I did write a fairly long post to a similar question, which you can read in detail if interested, but here’s a more list-y recap. :] Also know that you should be provided with a very warm jacket, beanie, pants, shorts, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, steel-toed boots and a sweatshirt. Also, I was given a bandanna. I also acquired 12 t-shirts during my 10 months from different Non-Profits. Also, be aware that things happen, so I’d hesitate to bring any seriously valuable stuff with you (whether monetarily or sentimentally valuable).
When traveling on “spikes” or projects, you’ll be given a red bag and generally told you cannot bring more than you can fit in it, besides maybe a pillow and guitar. So seriously:
Lots of sock and underwear
a couple nice outfits for outings
good, warm PJs
couple pairs of jeans
your favorite warm jacket
a pair of shorts
Ts for summertime
a laptop, cell phone, and mp3 mp3 auxiliary cable if you have them
some books, a journal/notebook, a handful of family photos, warm bed sheets, and any small items that keep you sane
scarf, gloves, sunglasses, bug-spray and toiletries.
Beyond that, just things to keep you entertained on long van rides and keep you sane in your housing. A hacky sack, a sketch pad- whatever you really like to do that doesn’t take up much room. Seriously consider what you don’t really need and what you can get there.
Also, do check out my other post to see if I missed anything this time. HAVE FUN and don’t take anything too seriously. ;)