Over the last two years (since I applied for the Peace Corps the first time) I have probably read thousands of blogs and posts on Peace Corps Journals. As I have made my way through the process I have been interested in different types of post at different milestones in my journey. At the beginning I was reading all about the interview and application process, then I read endless posts about applicants receiving their invitations, and most recently I have spent my time reading blogs of the volunteers who are currently serving in Colombia. Now my focus has shifted once again as I am leaving in exactly one month. I have decided it is time to tackle the packing list. I have been talking with current volunteers, reviewing my invitation packet and the included packing list, as well as making my own list of things I just can’t go two years without. I have finally put together a packing list and I wanted to share it here since I have found it so helpful to look at the packing lists of other volunteers. This is by no means a finished product as it changes on a daily basis. It is almost impossible to know what I will need/won’t need so I am open to suggestions from current volunteers. I am sure I will end up leaving behind some things I will want and I will undoubtedly bring many things I won’t end up needing. Qué será, será.Packing List: Luggage: Kelty 65 L Lakota hiking backpack (check) FUL Rolling Duffle (check) Outdoor Daypack (carry on) Clothes: Underwear (14) /socks (9) Bras (5) /Sports Bras (3) Undershirts (2) Jeans (1 denim, 1 black) Capris (black, white, black dress, 2 denim) Short shorts (white, tan) Long shorts (black, white) Athletic shorts (running, cotton) Skirts (black, white) Dresses (1 dressy for swearing in/5 casual) Tshirts (4) Blouses (How ever many I have left after my garage sale!) Yoga pants (1capri/1 long) PJs Bathing suits (2) Cover up (1) Jewelry (simple necklaces, probably way more earings than I need) Cardigan/Shrug (1 of each) ASU hat Shoes: (Most of these I had already and taught in the States in them so I think they should be fine!) Tevas (for wearing at home/weekends) Flip flops (shower shoes) Sandals (tan/black) Brown flats Black peep toe flats Tan peep toe flats Green Merrill Barefoot (running/hiking shoes) Black Toms Brown wedges (these might not make the cut…) Toiletries: Shampoo/Conditioner (Garnier Fructis Pure Clean…LOVE) Toothbrush/case/paste Brush/comb/blow dryer Facewash (St. Ives Apricot Scrub) Soap (Dove cucumber) Hand sanitizer (Bath and Body Works pocket bacs) Q-tips (travel sized box) Sunscreen (Neutrogena SPF 70) Make Up (Compact, mascara, lip gloss) Lip balm (I can’t go a day without Burt’s Bees) Tampons/Diva Cup Tweezers/Nail kit Bobby pins/hair ties/headbands (more than enough…my hair makes me so hot so I’m sure it will always be up!) Razor/blades (Venus Spa with the gel blades so I don’t need shave gel) Deodorant (Secret Clinical Strength waterproof) Prescription drugs (3 month supply) Electronics: Laptop/charger (HP 14inch…thanks to my parents for buying my older and much bigger Dell!) Ipod nano/charger/headphones Camera/charger/memory card Travel alarm clock Flash drive Battery charger/rechargeable batteries (4 AA, 4 AAA) Flashlight Surge protector External hard drive Kindle/charger Other: Microfiber camping towel (quick dry) Washcloths Beach towel (huge one from Costco…may regret this when packing) Set of 100% cotton sheets Lint roller/wrinkle releaser Combination lock Brita water bottle/Nalgene/Camelbak Yoga mat (depending on space…but this is one of those don’t want to live without items!) Sunglasses (3 cheap pairs) Umbrella Propel zero packets/Arnold Palmer packets Sleeping bag liner Women’s One A Day vitamins Index cards/pens/scissors Odwalla bars/Cliff bars 20Q (game that takes up virtually no space) Colombian guidebook Small purse Gifts for Host Family: (Not sure about this yet…) Small Arizona calendar (for parents) Arizona deck of cards (for parents) Silly bands? Candy? Stickers? Well there you have it! I am a big list maker so I am really happy to have finally written this all down and begun to get it organized. Luckily I already have much of this and have started to purchase some of the things I need. Today I spent some time spreading out things I have. Here it is:
In other Peace Corps news we finally received our staging email yesterday. It has all the information for making our travel arrangements. I have yet to do that so I will post again when I have all the details.
Until next time… paz y amor.
PS. Just for fun I thought I’d share this picture. (Grandma–I am hoping you can see these pictures in your email..I will call and check with you to see how it worked!)