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 variety of professional clothes for work
  • Dockers-type pants and dress shirts and ties for men, and skirts and dresses for women
  • One or two dressy outfits for special events, such as a suit or blazer(s)/sports coat(s) for men
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • Pullover sweaters and cardigans (wool is best)
  • One or two pairs of long shorts (short shorts are not appropriate)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sweatsuit for relaxing at home
  • One all-weather coat for spring and fall and one very warm winter coat (e.g., down)
  • Warm winter hat, earmuffs, and gloves or mittens
  • Socks, both wool and cotton. Dark colors work best—black and brown.Underwear (cotton for warm weather, thermal or silk for cold weather)
  • Two or more sets of long underwear for winter (Volunteers recommend Duofold and Patagonia brands and items made of Capilene, polypropylene, silk, and a silk and wool blend)
  • Pantyhose and tights for women (available in Moldova but quality may be poor)


  • Dress shoes for work; select comfortable styles
  • Sneakers, sandals, or other shoes that are easy to slip on and off
  • Two pairs of sturdy boots, one waterproof (e.g., rubber duck boots with removable lining) 
  • 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)
  • Three-month supply of toiletries, as it may be difficult to find time to shop during training
  • Three-month supply of sanitary pads or tampons, if you require a particular brand (Tampax and local brands are available in Moldova)


  • Basic cookbook, with measurement conversions and suggested substitutions
  • Plastic food storage bags
  • Measuring cups
  • Spices (some that are popular with Americans may be hard to find locally); popular items to bring include taco seasoning and ranch dip)


  • 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
  • Map of Eastern Europe
  • Musical instrument (if you play)
  • Music and movies
  • Power converter for electrical appliances requiring them
  • Sewing kit
  • Small tool kit (a Leatherman or Swiss Army knife may suffice)
  • Teachers should bring a good set of markers and some ―sharpies
  • Nail care items such as clippers and emery boards
  • Inexpensive, durable, water-resistant watch (replacement batteries are available here)
  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack for traveling in cold weather (or it can be borrowed, although some Volunteers find the sleeping bag valuable for warmth in the winter)
  • Laundry bag
  • Digital Camera
  • Rechargeable battery set (that takes up to 220 volts)
  • Money belt or pouch 
  • Internal frame backpack
  • Small overnight bag
  • Envelopes of various sizes and U.S. postage stamps
  • Duct tape
  • Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
  • Set of towels (bath, hand, and face) – can be bought here, but quality is uncertain
  • Posters, picture frames, etc. to make your room homey
  • Bandannas and handkerchiefs
  • Frisbee
  • Games (e.g., Uno, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, chess, volleyball, etc.)