June 27, 2005: Headlines: COS - Senegal: Blogs - Senegal: Packing: Personal Web Site: Peace Corps Volunteer Clare Major's packing list for Senegal

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Peace Corps Volunteer Clare Major's packing list for Senegal

Peace Corps Volunteer Clare Major's packing list for Senegal

So here's my list, with a few notations about what was useful and what I should have left behind.

Peace Corps Volunteer Clare Major's packing list for Senegal

Peace Corps: packing list

Peace Corps guidelines: Limit two checked bags and two carry-ons (one + personal item). No more than 80lbs total; no one bag weighing more than 50lbs. Total dimensions (length + width + height) of checked baggage may not exceed 107 inches; larger pieces of checked baggage can't exceed 62 inches; total carry-on can't exceed 45 inches.

Perhaps most importantly, you should be able to carry everything you bring.

So here's my list, with a few notations about what was useful and what I should have left behind... In addition, "What Should I Bring to Peace Corps?" has a great list of do's and don'ts from RPCVs.


• Shirts: 3 T-shirts; 2 tank tops; 3 collared shirts; 1 light long-sleeve; 1 fleece (They say "business casual" for staging, but it's not really necessary.)

• 2 long dresses; 2 below-knee-length skirts (I should've gone with longer, more comfortable skirts and more dresses.)

• Pants: 2 pr cotton/linen; 1 pr “tech”; 1 pr jeans; 1 pr light cotton for sleeping

• 1 pr exercise shorts

• 1 rain jacket (Marmot Pre Cip)

• 1 straw hat; 1 canvas hat

• Shoes: Chacos; Merrell trail runners; dressier slides (Cheap flip-flops are ubiquitous in Senegal, but Chacos are nice if you're walking far.)

• 5 pr socks

• 10 pr underwear; 3 sports bras; 2 regular bras (Should've brought more underwear and bras.)

• 1 bathing suit

• 5 bandanas

• jewelry

Toiletries, etc:

• toothbrush; toothpaste (1 in use, 1 extra); floss

• 2 pr prescription glasses

• 1 pr prescription sunglasses

• 1 pr regular sunglasses

• disposable contacts; saline solution; eye drops

• deodorant (1 in use, 1 extra)

• 1 bar soap; soap container

• small mirror

• leave-in conditioner

• comb

• razor; replacement blades; small can shaving cream

• 4 mini packs of Kleenex

• tiny bottle liquid hand sanitizer (Should've brought a bigger bottle. This stuff's necessary.)

• antimicrobial soap

• the “Keeper,” the best feminine product ever; pantiliners

• fingernail & toenail clippers

• hair bands, hair clips, etc

• 1 extra-large packtowl; 1 small packtowl

• moisturizing lotion

• Excedrin, ibuprofen

• Lip balm

• 6-month supply of prescriptions

• 2 boxes Pepto-Bismol

• small bottle of scented oils for bucket baths


• Timex sport watch; extra battery

• battery-powered alarm clock

• digital camera (Canon s410); accessories; 4 memory cards

• USB card reader; blank cd-r’s for backing-up photos

• miniDV camera (Canon ZR40); accessories; 6 Sony Premium miniDV tapes

• iSun solar charger; BattPak; charging accessories (BIG disappointment. Try Brunton's model instead.)

• 16 AA rechargeable batteries; 4 AAA rechargeable batteries

• 2 pin (French) socket adapter

• LED headlamp

• 1 pr good scissors; 1 roll scotch tape; 1 roll duct tape (All priceless.)

• 2 combination locks

• 2 carabinier clips

• lots of Ziploc freezer bags (quart & gallon sizes)

• two Nalgene bottles

• 3 medium-size pieces of Tupperware, nested for transport

• kitchen knife

• Swiss army knife; whetstone

• 2 journals; 2 pocket notebooks

• pencil bag; pens, pencils, permanent markers, etc

• address book

• 2005 planner

• pillow; hand-rolled vacuum bag

• Thermarest (Not as essential as the pillow, but nice to have. I should've brought nice sheets, too.)

• cheap wallet; money belt

• $200 in traveler’s checks

• 18 passport-sized photos

• plastic document/file folders

• PC paperwork; Volunteer Handbook; personal papers, etc


• small shortwave/AM/FM radio

• 40gb iPod; accessories; iTrip (to play iPod through FM radio)

NB: If you're bringing an iPod, it is utterly essential to get the Apple plug adapters. I charged mine through another converter/adapter and it temporarily fried the iPod, requiring a trip back to the US to be reformatted. Apparently other people have experienced the same thing.

• earbud headphones; tiny speakers

• poster-sized map of the world

• photo album to share; photo album for me

• deck of cards; Uno (Should've brought more kid-friendly games.)

• soccer ball (deflated); two needles

• essential books: Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut); Myth of Sisyphus (Camus); Daily Afflictions (Boyd)

• French grammar book; tiny French-English dictionary


• 1 bag Werther’s Original hard candy; 1 bag CremeSavers hard candy

• 3 pouches Kool-aid mix

• 1 box chai black tea bags


• LSU baseball hat

• tin of Burt’s Bees hand salve

• 2 boxes Crayola crayons

• small pad of paper; sheets of paper

And to carry it all:

• large (5400 cu.in.) Kelty backpack

• light duffel for transporting backpack by air; luggage straps

• North Face backpack (booksack size)

• small Eagle Creek travel bag (purse size)

• assorted zip-bags, stuff sacks, etc

And now, a few months in...

Things I wish I'd brought but didn't:

• index cards (for vocab flash cards)

• a digital outdoor thermometer

• a small star-gazing chart (village night skies are amazing)

• more good pens

• a film camera or two, in addition to my digitial camera

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