Top 10 must haves 

Before departing for Swaziland I spent countless months searching the internet for the “perfect” packing list. The lists were completely overwhelming. I didn’t know how I would fit 27 months in 2 suitcases and 2 carry-ons…

Here is a top ten list of my favorite things!

*This list is in no particular order.*

1) Bed Canopy


This protects me from all kinds of critters – lizards, spiders, bats, mosquitos, ear wigs, snakes, you name it!

2) Solar shower

It spent 9 months in my luggage going unused. I’m not sure why it took me so long. Game changer! Hands down one of my favorite things!

3) Chacos

These shoes are so comfy and easy to wash!

4) Hydroflask 


The temperature on the inside remains inside.

5) Diva Cup

Ladies you won’t regret bringing one of these!

6) Headlamps/flashlights/rechargable batteries/solar lights 

I use these items alllll the time. I didn’t have electricity for the first two months and the rainy season always knocks my power out. 

7) External harddrive/flashdrives

To store your media!

8) Sweaters/hats/wool socks

How wrong of me to stereotype Africa and believe it doesn’t get cold. It feels like 0 degrees in the winter in Swaziland especially when there’s no heat and insulation.

8) iPhone

This is how I keep in touch with my friends + family back home.

9) Natural hair care products – Shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, castor oil. 

10) Quick dry towels

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Author: Nicole

I've decided to uproot my life and dedicate it to serving in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Yuuuuup, you read that right. God has helped me redefine limitations. A dear friend once told me that, "boxes are for shoes, you never know how great you are until you break out of the box and see what you are really made of!" This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland! You'll read about my highest of highs compounded with the lowest of lows - raw and unfiltered. Please enjoy the view. :) *The contents of this blog are mine and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.*

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