Packing for 3 months?! Help!

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I leave for Spain in less than 30 days! I’m traveling to the Castilla-La Mancha region to work as a CIEE Teach in Spain Volunteer for three months. Upon my arrival in Spain, I’ll be spending some time in Madrid and then attending a 2 day orientation in Toledo. Toledo is in the capital of the Castilla-La Mancha region. After some time in Toledo, I’ll be living and working in another city in the region.

I couldn’t resist including this picture. All Kansans nod their heads in agreement…

Preparing to live abroad presents a daunting packing challenge. I will be in Castilla-La Mancha September through November. As a resident of Kansas, I experience about every type of weather during the “fall” months. Actually, in Kansas one can usually experience multiple types of weather within a single day. So how do I prepare for 90 days? I consulted World Weather Online for some help! These are the average highs and lows for Castilla-La Mancha for the next few months:

September  High: 80     Low: 58

October       High: 69     Low: 51

November   High: 58     Low: 41

So September is basically summer, and November is almost winter. Great.  So I’ll need a variety of essentials…essentially. Upon Googling “packing for 3 months,” I came across the blog Hey Nadine. She provides an excellent 90 day travel packing list. With a few adjustments, here’s my 90 day travel packing list for Spain!



  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 fleece jacket
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 3 cardigans
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 pairs of slacks
  • 1 pair of black leggings
  • 1 pair of sweatpants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of athletic shorts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 5 nice short sleeve shirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 2 dresses
  • PJ shorts and night shirt
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • Numerous pairs of underwear
  • 1 scarf
  • 1 swim suit


  • 1 pair of  running tennis shoes
  • 1 pair of sneakers/casual tennis shoes
  • 2 pairs of flats
  • 1 pair sandals


  • Makeup
  • Wash cloth
  • Medicine
  • Face wash
  • Travel shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Brush
  • Hair elastics


  • Laptop computer & charger
  • iPad & charger
  • Cell phone & charger
  • Camera with memory card, 2 batteries and battery charger
  • Headphones
  • Electrical outlet adapter


  • Sunglasses
  • Mini first-aid kit
  • Pens/pencils
  • Passport
  • Photocopies of important documents (passport, driver’s license, debit card, credit card, travel itinerary, etc.)
  • Wallet
  • Books

So what do you think? Have you traveled for an extended period of time? Do you have any additions to this list? Things you wish you would have taken or left at home? Let me know!


“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

Photos courtesy of Megan Coffroth and Kansas


9 thoughts on “Packing for 3 months?! Help!

    nausheenfarishta said:
    August 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hi! I also leave for Spain in less than 30 days, and have been doing a lot of research! It looks like you’ve got a good grasp of packing for your full time abroad, whereas my research mostly focused on what exactly to wear so I can blend in while in Spain! If it helps, I read a lot about how they only wear shorts at the beach and only wear sneakers while physically inside a gym. Not that they’ll be upset if they see you wearing these of course, you are just more likely to stand out as a tourist. I just recently wrote a post about how these cultural differences are going to affect what I’ll be packing! I haven’t actually ever been there myself yet though so this is based purely on what I’ve been reading online. Best of luck and enjoy your time abroad 🙂

      Megan Coffroth responded:
      August 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Hey, thanks for the input! I have been to Spain before and athletic shorts definitely screamed tourist haha! I figure I’ll take them to lounge around in. I also looked at your post. Very informative! I hope you have a wonderful time as well!!

    Rachel Budke said:
    August 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I just started packing for Italy yesterday! Yikes, I am such an over packer!

      Megan Coffroth responded:
      August 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I know! I’m trying to pack as efficiently as possible!

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    Renee.Sophia said:
    July 24, 2015 at 10:29 am

    First off….I’m so glad to have come across your page, and especially this blog post!! I literally just submitted my app for CIEE’s volunteer program as well (jan-march). I typed in Castilla La Mancha CIEE in Google and you came up on the first page…that is impressive. So I’m wondering, did the 3 months in Spain and living with a family help you learn Spanish? I’m coming in with a little less-than intermediate spanish, so a kind of worried. Also, I couldn’t help but notice that you might be a Creighton Dental student?? I just graduated last May from Creighton with a Bachelor’s!

      Megan Coffroth responded:
      July 24, 2015 at 11:03 am

      Hi! You are correct! I am a dental student at Creighton. I am starting my second year soon. Congratulations on finishing your bachelor’s degree!

      I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing the CIEE Teach in Spain Volunteer program! And in Castilla La Mancha! I loved my time there and I still think about it almost every day. While there, I lived with a host family and helped teach at a school for students 12-18 years old. Now I will say that I have a degree in Spanish so I knew quite a bit going in. That being said, I know that many of the other assistants had an intermediate level and/or hadn’t taken Spanish in a long time. So I definitely wouldn’t worry about it. You’ll be fine! Plus, you should recieve Spanish lessons at the school and that helped me a lot!

      If you have any other questions, feel free to send me an email:

      Have fun! 🙂

    Adrian Estrada said:
    August 25, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Hello! I’m so glad that I found your blog as I am considering applying to the CIEE Teach in Spain Volunteer program, I just need a little more info… Could you list any pros/ cons of this program? What was your experience like? Is the $800 program fee worth it?


      Megan Coffroth responded:
      August 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      Hi Adrian! Thanks for your email. I’m happy to share my thoughts. I loved my experience in Spain, but I will definitely tell you my struggles too. In an effort to avoid a REALLY long comment, I’ll send you an email!

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