Elizabeth Withers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A double major in English literature and history & philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Buenos Aires this semester.
In her first post, Elizabeth shares the contents of her suitcase to help others packing for a semester abroad in Buenos Aires in the future!
I’m checking two suitcases and bringing a carry-on for this trip, and I’m thrilled about having so much room. Last time I traveled I was farming and backpacking around Thailand for a month, and it was no easy feat fitting everything I needed into just one backpack. Still, I’m hoping to pack light enough to leave room to bring back lots of gifts. So, for anyone even remotely interested, here’s a big long list of everything I’m taking for my three month stay in Buenos Aires.
Photo: These are my suitcases, and the red backpack is my carry-on.
These should all go in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost or some other disaster ensues.
- laptop, charger, headphones & flashdrive
- smartphone and charger
I’m bringing this as a camera and otherwise only using it when there’s wifi. The CAPA study abroad program requires students to have a working local phone number, so I plan to buy a cheap phone with a pay-as-you-go plan a day or two after arriving in Buenos Aires. (There are other phone plans and ways to change phone numbers so my methods may not be the most efficient by any means. However if you are, like me, woefully un-tech-savvy and easily frustrated while setting up data plans, this might be the way to go.)
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