Packing List


  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 sweatshirt/light jacket
  • 1 sweater
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 2 blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 2 wool socks
  • 20 pairs of underwear
  • 3 bras
  • 3 sports bras
  • swimsuit
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 2 hats
  • 2 skirts
  • sunglasses
  • shorts
  • hoodie/sweatpants
  • watch

TOILETRIES (enough for training)

  • minimal cosmetics
  • travel sized soap/shampoo/conditioner/lotion
  • soap
  • razors
  • 2 deodorant
  • face wash
  • nail clippers
  • tweezers
  • small mirror
  • hair elastics
  • pack of toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • hairbrush
  • shampoo bars
  • allergy medication


  • 1 headlamp (black diamond)
  • Leatherman
  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • travel pillow
  • pocket knife
  • 2 waterbottles
  • bicycle saddle bags 


  • spices
  • cookbook
  • can opener
  • 2 dozen zip-lock freezer bags


  • iPod/charger cord
  • laptop
  • solar charger/adapters
  • camera/solar charger adapter
  • 2 16G memory cards for camera
  • plug converter
  • portable speaker
  • 2 8G flash drives
  • 1TB Passport Harddrive (WD)


  • deck of cards
  • small games (I recommend any card game or portable game like bananagrams)
  • 3 journals
  • full-size fitted bed sheet
  • 10 or more passport photos
  • small sewing kit
  • 2 roll of duct tape
  • 2 books of stamps
  • pens/pencils
  • wall hanging/maps
  • camping towel
  • accordion style folder for all my peace corps papers
  • fly paper
  • US currency
  • ATM card
  • US and World maps
  • couple of books
  • stack of envelopes


  • 2 small rolling luggage
  • duffel bag
  • space saver bags

Extra Information After Arriving in Zambia

Clothes: Leggings, some professional clothing, as many clothes and nice clothes can be found in country at cheap prices. Just get enough for training.

Shoes: Hiking sneakers, indie/hipster shoes, and extra pair of pretty professional attire shoes.

Toiletries: Your own deodorant as roll on is only available and can be not very useful. Face wash, good shampoos or conditioner. Tampons are not sold here but it is best if you invest in a Diva cup. I did. But I get my parents to still send me pads or tampons to me by using them as packing peanuts to make sure my other crap is secure.

Gear: Large panniers with casing boards that can be put inside to hold them straight and create more depth to store immense loads. Leatherman is incredibly useful and always on hand.

Kitchen supplies: Spices, loose tea, cilantro and dried herbs. Spices are available here and expensive but still worth buying. Fresh herbs can be hard to find outside the city.

Electronics: I brought a Goal Zero solar charger and battery to hold charges during the constant rains. I use it constantly and it can also charge with electricity and I carry it everywhere to provide a quick phone charge. Extra cords to everything and extra headphones.  Cords and electronics come to die here! Prepare yourself!!!

MISC: Bring something that makes you happy. That will last and instill in you warmth when you are alone, memories of home but not sadness. Whatever it is. Photos, food, the reason why you are doing PC, etc. Two years is long and bad days happen.

Packing is stressful, but do not worry too much. I did and I am still here. I could have packed less or more or better but whatever I packed is fine. You will still survive and not just barely, but incredibly.


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