Burkina Faso

Packing List

General Clothing 

Do not bring too much clothing, as you will begin having clothes made locally during pre-service training. Attire is business casual.

  • Pair of nice jeans 
  • Pair of slacks
  • Solid color buttoned shirts (2-3) 
  • Solid color dresses (2-3)
  • T-shirts (3) 
  • Two week supply of underwear
  • Pairs of socks (5, of varied length)
  • Shorts (for sports and not  everyday use )
  • Light jacket/sweatshirt
  • Belt 


Shoes are expected to be in good clean condition in professional environments.

  • Running/Trail shoes
  • Comfortable dress shoes 
  • Work boots 

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Note that the medical kit Peace Corps gives to Volunteers includes Ibuprofen, non-aspirin, tampons, sunscreen, insect repellent, basic first aid supplies, antacids, and multivitamins, so there is no need to bring these items. Other things that are easy to find include toothpaste, lotion, toothbrushes, and soap, so only bring enough to get you through the first month or so. 

  • Hair conditioner
  • Deodorant 
  • Preferred razors/refills
  • Hand sanitizer/wipes
  • If you wear glasses, bring two pairs (contacts are not recommended due to elevated rates of eye infections and contact solution is hard to find)


  • USB key 
  • Laptop 
  • IPod
  • Headphones
  • Mini speakers 
  • Digital camera/spare batteries/memory cards
  • Cellphone 
  • External hard drive/USB sticks
  • Headlamp/wind-up flashlight/led flashlight 
  • Solar charger 
  • Protective coverings for electronics 


  • Spices/grinder (i.e. chili powder, dill, paprika, nutmeg, and a good peppercorn grinder)
  • Ziploc bags/plastic food containers
  • French press 
  • Kitchen knife
  • Snacks for training before you get used to the food, such as granola bars. 


  • Quick-drying/microfiber towel 
  • Hand crank lantern/flashlight. 
  • Leatherman/Swiss Army knife
  • A good pillow/airplane pillow
  • Hair-cutting scissors
  • Good, durable watch. 
  • A few good novels/books. 
  • Photos of family, friends, your hometown 
  • Padlock/combination lock 
  • Travel games (cards, scrabble, etc.) 
  • Money belt for traveling 
  • Nice-looking but inexpensive jewelry 
  • Lightweight sleeping sac
  • Vegetable seeds
  • Good sunglasses
  • Yoga mat/exercise band 
  • 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