What to pack for a semester abroad in Guadalajara
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Mar 17, 2013 12:42 AM Last Post By: allyisawesome09
Jan 28, 2013 5:45 PM
What to pack for a semester abroad in GuadalajaraCan anyone help me out with deciding what to pack for a semester (Aug-Dec) abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. The weather will be sunny with a bit of rain from what I've read. I'm mostly looking for clothing advice.
So far I've heard everything to 'dont pack shorts' (from mostly older people) to 'dress like you do at home but slightly more conservative' (from people at uni). I've also heard that females dress more formally over there.
I'm 23, I live in short dresses (although I'm not sure they're appropriate over there so right now I'm thinking of packing maxi dresses and knee length dresses instead) and sandals, hardly either wear shorts (they're not really my thing), I have no problems about sticking out as a foreigner but I would prefer to stay respectful to the culture.
I'm thinking of packing (clothing wise):
-Maxi dresses (no idea how many)
-Knee length dresses (are these appropriate?)
-2 pairs of jeans (one black, one blue)
-Ten or so tops: one or two long sleeved but most a mixture of t shirt length, and a few tanks
-Two pairs of togs for beach trips (would I need to wear board shorts with these and are bikinis appropriate?)
-A baggy jumper for nights inside
-A couple of dresses for nights out
-Warmer pjs for night (I've heard it gets cold at nightime)
-A pair of sandals and a pair of flats
-A warmer jacket that can be worn out at night time
-lots of underwear
-A pair of sneakers and some socks
-A pair of mid thigh shorts (doubt i'll wear these but just in case I do something active like kayaking or climbing on a weekend trip)
-A pair of leggings
Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I think I will buy quite a few things there so I don't need to bring too many things with me. Also how formal should I dress? In Australia we dress quite casually so I'm not sure how much I will need to change the way I dress, I don't have to fit in completely but I don't want to be labelled as a slob.
Thank you in advance
Jan 28, 2013 6:25 PM
Jan 28, 2013 6:45 PM
Jan 28, 2013 7:24 PM
Jan 29, 2013 4:05 AM
Jan 29, 2013 6:09 AM
5Sounds like you got it mostly figured out. However Gudalajara has GREAT Shopping. Several huge malls & lots of shops in El Central. You can purchase anything you need there is Mexico's second largest city.
Jan 29, 2013 6:22 AM
Jan 29, 2013 6:41 AM
7#s 5 & 6 are accurate. You're packing list sounds fine.
As for your specific concerns:
Bikinis are fine, but mostly worn in toursty areas (i.e. Puerto Vallarta) - something slightly more conservative would be better in more local beach areas. Knee length and shorter dresses are fine, but I'd save the miniskirts for the disco.
Guadalajara is a huge, modern, cosmopolitan city. Lots of people there speak English, but lots don't. You're going to have fun there.
Jan 31, 2013 10:55 AM
8You totally got it when you said your advice came from older types. Mex chicks dress v much like French, low cut cute tops with tight jeans and heels is what they wear at night (and day!) More sexy than Canadians or USA´s. Guadalajara is a very fashion conscious city. You will find self wearing much more makeup and more high heels than in USA, in order to feel normal.
Its the older people who live in San Miguel and Chapala who spread these rumors about no shorts etc. Shorts are fine, you are 23, people want you to be fashionable and different, hey they wanna see some leg!
I am a 50 something woman with 9 yrs here in MX and I am always the least turned out of the bunch, I hang with Mexicanas. They are always shoving me into something shorter, sexier, more make up etc. Think J-Lo.
So be as cool as you want, do not listen to these old fartesses, wear your shorts with huge heels. Tons of stores there too, so don´t overpack.
Jan 31, 2013 2:44 PM
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Feb 1, 2013 6:52 PM
I`m a woman who has traveled alone a lot,now am in Mexico for the 2nd time.
I say, go for comfort, and remember it can get cold and drafty, and I`ve yet to see somewhere with heating. The 1st time I came to Mexico, I only brought lightweight PJs so my advice is bring some warm things, even old leggings or sweats just in case. One pair of warm socks. And while I travel entirely in jeans, shorts and running shoes (all nicer ones, tho, I often dress like I`m going out dancing
as it is a formal culture and I`m older) the sidewalks can be rocky, toen up, on non-existent so having one pair of comfortable closed shoes (any kind) that you don`t mind getting dirty is a good idea.
Hope you like Guadalajara. I love shopping for fruits and vegetables at the Mercado de Alcalde near dwdontown and Zona Rosa .....totally different and much better than the big touristy one near Tapatios.
I just came from 2 days there, walked alone at night on main streets and was fine.
Feb 15, 2013 7:31 PM
13I just posted this Ally: There was a q. a few weeks ago from a young 23 yr old, yes I will PM her but I really want to straighten this out. Most of the guide books recommend to dress "conservatively" in Mexico. I posit that this is certainly not true for under 40 yr olds. Out for VDay with my guy, the average look was a gold jacket, pushup top, skirt covering barely the butt, 4 inch heels. Hot? yes. I happen to work with a ballet co. so the girls are toned and chic, also I work with art galleries. So I think this sorry old notion that you have to cover up is dead and gone in Mexico. I am 57 yet a dancer and I have never dressed more sexi than here. Just my opinion.
Mar 17, 2013 12:42 AM
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