Packing List


  • Tops:
    • 3 button-down shirts
    • 6 t-shirts
    • 6 tank tops  with thick-ish straps
    • 1 long sleeve shirt
    • 2 cardigans
  • Bottoms:
    • 5 skirts
    • 1 shorts (apparently people hate shorts in Nica.  Good–I do too.)
    • 2 jeans
    • 1 khakis
    • 1 cotton pants
  • 1 nice dress for Swearing In
  • 1 raincoat
  • 1 fleece
  • 2 pajama sets (conservative)
  • 2 workout clothes (3 sports bras, 2 shorts, 2 shirts)
  • 2 bathing suits (1 bikini, 1 one piece)/ goggles/ macacão (thanks Ari)
  • 5 bras/ 4 wks of underwear/3 wks of socks (some will be put away until later on)
  • 1 Red Sox hat (duh)
  • 1 bandanna
  • Fun but inexpensive jewelery
  • 2 sunglasses

I was warned by a RPCV that if you’re going to invest in anything before going to Nicaragua, invest in good shoes.  Well, if you insist:

  • 2 running shoes
  • hiking shoes (half off! see this link for PC discounts)
  • 1 chacos
  • 1 Sperry Topsider
  • 2 nice professional sandals
  • 1 house shoe
  • 1 shower shoe

Peace Corps gives volunteers all the medicine they will need in a first aid kit.  For list of items, see the Welcome Book.  Most items can be found in country, and volunteers are requested to bring only a 3 month supply. With that in mind, here’s my list:

  • 1 pair sheets (I got a full set so it can fit on any bed)
  • 1 mesh shower bag
  • 1 lightweight bathrobe
  • 3 super absorbent awesome towels
  • 1 laundry bag
  • 1 shampoo/ conditioner
  • 2 bars of soap
  • 2 face wash (I like a certain brand)
  • 1 Stridex (my face WILL be zit free)
  • 2 of my favorite hair product
  • 1 sparkly blue retainer (I got to pick the color myself)
  • 1 toothpaste
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • 2 deodorants
  • 1 razor/ razor blades
  • 1-2 year supply of tampons/ diva cup for backup
  • 1 box q-tips
  • Some hair and make-up supplies too
  • 1 box earplugs
  • 3 month supply of birth control pills
  • 1 plan B


  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 french press
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Spices: cumin, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, etc…

Host Family Gifts

  • Red Sox hats
  • Wild Maine blueberry jam
  • Postcards of Boston
  • Stuff for kids: Boston-themed Silly Bandz, jigsaw puzzle, baseball, and non-Boston themed slinky, harmonica, toy car, stickers

Desk supplies

  • 2 folders
  • 1 notebook
  • Colored pencils/ pencil sharpener
  • Thumb tacks
  • Address book
  • Calendar

Stuff to make me happy

  • 3 books
  • 2 gournals (extra points if you get the reference)
  • Photos
  • My small lightweight Patriots fleece blanket (fo’ free! Thanks Becca)
  • Map of Boston
  • Map of world
  • 2 frisbees
  • 1 sarong thing for decoration or towel/ blanket use


  • Ziplock bags
  • A few hangers
  • Batteries
  • Swiss Army Knife (I got the Climber–thanks Chip, Molly, and Lindsay)
  • Headlamp
  • Backup flashlight
  • Bicycle helmet (apparently these are required AND impossible to find)
  • Duct tape
  • Small mirror
  • Mezuzah (thanks Naa)
  • Lock
  • 1 deck of cards
  • SET: the game
  • Electronics…keeping it to the minimum.  If you must know, e-mail me.

Luggage/ Bags

  • 1 rolling duffle
  • 1 backpacking backpack
  • 1 regular backpack
  • 2 totes (was going to bring one, but then got a FREE Peace Corps tote at an event.  Never hurts to have an extra bag…)
  • 1 purse

    5 Responses to Packing List

    1. pckatie says:

      That seems like an impossible amount of stuff to fit in such a small amount of luggage!! Did it all fit? I am leaving for staging for Nicaragua on August 30th so I am just starting to look at luggage and things! Love seeing the list, thanks!


    2. Amy says:

      since when do you know/ have/ play SET??? that is my favorite game in the world, I hope you enjoy it.

      which books did you bring?


      • Lauren says:

        howard zinn’s a people’s history of the united states; charles dickens’s a tale of two cities; and greg mortenson’s stones into schools.

        i’ve always known how to play SET!


    3. Sasha says:

      I’m going to Nicaragua in July so this was a great help considering i had absolutely no idea of what to bring haha, so thank you. Just wondering though how long were you there for?


      • Lauren says:

        Hey Sasha! Glad the packing list was helpful. I was there for 27 months. Nicaragua is a wonderful country and you’re going to love it. Best of luck!


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