Packed and ready to go!

It only took five months of packing and unpacking, but I finally did it! I figured out what I am going to bring with me to Madagascar. It was not easy! It is extremely difficult to pack for two years, let alone to live on a completely different continent. And I think I did the best that I can do. I can pack all the things I think I will need, but in reality I haven’t lived there, so I could be terribly off the mark. It’s all hit or miss. So I hope I packed the right things…

Here’s what I’ve packed:


Packed in:

  • 30 inch rolling duffel bag
  • Sports bag
  • Carry-on back pack
  • Carry-on small bag


  • 3 pairs of pants
  • 2 professional work pants
  • 2 ankle skirts
  • 2 dresses
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 5 short sleeve shirts
  • 3 tank tops
  • 6 spaghetti straps
  • 2 fleece jackets
  • rain coat
  • 2 footless tights
  • 2 swim suits (1 two-piece, 1 one piece)
  • 3 scarves
  • 2 sweatpants
  • 20 pairs of socks
  • 3 sports bras
  • 6 regular bras
  • All the underwear I own (probably around 40, but it’s still probably not going to be enough)


  • Chaco sandals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain boots
  • Black ballet flats
  • Pair of Toms
  • Pair of Haviana sandals


  • Dry shampoo
  • Anti frizz serum
  • Leave in conditioner
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Baby powder
  • Toothbrushes and toothpastes
  • Baby wipes (for those days when showers are not easy to come by)
  • Deodorant
  • Bobby pins, hair ties, hair bands
  • Sewing kit
  • Nail filing kit
  • Earplugs
  • Some make-up (mascara, eyeliner, cover-up)
  • Razors
  • Dry towel and normal towel
  • Face wash


  • Nalgene water bottle (with solar power top to turn it into a flashlight)
  • 2 headlamps
  • Ipod and USB speakers
  • Solio solar power cell/charger
  • Netbook
  • External hard drive (filled with music, kindle books, and videos)
  • Flash drives (two 16 GBs, one 8 GB)
  • Steripen UV travel water filter
  • Rechargeable AA and AAA batteries and USB charger
  • Small Canon camera, charger, and memory cards
  • Power adapter and converter
  • Kindle
  • Unlocked IPhone for internet access and playing my mp4 videos
  • Financial and regular calculator

Miscellaneous/Hobby/Entertainment items:

  • Compactable sleeping bag
  • Clothespins (to hang photos in my ‘house’ and for laundry)
  • 3×5 cards (for studying Malagasy language)
  • Swiss army knife
  • Crochet and knitting needles
  • Bed sheets
  • Bananagrams
  • Duct tape
  • Foam double sided tape
  • Umbrella
  • Pens (black, blue, some clicky; it’s hard to get really good pens in Mada)
  • Camelback
  • Stationary/note cards
  • Excedrin (seems to be the only thing that works for my headaches)
  • EmergenC
  • Crystal Light drink packets
  • Journal
  • Drawstring bag (will be my purse)
  • Sign Language textbook
  • Lots of pictures

Host Family Gifts:

  • Small photo album with pictures
  • Calendars
  • Disney Vinylmations
  • Toys (mainly bouncy balls, stickers, and temporary tattoos)


Mailed to myself (mostly comfort items that will put a smile on my face when I feel down):

  •  Box of toys for the village kids
  • More 3×5 cards
  • More pens
  • Lanyard
  • “Office” sign
  • 2 journals
  • Christmas cards to mail home
  • A “C” initial drawstring bag
  • Picture frame (I just couldn’t part with it)
  • 6 books
  • More duct tape
  • Hand towel
  • Lego calendar (yes you read that right)
  • 2 decks of cards
  • And more pens :)

Peace Corps and the airlines give PCVs 80 pounds to take with us over to Madagascar. I have packed 65 pounds worth of stuff. Not too shabby right? Not at all.


6 thoughts on “Packed and ready to go!

  1. Amy says:

    You have no idea how excited I am to be able to compare packing lists! Mine looks similar but I probably need to pack more warm weather clothes than cold weather clothes (I’m too stuck on winter right now!).

  2. Kimmie Lough says:

    Wow all that was only 65lbs!!! You should be a professional packer…love ya little one. Have a safe trip and cant wait to hear and watch you grow.

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