The hardest thing for me to adjust to was the lack of heat in Chilean residences. I arrived in the country in August, about a month before the start of spring, so Santiago was still chilly. At night, when temperatures got down to the high 30s and low 40s, my host family's apartment would be in the 50s at best. What helped me adjust? Lots of layers of clothes. Gloves would've been a good addition to the wardrobe, especially for typing on my laptop. I used almost everything that I packed, which was a broad range of clothes, from a coat and tie to hiking boots and a gore-tex jacket.