Airlines limits the number of bags that
you can take with you: one small carry-on and two bags that you check.
They are very strict about this at the Houston airport. Do not put any
metal object in your carry-on; for example, no pocket knives, nail clippers,
tweezers, scissors or razors.
Coming out of Madrid, they will allow you to pay for extra bags
or boxes, but this can get expensive.
There is an additional problem: if everyone carries
two over-sized pieces of luggage, they simply will not fit on the buses.
Therefore, it is important that ALL of us plan carefully what we
take so as to use our limited space efficiently-- and to leave room
to bring back our souvenirs.
Furthermore, over-sized luggage will be hard for you
to handle by yourself. You alone are responsible for controlling your
When planning what to pack, take into account the
1. We will be there for five weeks.
2. Take clothes for about 10 days. If you wash your clothes twice, youll
have it made. American-style laundromats are not readily available.
Discuss clothes-washing with the family when you arrive. You must respect whatever the mother
(or person in charge) wishes as far as your washing is concerned. Families will expect you
to bathe and wear clean clothes every day.
3. Take light-weight clothes that you can wash easily: for example,
khaki pants, cotton skirts.
4. It can get cool in Toledo. Especially at night, you will need a sweater or even a jacket.
Take at least one light-weight sweater, and perhaps a folding umbrella.
5. Take at least one pair of very comfortable walking shoes; also one
pair of everyday shoes that perhaps can double for dress shoes. Take
some tennis shoes; sandals just wont work on a pyramid!
6. Men: take a sports jacket --if you have one-- and a tie. Take a
jacket that will keep you warm at night and look nice if you go out.
Take shirts that have collars.
7. Women: take one dress-up outfit, or something that you can combine
to look dressy. Take one light-weight business-looking outfit, or something
that can be adapted to look this way.
8. If you worry about color schemes, stick to the same colors so that
you dont have to bring a lot of matching shoes and purses.
9. There are many pharmacies and large supermarkets in Puebla so you
can buy bath articles there.
10. The rooms at the hotel have hairdryers in the bathrooms, so don't
bring one. Also, don't bring an iron. You can ask for one at the hotel
if you need one.
11. Consider packing a few souvenirs from Sam or Texas to give away
to your new friends.
12. Since you are going to stay with a family, take two gifts for them:
one to give the mother when you arrive, and one to give her at the party
at the end of the program. Also, consider writing a poem, drawing a picture, taking
a special photograph to give at this party.
14. If you bring an i-pod, do not use it on the airplane, at the airports or on field
trips; you could miss important announcements.
15. Do not bring jewelry that has monetary or sentimental value!
Toledo is a cosmopolitan city and you will find yourself in the middle
of it. You will blend in better and feel better about yourself if you
dress appropriately. All this does NOT mean that you need to go out and buy new clothes.
This only means that you need to look carefully at the clothes that
you have and make wise choices before you begin packing.
For more information, contact
Dr. Enrique Mallen
SHSU Study Abroad in Spain
Dept. of Foreign Languages
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2147
Office: AB IV 339
tel (936) 294-1433