So you’ve decided to go on the trip of a lifetime to Patagonia – good choice, you won’t be disappointed! Maybe you’ve heard a thing or two about the weather? About how it’s pretty intense and unpredictable?
I did not understand nor fully appreciate how truly, certifiably, insane the weather can be in Patagonia until I experienced it for myself. I had been told that the wind is so strong there that it can push you over, and I had even seen photos of people leaning into the wind. I still didn’t fully understand that it *actually* happens, and often.
It will also start raining out of nowhere, whenever it feels like it. It will not even seem like it was possible that the rainstorm could’ve literally materialized out of nothing, but it will happen.
This is also why there were so many rainbows all the time. It’s the reason why the clouds are so unique and interesting there as well. If you have the right stuff for the weather you can actually enjoy it, but if not you could be miserable.
Not to worry! I’ve got you totally covered with this packing list and the best part is it doesn’t cost a fortune:
If you’re going to be hiking a lot overnight on trails, buy a backpack for the trip that can double as your hiking pack. Try this on in person! Go to a store that allows you to try the packs on with weight in them (I like REI in the US), and pick something that has places to strap a sleeping mat and sleeping bag to. Something like this bag is perfect for hiking and for traveling.
I strongly suggest going for waterproof, at least ankle-high hiking boots meant for rocky terrain if you plan to hike while in Patagonia (and you should!)
When hiking in the past, I’ve often just used the same shoes I would wear in the gym, but in Patagonia, I was glad every single day that I brought hiking boots.
There were many times when I trudged through mud that was ankle deep, walked through running water, and climbed on sharp and jagged rocks. Such is the terrain in Patagonia and waterproof boots with some real tread are the safest and most logical option for that kind of hiking. I highly recommend these boots – they’re cute and waterproof, with good tread, ankle support, and they’re meant to keep your feet warm in cold climates!
This is where I always spend less in my travel wardrobe, because travel clothes are loved hard and die quickly.
For hiking shirts, I still had some of my ski underwear, basically thermal shirts and long johns, with me from skiing and they actually came in really handy in Patagonia. It was supposed to be summer there but it is cold next to glaciers and we got snow at the end, too (which was actually really wonderful.)
Otherwise, it was mostly leggings for hiking that I didn’t care about because those rocks are sharp and jagged and will tear everything. I also brought a couple of tunic dresses that I could put over leggings for wanting-to-look-nice situations. Otherwise it was mostly utility since my Patagonia trip was about the great outdoors (I’m guessing yours is, too).
Here’s what’s on my Patagonia Packing List:
- 3 pairs of leggings (I brought dark ones, I wish I’d gone the patterned route. Don’t make the same mistake that I did)
- 1 pair of lightweight, water-wicking pants
- 1 old hoodie for nighttime wear and under your jacket for when it’s really cold
- Several pairs of super thick socks
- 1 pair of light flip flops for when you don’t want to wear boots
- A couple of sports bras, and enough undies for a week
- An extra pair of trainers or running shoes for when you don’t want to wear your hiking boots
That’s what’s in my backpack for Patagonia, and I was super happy with all of the products that I brought along. I stayed comfortable even when it was raining and windy, and was able to enjoy two full months of hiking and playing in the wilderness in Patagonia.