30 recommended items for trekking in Patagonia
Travel to Torres del Paine is an adventure for all visitors of the park. If you are thinking about doing there trekking some day or you want to go deeper into the valleys and tracks for several days, it is important to take some precautions which will help you to avoid accidents and enjoy completely the Torres del Paine National Park.
While the weather is usually mild in summer, it is also not uncommon to experience the 4 seasons in one day in Chilean Patagonia. Therefore, when planning your journey through the Patagonian lands you should be prepared with appropriate clothing for sun, cold, wind, rain and even hail. Note some ‘must ‘ to visit the Torres del Paine National Park and plan your trip in advance:
What you will need?
- Strong and waterproof footwear. Comfortable mountain boots. Running shoes are not appropriate for trekking in Patagonia.
- One pair ligh shoes for camping or outside de refuges.
- UVF sunglasses.
- Lip protection (balm).
- Trekking Poles.
- Long trousers and shorts, light, quick drying.
- Lightweight, waterproof and windproof jacket and pants, preferably of quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Thick socks (the best are wool socks), two or three pairs.
- Woolen vest or sweater – easily washed and dried.
- Wool, warm cap.
- Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt.
- Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts.
- Thermic gloves.
- Thermal refillable water bottle.
- A backpack with a weight you can carry for miles.
- Compass or GPS.
- Pocket Knife.
- Medical kit with good blister supplies, aspirin, ibuprofen, band-aids/bandages and other essential medicines.
- Flash-lights, lamps and spare-batteries.
- Food – you can buy some within the park, but it will be more expensive. We recommend bringing musli bars, nuts, cookies, chocolates, etc.
- Descriptive route maps. You can get them at the entrance of the National Park.
- Plastic Bags – to keep dry your clothes. to keep clothes dry. Along the way you can change clothes several times, pack everything separately to keep the rest clean and dry.
- Camera and and a lot of batteries to capture every moment inside this beautiful park. Keep it in a plastic zip-lock bag.
- Good humor and enthusiasm.
If you are thinking about camping you will also need:
- Waterproof tent, roof-cover, tent pegs, rope
- A four-season sleeping bag
- Cooking equipment
- Food for the day stay. We recommend you always consider one or two additional days.
- Personal hygiene items
Finally, something very important is to carry all trashes until to the next refuge. It is essential to have some extra bags that allow you to take your garbage to the closest refuge and keep Torres del Paine clean.
If you think that we have forgotten to put on the list something important, write us on our blog. Happy trip to Torres del Paine.