Outside the Forest Meditation Center, one should dress neatly. Short or long sleeve shirts are fine, as well as lightweight pants or longyis. A longyi is a wrap skirt made from an ankle-length tube of fabric. Men's longyis are generally designed with darker colors in various checkered patterns. Men fasten the longyi by tying a knot in front of the waist. Women wear solid colors or floral patterns that they wrap around the waist like a sarong and tuck in on one side. Longyis can be purchased in Burma very easily.
Do not wear sleeveless shirts, tank tops, shorts or short skirts. Quick-drying clothes are a good idea because they dry faster in the humid weather.
Always dress neatly inside the Forest Meditation Center or any monastery. The same general rules apply for both men and women. No shorts or sleeveless shirts are allowed, and both men and women wear longyis. Make sure you can either kneel or sit cross-legged in whatever you choose to wear.
During the retreat, men and women should wear a white shirt or blouse. They can be short or long sleeved, but no T-shirts or tank tops. No one should wear blouses that are see-through. If you have a sheer blouse, then you will need to wear a layer underneath.
Women yogis must wear brown longyis. The center will provide longyis, or you can buy brown cotton fabric at home and have longyis made to fit once you arrive in Burma.
Sandals (flip-flops) are the most practical shoes to wear, especially since you will need to remove them before entering religious compounds or homes.
Note: leather goods such as purses, wallets, and shoes, may get moldy in the humid weather.
The standard electrical current runs at 230v, 50 Hz AC. Most electrical outlets are British-style wall plugs with three flat lugs in a triangle or 2 prongs. The center is on the electrical grid, but the power can be unreliable. They have a back-up generator to use if necessary. Yogis should bring a good LED flashlight or a headlamp.
The center will provide a mattress, blanket, pillow, pillow case, bedsheet, mosquito net, bucket (for washing your clothes and bathing--cold water only), thermos, clothes hangers, dustbin, broom, toilet paper, and laundry detergent.
The following is a general packing list. Of course, you may need things that are not listed. Please skip the things which you feel do not apply to you.
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