So, you’ve bought your tickets, perused your Buenos Aires tourist guide, studied your map, and know how to cuss someone out in Lunfardo thanks to lessons learned from LandingPadBA.com. Only thing left to do now is pack your bags: a simple, yet perplexing task.
You’ve heard that Buenos Aires is “The Paris of the South.” But what does that mean? Which is it, European or Latin American? Metropolitan and sophisticated? Or rugged and wild? This nickname could very well lead you astray while faced with the task of deciding what to bring along. But never fear, with just a few points of consideration, you’ll know just what (or what not) to put in your bags, and will soon be on your way.
Before getting started, I suggest setting aside that whole “Paris of the South” idea. Rather than thinking of Paris or Rio, I suggest thinking of another comparison when packing your bags: New York City. Like NYC, BA is hot in the summer, cool in the winter (although you’re not going to run into nearly as much snow down here), and offers little for the outdoor adventurer within the city itself; like New Yorkers, porteños have a whatever-goes attitude towards style, so long as its your own; and like New York, unless you want to spend a fortune on cab fare, you should plan on doing a lot of walking.
That said, here are a few suggestions that hopefully will prove helpful:
Mountain Gear: Yes, there are plenty of parks here in Buenos Aires, but none will require hiking boots or cargo pants. I realize that brands like North Face and Colombia make some decent looking and comfy clothing, but those garments will only brand you as a tourist. Do you really need all nine of those pockets anyway?
Daywear: This will largely depend on the season in which you are planning your visit. During the summer, you’ll appreciate garments that breathe. After your first January trip via subte , you’ll quickly learn that you are going to sweat a lot during the summer. All it takes is one day wearing a heavy cotton polo, and you’ll learn that with heavy fabrics pit stains will also be your constant companion. The winter here is generally mild, but still chilly. Jeans and a sweater or long-sleeve shirt will be plenty, but also be sure to bring a jacket, umbrella and gloves just in case.