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

Georgians tend to favor black and other dark colors, and this is still reflected in the dress of the older generations, especially in rural areas. If you enjoy wearing colorful clothes, bring them, but keep in mind that living in the regions will require you to dress professionally and fairly modestly. Professional dress means neat, clean, and conservative—not necessarily dress suits or coats and ties, but business casual. Clothes should be wash-and-wear. Winters are quite cold and classrooms and offices are often not heated. Bring warm layers for the cold winters and cool clothing for the hot summers. Clothes should be breathable, durable, and be able to endure rough washings. Laundry is all line-dried, so consider fabrics that will dry quickly. Also, white clothes will turn off-white very quickly.

  • Thick sweaters
  • Sweatshirt or fleece hoodie
  • Winter coat (wool or down)
  • Rain coat
  • Gloves
  • Winter hat and scarf
  • Long underwear (thermal cotton, silk, spandex, or fleece-lined)
  • Bathing suit
  • Belts
  • Long- and short-sleeved button-down shirts (light and heavy materials for seasonal temperature changes)
  • Slacks and casual dress pants (avoid light-colors, as these show stains very easily; consider bringing pants with belt loops so if they stretch they can still be worn)
  • Tailored jacket or blazer
  • Wool, dress, and good-quality cotton athletic socks (many pairs of differing thickness, as you will likely be layering them)
  • Shorts

 For Women

  • Underwear/bras (more than you think you will need)
  • Skirts and dresses (both formal and everyday styles for both warm and cold weather); in some rural settings, female teachers are not allowed to wear pants
  • Jeans (consider styles that can easily be stuffed into boots; bring jeans that fit snugly or have a bit of stretch in them. Line-drying will stretch them out over time)
  • Tights/stockings/pantyhose

 For Men

  • Short-sleeved polos
  • Flannel shirts
  • T-shirts (can be used as undershirts)
  • Underwear
  • Jeans (nice quality, professional looking)
  • Sweatpants


  • Sneakers
  • Winter boots
  • Lightweight ice grips to wear over shoes or boots, for walking on packed snow and ice
  • Sandals (such as Chacos or Tevas) or flip-flops/shower shoes
  • For Women: dress and casual shoes (flats and heels are both worn; nice enough to wear to school or the office). Boots (in addition to winter boots, bring at least one nicer pair, as well as a pair that can serve as rain boots) 
  • For Men: dress and casual shoes

 Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Three-month supply of any medications, to last through pre-service training; copy of prescriptions
  • If you wear glasses, bring two pairs (contact are not recommended due to elevated rates of eye infections and contact solution is hard to find)
  • Feminine hygiene products (tampons and sanitary napkins are available in Tbilisi and district centers, but if you have a preference, bring them)
  • Your favorite brands of shampoo, soap, lotion, etc.
  • Dry shampoo (a lifesaver in the villages and during water shortages)
  • Wet wipes/hand sanitizer (with refillable travel-size bottle)
  • Razors
  • Dietary supplement (i.e., Airborne or Emergen-C)
  • Lint brush
  • Stain remover
  • Towels (quick dry/microfiber)
  • Shoe freshener balls
  • Wrinkle release spray/sheets
  • Fabric refresher 


  • Laptop computer (not required but very useful for personal and work purposes)
  • Camera
  • USB drive
  • Portable iPod or MP3 player
  • Lightweight portable speakers
  • 110-/220-voltage adaptor (you can purchase a surge protector in-country when you arrive)
  • External hard drive

Note: There are electronics stores in the large cities, but repairs/replacement parts are expensive. It may be more economical to bring extras from home or have them shipped in a care package as necessary.


  • Good-quality sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees F
  • Sturdy water bottle
  • Swiss Army, Leatherman, or an equivalent multipurpose knife
  • French press or pour over coffee maker (if you like American-style coffee; Georgians drink only Turkish or instant coffee)
  • Zip-close storage bags in a variety of sizes and heavy-duty
  • Spices and other baking supplies (your favorites may be difficult to find, especially in winter; baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla are difficult to find locally)


  • If you plan to travel to other countries for vacation, you may want to bring extra money to suit your travel plans; credit cards 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 Georgian 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
  • Luggage, such as duffel bags and hiking backpacks; should be tough and flexible (strong enough to haul in and out of taxis, minibuses, trains, and carry around on foot; should be durable, lightweight, and easy to carry)
  • Good-quality backpack, daypack, or messenger bag
  • Folding umbrella
  • Eyeglass repair kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Musical instruments (with music books and spare parts, as needed)
  • Sewing items (iron-on mending tape, straight and safety pins, etc.)
  • Flashlight and accompanying batteries (a headlamp is a good alternative for reading when the power goes out and for night trips to the outhouse)
  • Money belt
  • U.S. stamps and envelopes (to send mail with friends who make return trips to the U.S.)
  • Journal, diary, or organizer/date book
  • U.S. and world maps (good teaching aids) and wall-hangings
  • Games that can double as English teaching tools, like Bananagrams, Scrabble, etc.
  • Baseball, football, Frisbee, hacky sack, or other “American” sports equipment
  • Index cards for making flash cards (hard to find in-country)

What Not To Bring

Affordable/available in-country:
  • Shoe polish and socks
  • Women’s tights/hose
  • A good variety of clothing for good prices. Larger cities have better selections and you can even find nice winter coats
  • Slippers, flip-flops, rain boots, and cheap shoes
  • Gloves, hats, scarves, etc.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and toothpaste are readily available and inexpensive