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.

A few items most Volunteers find worth spending money on for good quality are:

  • Sleeping bag and pad that compress well
  • Rain jacket
  • Good durable shoes
  • Backpack

 General Clothing

  • Running/Trail Shoes
  • Sweatshirts and sweaters
  • Long shorts
  • Warm jacket or coat and light jacket
  • Items for cold weather (e.g., long underwear, tights, hat, gloves, scarf, and fleece tops)
  • Lots of underwear and socks
  • Rain gear
  • Swimwear and light gym clothes
  • Bandannas

For Men

  • Dressy outfit for swearing in, weddings, funerals (e.g., dress shirt, tie, nice pants, and nice shoes)
  • Button-down shirts and T-shirts
  • Comfortable and durable trousers, jeans and pants for hiking or gardening
  • Dark-colored socks

For Women

  • At least one dressy outfit for swearing in, weddings, funerals, etc. (e.g., a nice dress)
  • Dress shoes that you can walk in on uneven and rocky paths
  • Dresses and skirts for work; below the knee
  • Blouses (wash and wear) and casual tops
  • Slips for sheer dresses and skirts
  • Two or three pairs of pants

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)
  • Any favorite brands of toiletry or cosmetic items
  • Hair clippers for men
  • Quick-drying camp towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Contact lens solution


  • Favorite recipes
  • Knives
  • Spices
  • Good hand-operated can opener
  • Good vegetable peeler
  • Sturdy water bottles


  • 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
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleep sack
  • Two additional passport pictures
  • Sewing kit/safety pins
  • Sunglasses and a hat for the sun
  • Ear plugs
  • Swiss Army/Leatherman knife
  • Credit cards for travel outside Lesotho (American Express, Visa, or MasterCard)
  • Personal passport
  • Duct tape
  • Books
  • Supplies for favorite hobbies
  • Zip-close bags


  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Audio player
  • Small Speakers
  • Laptop
  • Flash drives
  • Digital Camera
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Electrical adapters (make sure they are for 110V-240V)
  • External hard drive