Packing Recommendations

Generally, Argentines dress very similarly to Americans. However, clothing brands and styles do set Argentines apart from Americans. We suggest you bring the clothes that you are normally used to wearing. The points below are a few things to keep in mind. Seasons are reversed in Argentina from what we are used to in the Northern Hemisphere. When it is winter in the US it is summer in Argentina and vice versa, please keep this in mind when packing. It is very similar to the winter weather in the Southern US. Definitely refer to the climate chart found at the beginning of this handbook. Also, in packing, remember that Buenos Aires is a very cosmopolitan city.

CLOTHING

  • Pack light: leave a little room for the things you will buy while abroad!
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf, sweaters (Argentine winter months)
  • Fleece or sweater for any trips to the countryside (Argentine winter months in general)
  • Bring at least one outfit for going out. Argentines tend to dress up more when going out. Guys, make sure you have dressier shoes for this.
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Make sure you break them in before your trip. Also, if you plan on jogging or doing any sports you’ll want to bring the appropriate footwear.
  • Flip flops, typically you have one pair for inside the home. House shoes are an important part of Hispanic cultures

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Small duffel or backpack for weekend or afternoon trips
  • Towel & Toiletries
  • Camera and batteries/charger
  • School supplies: Notebook, pens, pencils, English-Spanish Dictionary, planner for homework
  • Something to use as alarm clock
  • Compact umbrella

LAPTOPS

You can bring your laptop if you would like. It is great for communication (especially Skype) with your family. There is WiFi at the homestay, the school, and at cafés in town. Please be careful, though! This is an item that can get stolen or damaged easily so just be careful with it. Remember, you do not always have to carry your laptop with you, in fact we highly recommend you do not travel with it locally. You will not need it for the summer program. There are computer labs at the school and Internet cafés all over town so sometimes it’s easier to just use a public computer when you are away from your homestay.

CARRY-ON

Bring an extra pair of clothes & toothbrush in case your luggage gets lost or delayed by your airline.

MEDICAL/SAFETY ITEMS

Bring any prescription drugs that you may use. Make sure they are labeled and if possible, carry your doctor's prescription in the event that customs officials question you about it. This is rare, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared.