Sol Education Abroad Packing Suggestions!

Are you getting ready to go? Check out the Study Abroad Store & Sol Education Abroad‘s collaboration on packing suggestions:

Argentina Program

Clothing

  • Pack light: leave a little room for the things you will buy while abroad!
  • Lightweight clothing (Argentine summer only)
  • Swimsuit (Argentine summer only)
  • Sun hat, sun glasses, sunblock (Argentine summer only)
  • 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

Costa Rica Program

Clothing

  • Pack light: leave a little room for the things you will buy while abroad
  • Lightweight clothing (especially for weekend excursions)
  • Several pairs of jeans or pants. Although people do wear shorts, they are more likely to wear jeans or pants (both men and women).
  • “Going out clothes”—something you can wear to the theater and out to dance.  For example nice jeans, a nice top, and nicer shoes (guys, pay attention here!). Costa Ricans tend to dress up more when going out.
  • Costa Ricans generally dress up a little more than US students, i.e. they do NOT wear pajama pants, cut-off shorts, athletic clothing, or sweatpants to the university.
  • While at the University it is common for students to wear what we would characterize as “going out” clothes or “business casual”. Shorts are not common to wear to school, although if “dressed up” they would not only be more customary to the situation, but also trendier.
  • Sweatshirt/fleece/sweater/jacket—bring a few it because can get cool in the afternoon and night.
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Windbreaker/warm-up pants (optional, but can be useful for cloud forest, hiking, and canopy tour to keep you warm and dry if it is rainy and windy).
  • Fleece, sweater, light sweatshirt or hoodie (for Poás Volcano)—you’ll need it!

Footwear

  • Comfortable walking shoes for walking in the city and hiking. Make sure you break them in before your trip.
  • Sneakers for jogging, gym, soccer, or other sports.
  • Water sandals with a back strap (not flip flops) for rafting. You want shoes that you can get wet but will protect your feet and not fall off in a current. (Aqua Socks, Tevas or Chacos sandals, or sneakers.)
  • Flip flops; typically, in Costa Rica, you have one pair for inside the home. House shoes are an important part of Latin American cultures.

Mexico Program

Clothing

  • Pack light: leave a little room for the things you will buy while abroad!
  • Lightweight clothing (layering is good)
  • Bring at least one outfit for going out. Mexicans tend to dress up when going out. For the guys, please make sure you have dressier shoes for this!
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Make sure you break them in before your trip! We’ll be hiking and walking around pretty often so make sure you can use these shoes for that. Also, if you plan on jogging or doing any sports you’ll want to bring the appropriate footwear.
  • Sun hat, sun glasses, swimsuit
  • Light fleece or sweater (for the evenings in Oaxaca)
  • Jacket, fleece , warm sweater for the Sierra Norte trips, it can get very cold in the mountains
  • Rain jacket, pants (if you have them)
  • Flip flops; typically you have one pair for inside the home. House shoes are an important part of Hispanic cultures.

Spain Program

Clothing

  • Pack light: leave a little room for the things you will buy while abroad!
  • Lightweight clothing (summer). Air conditioning is not common in Spain – pack accordingly!
  • Swimsuit, sun hat, sun glasses, towel, sunblock (summer)
  • Warm hat, gloves, scarf, sweaters, jacket (winter)
  • Fleece or sweater for any mountain trips (winter months in general, for Alpujarras trips year-round)
  • Bring at least one outfit for going out. Spaniards dress up more when going out. Guys and girls, make sure you have dressier shoes for this! Tennis shoes are not allowed in many evening places.
  • Comfortable walking shoes! Make sure you break them in before your trip to avoid blisters. Also, if you plan on jogging or doing any sports you’ll want to bring the appropriate footwear. Granada is a great place for jogging.
  • Flip flops; typically you have one pair for inside the home. House shoes are an important cultural aspect of Hispanic cultures
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