Here are suggestions for packing to spend a semester in Seville. This is not an all inclusive list, just suggestions. Basically, you should pack as if you were going somewhere for 10 days. Each week, your housemom will do your laundry. Most homes do not use a dryer so if the weather is cloudy or damp, clothes will take a couple of days to dry. The climate in Seville is very similar to Lubbock so drying clothes is generally not a big issue.
Items to pack:
2 pairs of jeans
1 pair of nice slacks (like Dockers)
2-3 nice shirts/dressy blouses
7-8 shirts/blouses to wear to school (polos, generic t-shirts, tank tops are fine for females)
Rain jacket and umbrella
Pajamas (take something warm to sleep in)
House shoes (take warm slippers as well as a pair of flip flops)
Females: Skirts (denim and khaki are popular; not too short)
Guys only: 2 pairs of walking length shorts (cargo shorts are popular and worn to school)
Shoes (You will have problems getting into clubs if you only have tennis shoes or flip flops. Take loafers or something like that to wear when you go out. You can wear tennis shoes to school but you will notice most Spaniards wear "polishable" everyday shoes. Larger size shoes are difficult to find in some stores. You will begin the very first day walking a lot so take shoes that are not new.
Toiletries: I suggest taking your own from home (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, shampoo, soap, cosmetics, etc.) These are available in Spain but are a little different than U.S. made products.
First aid items: Band aids, aspirin, anti diarrhea medicine, allergy medication (if needed), bacterial cream, sun screen, etc. Moms are good at these things so let her help. Put it all in a Ziploc bag. Keep all medications in the original container for security checking purposes.
Personal hygiene items
Alarm clock-battery powered
Safety pins, needle and thread
Photos of your U.S. family- your host family will be interested
Post cards from your home town
Give away items (key chain, Frisbee, etc. for new friends)
Book bag/back pack to take to school each day
Laptop (if you have one)
Music & something to play it on
Underwear for 10 days
In general, you may check 2 pieces of luggage. Be sure you check with your airline for baggage restrictions. Each piece of checked luggage can weigh no more than 50 pounds. Luggage that weighs more than 50 pounds will incur incremental extra charges.
You may carry on 2 personal items (purse, small bag for books, magazines, small piece of overnight luggage, computer, etc.)
If you go to Spain with all your weight allowance, you will have a problem bringing home extra items you purchase. Try to pack all your things into a large suitcase that has a smaller size suitcase inside it. That way you will have the 2 pieces of luggage to bring home but will keep from packing too much to go.
Another idea is to pack one large suitcase and carry a cloth duffel bag to bring home items from Spain.
You will want a smaller size bag for the group trips instead of taking a large suitcase for an overnight excursion.
Most students find they overpack and wish they didn't have to try and fit it all in to bring home at the end of the semester.
A good idea is to use large Ziploc bags (1 gallon and 2 gallon sizes) to pack items. This way when security personnel go through your suitcase, they won't have things loose and forget to put them all back into the bag. You can also save space by rolling the bag and getting all the air out of it.
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