So, you’ve decided to travel to a place that is out of the box, offers both possibilities to go camping, hiking or trekking. Add a different and strong culture and plenty of natural beauties. Then, it is time for you to start packing for Patagonia.
What can there be more exciting than such a trip? You will see deer and penguins, ice and mountains and be in two countries at once: Argentina and Chile. At this point, you may begin to worry about what to take when packing for Patagonia. In this article, we’ll teach you more than what to wear in Patagonia; we’ll give you tips to have a comfortable, safe and quiet vacation. Let’s check out the what-to-pack list.
5 Areas to Tick When Packing for Patagonia
For the utility of this article, we have excluded basic luggage that you can take in any trip regardless of its destination. The below list will not include toiletries (such as tooth brush or shower gel), regular cosmetics, underwear, cooking items, food, and other related items.
1. Clothing to Keep You Dry
In Patagonia usually days are warm and the nights are chilly. The overall climate is cool and dry. However, there are significant temperature differences between areas, and precipitation occurs often.
- Make sure that you take clothing that you can wear in layers. Pack T-shirts, a long-sleeve blouse, a hoodie, a light jacket.
- Waterproof items: rain pants.
- Accessories: scarf, gloves.
- Include a few polo T-shirts, as they usually dry quick.
2. Trekking Gear
These should fit into a technical waterproof day-pack that is light and comfortable to carry.
- Waterproof hiking boots;
- Trekking poles;
- Foldable drinking bottle with protection;
- Hiking sunglasses;
- A headlamp.
3. Camping Gear
When packing for Patagonia you should consider that camping here is not as light as a summer’s night. But it isn’t also as challenging as an extreme weather. You already know the regular items you need to take when camping, such as a tent, a stove, gas cans and slippers. Here’s what you should adjust for a comfortable stay in Patagonia.
- Resistant sleeping bag à -5°C (November – March), -15°C (April – October);
- Make the tent to be adjusted for 3 seasons;
- Extra tent steaks with tie-downs for strong wind;
- Floor mat with protection from the cold ground.
You will need these for both their useful purpose and making memories. So, in this section, we will refer to both regular electronics and travel devices.
- A camera with batteries;
- Extra batteries and memory cards, of course;
- Insect repellent;
- A dry sack for these items;
- Ear plugs;
- A solar charger;
- Optional: A GoPro camera. This water-resistant camera is a nice method to film those wonderful views you will encounter.
Packing for Patagonia does not mean to tick all the above and prepare for the walk. As it is split between two countries, you will need to make sure that you can enter both Argentina and Chile without any issues. If you have a valid US or Canadian passport, you will not need a visa for business or touristic trips less than 90 days. Yet, here’s what you should consider.
- Passport: It needs to be valid 6 more months after the end of your trip to Patagonia;
- Plane tickets: You will need to think of these in advance, as there are some routes which are less convenient;
- Vaccinations: You need to have hepatitis A, tetanus, chicken pox and measles (the last two if you didn’t catch them before). They are not mandatory to enter the country, but you should have the documentation with you;
- Special vaccinations: Rabies and malaria may be necessary in some areas. Research to see if you need them.
- Entrance fee receipts: $160 (US citizens), or $78 (Canadian citizens). You should pay these in advance.
Extra Tips for Your Patagonia Vacation
- The best time to start packing for Patagonia and heading the road is December – March, when summer’s on. You should avoid the local winter (June – September), as that is also the rain season. Also, winters are very cold and you may have many issues with the items that you have packed when thinking what to wear in Patagonia.
- Regardless of whether you go hiking or camping, don’t forget the sunscreen. Bring your sunscreen for face and body, so that you can enjoy the sun at its fullest.
- The local language spoken is Spanish. You may hear villagers speaking in a dialect in some small areas. Also, in towns many know English. However, this is not a rule. So, if you don’t know basic Spanish, you should have a travel guide with you.
- Typically, the electric voltage is 220 volts, so you shouldn’t have trouble with electronics and you don’t need an adapter. However, please check all your devices before you start packing for Patagonia.
- Patagonia region is 777,000 square kilometres (300,000 square miles) in Argentina and 340,000 square kilometres (131,275 square miles) in Chile. There are about 2 million people living there. So, don’t worry about not meeting too many locals, the population density is just very low.
- Last, but not least you will need local money. The currency is yet again divided. Argentina uses the Argentinean Peso (ARS), and Chile has the Chilean Peso (CLP). So, make sure you also have this aspect covered.
Time to Hit the Road
You are now done packing for Patagonia. Make a double check and ensure that you’ve packed both the items we’ve presented above, and the regular ones that you might need anywhere. Then, you can prepare for the flight and to have an unforgettable adventure!
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