Its always better to prepare first before going to any adventure, specially if you are planning for outdoor adventure like trekking. This packing List will help you to prepare for your outdoor adventure.
1) Backpack & Bags
Let’s start with the essentials – a good trekking backpack is needed to carry all your stuff around. For this you should get one which is comfortable, adjustable to your body, spacious and durable.
- Trekking Backpack – e.g. the Osprey Atmos 50 is great for multiple day hikes, for big tours the Osprey Aether 70 or DeuterAirContact are good choices
- Hiking Daypack, if you plan short hikes (like these on Amazon)
- Drybag – keeps your technical equipment dry (overview on amazon)
- ZipLocs, helps you organizing
Compared to city trips you need to pack more functional clothes due to the weather conditions which can change very quick in this region. Moreover you should invest into some good outdoor clothes which are comfortable but also easy to handle. I plan for only a few days, after or in between I wash my clothes – this ensures to pack lightweight.
- 4x undergarments
- 2x socks
- 3x T-Shirts (mid layer) – I recommend using breathable sport shirts
- 1x Hiking Pants, with the option to turn into a short pant (like this one from Columbia)
- 1x Rain Pants (optional)
- 1x Fleece Jacket (mid layer) – highly recommended for colder parts and the evenings! (e.g. from Columbia)
- 1x breathable, waterproof Jacket as shell layer (overview on Amazon)
- 1x Scarf – for cold and windy parts
- 1x Hat/Beanie
- Consider: I focused on the summer season, for winter you should add at least one layer and exchange shirts for warmer clothes! If you don’t mind getting wet you can also go without rain proof gear and take some spare dry clothes for the campsite (which you never use anywhere else than in dry surroundings!) .
As you are out in the nature most of the time we keep it simple here – when you’re back to civilization you’ll have all amenities in your Hotel or you can buy your favorite products in the next shop 😉
- 1x toothbrush and toothpaste
- 1-2x soap (lightweight, easy to handle) – simply the best when you’re in the nature
- 1x basic skin cream
- 1x sunscreen
- 1x roll of toilet paper
- 1x micro fiber towel, dries super fast, lightweight and small (e.g. Travel Towel)
4) Trekking Gear
If you don’t go trekking you’ll miss out on something great – therefore following some items on packing list for trekking adventures.
- 1x Sun glasses
- 1x good Hiking Boots, preferably waterproof (see top rated hiking boots on Amazon)
- foldable drinking bottle, saves space and weight (e.g. this one from Vapur)
- optional: Hiking poles, not needed but they can be helpful (e.g. top rated models on Amazon)
5) Camping Gear & Cooking
Camping means to be prepared for rough weather conditions – your tent should be durable, due to the strong winds I recommend using one with aluminum poles as other materials tend to break more easily!
- 1x tent – the tents from MSR are high quality and come with aluminum poles, another cool option is this ultralight tent where you use your hiking poles!
- 1x mat – to protect from hard and cold underground
- 1x sleeping bag – preferably small, lightweight but still warm
- 1x pair of flip-flop – to use in the camp after a long day in your hiking boots (e.g. Havaianas)
- 1x head lamp – you will need it in the night! (e.g. top-rated models on Amazon)
- 1x Stove – preferably for gas cans
- 2x gas cans – you can mostly buy them in the town/village at the spot (Puerto Natales, Calafate, El Chalten, Bariloche, Punta Arenas)
- 1x pot – you’ll use it for everything: preparing meals and cooking water
- 1x plate, fork, spoon, knife
- 1x metal cup
- 2x lighter & matches (as fallback option)
Basically it’s very individual what to take for a multi-day hike. My main focus was to pack as light as possible because food will be the heaviest part on the Patagonia Packing List and with this in your Backpack.
- Breakfast: porridge & dry fruits, tea bags / instant coffee
- Lunch: cereal bars, nuts, dry fruits & Snickers
- Dinner: rice / pasta plus sauce powder, salami and cheese to add flavor
- Chocolate & Candies
- a small plastic bottle of alcohol (evening and for celebrations) 😉
- another option is to take lightweight prepared meals!
7) Tools & Gadgets
All items here are optional – I used them on different treks and found them to be useful for my needs.
- Multi Tool – to fix stuff or for preparing your meal (e.g. this Leatherman)
- external battery – to charge camera/devices, I use the one from EasyAcc
- GoPro – great waterproof camera for outdoors
- GorillaPod – small, lightweight tripod to use with your camera
8) Maps & Guide Books
Never forget this if you want your trip to be successful in good terms and this will also help you in saving time and energy. Maps and guide will help you find the correct way to the destination.
So this is the list for making your trip more adventurous and convenient. Hope this will help you… have a great trip…:D