Suggested packing list - South America

Last Updated: 26th Feb 2014

When most people think about South America they assume that it will be warm which is not always the case. South America is very large and with rainforest, mountains, desert and pretty much everything in between, packing can be a challenge. One thing that remains constant is that spaces can be tight, stairs often have to be climbed and hotels do not always have porters so we recommend that you bring a backpack or duffle bag and not a suitcase. It is now easy to find duffle bags with wheels which is a great mix of the ease of a suitcase and the flexibility of a soft bag. You should also bring a small backpack or a satchel/courier bag with you for excursions during the day.

We have broken down the packing list for tours going into the Andes, such as Peru and those visiting Argentina and Brazil.

Peru

Clothes

Shoes

Hiking the Inca Trail

Toiletries

Miscellaneous

Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.

Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents with you in your luggage. You should scan these documents and email them to yourself and also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.

Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage rather take it with you in your carry luggage.

Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you. Prescription medication should be packed in your carry-on luggage however please note that you are not allowed to bring syringes onto the plane so if required they must be packed in your checked luggage.

Laundry Facilities
Having your laundry done for you in Peru is not only inexpensive but makes your life way easier. For approximately $1US you can get a pound of laundry washed, dried and folded. It is not recommended that you send items with special washing or drying instructions to the laundry as they may not come back the same way. These you can either hand-wash or dry-clean.

Argentina and Brazil

Although the temperature in Brazil stays fairly constant Iguassu Falls sometimes has cold spells in their winter and the climate in Buenos Aires varies considerably throughout the year.

Spring /Summer (November to March)

Clothes

Winter/ Fall (April to October)

Clothes

Shoes

Toiletries

Miscellaneous

Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.

Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents with you in your luggage. You should scan these documents and email them to yourself and also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.

Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage rather take it with you in your carry luggage.

Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you. Prescription medication should be packed in your carry-on luggage however please note that you are not allowed to bring syringes onto the plane so if required they must be packed in your checked luggage.

Laundry Facilities
Having your laundry done for you in Argentina and Brazil is fairly inexpensive. For approximately $2-3US you can get a pound of laundry washed, dried and folded at laundromats in both Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. Many hotels also offer luandry service but it may be more expensive. It is not recommended that you send items with special washing or drying instructions to the laundry as they may not come back the same way. These you can either hand-wash or dry-clean.