My South America packing list

This South America packing list should be suitable for all the countries and terrains you encounter.

This is actually the second time I’ve made a packing list for South America. Let’s hope I don’t get robbed this time and can actually use most of my stuff in the region.

Packing for any trip can turn into a kind of art form, as you squeeze and cram as much shit as possible into the smallest bag you have.

The best way is to make a list and then repack and reduce. In this way, I’ve made my South America packing list the smallest and most comfortable that it can be. I have everything I need for white sandy beaches up to the snowy Andes.

Remember anything that might be missing from the list you can also buy when you are there. Everything I have I can bring with me as carry-on luggage saving me time and hassle.

My large Backpack and its contents:

This is what I generally carry in my main bag, mainly clothes which I tend to wash at the end of the week or when they get really dirty.


    • 1 x 45L Backpack-from companies such as The North Face or Osprey
    • 1 x Pair of Hiking Boot
    • 1 x Hiking Sandals
    • 1 x personal medical kit
    • 1 x Microfibre Towel
    • 1 x light jacket
    • 1 x toiletries bag (I’ll go into its contents next)
    • 1 x plastic bag with spare cables/chargers (I tend to lose them)


  • 1 x Cargo pants
  • 1 x tracksuit bottoms
  • 6 x underwear
  • 3 x socks
  • 2 x Hiking Socks
  • 1 x swimming shorts
  • 3 x shorts
  • 5 x t-shirts
  • 1 x long sleeve t-shirt
    • Toiletries bag:

      All items are airport security standard so I have no issues passing through.

      • 1 x bottle shaving foam
      • 1 x bottle conditioner/shampoo
      • 1 x Electric razor
      •  1 x toothbrush+toothpaste
      • 1 x bottle of moisturizer
      • 1 x Nail Clippers Set
      • 1 x battery for razor
      •  a few spare ziplock bags
      •  condoms

      Day Bag:

      Packed like this mainly when I’m in transit. Otherwise, I have the gear I need for the day and the rest is put away safely in the hostel or wherever security might be.

      • 1 x Waterproof Bag
      • 1 x Lenovo laptop
      • 1 x GoPro
      • 1 x Smartphone
      • 1 x GorillaPod
      • 1 x Sunglasses
      • 1 x journal
      • 1 x In-ear headphones
      • 1 x wallet
      • 1 x passport/travel documents
      • 1 x Travel wallet
      •  Charges for each of my devices
      • 1 x laptop bag
      • Memory Cards
      • 1 x Padlock
  • Obviously, when I’m out and about the contents of my bags change quite a bit. As I was robbed before I tend to keep my valuables as close to me as possible or use lockers. I hope my South America packing list comes in useful to you. Don’t forget your travel insurance.

If you would like to read about Brazil or South America, in general, see the highlighted posts.

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South America packing list