Buenos Aires Packing List Tips by TheWanderingCamel
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers are definitely the way to think, especially if you're visiting in Spring (September, October, November), justifiably the most popular season both for the climate and the effect it has on the city - all those beautiful flowering trees make it an absolute delight. Chilly mornings can turn into surprisingly warm days, and the evenings can cool down quickly.
The same layers are the thing to pack in autumn (March, April, May).
Summer can turn very hot, and the sun can really burn, so a hat's a smart idea.
It rains all year round, so pack a little umbrella or a rain jacket even in the summer.
Finally, winter (June, July, August) - take a look at the photo here. August 2008, Those ladies watching the piper aren't just wearing coats for fun. MrL was there and it was COLD.
Luggage and bags: Shoe- and bag-aholics - leave room in your suitcase - this place is accessory heaven. All that beef means all that leather and the shops are full of the most gorgous shoes and bags.
Laundry is so cheap you can afford to leave some of the clothes you'd planned to bring behind, keep your bag to a resonable size and still have room for those divine sandals.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Buenos Aires is a very style-conscious city - you want to be comfortable but dressing quite smartly - especially when you're sightseeing in the centre - will win you brownie points . You'll fit in better, and you won't be the obvious target for street crime that dressing too casually or scruffily will make you. There are same-day laundries everywhere, and they're very cheap so you can maintain a clean and well-pressed appearance without packing a trunk or breaking the bank, great in summer when natural fibres are so much cooler but also more prone to creasing.
Try to find room for at least one "dressed for best" outfit, you'll be glad you did when you go out on the town.
Comfortable walking shoes are a must - you'll be pounding those pavements and not only is that hard on the feet, their upkeep leaves a lot to be desired and one trip on a broken pavement slab could ruin your whole holiday. However - this is not the place for hiking boots (see my first point) - a little more style is definitely in order.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget any prescription medication you take and, if you're a hayfever or sinus sufferer, bring some nasal spray, anti-histamines - whatver you use at home - as they can be hard to find and expensive.
Sunscreen's expensive too - you might want to slip in your own supply. Be sure to pack it in your check-in luggage.
Photo Equipment: If you're still using film, bring a good supply. It's expensive, as is most photographic equipment.
Miscellaneous: You may need an electrical adaptor when you arrive - the plugs here are different from most other places and standard adaptors may not fit.
If you wear glasses, make sure you have a spare pair with you. I forgot mine and when I damaged the arm of my European frames I couldn't find anyone to repair them, import duty in Argentina made them too expensive for the local market.
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