RE: [ujeni] Packing List
- Thanks for the reply. I am sure you felt unsure about what to expect and what to bring. I lived in Indonesia for a while so I am not new to impoverished nations, but still this is not Indonesia. Anyhow, thanks for the heads up. I have been assigned to forestry/ parks expasion. Do you know any details about this?Thanks again for the heads up,Greg Clements
--- On Sat, 12/27/08, Daniel Dudley <papadud@...> wrote:
From: Daniel Dudley <papadud@...>
Subject: RE: [ujeni] Packing List
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, December 27, 2008, 5:59 PMit is a pretty good list. how sweet it would have been to have ipods I the early 90's!! a laptop will b pretty much useless if u r at a site without electricity. if u plan to travel and camp then a tent is nice, but not that necessary. I always crashed on a friends floor and was fine with that. get a solar electronic charger for ipods and cell phones etc. my wife gets gsm "unlocked" cell phones used from ebay. have fun, malawi is a great place. I will likely b bringing a group of students there in June for the third time.
From: cowboygreg58 <cowboygreg58@...>
Sent: 12/20/2008 7:29:12 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Subject: [ujeni] Packing List
Seasoned Malawi PCV's
Below is a recommended list of items to take with me to Malawi.
Please recommend what might need to be added or not. Also, is a tent
crucial to take (just trying to budget necessities and all)?
Thanks for the info.
PS Do you know about the world traveler website www.couchsurfing.com ?
Check my profile here -
Greetings, Future Malawi PCV!
We've collected short bits from several current (as of November, 2008)
PCVs to help you get a sense of what Malawi is like, what some of the
high and low points are, and a sense of who your fellow PCVs will be.
We hope that you enjoy them, and you should feel free to contact the
people in the next few weeks if you have questions.
As for packing well, look over the list below that was put together
by PCVs. They have a good sense of what you'll need right away or in
the long-term in your work and life here.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Program Assistant, Environment
Items You Should not Leave At home!!
Clothes you don't mind getting destroyed or leaving here (some PCVs
suggest a smaller size than you have now )
`Going out' clothes (one only)
`Business-casual' clothes skirts, khakis, button-down shirts.
Jeans! (a pair or two, depending on how much you love wearing them now)
Camera (digital is easiest, real film can be developed in major towns
but is very expensive)
iPod, mp3 player, or CD player (no need for tape players in this day
*Please note that erratic energy, heat, humidity, sand and dust will
do a number on all electronic devices (computers, iPods and cameras).
Medium-size thirsty towels (large ones are difficult to wash)
Pair of plastic flip-flops for showering the first few days
Good pair of sandals, for example, durable Chacos
3 month supply of any medicine you will need
2 pairs of eyeglasses (if you need them)
Sunglasses and good hat
Fitted twin sheets
Sturdy walking or hiking shoes
Leatherman tool or Swiss Army Knife
Headlamp (very popular among PCVs!) and/or wind-up flash light
Rechargeable or solar batteries and charger (bring AAAs is you have a
Converter and adaptors (220V here. Small multi converters/adapters
Short supply of razors and shavers
Sweater/sweatshirt 1st two months in training are in cool
Compact sleeping bag and Tent
English dictionary, Thesaurus
US $ cash
Powdered drinks, like Crystal Lite
If you wear make-up, bring some!
If you wear jewelry, bring some!
A pair of nice dress shoes
Two-piece bathing suits are ok at the lake
Hair ties/ Headbands
Collared shirt or three for official meetings
Nice dress pants/Khakis
Presents for Host Country friends and family (can be dollar store bought)
Pictures of your city/hometown/postcards
Soccer balls deflated, they don't take up much space
Crayons, markers, paint sets and coloring books
Photos and picture frames
Watch - think inexpensive
Jewelry- same as watch
Special Interest Items*
*i.e. things we love in-country, items only some volunteers adore but
others don't care about, and care package suggestions
Laptop computer you can keep it in one of the regional houses or in
Lilongwe if you worry about it
Extra flash drive
Colored maps of the world and Africa for your house, blow-up globe
Travel version of Bug repellent we are issued spray stuff
Parmesan Cheese (Kraft), Mac and Cheese packets (have them flat packs
mailed by friends/family!)
Cliff Bars/Granola bars/Luna Bars
Pants with zip-off bottoms
Non-stick fry pan
Seeds (herbs especially) - don't list this on packages mailed, since
you're not supposed to mail them
Calendar showing scenes of the US
Pictures of friends and family
Your favorite candy (but you can get lots here, too)
Pet leash, collar and flea/tick prevention
Puzzle/Crossword puzzle books
Crayons, markers, colored paper, colored pencils and cheap paint sets
Votive candles or other religious items
Christmas ornaments- have sent!
Favorite coffee, unbreakable French Press, Specialty Teas
GRE prep materials
Nice soap and facial cleansers; Oil of Olay daily facials (no
water needed to wash your face: good for training when you don't feel
like fetching water or talking to host family, also travel in dry
regions); scrubbing face wash
Your favorite books (1 or 2) especially non-fiction if you're a
non-fiction reader. Books you won't mind sharing or re-reading. The
PC/Malawi office library has a nice collection also.
What Volunteers say in November 2008:
"Other than those things on the list, I would definitely emphasize
bringing a laptop and extra flash drive. It has been helpful numerous
times for work. I don't know how I'd get as much accomplished as I
have. And perhaps under-emphasize clothes. I was under the impression
that you can't get clothes in Malawi. If I had known how easy it was
to buy apparel, I would have brought more camping gear and less clothes."
"Ignore other people's suggestions of leaving your laptop behind. You
won't regret bringing it!"
"Bringing a hobby is a good idea too. Ethan brought some wood carving
tools. Lots of people bring musical instruments. I wish I would have
brought a couple tools for building instruments."
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