Packing list for Peru

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Packing List for [[{{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]

Packing Lists by Country

These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in [[{{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]] 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!
  • [[Packing list for {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Training in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Living conditions and volunteer lifestyles in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Health care and safety in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[Diversity and cross-cultural issues in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[FAQs about Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
  • [[History of the Peace Corps in {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |3}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |4}} {{#explode:Packing list for Peru| |5}}]]
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

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Use this list as an informal guide in making your own packing decisions. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you. As you decide what to bring, keep the airline’s weight restriction on baggage in mind. Remember, you can get almost everything you need in Peru, most at an equal or lower price than in the U.S.

The standard for work attire in Peru is neat and professional but not fancy, which applies during pre-service training as well as Volunteer service. Think in terms of comfort, versatility, and, most important, durability (i.e., able to withstand repeated and vigorous washing). Since there are considerable variations in the weather, items that coordinate well and that can be layered on or off as needed are useful. Given the cold evening temperatures in the sierra, long underwear and flannel pajamas may be an excellent investment. Thick-soled shoes are best purchased in the United States because of price and quality, and larger men’s and women’s shoe sizes are difficult to find in Peru.

Women find that skirts, loose-fitting shirts, and simple dresses, both with sleeves and without, are comfortable for coastal heat. Slacks (especially khakis) are good in colder climates, as are cotton turtlenecks and sweaters. For men, a mix of short-sleeved polo shirts and short- and long-sleeved button-down shirts is recommended.

Among the things you do not need to bring—either because they are provided by Peace Corps or widely available locally— are disposable razors, sheets, shampoo and conditioner, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, a kerosene burner, a mosquito net, and standard first-aid items. Good-quality knitwear and sweaters are widely available in Peru. Radios and cassette players are also available at reasonable prices, although the compact versions found in the U.S. may not be available. Favorite electronic players, such as a Discman or iPod, should be brought.

General Clothing

  • Three or four pairs of casual pants for work
  • Two or more pairs of jeans
  • Two pairs of shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • One pair of dress pants for men
  • Sports jacket and tie for men
  • Skirts and/or dresses for women
  • Collared polos and blouses for women
  • One casual, nice outfit (for evenings out)
  • Underwear (12 pairs, good-quality cotton)
  • Long underwear
  • Socks (just enough to get started, as they are available in Peru); it is recomended that some be “smartwools” for colder sites
  • Light, waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket and/or vest with hood
  • Down or heavy jacket suitable for higher altitudes
  • One or two sweaters*
  • One or two sweatshirts*
  • One pair of sweatpants*
  • Baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat (the Peruvian sun is fierce!)
  • Note: These items are bulky and are widely available in Peru, so if you are short of space or weight, you may want to plan on buying them in Peru.


  • One pair of dress or professional shoes
  • One pair of sneakers
  • Hiking boots and/or sturdy walking shoes
  • One pair of running shoes (if you run)
  • Flip-flops or sandals (Chacos are best)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Strong sunglasses (with UV protection and polarized)
  • Start-up supply of soap, shampoo, shaving cream, and other personal toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tampons (they are more expensive in Peru)
  • Any favorite brands of sunscreen or other over-thecounter medicines (the Peace Corps provides needed items, but they may not be your preferred brands.)
  • Contact lens solution (note that the Peace Corps discourages the use of contact lenses)
  • Towels (available in Peru)


  • Sturdy, small backpack or duffel bag (with a lock) for short trips
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool (do not pack in carry-on luggage)
  • A pair of workgloves
  • Fanny pack or money belt
  • Photos of family, friends, your house, car, pets, and hometown
  • Flashlight
  • Compact umbrella (available in Peru)
  • Digital or film camera (film is widely available in Peru)
  • Books to read and exchange
  • Cassettes/CDs to listen to and exchange (also available in Peru)
  • Travel water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Watch
  • Duct tape and ziplock bags
  • A deck of playing cards
  • Small pocket notebook (widely available in Peru)
  • A jar of your favorite peanut butter
  • Favorite electronic items (either inexpensive or insured)
  • A laptop computer (insured)
  • An extra pack of batteries for the electronic items (available in Peru, but often more expensive)
  • Sleeping bag (light, stuffable, and preferably waterproof)*
  • Camping equipment (if you are a camper)*
  • Note: Sleeping bags and other camping equipment can be rented in tourist areas. Also, some Volunteers choose to have these items brought down later by visiting family members and friends
  • House or Room only slippers, helps keep a clean room and warm feet.