Cambodia

Packing List

General Clothing 

Volunteers in Cambodia discourage packing a lot of clothes as they are readily available in-country and tailoring is inexpensive. For women in particular, you will have to get most of your clothes for school/formal occasions made in Cambodia (Peace Corps/Cambodia staff will help you to do this during training). Volunteers also recommend not bringing white clothes, as they are difficult to keep clean. 

  • Two to three pairs of lightweight pants 
  • Shorts (for vacation) 
  • T-shirts/tops (3-5) 
  • Sweatshirt/fleece top 
  • Windbreaker/Lightweight rain jacket
  • Athletic clothes 
  • Baseball cap/wide brimmed hat 

For women 

  • Work outfits (4-5): light-colored collared blouses and dark-colored, calf-length skirts. Cambodian women dress very conservatively; women in villages do not wear clothing that shows their knees. You can have traditional Khmer skirts made cheaply in-country. Cambodian women do not wear pants at school, but do wear them at health centers. Generally female health center workers wear nice work pants/slacks and do not wear traditional Khmer skirts at work. 
  • Bathing suit (one-piece)
  • A good supply of bras and cotton underwear, including sports bras 

For men 

  • Dress shirts (4-5)
  • Casual dress pants (4-5)
  • One necktie 
  • Board shorts

Shoes 

  • Casual dress shoes (1) 
  • Sport sandals (1-2)
  • Running/Trail shoes (1)
  • Slip-on shoes (1-2) (you will often have to take off your shoes before entering a building) 
  • Flip-flops (1-2)
  • Note: Sizes larger than women's 9 and  men's 12 are generally difficult to find in Cambodia.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items 

Volunteers who wear glasses should bring at least two pairs of glasses with them to Cambodia. If your glasses are lost, stolen, or broken, Peace Corps will replace one pair of glasses during two years of service. Sunglasses or photo gray lenses will not be provided. The Peace Corps advises against the use of contact lenses and will not provide contacts or solutions.

The Peace Corps medical kit contains almost everything you will need for basic first aid, though not necessarily in the brands you like. You may want to bring a three-month supply of the following items for pre-service training. After training, you will be able to find a variety of these products in local shops. 

  • Shampoo/Conditioner 
  • Deodorant
  • Razor/Supply of blades 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Allergy medication 
  • Tampons/Sanitary napkins/Reusable menstrual cup 
  • Nail care kit
  • Earplugs 
  • Body Power 
  • Cosmetics (if you use them normally)

Electronics 

  • Portable music player
  • Mini speakers 
  • Digital camera/Memory cards
  • Voltage converter/Adapter
  • Flashlight/Headlamp 
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Waterproof watch
  • External hard drive
  • E-reader 

Miscellaneous 

  • Sturdy backpack 
  • Leatherman/Swiss Army knife/Multipurpose tool  
  • Sturdy water bottle (1-2)
  • Lightweight, quick-dry towel (1-2)
  • Flat sheets/Pillowcase (1-2) 
  • Zip-top bags 
  • Good scissors/Hair-cutting scissors
  • Sturdy sunglasses 
  • Photos of your life in the United States to show to Cambodian friends 
  • Small gifts from home for your host family during training and at site (magazines, coins, postcards, stamps, cool pens, hard candy, etc.) 
  • Contact information for resources in U.S. (former employers, colleges, organizations, etc.) 
  • Copies of important documents (résumé, cover letter, credit card information, etc.). 
  • Things from home that will make you feel more comfortable (e.g., posters, books, journals, hobbies, music, photos)
  • Visual aids for teaching 
  • Your favorite dictionary 
  • Art supplies 
  • U.S. and world maps 
  • Travel games 
  • Musical instrument 
  • Calendar
  • Dry bags
  • 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

What Not To Bring

  • Food
  • Heavy coat 
  • A large quantity of clothes 
  • Camouflage or military-style clothing 
  • A lot of language materials 
  • A lot of cash 
  • A two-year supply of toiletries
  • Pots, pans, kitchen utensils, or cook stove 
  • Water filter