Packing list for Tonga

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* Bicycle or cotton shorts for modesty and comfort under tupenu (men’s skirt).
* Bicycle or cotton shorts for modesty and comfort under tupenu (men’s skirt).
===For Women ===
===For Women ===
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* At least three or four black outfits: Either a dress with sleeves or a skirt and top (all dresses and skirts should be at mid-calf or ankle length)  
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* 1 or 2 black outfits: Either a dress with sleeves or a skirt and top (all dresses and skirts should be at mid-calf or ankle length). You'll need these for funerals and mourning periods (you can always buy more here if someone close to you dies and you're in mourning for weeks)  
* Casual dresses or mix-and-match skirts and blouses (for work and in public, including church, skirts should be mid-calf to ankle length, and blouses should not be sleeveless, see-through or have bare midriffs).  
* Casual dresses or mix-and-match skirts and blouses (for work and in public, including church, skirts should be mid-calf to ankle length, and blouses should not be sleeveless, see-through or have bare midriffs).  
* Underwear, bras (cotton is best), and sports bras (wickaway fabric [e.g., Coolmax] is effective)  
* Underwear, bras (cotton is best), and sports bras (wickaway fabric [e.g., Coolmax] is effective)  
* Undershirts or camisoles for sheer blouses  
* Undershirts or camisoles for sheer blouses  
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* One or two pairs of capris or lightweight long pants (jeans are acceptable, but a bit heavy)
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* One or two pairs of capris or lightweight long pants for hiking and free time (jeans are acceptable, but a bit heavy and annoying to wash)
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* Bike shorts for modesty and comfort under skirts (remember that Tonga is very humid) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items  
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* Bike shorts and/or slips for modesty and comfort under skirts (remember that Tonga is very humid) Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items  
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* Towels (lightweight ones are preferable to thick ones due to hand washing and drying time); also a travel towel (micro-fiber)  
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* Towel(s) (lightweight ones are preferable to thick ones due to hand washing and drying time, especially during the rainy season); a travel towel (micro-fiber) is very handy because it dries so quickly
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* Initial supply of your favorite shampoo, deodorant, perfume, etc. (Tongans place a high importance on hygiene, and offensive odors are particularly objectionable in Tongan culture.) Note that deodorant is available here, but the quality and effectiveness is poor.  
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* Initial supply of your favorite shampoo, deodorant, perfume, etc. (Tongans place a high importance on hygiene, and offensive odors are particularly objectionable in Tongan culture.) Note that some brands of all of these items are available here.  
* Cosmetics, if you wear them (local products generally are not of good quality)   
* Cosmetics, if you wear them (local products generally are not of good quality)   
* Six-month supply of tampons or pads (tampons are not always available in Tonga, and they are expensive)  
* Six-month supply of tampons or pads (tampons are not always available in Tonga, and they are expensive)  
* Handkerchiefs (two or three)  
* Handkerchiefs (two or three)  
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* Witch hazel (or sani-wipes) and rubbing alcohol
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*       Remember, Peace Corps will supply medical items like vitamins, insect repellent, and sunscreen
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* Good-quality soap (e.g., Ivory), hand sanitizer (e.g., Purell), and liquid body wash.
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* hand sanitizer (e.g., Purell), if you want it
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* Vitamins
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* Baby powder or talcum powder  
* Baby powder or talcum powder  
* Small mirror
* Small mirror

Revision as of 22:44, 7 July 2011


Packing List for Tonga
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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Tonga 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 Tonga 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 restriction on baggage. Remember, you can get almost everything you need in Tonga for a price, and you can have parcels shipped to you later.

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General Clothing

Note that hand washing and Tongan weather are hard on clothing, so any clothing you bring will eventually wear out. Lightweight, fast-drying clothing (polyester or nylon) is best and will not fade or stretch as much as cotton blends.

Dressing in a culturally appropriate manner is important, especially on outer islands. In professional settings, male Volunteers are expected to wear what Tongan men wear—a tupenu, a solid-color wraparound garment (easily found locally), with a button-down shirt. During leisure time, Tongan men typically wear the same things men wear in the United States (e.g., knee-length shorts or slacks and T-shirts). Female Volunteers are expected to wear mid-calf or longer skirts or dresses in both professional settings and during leisure time.

If the dresses/skirts are not long enough, long wraparound underskirts are available. Tight clothing can also be culturally inappropriate. At home or on some occasions, women often wear loose-fitting slacks, capris pants or below-the-knee shorts. In general, women should always cover their shoulders and knees and should not wear shorts except for swimming or exercising. Additionally, you should not be able to see your armpits or midriff when raising your arms.

Following are some specific clothing suggestions and recommendations:

For Men

For Women

Kitchen

(Many of these items can be found in Tonga, but of reduced quality. You are encouraged to prioritize these items as you see fit, keeping in mind your limited luggage capacity.)

Miscellaneous/Recommended/Optional

Waterproof zippered plastic bags to help protect valuables and to keep clothes and important papers dry. Don’t bring anything made from leather, including shoes, belts, and wallets. They will mildew.

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