What was the most important item on your packing list?

Kasey Harlos
By Peace Corps
Oct. 12, 2015

We asked these trainees to share the most important item they packed for their Peace Corps service in Panama.

1. "I’m bringing a yoga instruction manual. I’m a yoga instructor and I love it." - DJ Herzog

DJ Herzog
DJ Herzog

2. "I’m bringing a Polaroid camera and film. I want to take pictures of the influential people I meet. Eventually, I’ll use the photos to write a book about my life."- Kasey Harlos

Kasey Harlos
Kasey Harlos

3. "I’m bringing my phone to stay connected with friends, family and new people I meet! I’m using it to keep a journal of my adventure as well." - Shervin Chambers

Shervin Chambers
Shervin Chambers

4. "I’m bringing a green ceramic bowl. My best friend made me this bowl when we lived together in college. After I graduated, I moved away and lived alone for a while. I ate most of my meals out of this bowl, and it reminded me of my friends and family." - Carl Evans

Carl Evans
Carl Evans

5. "I bringing a pair of desert socks to represent my hometown of Tucson, Arizona. They feature saguaros and snakes and bright southwestern colors." - Sean Schrag Toso

Sean Schrag Toso
Sean Schrag Toso

6. "I’m bringing an evil eye from Turkey. I’m Turkish, so evil eyes have surrounded me my entire life. It’s from my sister and it’s supposed to ward away bad luck." - Allison Gokbudak

Allison Gokbudak
Allison Gokbudak

7. "I’m bringing whey protein to stay healthy. It also reminds me of the full-belly feeling I get after a home-cooked meal." - Sam Cornia

Sam Cornia
Sam Cornia

8. "I brought my Puerto Rican flag because it represents who I am and where I come from. It shows the diversity of the U.S. and the impact of Latino culture in the U.S." - Carlos E. Firpi

Carlos E. Firpi
Carlos E. Firpi

9. "My camera is really important to me and my sense of purpose for service. I would like to publish a book of my photographs." - Anthony Wieland

Anthony Wieland
Anthony Wieland

10. "I brought this magnifying glass because it was a sentimental gift from my best friend. It reminds me of all the little things my loved ones have given me on my road to Peace Corps." - Miranda Savioli

Miranda Savioli
Miranda Savioli

11. "I’m bringing my cat’s collar because I love and will miss him." - Colin Marston Leff

Colin Marston Leff
Colin Marston Leff

12. "I’m bringing a hemp bag containing mementos from each of my family members. The bag is painted by my loving boyfriend." - Chelsea Rozanski

Chelsea Rozanski
Chelsea Rozanski
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