Packing list for Ukraine

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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: 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. The price of clothing is also expensive relative to your living allowance.   
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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. The price of clothing is also expensive relative to your living allowance. There are second-hand stores in Ukraine that get clothes mostly from the UK.   
* Mid-weight coat for spring and fall and possibly a light jacket  
* Mid-weight coat for spring and fall and possibly a light jacket  
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* 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)  
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* Long, thermal underwear (cotton or silk)  
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* Long, thermal underwear (silk or some brand like Smartwool or Patagonia recommended, cotton not recommended)  
* Good quality socks (brands like Bridgedale, Smartwool, and Teko are recommended; white cotton socks not recommended)
* Good quality socks (brands like Bridgedale, Smartwool, and Teko are recommended; white cotton socks not recommended)
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* Casual clothes: jeans, walking shorts, T-shirts, turtlenecks
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* Casual clothes: jeans (1 pair), walking shorts, T-shirts, workout clothes (running)
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*      Lounge wear: Adidas track pants (the popular choice of Ukrainian men and women of all ages)
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*      Lounge wear: Sweats, fleece, yoga pants
* Swimsuit (in Ukraine, women of all ages, shapes, and sizes wear bikinis.  It is the norm for men to wear Speedos)
* 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 ===
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* Slacks for professional wear; in most cases, corduroy pants or khakis with a blazer and tie are acceptable in schools and universities. Note, however, that khaki pants are a rarity and will certainly distinguish a Volunteer from his colleagues as most Ukrainian men prefer to wear dark-colored trousers. Economic development Volunteers should have at least one suit (can be bought or custom-made in Ukraine).  
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* Professional-looking Slacks (Dark-Colored, Wrinkle-Free recommended) - In most cases, khakis with a blazer and tie are acceptable in schools and universities. Note, however, that khaki pants are a rarity and will certainly distinguish a Volunteer from his colleagues as most Ukrainian men prefer to wear dark-colored trousers. Community Development Volunteers should have at least one suit.  
* Shirts for professional wear  
* Shirts for professional wear  
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* Jackets
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* Blazer
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* Ties
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* Sweaters - For layering, Ukrainian men commonly wear sweaters and often the same one in the same week. Sweaters are available here, but are mostly acrylic or a blend.
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*      Ties - not many
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*      Quality underwear
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Not Recommended/Things That Will Make You Stick Out
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*      Baggy pants - men here wear things a little more fitted
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*      Big, bright-colored coats (Columbia, Helly Hansen, North Face or similar) - most men here wear short, dark-colored or black jackets or coats
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*      Jeans worn with big sneakers and white socks
===For Women ===
===For Women ===
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* Professional Attire: separates that can be mixed and matched are better than a suit  
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* Professional Attire - separates that can be mixed and matched are better than a suit  
* Variety of slacks for different seasons, preferably in dark colors, with belt loops and pockets
* Variety of slacks for different seasons, preferably in dark colors, with belt loops and pockets
* Blouses and tops that can be layered with long underwear and sweaters (with a bit of stretch, will hold up better in the wash)  
* Blouses and tops that can be layered with long underwear and sweaters (with a bit of stretch, will hold up better in the wash)  
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* Durable stockings (available in Ukraine, though not in all sizes)
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* Durable stockings - available in Ukraine, though not in all sizes  
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* Good quality bras and underwear (the selection and fabric available here may not be what you're used to)
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* Good quality bras and underwear - the selection and fabric available here may not be what you're used to
===Shoes ===
===Shoes ===

Latest revision as of 15:27, 4 February 2011


Packing List for Ukraine
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Packing Lists by Country

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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[edit] 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. The price of clothing is also expensive relative to your living allowance. There are second-hand stores in Ukraine that get clothes mostly from the UK.

[edit] For Men

Not Recommended/Things That Will Make You Stick Out

[edit] For Women

[edit] Shoes

[edit] 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:

[edit] Miscellaneous

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