What to pack when traveling to Patagonia
Planning to visit Patagonia along with your Antarctica expedition? One of the most important details to have in mind if you want to enjoy this experience to the fullest is how to dress and what to pack – without packing too much! Weather changes all the time (just like in Antarctica), so you do not want to forget your raincoat or your trekking shoes.
Temperature can drastically change depending on how windy or humid the day is so it is always advisable to dress in layers as air between these layers ensures more insulation. While traveling for many days or months it can be tiresome to carry a heavy backpack, but you also need to be prepared for the weather of these latitudes to truly embrace the outdoors adventure. Here is a list of what we recommend you bring:
- Water-resistant trekking pants
- Trekking shoes
- Insulated socks
- Thermal liners /Fleece liner
- Rain coat/ windbreaker
- Beanies/ Headband
- Sunglasses & Sunscreen
- Bottle of water/ thermos
Notice that in some Patagonian cities/towns there are rentals where you can find water resistant/waterproof gear in case you are planning to participate in a specific activity such as skiing, snowshoeing or kayaking.
If you have a little spare space, do not forget to pack:
- Gaffer tape: in case your backpack tears this can help you fix it temporarily!
- Waterproof bag cover: chances are you’ll meet all kinds of weather so if you do not have a waterproof backpack, a cover will help you keep your stuff dry!
- A Padlock
- Insurance: For when things do not go exactly as planned, we strongly recommend you get a baggage & cancellation insurance as well as a medical insurance while you are traveling!
- Medicine: It is always a good idea to travel with some basic medicine for allergies, headaches or diarrhea