Guyana

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.

Must-haves

Clothes

Light-weight, breathable, natural-fiber everything

Business casual for work

  • Button-down shirts
  • Polo shirts
  • Dresses/skirts below the knee
  • Cardigans/wraps for covering shoulders
  • Slacks

1 or 2 special occasion outfits for weddings, funerals and swearing in

Casual clothes for being at home and on weekends

  • T-shirts
  • Long shorts or athletic shorts
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • Casual cotton dresses
  • Leggings/yoga pants
  • Underwear (at least 14 pairs)
  • Sports bras and bralettes

Swim clothes

  • Most Guyanese swim in shorts and shirts    

Shoes

  • Close-toed business casual shoes that can get wet
  • Boat shoes
  • Flats (Croc flats are great)
  • Sneakers
  • Flip flops (the sturdier the better)

Toiletries

At least 3 months worth of anything you’re specific about (basic toiletries can be purchased easily during PST)

Electronics

  • Laptop
  • External hard drive (1 - 2 tb)
  • Unlocked smart phone
  • Extra chargers
  • Solar lantern
  • Headlamp

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses
  • Big water bottle (at least 32 ounces)
  • Large quick-dry towel
  • Water resistant purse or backpack
  • Small, sturdy umbrella


Maybe bring (depending on you)

Clothes

  • 1-2 long-sleeve, lightweight tops (some sites get cold at night)
  • Workout clothes (that are at least knee length)
  • Outdoor clothes (useful for Environment PCVs when out in the field)
  • Belt (your weight may fluctuate throughout service)
  • Swim trunks or one-piece swimsuit
  • A piece of clothing you love and are comfortable in

Shoes

  • Sandals
  • Rain boots (especially for Environment PCVs)
  • Hiking boots (useful for treks in the interior)
  • Tom’s (some PCVs love them, some don’t)
  • Heels or wedges

Toiletries

  • Razors (you can get them here but they’re expensive)
  • Aftershave (if you use it it’s hard to find here)
  • Makeup

Electronics

  • Tablet/Kindle/E-reader
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Waterproof watch
  • Power strip
  • Extension cord

Miscellaneous

  • Filtered water bottle (REI or Lifestraw)
  • Multitool
  • Tupperware (a couple in various sizes)
  • Command hooks (to hang things on cement walls)
  • Pillow (Ikea has rolled ones that are easily packed)
  • Bandanas
  • Journal
  • Workout gear (i.e. resistance bands)
  • Super glue/packing tape/duct tape
  • Favorite candle or tea or snack


Do not bring

Clothes

  • Jackets of any kind
  • Sweat pants
  • Short shorts
  • Mini skirts
  • Bikini
  • Tight clothes

Electronics

  • Outlet converters

Miscellaneous

  • Anything you’re very attached to (things here get lost, stolen, dirty, etc.)