How to pack everything you think you might need to survive in a country you’ve never been to for a job you’ve never done for 27 months.

As you can tell from the title, this is my first blog. Also I’m not especially great at being concise with my words. I’ll work on it over the next couple of years.

This is my premiere blog post! And as most exciting trips start, mine is starting with packing. Very extensive packing that has taken me about a week due to my roundabout packing, going out and buying more things, and repacking habits. I’m already a natural overpacker so needless to say this has been quite the challenge for me. Previous Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) had packing lists that really helped me figure out what I wanted to bring. I hope my list can do the same for someone else in the future!

Here we go.

clothing:
socks (9)
underwear (29)
bras (2 normal bras, 5 bralettes, 7 sports bras)
bathing suit
athletic shorts (2)
sweatpants
jeans
pants (4)
skirts (4)
shirts (5 t-shirts, 6 vnecks, 6 tank tops, 3 button ups, 1 long sleeved)
dresses (3)
sweatshirt
leggings
rain jacket
baseball cap
hiking boots
tevas
sneakers
jandals

electronics:
laptop and charger
unlocked iPhone and charger
kindle (thx kuya ily)
hard drive with lotsa tv shows (aw becca loves me)
flashlights
collapsible lanterns
dslr camera + 2 lens + memory card
chargeable batteries + charger
african plug adapter
headphones

food things:

spork
tupperware
zip-loc bags
knife
vegetable peeler
hot sauce
nutella
peanut butter
snacks (don’t judge me.)
granola bars
cup
water bottles (2)

toiletries:
bar soap (7 – I’m sensitive)
shampoo (bar + dry)
bar conditioner
toothpaste (2)
lotion
deodorant (2.5)
moon cup
birth control (6 months)
over the counter meds (aleve, laxatives, anti-diarrheal)
vitamins
floss
nail clippers/files
hair ties
moisturizer + tinted moisturizer
face wash
glasses (2)
daily contacts (360)
face wipes
wet wipes
tissues
intense bug spray

misc:
sleeping bad + pad
travel pillow
playing cards (3, some to give as presents)
yoga mat
crossword book
french pocket dictionary and learning book
lonely planet africa + africa health
journals (3)
coloring book + pencils + art supplies
envelopes + things to write on + things to write with
pictures
utility tools (3)
hammock
rope
clothesline
duct tape
watch

So you can understand why it took me so long. Here’s to hoping I didn’t forget anything too important! Now I’ve just got to decide what I want my last meal to be stateside. Suggestions are welcome.

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