Peace Corps Packing List

Below is a list of everything I packed in my suitcases for the next two years!

UPDATE (after being here for almost 4 months here’s what I wish I would have brought):

  • 1 more sweatshirt (I’m in the mountains)
  • 1-2 more pairs of loose-fitting jeans
  • 1-3 more pair of running shorts (if you run a lot) and running/yoga leggings
  • I wear skirts a lot
  • (5) Less dress shirts
  • Quick drying shirts and pants are wonderful
  • Travel coffee mug

As a Peace Corps volunteer, you are allowed:

  • 2 checked bags (each cannot weigh over 50 pounds)
  • 1 carry-on bag
  • 1 personal item

Luggage I brought:

  • 1 North Face 36” Rolling Thunder – 48 lbs
    • This bag is huge. The 30” or a smaller option would have been perfect. Highly recommend the rolling duffelbag style.
  • 1 55-liter backpacking bag – 46 lbs
  • 1 carry-on bag (a Marmot Granite backpack)
  • 1 personal item – my ukulele (and a clip-on tuner)

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My Peace Corps Packing List:

CLOTHING:IMG_8946

  • (6) business casual/casual shirts
  • (6) casual tank tops
  • (6) workout tops
  • (8) dresses
  • (6) skirts (mostly knee length and maxi skirts)
  • (8) shorts (2 for hiking, 2 for running)
  • (3) yoga/running pants
  • (6) bras (1 neutral, 1 black, 2 others and 2 sports bras)
  • (?) lots of underwear
  • (15) pairs of socks
  • (4) swimsuit tops
  • (3) swimsuit bottoms
  • (3) coats (1 jean jacket, 1 gortex raincoat, 1 lightweight raincoat)
  • (2) hats (1 sunhat, 1 running hat)

TOILETRIES:
**a lot of this you can buy in-country but I figured it would be cheaper to buy in the US and just take as much down as I could.

  • (4) tubes of toothpaste (I’m picky. Here’s what I’m into:
  • (3) tubes of face specific sunscreenIMG_8942
  • (5) essential oils
  • (1) bottle of face wash
  • (6) toothbrushes (I bought this pack off Amazon)
  • (1) dental flosser + replacement heads (this is the bomb)
  • (3) sticks of deodorant
  • (1) tube of shaving cream
  • (2) nail files
  •  (5) workout headbands
  • (1) big thing of conditioner
  • (1) big thing of shampoo
  • (1) bar of soap
  • (1) travel size hairspray
  • (1) DivaCup (being a woman really did just get easier)
  • ponytails, BB creme, mascara, and a few more other light items

SHOES:Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 6.37.15 AM

  • (1) low-rise lightweight hiking boots (love these from Salomon)
  • (1) TOMS
  • (1) cheap black flats
  • (1) Chacos
  • (1) dress sandal
  • (1) dressy flip flops
  • (1) beach-style flip flops
  • (1) strappy casual sandal

SHTUFF:

  • (1) eye mask (in case I need to sleep on a long bus ride :))
  • (1) headlight
  • (1) super intense flashlight
  • (2) pairs of sunglasses
  • (1) expandable bagIMG_8943
  • (1) yoga strap
  • (1) tripod for taking photos with my phone
  • (1) hammock
  • (1) small globe
  • (1) quick dry towel
  • (1) Vapur water bottle (water bag. I love this thing)
  • (1) small bag of pens and pencils
  • (3) reusable travel zip bags
  • (3) adult coloring books
  • (1) set of watercolor coloring pencils
  • (2) sets of normal colored pencils
  • (1) resistant bag for working out
  • (1) Braza Secret Stash for carrying extra emergency cash
  • (2) journals
  • a few pieces of jewelry
  • a few cards from friends and family to read when I’m feeling sad
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2 thoughts on “Peace Corps Packing List

  1. Janet May 24, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Tily-grandma loved your blog. She knows you have so much to take care of.

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  2. Farida86 August 20, 2016 / 3:01 am

    Wow sounds super exciting and beautiful too! I will be going to Costa Rica coming November to volunteer at Face of Justice Ministries http://www.faceofjustice.org. But wow you are staying 2 years! That is amazing. I love to follow your journey and doing the good work.

    Farida

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