Traveling in South America – Here are some packing tips

Traveling in South America – These are some packing tips

Planning your trip to South America soon? Whether you are going backpacking or going on a short sightseeing trip in the city, there are some basic things to consider when packing for your trip.  I actually carried some of these in my purse every day!

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In addition to packing light and leaving unnecessary items like sewing kits, umbrellas, and so on that you will be able to buy on-site most of the time, you need to consider the following when packing:

Sun:  Always wear sunblock in South America, especially if you are in Ecuador. Make sure to buy one with 30 SPF or higher, bring sunglasses, a hat, or a cap.

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Avoid direct exposure to the sun between 10 am and 2 pm if possible.

Rain: Bring rain gear (jacket, poncho, backpack protector, etc.) No need to bring an umbrella. This you can easily get when you are in South America.

Hydration: Carry a water bottle and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Avoid drinking water from the tap. Another great option is to get a Lifestraw, like this one, and drink safely from the source.

Bring also your own refillable water bottle; this will not only help you get any drink you want and stay hydrated but will also help the environment.


Travel Insurance: This is an important thing to consider when traveling to South America without it.

World Nomads is ideal for independent travelers. It is flexible. You can extend your policy or claim online while you are still away.

You can even buy a World Nomads policy if you’re already traveling. You can choose insurance for your tech gear.

Bugs: Use insect repellent and, if planning on going to the jungle, take Vitamin B.

Safety: Bring a safety bag for your important items. When you go out, always try to stay on main roads and walk-in well-lit streets.

Comfort: Pack at least one good pair of walking shoes.

Sandals and flip-flops to stroll around beaches and to walk comfortably in warm places are important. Everyday trainers and hiking boots will also help during your trip to South America. There are so many different places to see, and each requires different footwear.

Sightseeing: Bring binoculars if you want to spot some of the species of the Amazon Rainforest, the Galapagos Islands, and other diverse regions of South America.

Now, there are also some questions we get asked.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?

This depends on the kind of accommodation and activities you are planning to do. Some places offer sleeping bags for rent, so that is an option. If you are really going to go camping in warmer areas, we like the lightweight sleeping Rab Neutrino bags.

Do I need to bring toiletries?

Most main cities will have everything you need, and most capital cities have international brands, so you may be able to get exactly what you are used to getting at home. If you know that you need particular products due to your skin type or are cruelty-free or ecological, we recommend bringing some of those items from home.

What about photography gear?

If you are a photography lover, we have created a specific packing list to help you.


In conclusion, these are just some of the items I have found useful as a South American. They are my packing tips for you. Of course, specific items depend on the place, season, and activity to consider when you pack.




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Traveling in South America – Here are some packing tips

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