What to Bring
I think a lot of people balked at the suggestion that they bring things
like a toenail brush or a flyswatter, but then they really wished they had!
I second Mark's suggestion that you bring good, durable shoes, and I would
add underwear. Don't fill your luggage with too many clothes, as the
secondhand clothes markets offer a vast selection. Teachers do tend to wear
ties. Don't worry about it matching your shirt, though ;-) And Malawi
boasts great tailors. Buy most of your clothes there and save your precious
luggage space for the fun stuff.
If you end up with a lot of vermin in your abode, you'll be glad you
brought a few Rubbermaid containers or others with tight-fitting lids.
Other stuff on my Africa list: Swiss Army knife, daypack, water bottle,
lots of reading material, good sandals, all your favorite CDs (might wanna
bring copies -- I got all mine stolen in Uganda last year), and -- unless
you can count on regular care packages from Mom -- a small stash of your
favorite nonperishable foods that might be hard to find (worry not --
chocolate is plentiful).
Optional: I also always bring stuff for young kids when I go to Africa,
like pens, stickers, small toys, etc. Dollar stores offer a wealth of cheap
choices that kids there will appreciate. When I have a chance, I also bring
used books and shoes for them. Frisbees also make great gifts for host
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- Tighe --
I think you've received a lot of good suggestions. What has not been
mentioned is the length of time it takes for packages to get to you in Malawi
from the U.S. My son arrived in March. I had mailed a couple packages for him
in February (clothes, shoes, camping gear, etc.) He just received one of the
packages about a week ago and is still waiting for the other one.
I know you're limited in what you can take on the plane but prioritize
your items. Ship things you can afford to be without for a while but take the
important things on the plane with you.
- Oh wow. Thanks for the advice. Yeah, that seems to be the general
opinion, that it takes forever (possibly literally) to get packages
to Malawi. I'm planning on taking everything I need with me.
As for the pressure cooker, what a great suggestion. I never would
have thought about that.
You guys are amazing. Dan Phillips, who I think is the desk officer
for Malawi, told me about this group. You're an awesome resource. I'm
sorry I didn't discover this group earlier, I would have loved to
have heard all your stories! Thanks a million.
--- In ujeni@y..., HistProf39@a... wrote:
> Tighe --
> I think you've received a lot of good suggestions. What has
> mentioned is the length of time it takes for packages to get to you
> from the U.S. My son arrived in March. I had mailed a couple
packages for him
> in February (clothes, shoes, camping gear, etc.) He just received
one of the
> packages about a week ago and is still waiting for the other one.
> I know you're limited in what you can take on the plane but
> your items. Ship things you can afford to be without for a while
but take the
> important things on the plane with you.