e.g., shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shaving cream, toothpaste, antiperspirant, hairspray, coloring products, razors—in Ukraine. Things to consider bringing:


You can easily buy most kitchen supplies in Ukraine. There are a few items, however, you might consider bringing:

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