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What to Pack for Your Patagonia Adventure

The following packing list contains general recommendations for a trip to Patagonia. If you are currently booked on a Patagonia adventure with Natural Habitat Adventures, please consult your pre-departure materials for the most comprehensive and up-to-date packing list for your trip. You will receive these pre-departure materials 60–90 days before your departure.

Items indicated in color below are typically available in the Nat Hab Gear Store. Please note that due to global supply chain issues beyond our control, we cannot guarantee that every item will always be in stock.

Adventure Guidelines

  • We will be in a mountainous, cool environment (yet close to the sun). Weather can be both hot and cool during this adventure. It is often cooler on water than on land, and rain and wind are always possible, so dress appropriately.
  •  Since the weather in Patagonia can change by the hour and can be very cold in some places, we recommend layering your clothing (i.e., polypropylene shirt, fleece and wind- and waterproof jacket).
  •  You may wish to bring some nicer clothing if you are spending additional days in Argentina or Chile.

Clothing

  • Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
    —Provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
  • Lightweight, waterproof rain jacket
    —As rain is always possible throughout the year; it is best to be prepared. Your rain jacket should have a hood and be fully waterproof, not just water resistant.
  •  Waterproof rain pants
  •  Lightweight, waterproof hiking boots
    —Make sure your boots have good tread and ankle support and are broken in to prevent blisters.
  •  Windproof, warm fleece or lightweight down jacket 
  •  Windproof, warm hat and gloves 
  •  Socks
    —Bring several pairs made of wool or other moisture-wicking material. Cotton socks are not recommended for hikes.
  • Polypropylene tops and bottoms (for layering)
  •  3–4 pairs of comfortable lightweight pants
  • 1 pair of nylon, zip-off pants
    —Perfect for cool mornings and warmer afternoons.
  •  4–5 long-sleeved shirts 
    —Cotton shirts are not recommended for hikes.
  •  2–3 short-sleeved T-shirts 
  •  Tennis shoes
    —Or other comfortable shoes for walking around towns.
  • Undergarments
  •  Warm sleepwear
    —For chilly nights at EcoCamp.

Additional Items

  • Cash
    —For gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation).
    —For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee).
  • Small, waterproof daypack (to carry gear during hikes) 
    —A waterproof daypack is essential, as we will often encounter rain on our outdoor excursions. An alternative is to purchase a waterproof cover that fits securely around your water-resistant bag. 
    —While water-resistant or waterproof checked luggage is not required, it is a good idea, as bags may be exposed to rain during transfers. If you do not have a water-resistant or waterproof bag and do not wish to purchase one for this adventure, a good alternative is to place everything inside your luggage in some type of waterproof liner. This will help to ensure that, even if your bag gets wet, your items inside will stay dry.
  • Reusable water bottle (included in your pre-trip package)
    —In our continuing effort to operate our adventures with as little impact on the environment as possible, you will receive a reusable water bottle (unless you opted out on your Booking Form) to take with you on your adventure. We will provide drinking water throughout the adventure for you to refill your bottle. By doing this, you will avoid using multiple disposable plastic bottles.
  • Collapsible walking stick (optional) 
    —If you are bringing poles, make sure they fit in your checked baggage, as you won't be allowed to carry them on the plane.
  •  Sun hat (with brim for protection). 
  •  Binoculars (optional, but highly recommended) 
  •  Sunglasses
    —With UV filter and secure strap.
  •  Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  •  Small flashlight or headlamp (with spare batteries)
    —For time at EcoCamp.
  • Hairdryer (optional)
    —Hairdryers are available at all accommodations, either in the room or at the front desk. The use of hairdryers is not allowed at EcoCamp.
  •  Earplugs
  •  Toiletries in reusable bottles to minimize waste
    —Shampoo, conditioner and soap are provided at all accommodations.
  • Insect repellent
  •  Sunscreen & lip balm (at least SPF 30)
    —The sun is incredibly strong in Patagonia and can cause a serious sunburn in a very a short period of time. It is highly recommended that travelers use sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin.
  • Electrolyte/flavor crystal packets (optional)
    —Can be added to water to replace fluids in case of intestinal illness and/or enhance the taste to encourage hydration.  
  •  Dry bags or reusable waterproof bags 
    —Several sizes, for wet or dirty clothing and to protect camera equipment.
  •  Outlet adapter 
  •  Spanish/English dictionary
  • Extension cord for CPAP machine
  • Cell phone and charger

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