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Generally, Mexicans dress very similarly to Americans, although in general a little more formally. We suggest you bring the clothes that you are normally used to wearing. Women will get a lot of attention on the streets if they wear revealing clothes such as short skirts and shorts. In indigenous villages dressing conservatively is always recommended, which means covering legs and shoulders. It is great to have a few "nicer" outfits for a nice meal in a restaurant.
Although the days can be warm in Oaxaca, evenings can be cool so bring a light jacket or sweater for going out, even in the summer. The evenings can get very chilly during December and January, so you will need extra layers. Don't forget to prepare for the afternoon rain during the rainy season.
In general, we do not suggest students bring a laptop for short programs (1 month or less) if they are only studying Spanish because it is one more item that could be lost, stolen or damaged. There are computer labs at the school and Internet cafés all over town. If you are taking non-language classes and staying for longer than a month a laptop will be helpful to write essays and research your homework.
Printing can be done at the university for a small fee.
Bring an extra pair of clothes & toothbrush in case your luggage gets lost or delayed by your airline.
Bring any prescription drugs that you may use. Make sure they are labeled and if possible, carry your doctor's prescription.