December 28, 2004: Headlines: COS - Honduras: Blogs - Honduras: Packing: Personal Web Site: Lauren Mohlie's Peace Corps Experience in Honduras

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Lauren Mohlie's Peace Corps Experience in Honduras

Lauren Mohlie's Peace Corps Experience in Honduras

Lauren Mohlie's Peace Corps Experience in Honduras

The Great Packing List
Here's my massive packing list for Honduras; I might modify it a few times before actually leaving. Does this sound like 80 lbs worth? I think it may be more...

Clothes should be durable to hand-washing and not too revealing.
- Rain jacket
- Fleece pullover
- Several long-sleeved t-shirts
- 1 sweatshirt
- Several tank tops
- Several short sleeved shirts, different colors, nice enough to pass for work
- 2 sleeveless polo shirts
- A couple shirts for going out
- 1/2 pairs of jeans
- Several pairs of capri pants
- Several long pants - for both work and play
- A few t-shirts
- Several knee-length skirts
- One long denim skirt
- 2 nice short-sleeved button up collared shirts
- One or two comfy dresses
- Two pairs of long, quick dry, hiking shorts
- 2 pairs stretchy cropped pants to run in
- Bras (most without underwire for easier handwashing) and lots of underwear
- Swimsuits - 2 2-piece suits, 1 1-piece suit
- Rain hat
- 2 belts
- Sunglasses
- 1 pair LL Bean waterproof hiking boots
- 2 pairs running/walking shoes
- 1 pair hiking sandals (Tevas)
- 1 pair UVA flip flops :)
- 1 pair brown Doc Marten sandles
- 2 pair comfy, passably dressy, sandals (1 tan, 1 black)

- One week supply of toiletries (you can get rest in-country): extra toothbrush, 2 floss, travel tube toothpaste, small bottle of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash, shower poof, one deoderant, razor and extra blades, brush, face/body wipes, tampons, hand sanitizer, nail file, extra hair ties.
- Umbrella
- Bug spray
- Money belt and around-the-neck thing for passport, valuable papers, money, etc.
- Earplugs (I'm such a light sleeper)
- Games: a football, Uno, cards, old maid, tetris game, roll-up magetic dart board
- Hand-crank short wave radio
- LED flashlight and LED book light
- Favorite recipes
- Address list
- Duct tape, scotch tape, wall adhesive
- Ziploc bags (qt. and gallon size)
- Tupperware (may get these sent to me)
- Leatherman multitool (with can opener, pliers, scissors, wine corkscrew, knife, etc.)
- A photo album and a couple frames of family and friends
- Honduras Moon Handbook (field guide)
- Cotton sleep sack for overnight stays with friends
- Sleeping pad
- Battery recharger
- Rechargeable batteries
- All weather 35 mm camera and film
- Digital camera with extra memory card
- CD player
- CDs
- Small speakers to hook up to CD player
- US and World map
- Cheap waterproof watch
- Travel alarm clock
- Padlock
- Gifts for host families (2 calendars of US scenes and 2 Virginia picture books and beaded necklaces donated by my sister)
- Adhesive hooks for wall
- Fold up laundary basket
- Bandanas
- Quick dry towel, regular towel, and beach towel
- My favorite sunscreen
- 2 waterbottles
- 2 pillowcases
- Startup supply of stationary, envelopes
- Small sewing kit
- Journal
- My student Bible
- Spanish language dictionary (pocket sized)
- My debit card and some cash
- Immunization card in the hopes it gets me out of some shots
- 6 month supply of prescriptions
- A few band-aids, inhaler, vitamins, hydrocortisone cream, and vaseline - they supply a larger first-aid kit when you get there.
- A hotpot (a luxury I might have sent to me later)

The luggage I am planning to take includes a massive dufffle bag, a large backpack I used for the month in Italy, and a smaller but still large backpack for short trips (hopefully will be carry-on size)

When this story was posted in January 2005, this was on the front page of PCOL:

Coleman: Peace Corps mission and expansion Date: January 8 2005 No: 373 Coleman: Peace Corps mission and expansion
Senator Norm Coleman, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee that oversees the Peace Corps, says in an op-ed, A chance to show the world America at its best: "Even as that worthy agency mobilizes a "Crisis Corps" of former Peace Corps volunteers to assist with tsunami relief, I believe an opportunity exists to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the Peace Corps and its expansion to touch more and more lives."
RPCVs active in new session of Congress Date: January 8 2005 No: 374 RPCVs active in new session of Congress
In the new session of Congress that begins this week, RPCV Congressman Tom Petri has a proposal to bolster Social Security, Sam Farr supported the objection to the Electoral College count, James Walsh has asked for a waiver to continue heading a powerful Appropriations subcommittee, Chris Shays will no longer be vice chairman of the Budget Committee, and Mike Honda spoke on the floor honoring late Congressman Robert Matsui.

January 8, 2005: This Week's Top Stories Date: January 8 2005 No: 367 January 8, 2005: This Week's Top Stories
Zambia RPCV Karla Berg interviews 1,374 people on Peace 7 Jan
Breaking Taboo, Mandela Says Son Died of AIDS 6 Jan
Dreadlocked PCV raises eyebrows in Africa 6 Jan
RPCV Jose Ravano directs CARE's efforts in Sri Lanka 6 Jan
Persuading Retiring Baby Boomers to Volunteer 6 Jan
Inventor of "Drown Proofing" retires 6 Jan
NPCA Membership approves Board Changes 5 Jan
Timothy Shriver announces "Rebuild Hope Fund" 5 Jan
More Water Bottles, Fewer Bullets 4 Jan
Poland RPCV Rebecca Parker runs Solterra Books 2 Jan
Peace Corps Fund plans event for September 30 Dec
RPCV Carmen Bailey recounts bout with cerebral malaria 28 Dec
more top stories...

RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid  Date: January 4 2005 No: 366 Latest: RPCVs and Peace Corps provide aid
Peace Corps made an appeal last week to all Thailand RPCV's to consider serving again through the Crisis Corps and more than 30 RPCVs have responded so far. RPCVs: Read what an RPCV-led NGO is doing about the crisis an how one RPCV is headed for Sri Lanka to help a nation he grew to love. Question: Is Crisis Corps going to send RPCVs to India, Indonesia and nine other countries that need help?
The World's Broken Promise to our Children Date: December 24 2004 No: 345 The World's Broken Promise to our Children
Former Director Carol Bellamy, now head of Unicef, says that the appalling conditions endured today by half the world's children speak to a broken promise. Too many governments are doing worse than neglecting children -- they are making deliberate, informed choices that hurt children. Read her op-ed and Unicef's report on the State of the World's Children 2005.
Changing of the Guard Date: December 15 2004 No: 330 Changing of the Guard
With Lloyd Pierson's departure, Marie Wheat has been named acting Chief of Staff and Chief of Operations responsible for the day-to-day management of the Peace Corps. Although Wheat is not an RPCV and has limited overseas experience, in her two years at the agency she has come to be respected as someone with good political skills who listens and delegates authority and we wish her the best in her new position.
Our debt to Bill Moyers Our debt to Bill Moyers
Former Peace Corps Deputy Director Bill Moyers leaves PBS next week to begin writing his memoir of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Read what Moyers says about journalism under fire, the value of a free press, and the yearning for democracy. "We have got to nurture the spirit of independent journalism in this country," he warns, "or we'll not save capitalism from its own excesses, and we'll not save democracy from its own inertia."
RPCV safe after Terrorist Attack RPCV safe after Terrorist Attack
RPCV Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, the U.S. consul general in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia survived Monday's attack on the consulate without injury. Five consular employees and four others were killed. Abercrombie-Winstanley, the first woman to hold the position, has been an outspoken advocate of rights for Arab women and has met with Saudi reformers despite efforts by Saudi leaders to block the discussions.
Is Gaddi Leaving? Is Gaddi Leaving?
Rumors are swirling that Peace Corps Director Vasquez may be leaving the administration. We think Director Vasquez has been doing a good job and if he decides to stay to the end of the administration, he could possibly have the same sort of impact as a Loret Ruppe Miller. If Vasquez has decided to leave, then Bob Taft, Peter McPherson, Chris Shays, or Jody Olsen would be good candidates to run the agency. Latest: For the record, Peace Corps has no comment on the rumors.
The Birth of the Peace Corps The Birth of the Peace Corps
UMBC's Shriver Center and the Maryland Returned Volunteers hosted Scott Stossel, biographer of Sargent Shriver, who spoke on the Birth of the Peace Corps. This is the second annual Peace Corps History series - last year's speaker was Peace Corps Director Jack Vaughn.

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