Packing List for Patagonia, Argentina
Fitting everything you need in a backpack for Patagonia.
Travelling around South America is enriching and incredible, and there is no better way to experience the South American life other than backpacking through it. During my exchange, I’ve packed my bag with useless things countless times, and have endured the great problem of having to lug around an overpacked backpack. Here is a list of things you shouldn’t forget on your trip down South.
A warm but light jacket – This is imperative. The temperatures range from below freezing temperatures at night to blasting sun during the day, so being packed and ready for both can be a challenge. I recently bought a Uniqlo parka, which is perfect for every situation. It rolls into a ball, fits in backpacks and even in my small purse, and will keep you warm through tough winds.
A walking stick – This is something which I had the misfortune of overlooking when I bought hiking clothes. I always laughed at the people walking with two sticks each, until I realized what a difference it made when you walk 20km a day. Going up and down mountains can give you knee or hip aches, so and opt for a hiking stick to aid your journey.
Suncreen and lotion – It feels like winter, the wind is strong, and there’s no way you’ll get a sunburn! Turns out that’s very false. Being in the mountains and outside all day, you are exposed to sunlight that will not only burn but also dry out your skin. Moisturizing is key!
A portable phone charger – You get to the Perito Moreno, you are in awe at the amazing glacier, and your phone dies. Whether you didn’t find a plug in your hostel, you were in charge of the AUX cable in the car, or you took 800 pictures in two hours, you’re angry at not being able to get that perfect shot to send to your friends. Portable phone chargers have saved my life on vacation, allowing me to document the trip as well as look up hostel addresses when everyone’s phones were already dead.
Argentinian and Chilean pesos – this is the sort of thing that you should plan in advance, what with credit card limits and fees in ATMs as well as the fact that paying in other currencies usually isn’t profitable for tourists. I had a lot of issues changing my US dollars into pesos while in the middle of nowhere, and I definitely lost money by getting a bad exchange rate!