Packing list for Suriname

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Packing List for Suriname

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These lists has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Suriname based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that experience is individual. There is no perfect list!
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See also:
Pre-Departure Checklist
Staging Timeline

For information see Welcomebooks

This list has been compiled by Volunteers serving in Suriname and is based on their experience. Use it as an informal guide in making your own list, bearing in mind that every Volunteer’s experience is unique and that there is no perfect list. You obviously cannot bring everything we mention, so consider those items that make the most sense to you personally and professionally. The sort of work you expect to be doing—in both your official project and your secondary projects—should be your ultimate guide. You can always have things sent to you later.

Suriname has a tropical climate with high humidity and rainfall. Temperatures range from 60 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and tend to be cooler in the rain forest interior than along the coast. The climate in Suriname can ruin some items, so do not bring things you would be heartbroken to lose. Although Volunteers are expected to project a professional image at all times, dress in the capital of Paramaribo is more formal than in the interior communities. In the capital, Volunteers work in office settings where “smart casual” attire is appropriate (trousers and collared shirts for men; slacks or skirts and blouses for women). In the interior, clothing varies depending on the culture and the location of the community. Men tend to wear pants or shorts with T-shirts or other casual shirts and sandals or flip-flops, while women wear skirts with T-shirts or other tops and sandals or flip-flops.

Remember that Suriname is a relatively poor country. Volunteers with a lot of possessions will appear rich to many Surinamese. Keep in mind that you have an 80-pound weight limit on baggage, and that you can get almost everything you need in Suriname.


[edit] General Clothing

Clothing should be sturdy, easily washable, permanent press, quick-drying, and modest. Volunteers recommend that you try washing clothing and wringing it out by hand before packing to determine if the clothing is suitable. Do not bring military-style clothing or camoflauge garments.

[edit] For Men:

[edit] For Women

[edit] Shoes

[edit] Personal Hygiene and Toiletry Items

[edit] Kitchen and Household Items

Volunteers receive funds to purchase kitchen items. Most household items are available in Paramaribo. Certain items, such as measuring cups, a durable can opener, garlic press, etc., are sometimes hard to find. If you have lightweight kitchen items that seem essential to you, you may want to bring them. Otherwise, save luggage space and weight and buy them in Suriname. If you enjoy cooking, it may be worthwhile to pack some of your favorite spices. (e.g., taco, chili powder and Italian seasonings) as they may be hard to find in Suriname.

[edit] Miscellaneous

[edit] Things You May Be Glad You Brought

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