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Posted on 01/16/2018 Tips & Recommendations

What to Pack for a Patagonia Cruise

What to pack? Isn’t that a million dollar question for those braving the vast and beautiful lands of Patagonia?

It’s a smart one too, because there’s nothing like regret that hits you like a brick when you are sitting on a trekking trail with wet, too-thin socks and holey shoes. And that is just one of the million things that can go wrong when you don’t pack right. Your Patagonia adventure can really be make or break, depending on the clothes you bring.

So, without further ado, let’s get to the packing list right away.


One of the most important parts of the packing list is your outerwear, especially if you’re planning on trekking. Your health and safety is also directly dependable on the accuracy of packing your needed coats and jackets. It’s extremely important that your body remains dry and warm at all times, so that you can stay happy and healthy. In fact, this will also make your trip very comfortable and fun for you. After all, what’s fun about trying to keep your teeth from chattering or in trying to ignore the icky feeling that comes with wet socks and dirty feet?

To avoid such an inconvenience, be sure to pack the following:

  • Waterproof jacket/rain parka
  • Waterproof pants/rain pants
  • Light, warm fleece
  • Waterproof gloves that allow easy finger movement
  • Beanies or woven hats
  • Baseball cap or hat
  • Woolen scarf or Buff


While trekking and hiking is one of the highlights of a Patagonia trip, but your time in the city can be equally enjoyable. This is why you must pack practical clothes too to stay comfortable during your trip from Patagonia treks to the city sightseeing. Besides, the weather conditions in Patagonia can be unpredictable at times, so you have to be prepared for everything.

We recommend packing the following:

  • Two pairs of clean, dry socks
  • Four pairs of thermal/long underwear
  • 3 Breathable, comfortable T-shirts (both long and short sleeved)
  • Hiking pants (for 4 days)
  • Hiking shorts (for 4 days)


You’ll be doing lots of walking, cruising, hiking and trekking in Patagonia. Bring along these sensible shoes:

  • Water-resistant hiking boots that are high quality and broken-in
  • Comfortable walking shoes with a sole that grips
  • Comfortable indoor shoes for hotels and lounging around


Essentials are called essentials for a reason. When you have them, you take it for granted. When you don’t have them, let’s just say it’s a nightmare.

Here is list of your essential items:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Dry bag for a cruise
  • Water bottles
  • Trekking backpack
  • Sleeping bag/mattress (if camping)
  • Backpack straps to hold the sleeping bags (if camping)

And if you plan to hike as well as cruise, then pack the following too for some luxuries-less days in the wild:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Soap (lightweight, easy to handle)
  • Basic skin cream or lotion
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Micro fiber towel (we recommend one that is quick dry, lightweight and small to occupy less space)

Now that you are all set for the trip, there’s another thing you need to make sure in order to have a safe and secure trip – a trusted travel agent. Let us do the rest, you can choose from one of the already planned trips or get one customized just for you.

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