Eastern Caribbean

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.You will spend your first week in St. Lucia in a training center. The Peace Corps recommends you pack an overnight bag with a change of clothes for your first night and carry it with you on the plane.

For Men

  • Summer suit or dress shirt and tie
  • Short-sleeved, button-down shirts
  • Cotton dress shirts (one or two)
  • Long-sleeved shirt (one or two)
  • Cotton polo-type shirts
  • Light cotton sweater for air-conditioned venues (or a long-sleeved shirt can be used)
  • Washable dress slacks/khakis
  • Durable pants/shorts for outdoors
  • Jeans—no patches or holes (one or two pairs)
  • Cotton underwear and socks
  • T-shirts
  • Sports equipment and clothing
  • Sneakers 
  • Durable walking shoes
  • Professional black/brown shoes
  • Sandals
  • Swimwear

For Women

  • Cotton and poly-cotton lightweight dresses (no strapless, spaghetti straps)
  • A fancier dress with sleeves (or a shawl to cover shoulders)
  • Skirts, slacks, and blouses to mix and match
  • Cotton blouses or dress shirts
  • Longer walking shorts
  • Jean skirt
  • Jeans—no patches or holes (one or two pairs)
  • Cotton underwear, bras, and socks (several)
  • Sandals (e.g., Tevas)
  • Sports equipment and clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Durable walking shoes
  • Sandals
  • T-shirts/polo shirts
  • Swimwear
  • Light cotton sweater (for air-conditioned venues)
  • Low-heeled, closed-toe dress shoes – or flats (two pairs)

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

Unless you must use particular brands, there is no need to bring a two-year supply of any toiletries. Everything you need is probably available on the islands. Bring contact lens solution (but remember the Peace Corps strongly advises against wearing contact lenses). Women should bring a supply of tampons. There will be bug repellent and sunscreen provided in your Peace Corps-issued medical kit, but if you have a favorite brand or type, please bring it.

Miscellaneous

  • One set of sheets (full/queen size)
  • Towels
  • Travel iron (must work on 220 volts)
  • Travel clock or cheap waterproof watch
  • Small set of hand tools or Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife
  • Flashlight (small)
  • Wattage converter/plug adapters
  • Digital camera
  • Favorite games and playing cards
  • Sturdy water bottle (e.g., Nalgene)
  • Favorite recipes
  • Handkerchiefs or bandannas (if you use them)
  • Day pack or small backpack
  • Bring four passport-size photos (color or black-and-white) with you for local permits, visas for travel, etc.
  • 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