traveling to patagonia
overview - packing for patagonia travel
Quasar Expeditions' Patagonia adventures incorporate the full spectrum of activities in the region, from hiking to horseback riding, cruising glacial lakes, ice-trekking, sea kayaking and fly fishing. The list of what to pack for such an adventures is varied, as you may imagine, but we have prepared a very thorough packing list for you.
Weather in Patagonia is very unpredictable, as is the case in many mountainous regions with varied terrain. It is not uncommon to experience sunshine, wind, rain and even snow on a single day, even if traveling during the summer months. The only way to experience and enjoy this natural paradise to its fullest, is to come well prepared so that the weather does not affect your daily activities.
The key is to "layer" for cold weather (i.e. on glaciers and in the mountains), or take off "layers" if the day gets warmer or your body temperature rises when hiking. The list below attempts to cover everything that you will need to bring to be comfortable during any of the activities in which you choose to participate.
Important Note: Please be aware that the list below does not include items for camping or for doing any of the trekking circuits in either Torres del Paine or Los Glaciares National Parks. The Packing list below will get you through all types of weather and activities, but it assumes you are staying at a lodge or hotel each evening.
This is perhaps the most important section on your packing list, besides underwear and socks. It is very important that your entire body remains dry during wet conditions, and this includes your legs and your feet. You want to make sure you have a water-proof jacket and pants, with decent breathability, so that your entire body remains dry in case of a light drizzle or under heavier rain. A good pair of waterproof or water-resistant hiking boots is also highly recommended. Please refer to the list below for details of the "outerwear" items we recommend you bring with you.
- Light and warm Jacket or Fleece
- Wind-/water-resistant Soft-shell Jacket
- Rain Jacket or Parka
- Rain Pants
- Goretex-lined Boots or similar water-proof hiking boots
- Gloves (medium thickness, waterproof preferred)
- Beanie and Baseball Cap or Hat
- Buff or scarf
Below is a list of the regular clothing items that you should bring to your Patagonia adventure. The list below should be good to last you for 8 or 9 days in Patagonia, although most of the places where you will be staying do offer laundry service. Remember to pack as light as you can, so that you can easily store your bags in your Jeep vehicles. A good, durable, medium-sized duffle bag is the ideal bag to carry your clothing and gear.
- 6 T-shirts
- 2 synthetic-fiber polo shirts (for quick drying)
- 2 short-sleeve button-down shirts
- 8 pairs of underwear + 8 pairs of socks
- 1 fleece sweater
- 1 wool sweater
- 2 to 3 pairs of hiking pants
- Synthetic-fiber cargo pants
- Synthetic-fiber/organic-cotton hiking pants
- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of Dockers pants or slacks for the evenings
- 1 synthetic-fiber light-weight thermal long-sleeve + pant
Having good gear for your Patagonia adventure will allow you to go through the trails and treks with more comfort and ease. It is especially important that you bring a good technical day-pack that is waterproof, or that it comes with a waterproof cover. If your day pack is not waterproof, you can also store your items inside in a dry-sack, which will keep everything dry in case the entire pack gets wet.
- Technical Day Pack (with waterproof cover)
- Dry sack (Size: 13L or 20L)
- Trekking Poles (provided on our trips)
- Goretex or similar waterproof Gaiters (optional)
- 32oz (1L) Nalgene water bottle (provided on our trips)
Few places on earth offer such incredible sights and landscapes as Patagonia. For this reason, it is essential that you bring with you a good camera, with optional HD video capabilities. You also need to bring some extra items that we detail below that will keep all of your electronics dry, even in very wet conditions.
- Good digital SLR camera
- International outlet converter
- Two or 3 memory cards for your camera
- Extra batteries
- Sturdy camera case
- Dry sack (you can use same one on Gear section)
- Netbook, iPad or small laptop (optional)
- Sport or waterproof sunblock (SPF 15 or higher)
- Insect repellent