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.


All clothing should be clean and neatly pressed. During pre-service training, you will not be required to wear business casual every day but all clothing should be modest and culturally appropriate. Once you get to your site, you will be able to observe and ask questions about appropriate clothing and shoes. 

After hours: For both men and women, T-shirts and jeans are fine to wear, and shorts that reach the knee can be worn when working out. Myanmar people do not generally wear shorts in public, except in very relaxed situations. Tank tops are considered inappropriate, as they reveal too much. You will be wearing your teacher uniform the majority of the time, at least five days a week, so you will not need nearly as many clothes as you think you will!

This is a general list. Every person is different. Pack what makes you feel comfortable. There are lots of shopping options in and around the Yangon Region. If you really need or want something, you will most likely find it. Don’t stress!


  • You should only plan on packing clothing for Pre-Service Training (PST). Once you move to site, you will dress differently, wear your teacher uniform often, be given/gifted clothing, and likely enjoy choosing your own Myanmar clothes to wear.
  • Sweatshirt, fleece top, or cardigan 
  • 1-2 long sleeved shirts (for protection from sun but also for cool nights)
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • Hat for sun protection 
  • Bathing suit or swim shorts (conservative one-piece for females) 
  • 6-8 pairs underwear in breathable fabrics (save some new underwear for later in your service. Handwashing wears them out easily and new underwear can be a nice treat on a tough day.) 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Lounging around the house clothes (leggings, sweatpants, long shorts, and t-shirts)


  • 2 pairs of business casual dress pants (conservative/loose cotton pants are okay for training, jeans are not)
  • 2 knee-length or maxi skirts 
  • 1-2 pairs of jeans/casual pants to wear at home or when on vacation 
  • 4-5 nice ¾-length sleeved lightweight blouses or shirts 
  • At least 2-3 sports bras and 4-5 regular bras (some 'skin-colored' bras to wear with your school uniform) 
  • 2-3 pairs of pajamas (If you live with a family, you will not want to walk around in short/skimpy pajamas. Bring a cotton night-dress (knee-length), flowy pants, or long shorts for around the house. Once you’re in your room you can wear whatever you want (shorts/tank tops) 
  • Lightweight scarf (available locally) 
  • 3-4 athletic t-shirts, leggings with shorts to wear over, and long basketball shorts


  • 2-3 business casual dress pants 
  • 2-4 dress shirts, short and/or long sleeve (can be purchased locally) 
  • 2-4 polo shirts 
  • 2-4 colored t-shirts, white undershirts (can be purchased locally) 
  • 1 neck tie or bow tie
  • 2-3 jeans, cargo pants, long shorts 
  • 1-2 belts 
  • 3-5 athletic t-shirts and 2-3 pairs of athletic shorts 
  • Optional: a suit for formal occasions if you want an American-style. But you can buy a complete and very nice set of Myanmar traditional formalwear (shirt, formal longyi, formal jacket, and underclothes) for about $35. It will be more comfortable, and everyone will love you for wearing it. 


  • Consider shoes that you can slip on and off easily, as shoes are usually removed before entering a home or office
  • 2-3 pairs of sturdy slip on sandals/flip flops (leather discouraged as the mold from rainy season is harsh)
  • 1-2 pairs of dress shoes/flats 
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of sturdy flip-flops or shower shoes (available locally) 
  • Women with feet larger than size 7 may have a difficult time finding shoes – recommended to bring your own.

Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

  • Three-month supply of any medications, to last through pre-service training; copy of prescription. 
  • If you wear glasses, bring two pairs 
  • If you wear contacts, bring contact lenses and contact lens solution (contacts are not recommended due to elevated rates of eye infections and contact solution is hard to find)
  • Toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner can be purchased in country. You should bring a few travel size containers to use until more can be purchased.
  • Deodorant 
  • Cosmetics/skin care (available locally but many have a whitening component) 
  • Travel or quick-dry towel (This is a must.) 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Tampons or alternative sanitary methods (e.g. menstrual cups) are difficult to find here in Myanmar; you should bring a two-year supply from home.


All of these items are optional
  • Headphones 
  • Camera and charger 
  • Smartphone (unlocked so you can get a cheap SIM card locally) 
  • Lightweight computer or tablet (you will get a lot of documents on a USB so make sure your device is compatible). 
  • 2 USB drives/micro-storage devices/external hard drive (can buy cheap ones locally) 
  • Small portable speakers 
  • E-reader
  • Extra/spare charging cords


  • Headphones 
  • Camera and charger 
  • Smartphone (unlocked so you can get a cheap SIM card locally) 
  • Lightweight computer or tablet (you will get a lot of documents on a USB so make sure your device is compatible). 
  • 2 USB drives/micro-storage devices/external hard drive (can buy cheap ones locally) 
  • Small portable speakers 
  • E-reader
  • Extra/spare charging cords
  • Miscellaneous
  • Headlamp (highly recommended) and extra batteries 
  • Small backpack or duffel bag for weekend travel (can buy locally) 
  • Sturdy umbrella (can also be purchased in country)
  • Multi-purpose tool/knife (packed in your luggage and not your carry-on) 
  • Games (e.g., Scrabble, Uno, and playing cards) 
  • A small photo album with pictures from your life in the U.S., such as your American house, seasonal photos, and places you have visited 
  • Durable water and/or insulated bottles that are easily washable (can buy here) 
  • Contact information for resources in America (former employers, school loan information, colleges, organizations, etc.), which can useful for obtaining materials during service or for applying for jobs near the end of service 
  • Pillow (if you have a favorite) 
  • Favorite snacks, spices, seasonings, granola bars/power bars, drink mixes 
  • Plastic zip-close bags 
  • Day/weekly planner 
  • Notebook (available locally but you’ll want a good one from the start for Myanmar language classes) 
  • Duct tape 
  • Yoga mat 
  • Nylon rope 
  • Fly swatter (in addition to flies this is great for lizards, cockroaches, and assorted other bugs) 
  • Kitchen supplies (if you have a favorite knife, peeler, mug etc. but also available locally) 
  • If you bring cash, bring crisp, new, 100 USD bills that are not wrinkled, folded, or creased. 
  • Teaching materials like markers/colored pencils/construction paper (available locally or wait and ask friends to mail you things later) 
  • A good grammar reference book.
  • Small gifts for host family and local 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
  • 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.