Lauren's Peace Corps Experience in Honduras

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed and experiences described in this travelogue are mine personally. Nothing written here should be interpreted as official or unofficial Peace Corps literature or as sanctioned by the Peace Corps or the U.S. government. I have chosen to write about my experience online in order to update family and friends; I am earning no money whatsoever from this endeavor. Please do not copy or forward any of these contents without my permission.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

The Great Packing List

Here's my massive packing list for Honduras; I might modify it a few times before actually leaving. Does this sound like 80 lbs worth? I think it may be more...

Clothes should be durable to hand-washing and not too revealing.
- Rain jacket
- Fleece pullover
- Several long-sleeved t-shirts
- 1 sweatshirt
- Several tank tops
- Several short sleeved shirts, different colors, nice enough to pass for work
- 2 sleeveless polo shirts
- A couple shirts for going out
- 1-2 pairs of jeans
- Several pairs of capri pants
- Several long pants - for both work and play
- A few t-shirts
- Several knee-length skirts
- One long denim skirt
- 2 nice short-sleeved button up collared shirts
- One or two comfy dresses
- Two pairs of long, quick dry, hiking shorts
- 2 pairs stretchy cropped pants to run in
- Bras (most without underwire for easier handwashing) and lots of underwear
- Swimsuits - 2 2-piece suits, 1 1-piece suit
- Rain hat
- 2 belts
- Sunglasses
- 1 pair LL Bean waterproof hiking boots
- 2 pairs running/walking shoes
- 1 pair hiking sandals (Tevas)
- 1 pair UVA flip flops :)
- 1 pair brown Doc Marten sandles
- 2 pair comfy, passably dressy, sandals (1 tan, 1 black)

- One week supply of toiletries (you can get rest in-country): extra toothbrush, 2 floss, travel tube toothpaste, small bottle of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and body wash, shower poof, one deoderant, razor and extra blades, brush, face/body wipes, tampons, hand sanitizer, nail file, extra hair ties.
- Umbrella
- Bug spray
- Money belt and around-the-neck thing for passport, valuable papers, money, etc.
- Earplugs (I'm such a light sleeper)
- Games: a football, Uno, cards, old maid, tetris game, roll-up magetic dart board
- Hand-crank short wave radio
- LED flashlight and LED book light
- Favorite recipes
- Address list
- Duct tape, scotch tape, wall adhesive
- Ziploc bags (qt. and gallon size)
- Tupperware (Ended up not bringing; may buy there or have sent to me)
- Leatherman multitool (with can opener, pliers, scissors, wine corkscrew, knife, etc.)
- A photo album and a couple frames of family and friends
- Honduras Moon Handbook (field guide)
- Cotton sleep sack for overnight stays with friends
- Sleeping pad
- Battery recharger
- Rechargeable batteries
- All weather 35 mm camera and film
- Digital camera with extra memory card
- CD player
- CDs
- Small speakers to hook up to CD player
- US and World map
- Travel alarm clock
- Gifts for host families (2 calendars of US scenes and 2 Virginia picture books)
- Adhesive hooks for wall
- Bandanas
- Quick dry towel, 2 regular towels
- My favorite sunscreen
- 2 waterbottles
- 2 pillowcases
- Startup supply of stationary, envelopes
- Small sewing kit
- Journal
- My student Bible
- Spanish language dictionary (pocket sized)
- My debit card and some cash
- Immunization card in the hopes it gets me out of some shots
- 6 month supply of prescriptions
- A few band-aids, inhaler, vitamins, hydrocortisone cream, and vaseline - they supply a larger first-aid kit when you get there.
- A hotpot (a luxury I'm having sent to me later)

The luggage I am planning to take includes a massive dufffle bag, a large backpack I used for the month in Italy, and a smaller but still large backpack for short trips (hopefully will be carry-on size).


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