- This packing list is just a recommended guideline for your reference. Everything is optional for you to choose from.
- It’s best to leave all unnecessary valuables and jewelry at home.
- Print a copy of your reservation and place it inside your checked baggage for identification purposes while you are traveling.
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Patagonia — Bring clothing for cold weather and rain.
Atacama — Bring clothing for cold weather.
Santiago — Bring a nice outfit for restaurants, wine tasting, etc. May-August will be colder. December-March can be quite warm.
Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying, preferably moisture-wicking and non-cotton. Layers work best!
- Long pants
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Undergarments, sports bra
- Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
- Rain jacket and/or rain poncho
- Swimsuit and cover
- Sun hat with brim and chin strap
- Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
Your daily activities may get your shoes dirty or muddy. Streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.
- Hiking shoes/boots — for day hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
- Tennis shoes, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
- Comfortable, breathable socks
- Down jacket
- Fleece jacket
- Cold weather hat
- Buff, neck gaiter
- Rain pants
- Suitcase or duffel (check weight restrictions for internal flights)
- Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
- Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing (ziplocs and garbage bags work)
- Packing cube, compression bag, stuff sacks, toiletry bag, foldable shopping bag
- Money belt, security pouch, document organizer
- NOTE: A carry-on bag on flights is limited to 22″ x 14″ x 9″.
Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible). Remember to set the date and time on your cameras.
- Cell phone, cord, plug, headphones (check on international charges)
- Headlamp or flashlight, extra batteries
- GoPro, camera, video camera, SD cards, batteries, charger/power cord
- Tripod (travel size), selfie-stick
- Air Tags
- Lens cleaning cloth
- Electrical adapter for Chile >>
- Shampoo, conditioner, hair gel
- Hairbrush, comb, mirror, hair ties
- Shaving supplies
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
- Nail clippers, nail file, nail brush
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Small travel towel
- Facial tissue, Toilet paper
- Moist towelettes
- Hand sanitizer
- Sewing kit
- Insect repellent
- Cosmetics, feminine products, travel jewelry
You really only need one first aid kit in your travel group, so coordinate with your travel companions.
- Prescription drugs
- Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin
- Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
- Throat lozenges
- Melatonin or other sleep aid
- Gauze bandages and tape
- Diarrhea medicine (Imodium AD or similar), Ginger and Ginkgo can be helpful for stomach problems
- Antibiotics (talk to doctor)
- Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after the end of your trip)
- Visas for all countries as necessary
- Airline e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
- Copy of AWR travel itinerary
- Medical insurance card + Travel insurance information
- Document organizer
- Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), frequent flyer numbers, travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion’s luggage and email them to yourself (or store in Cloud). Put copies of your travel itinerary in each checked bag.
- Sunglasses, strap
- Eyeglasses, contacts/case/solution
- Pocket knife (put in checked luggage)
- Notebook, lots of pens
- Books, playing cards, games, crossword puzzles, frisbee, football, kite
- Energy bars, hard candy, snacks, and comfort foods
- Duct tape (can be wrapped around water bottle)
- Cash >> (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be new with no tears)
- Credit cards (check for international fees)
- Guide books, maps, language books
- Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season or even for sun shade
- Gifts for guides
- Water bottle and Camelbak
- Steripen, water filter, or purification tablets
Packing for the Flight
- Passport, flight e-tickets, AWR travel itinerary
- Books, magazines, e-reader, cards, games
- Cell phone, headphones
- Water bottle (empty through security)
- U-shaped neck pillow
- Eye shades, ear plugs
- Kleenex, wet wipes
- Melatonin or other sleep aid