Armenia

Packing List

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in-country and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that each experience is individual. There is no perfect list! You obviously cannot bring everything on the list, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. You can always have things sent to you later. As you decide what to bring, keep in mind there is a 100-pound weight limit on baggage. And remember, you can get almost everything you need in-country.

Baggage & weight limit: The Peace Corps limits the size and weight of baggage and will not pay to transport baggage that exceeds these limits. The allowance is two checked pieces of luggage with combined dimensions of both pieces not to exceed 107 inches (length + width + height) and a carry-on bag with dimensions of no more than 45 inches. Checked baggage should not exceed 100 pounds total with a maximum weight of 50 pounds per bag.

Peace Corps Volunteers are not allowed to take pets, weapons, explosives, radio transmitters (shortwave radios are permitted), automobiles, or motorcycles to their assignments. Do not pack flammable materials or liquids such as lighter fluid, cleaning solvents, hair spray, or aerosol containers.

General Clothing

Although you can buy clothing in Armenia, much of it is synthetic and it may not meet your tastes. Variety in clothing is not as important as how it looks. Bring sturdy clothes that will last a long time; Volunteers suggest dark colors because they look clean longer than light colors. You can have some clothes made locally, so it is a good idea to bring patterns or pictures of clothes you like.

  • A good supply of underwear
  • Polypropylene, wool, and cotton socks and glove liners
  • Long underwear of different weights (e.g., wool and silk)
  • Warm coat, wool hat, scarf, and wool or ski-type gloves
  • Shorts, for wearing at home or while jogging early in the morning (Armenian women do not wear shorts in public; Armenian men only wear shorts to play sports)

For Women

  • Dressy and casual clothing for winter and summer: skirts, dresses, blouses, knit tops, slacks, and jeans
  • One formal outfit (skirts and dresses should fall below the knee)
  • Slips
  • Leggings and/or heavy tights
  • Jewelry and makeup (if you wear either regularly; women in Yerevan wear both)

For Men

  • An assortment of winter and summer clothing, including collared shirts for work
  • At least one dressy outfit (sport coat, tie, dress shirt, and slacks)

Shoes

  • Tennis shoes, winter boots, and hiking boots if desired (quality is important)
  • For women: at least two pairs of flat shoes, along with dressy sandals
  • For men: Shoes for work and sandals for summertime

Kitchen

  • Spices (your favorites may be difficult to locate, especially in winter)
  • Plastic storage bags
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • No need to bring cooking supplies (can be found locally)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Favorite over-the-counter toiletries/medical supplies. (You will receive a comprehensive medical kit, but some items provided will be generic brands.)
  • A three-month supply of any prescription drugs you take
  • Two pairs of eyeglasses, if you wear them (replacements can take several months to arrive)
  • Contact lens supplies (not available locally and not supplied by the Peace Corps)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Hair-coloring products, if you prefer a certain brand

Electronics

  • Watch (durable, water-resistant, and inexpensive); batteries can be purchased in Armenia
  • Travel alarm clock (battery operated is best)
  • Digital camera (if you prefer film cameras, film and processing are available locally)
  • Variable voltage adapter, which switches the current from AC to DC and can reduce the need for battery replacements (also available in Yerevan electronics stores)
  • Flashlights (available in Armenia, but choices are limited)
  • Laptop
  • Unlocked quad-band cellphone (can also be purchased in-country)

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses, for dusty road travel and for winter and summer glare
  • Poncho and folding umbrella
  • Small daypack without a frame (for shopping and carrying books or work materials)
  • One or two sets of full-size sheets (available locally)
  • Small tool kit (available locally)
  • Multi-purpose tool/knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Pictures and video recordings of home (for yourself and to share with friends and students)
  • U.S. postage stamps (so travelers going home can hand-carry mail for you)
  • U.S. and world maps, which make good teaching aids and can serve as wall hangings
  • Inexpensive gifts (e.g., toys, costume jewelry, magazines, key chains, kitchen gadgets, such as potato peelers)
  • Games (e.g., Scrabble, chess, Trivial Pursuit)
  • Sports equipment (e.g., frisbee, baseball, volleyball, soccer ball, etc.)
  • Detergent for delicate fabrics; dry cleaning is available only in the capital city
  • Sleeping bag rated for minus 10–20 degrees Fahrenheit and a pad (Volunteers also suggest a compactable bag and fleece liner)
  • Work-related materials
  • English language audio material
  • Word games
  • Songbooks 
  • Calendars with colorful pictures
  • Tape measure (with inches and centimeters)
  • Novels and short stories (for yourself and your work)
  • If you plan to travel to other countries for vacation, you may want to bring extra money to suit your travel plans; credit cards or traveler's checks are preferable to cash. There are ATMs in larger cities, and most towns so you may want to bring an ATM card to access a bank account in the U.S.
  • Small gifts for host family and friends (not required); knickknacks for the house; pictures, books, or calendars of American scenes; souvenirs from your area; hard candies that will not melt or spoil; photos to give away