South America

South America

by Paul Chapman — Posted on February 13, 2017

South America is a continent located in the western hemisphere, mostly in the southern hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the northern hemisphere. It may also be considered a subcontinent of the Americas, which is the model used in nations that speak Romance languages. The reference to South America instead of other regions (like Latin America or the Southern Cone) has increased in the last decades due to changing geopolitical dynamics (in particular, the rise of Brazil).


  1. Time your trip wisely

    With about two-thirds of South America near the equator or the tropic of Capricorn, visitors to most destinations can expect a tropical or subtropical climate all year round. Temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, while rainforest regions average maximum temperatures of about 30°C. As you get further south (and don’t forget the southern hemisphere reverses the seasons), you’ll find colder winters from June to August and milder summers from December to February, with the extreme south of the continent freezing between April and October. It’s important to plan around the rainy season in each country, particularly when travelling in the Andes.

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    Pack Light. With backpacking, your mantra should always be pack light. …
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  5. If you want to experience the full diversity this South America Packing list helps you to prepare for your trip – be it hiking in Patagonia, city sightseeing in Buenos Aires or discovering old inca ruins in Peru. This list not only helps you to pack everything you need it also saves you a lot of time!

    When you prepare for a big trip it can become pretty stressful in matters of packing. Mostly it’s when you realize that you forgot some essential things you haven’t thought of earlier. Sounds familiar?

    The following South America Packing List is based on my experience of traveling 7 months through South America – from the very hot areas like the Atacama desert down to the windy, but beautiful Patagonia with it’s amazing glacier landscapes. Therefore this list is very universal and usable for diverse trips, no matter if they are long or only short.

    You need much less than you might think. Trust me.

    During my trip my luggage became less and less – I got rid of things I never used and focussed on essential, lightweight stuff instead. This list is what I came up with after this process. Don’t worry: even if there is something missing for you, you can always buy stuff all around the world when you need it – this way you save space and weight.

    Moreover I included links to certain products on Amazon to save you the time searching for it – there you can also find more information and reviews of others.

    1) Backpack & Bags

    Travel Backpack – e.g. the Deuter Aircontact or the Osprey Farpoint 40 are great choices
    Daypack – to use for day trips or small hiking tours (like these on Amazon)
    Drybag – keeps your technical equipment dry (overview on amazon)
    ZipLocs, helps you organizing
    plastic bags – for shoes and dirty clothes
    optional: compression bag to save even more space (like these ones on Amazon)

    2) Clothes

    In general I packed for more or less one week to keep it easy and to leave enough space for other essentials – at the end of the week I did laundry in the Hotel/Hostel I was staying in or went to a laundry center in the city.

    7 x underwear
    3 x socks
    1 x hiking socks
    4 x regular T-Shirts
    1 x Longsleeve
    2 x Sport T-Shirts (mid layer) – I recommend using breathable sport shirts
    1 x Shirt for dinner & special occasions
    1 x shorts
    1 x Hiking Pants, with the option to turn into a short pant (overview on Amazon)
    1 x Jeans
    1 x Board Shorts, usable for swimming as well as regular shorts (overview on Amazon)
    1 x Fleece Jacket (mid layer) – highly recommended for colder parts and the evenings! (overview on Amazon)
    1 x breathable, waterproof Jacket as shell layer (overview on Amazon)
    1 x pair of flip-flop (e.g. Havaianas)
    1 x Sneaker – comfy boots for traveling (e.g. Nike Free Run on Amazon)
    [/checklist] >> find more Outdoor & Trekking Gear in the Outdoor Packing List for Patagonia!

    3) Toiletries

    In this list I just stick to the basics – you should extend it to your own liking (especially female readers).

    Hanging Toiletry Kit e.g. the one from Victorinox on Amazon
    1x toothbrush and toothpaste
    1x basic skin cream
    shower gel
    mini fingernail clipper e.g. this one from Seki Edge on Amazon
    set of cotton buds
    1x sunscreen
    1x micro fiber towel, dries super fast, lightweight and small (e.g. Travel Towel)
    medicine: headache pills, Imodium, charcoal tablet and your medicine
    travel First Aid Kit e.g. this light weight kit by AAA on Amazon
    optional: comb/hairbrush, hair gel

    4) Camera & Technical Gadgets

    Universal Compact Interchangeable Lens camera e.g. the Sony Alpha
    GoPro – great waterproof camera for outdoors
    Smartphone or iPod Touch for Apps
    eReader for eBooks (travel guides) e.g. Kindle eReader
    Memory Cards (take a few with you) – here you’ll find an overview on Amazon
    spare batteries
    waterproof cell phone case e.g. this top rated one from FRIEQ
    external battery – to charge camera/devices, I use the one from EasyAcc
    optional: MacBook Air, external portable HDD (Office)

    5) Travel Gadgets

    World Travel Adapter e.g. this one from FosPower on Amazon
    Sleeping Mask – checkout top rated sleeping masks on Amazon
    Ear Plugs (for hostels, plane or bus)checkout top rated ear plugs on Amazon
    Electric Outlet Wall Adapter – mostly there aren’t enough plugs when you travel to charge your stuff, then a Power Cube comes in handy!
    Sun glasses – e.g. HQ glasses from Ray Ban
    Padlock – to use for Lockers in Hostels (overview on Amazon)
    Travel Pillow (top rated travel pillows on Amazon)
    Multi Tool – to fix stuff or for preparing your meal (e.g. this Leatherman)

    6) Documents, Money & Security

    Store your important documents safely to avoid getting pick pocketed.

    waterproof document bag (overview on Amazon)
    passport / visa
    plane / bus / train tickets
    cash in local currency (mostly you can exchange money at your home airport or bank)
    money belt, I’m using the one from Eagle Creek
    print of booking confirmation (Tour, Hotel, Transfer)
    a good travel insurance – here I recommend the one from WorldNomads (see calculator below)
    I highly recommend to get a good travel insurance as in almost every case your current health insurance won’t work in most of the countries. During my time I used the awarded Travel Insurance by WorldNomads which you can easily purchase online for the exact time needed:

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    7) Travel Guides

    First of all you should check out all the free South America travel guides I published. If you want to come well prepared the following guides are great resources to take with you (mostly also available as eBooks) for your time in South America:

    backpacking in chile ebookBackpacking in Chile: my Chile Travel Guide

    This is a clear and concise 100 page eBook based on my experience from 4 months traveling through Chile.

    It includes travel guides for each region of Chile as well as a complete trekking guide for Torres del Paine, plus route itineraries. Checklists are included to help make sure you don’t forget anything.

    This eBook is designed to save you a lot of time & make your trip much easier. Download it now and take it with you!

    more information >>

    backpacking in argentina ebookBackpacking in Argentina: my Argentina Travel Guide

    This is a clear and concise 100 page eBook based on my experience from 3 months traveling through Argentina.

    The book includes travel guides for the several regions of Argentina as well as a tiny trekking guide for El Chaltén and Ushuaia. Checklists are included to help make sure you don’t forget anything.

    This eBook is designed to save you a lot of time & make your trip much easier. Download it now and take it with you!

    more information >>

    lonely planet chileArgentina, Lonely Planet

    The travel guide for Argentina covers also Patagonia and lines out the most popular things to do, comes with small maps of the covered cities/villages and gives recommendations on restaurants and places to stay.

    buy it on Amazon >>

    lonely planet chileChile & Easter Island, Lonely Planet

    The Lonely Planet for Chile covers also Patagonia and lines out the most popular things to do, comes with small maps of the covered cities/villages and gives recommendations on restaurants and places to stay.

    buy it on Amazon >>

    dk chileDK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Chile & Easter Island

    The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer.

    buy it on Amazon >>

    lonely planet patagoniaTrekking Patagonia, Lonely Planet

    This is a must if you plan to hike a few times in Patagonia as this guide has itineraries for several parts of Patagonia and even for Tierra del Fuego. It’s a good resource for the popular spots like Torres del Paine and Chaltén as well as the lesser known parts. Highly recommended!

    buy it on Amazon >>

    lonely planet south americaLonely Planet South America on a shoestring

    This Lonely Planet is also available as Kindle eBook and covers the highlights in Argentina,