Where have I been lately? Buried under a pile of clothes, wrinkle release spray, and rechargeable batteries. I “finished” packing only to realize it will be wintertime in Namibia when I arrive so I unpacked everything and buried myself again.
I leave for Namibia in 10 days. It’s so crazy. Back in October when I accepted my invitation to serve April seemed so far away. Although, my service hasn’t even begun, one thing is for certain-
When did the carry-on liquid rule change to 3-1-1? How is anyone supposed to know this? 4-1-1 makes sense. 3-1-1, does not. Especially since this really means that anything under 3.4-ounces are permitted in your carry-on. Makes perfect sense.
I thank my lucky stars for my great friends and family who have pulled through with the necessities I need for my big move.
I threw a packing party this week and Carrie was the only guest to show. I think she was just as overwhelmed me. Thank you for helping me utilize my space more efficiently even if it means I won’t know which pudding flavor is which. Without you, I would have packed all my 4-ounce liquids in my carry-on and would have made it to Africa without bug spray, sunscreen, and contact solution.
But seriously, how in the world do you pack for 2 years?
Carrie’s response would be, “you don’t.”
And that is so true.
Well, I know future PCT/PCV (Peace Corps Trainees/Peace Corps Volunteers) may need a little guidance as well. I probably don’t offer much at this point, but here’s what I am tentatively packing.
NOTE: Compression bags are my saving grace right now. Found a 12-pack at T.J. Maxx for $12.99.
1 Olympia 33 in” rolling duffel bag
1 High Sierra hiking backpack (40L)
1 MaxPedition backpack
Luggage tags and locks
What I’m [Probably] Packing
Let’s start here first.
Spices/Seasonings – curry, taco seasoning, garlic salt, guacamole mix, fajita seasoning, Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning, Tony Chachere’s, BBQ rub, etc. (Current PCVs have mentioned acquiring spices, particularly Tex/Mex seasonings are hard to come by, that’s why I am packing those.)
Guilty pleasures – Jell-O pudding, gummy bears, cinnamon bears
Snacks- Protein bars, beef jerky, etc. (The snack items are mostly for traveling time.)
Water enhancers such as Crystal Light and True Lemon. (Word on the street, I’ll be consuming a lot of water, might as well make it taste good.)
Tons of instant coffee (Working at Starbucks had its perks, pun totally intended.)
2 pairs of dress pants
4 pairs of dress socks
4 knee length skirts
3 short-sleeved shirts
5 long-sleeved shirts
2 pairs of denim jeans
2 pair of shorts
2 spaghetti strapped shirts (for layering)
4 athletic tops
2 pairs of athletic capris
3 pairs of soccer shorts
2 pairs of athletic tights (1 warm weather, 1 everyday tights)
Raincoat with removal outer shell
Winter beanie and headband
Finger-less gloves (advice from my friend, RPCV Lindsey.)
Roughly 30 pairs of dri-wicking underwear
6 regular bras
8 sports bras
20-25 pairs of socks
6 pairs of wool socks
5 lightweight scarves (I love scarves, can’t give up my style.)
Couple pairs of earrings and some necklaces
Small cross body purse
(Shoes with dependable soles are key. I didn’t dare pack any of my cute Target finds.)
flip-flops (for showering, if I get to shower)
Croc ballet flats
New Balance training shoes
slippers with sturdy sole
travel sewing kit
rubber drain stopper
Wrinkle release spray
2 Nalagene bottles
A set of travel utensils (For meals on the go)
Toiletries (Most of these items I can get in country, but packed at least 3 months’ supply to last me throughout training.)
Spray bottle (This advice was from Ashley, Ethopia PCV)
Medications and vitamins
Neck pillow/travel pillow
Headlamp (advice from PCV ChristyinNamibia)
Set of rechargeable batteries (AA and AAA) and the charger
Fast drying towels
Pocket knife, Gerber multitool
A couple reusable shopping bag
Set of kitchen knives
Texas ornaments for host family gifts
1 microfiber towel set
Twin sheet set
2 deck of cards
Comforts From Home
Calligraphy book and pens
Coloring book and pencils
Photo book and tons of pictures
Cooking apron, oven mitt, and pot holder
While, I am more than likely over-packing, I know that I can’t pack everything. And if needed, I can have things shipped to me, or purchase them in-country. After reading many “suggestive” packing lists this is what I came up with for myself. I help this can be helpful to someone in the future.
Until next time!