Everything You Need to Pack for Hiking Patagonia

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Since trekking the “O” of Torres Del Paine is really a 7 days long camping trip (unless you are staying in refugios everyday), I think it’s best to categorize your packing list into three groups. Depending on the season you go, some of these gears need to adjusted. As a rule of thumb for hiking in Patagonia, you want to keep things that stay dry, keep you dry, and have a backup plan when things are not dry.

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Clothes, Gear and food that I packed from home. Shown in this picture from top left to bottom right: Some length of rope, cliff bars and fruit bars, one pack of Ramen, dried mangos, sleeping pad, large pack rain cover, tent, sleeping bag, oatmeal packets, hot chocolate packets, 3L water bladder, Mountain House dry meals, one large bag of trail mix. Optimized clothing items are listed in my post below. I packed too much for this trip.

Group 1: Personal Gear

  • 2 synthetic short sleeve hiking shirts
  • 1 synthetic long sleeve hiking shirt
  • 1 synthetic short sleeve shirt for evenings
  • 1 Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • 1 Fleece jacket
  • 1 puffer down jacket
  • 2 pairs of hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of quick dry, windproof hiking pants (long)
  • 1 pair of thermal tights
  • 2-3 pairs of underwear bottoms
  • 1 rim hat (I had a baseball cap)
  • 1 winter hat
  • 1 pair of light gloves
  • 1 pair of heavy gloves
  • 3 pairs of Smartwool socks (one heavy, two lightweight)
  • 1 pair of Pajamas
  • 1 pair of really really comfortable hiking boots
  • 1 pair of sandals (shower and walk around camp)
  • Toiletries (all mini-sizes)
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Contacts + solution
    • Wet wipes (there are showers in most of the campsites but not all of them)
    • Nail clipper
    • Tampons (for ladies)
    • Foot powder (a wonderful thing in life of wilderness: keep your feet dry and keep your buttcrack from chafing)
    • Toilet paper
  • Liter size water bottles (1L). We found water source everywhere. Most of water from the streams are drinkable (which is crazy). We filtered for a day then realized that everyone else were drinking stream water straight. We filtered again at Seron because water from spigot at the refugio were muddy from the rainstorm.
  • Sunglasses: also functions as good eye protection in windy conditions in Patagonia
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent wipes (light to carry even though we didn’t have any bug troubles)
  • A Journal and/or a novel

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Group 3: Food (you need to calculate how much food to pack depending on how many days you have, how many hours you hike per day and how much ground you are covering). I have read 250-500 calories per hour of hiking but I often don’t have enough appetite for that much food while hiking with a heavy pack. Our plan was to hike 7 days to complete the O. One of the camps (Camp Chileno) required us to purchase 3 meals from their kitchen.

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Some food we picked up in Punta Arenas, some we packed in from home.

For Sean:

For Tricia:

  • 3 packs of Mountain House Freeze dried dinners
  • 1 pack of 6 sandwich rolls
  • 1 block of cheese
  • 7 packs of oatmeals
  • 7 pack of hot chocolate mix
  • 1 large bag of kale
  • 7 large carrots
  • 7 oranges
  • 14 cliff bars
  • 14 fruit bars
  • 1 lb of trail mix of various nuts and raisins
  • A small plastic water bottle filled with rum (makes the cold nights wonderful)

I learned to minimize the amount of clothing to bring on long treks like this one. It’s unnecessary as you will inevitably get smelly. Almost all of the serviced refugios and campsites have shower facilities. There are also shops at each refugio to pick up some last minute items you forget.

Are you excited yet?

What do you think about my packing list? Anything else you’d like to add? This list is obviously created retrospectively. I carried way more clothing on this trip than needed.


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