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Pack exactly what you need for Patagonia so you can enjoy your adventure. This Patagonia packing list will help you prepare – the more you know, the less you need!
Patagonia is, without doubt, where every adventure traveller wants to go right now. It isn’t really that much of a surprise why.
Patagonia offers unparalleled adventures. Incredible landscapes, unique driving experiences and fantastic hiking opportunities. Enough to keep even the most intrepid traveller satisfied.
We travelled through much of the southern half of South America this year. Our 5 months in Patagonia will forever be the highlight.
So, if you’re heading to Patagonia, you’re in for a real treat. Knowing what to pack will ensure you have stress-free and unforgettable trip. Here are our suggestions for your Patagonia packing list.
Who is this Patagonia packing list for?
What you need to pack for travel in Patagonia will depend on a few factors. When will you visit? What you want to do when you’re there? How will you travel around Patagonia?
Packing for a winter trip in Patagonia is a little different from a summer trip. If you plan on taking multi-day hikes, you need more gear than if you only plan on shorter (equally epic) day hikes.
And if you’re travelling around Patagonia in a camper van (totally the way to go), your carrying capacity is greater than if you’re backpacking.
We travelled through Patagonia in our camper van, Baloo during the summer and early autumn, doing some incredible day hikes along the way. So this Patagonia packing list suits anyone travelling in Patagonia in the same way.
Pack for the Patagonian weather
When packing for your Patagonian adventure, keep the weather in mind.
Summer in Patagonia runs from December to February and isn’t like, well summer. If you’ve heard people say they’ve experienced every season in 1 day in Patagonia it’s no understatement.
A day can start out warm and sunny only to have an afternoon blizzard or torrential rainstorm.
Daytime temperatures can be warm, especially in northern Patagonia. Night time temperatures are cool. As the altitude increases (think day hikes), you can experience drastic drops in temperature.
And the well documented Patagonian winds are relentless during the summer months.
Then there’s the infamous Patagonian horseflies or tábanos. Annoying, biting and hang out in huge quantities. Their numbers seem to peek around January and February around low altitude regions and they seem to especially like water.
Dark and brightly coloured clothing seem to attract the pesky things too so try packing neutral colours like khaki and beige. And nope – insect repellent doesn’t deter them.
The brutal winds tend to die down a little during the Patagonian spring and autumn. The temperatures are colder and rainfall increases.
Because the region receives less visitors during this time, the hiking trails don’t get overcrowded. Making it a perfect time of year to go hiking in Patagonia.
Winter travel in Patagonia offers a unique, albeit challenging, experience. Roads often close, as can hiking trails. And finding open accommodation is a challenge too.
For guaranteed tourist services though, head to Bariloche’s Cerro Catedral for the best skiing in Argentina.
Before you travel to Patagonia
Before leaving home make sure you have a few things in order.
- Make sure you check the latest medical advice for travel vaccinations you may need.
- Confirm any advance bookings you’ve made for hire cars or accommodation in Patagonia before you arrive.
- Does you passport have the necessary duration on it?
- Your itinerary will probably involve multiple border crossings between Chilean Patagonia and the Argentinian side. Is there enough space for the stamps in your passport?
- Are you travelling in your own vehicle? Have you got all your vehicle documents with you?
- Have you bought your travel insurance policy?
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