Packing List

They say there is no one uniform Peace Corps Volunteer packing list, and as I sit here and contemplate everything that I stuffed into my hiking backpack, carry-on, and two 50-pound luggages, I still don’t know if I adequately packed for the next 27 months of my life. Did I overdo it? Did I not pack enough? What’s with me on this plane and what’s en route to Zambia is what I’ll have to work with on this new adventure of mine. I’m documenting this packing list not only for inventory purposes, but also for future Peace Corps Volunteers, who may be freaking out right now, preparing for their own adventures. I know that finalizing everything and packing with my mom last night was kind of stressful and gave me so much anxiety that even the shots of Jameson with my best friends could not eliminate entirely. My advice? Make a list. Check it twice. Heck, make that three times. And you know that feeling that you still missed something after all that packing is complete? Yeah, well, it’s not going to go away. All you can do now is trust that you did your best, sit back, and try to enjoy a nap in between a shaking airplane and 5-year old Luke (who wants everyone to know that he is Lava Man, by the way) who is currently creating a new game called “let me see how long I can obnoxiously lift my arm-rest up and down as loud as I can.” Here’s my packing list. Enjoy, boys and girls.

Clothing

  • Short-sleeved T-shirts (6)
  • Long-sleeved T-shirts (3)
  • Polos (3)
  • Oxfords (3)
  • Sweaters (3)
  • Thermals (2)
  • Rain jacket
  • Light sports jacket
  • Underwear (6)
  • Socks (6)
  • Swimming trunks
  • Tank tops (2)
  • Shorts (3)
  • Pants (4)
  • Solid-color tie
  • Beanie
  • Bucket hat
  • Strap sandals (2)
  • Tennis shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Dress shoes
  • Bandanas (2)
  • Prescription glasses (2)

Goods/Supplies

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bedsheets
  • Blankets
  • Hiking backpack
  • Umbrella
  • Headlamp
  • Sewing kit
  • Duct tape (2)
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Cutting knife
  • Cutting board
  • Chopsticks
  • Waterbottle
  • Towels (2)
  • Hand towels (4)
  • Moth balls
  • Locks (3)
  • Envelopes
  • Money strap/belt
  • Dummy wallet

Electronics

  • Laptop
  • Headphones
  • Camera
  • Memory Card
  • Portable battery pack
  • Electronic universal cords
  • Universal plug adapter
  • Electronic trimmer
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Batteries (AA & AAA)

Toiletries

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Q-Tips
  • Razors
  • Hair products
  • Comb

Kitchen

  • Can opener
  • Ziplock bags
  • Spices/garlic salt
  • Beef jerky
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cha bong (Vietnamese dried shredded pork)

Miscellaneous/Other

  • 10 passport photos
  • Family photos
  • US Map
  • World Map
  • Pens
  • Journal
  • Notebook
  • Frisbee
  • Games (cards, Uno, Cards Against Humanity)
  • Books
  • Copy of transcripts
  • Copy of degree
  • ID
  • ATM card
  • Host family gifts
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