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Suggested Packing List (South America)

We recommend that you check the weather forecast prior to your departure so that you can pack accordingly. We have included a temperature chart and climate information later in this booklet
for your reference. As the climate can vary dramatically between different parts of Latin and South America, even within parts of the same country, it is important to check this so that you can plan your packing accordingly. The Chile Top to Toe and Ultimate South America itineraries particularly will vary dramatically as you travel from humid jungle down to freezing temperatures. Remember that at higher altitude, no matter the time of year sudden and unpredictable drops in temperature, snow or storms can hit on the mountain passes. The sun is also much stronger so you can get sunburnt more quickly. Consider your packing carefully. Loose fitting, lightweight cotton materials are the most comfortable for humid weather, while layers of warmer clothes are advised for cooler climes. A waterproof jacket will be required for the wetter conditions. The dress code throughout the tour is casual, however smart casual clothes are recommended for evenings.

Example packing list:

  • Travel documents and passport – including a photocopy of your passport in case it is lost or stolen abroad. Keep one photo copy at home and take another photocopy on your trip with you
  • Main luggage & luggage padlocks
  • ‘Day bag’ - a smaller bag to carry with you during the day
  • Money belt to carry passport, cash, credit cards, airline tickets, etc
  • Lightweight trousers or shorts/skirts for women
  • Light jumpers/thermals are great for layering, including gloves and scarf
  • Shirts or long-sleeved tops of light cotton material
  • Walking shoes and socks – it is important to have sturdy and comfortable shoes for sightseeing every day
  • Sun protection – hat, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Personal medical kit including insect repellent – we advise using a mosquito repellent
  • Antibacterial gel - to clean hands before eating
  • A water/windproof jacket
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Scarf or bandana – useful to protect your face against dusty winds at high altitude
  • Spare glasses – it is difficult to get any prescription lenses repaired or replaced in Latin America
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, lotion) for personal use
  • Snacks – tea bags/coffee, milk powder or sachets, instant soups or noodles, or anything else you can’t live without!
  • Camera and spare film/memory card
  • Travel adaptor
  • Dry Bags/Rucksack Liner – Handy when travelling to South American countries during the wet season.