Wondering what to bring on your trip to EcoCamp Patagonia? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! We provide a packing list with all your must-have items for a comfortable and unforgettable trip to Patagonia.

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Clothing and Accessories

  • Long-Sleeve Thermal Shirts: In Patagonia, the best way to dress is in layers. This is because the weather is always changing in the region. For your base layer on the top, we recommend bringing a few long-sleeved thermal shirts. 

  • Thermal Fitting Pants: We also recommend using thermal-fitting pants as a base layer on the bottom.  

  • Trekking Pants: Wear durable trekking pants over your thermal-fitting pants. It is best if these pants are waterproof in case of rain. 

  • Polar Fleece: Over your thermal shirt on the top, bring a cozy polar fleece to throw over. 

  • Windbreaker:  Then add a windbreaker over your thermal shirt and polar fleece. A windbreaker is particularly useful for strong winds, rain, and extra warmth. 

  •  Down Jacket: Additionally, a down jacket can be used on top of all your layers in case it is really cold one day.

  • Gloves: Bring a pair of gloves to keep you warm. It’s best if these gloves are not made out of wool.


  • Cold Weather Hat or Buff: You should also have a hat or buff with you. Both work well, and the buff has multiple uses! 

  •  Hat for the Sun: Don’t be fooled by the cold...Patagonia’s rays are very strong! Stay protected by bringing a hat or cap for the sun. 

  • Long Socks and Undergarments: It goes without saying, pack enough of these to last your entire trip. 

  • Hiking Shoes: A good pair of hiking shoes is essential for this trip. Also, make sure you’ve worn them a few times prior to traveling, as you don’t want to break them in on the trail. 

  •  Sneakers or Sandals: Sneakers or sandals will come in handy after a long day of adventure in the park. Most travelers like to take a break from their trekking shoes once they return to EcoCamp

  • Gaiters: If you plan to go on challenging excursions, gaiters will help protect your feet and lower legs.

torres del paine in winter

 

Miscellaneous Items

  • Backpack: For day excursions, bring a smaller backpack that is roughly 20 to 40 liters in size. If you need a backpack for multi-day excursions and camping, then 50-80 liters will work. 

  • External Covering for Backpack: As we mentioned, the weather in Patagonia is unpredictable, and there’s a good chance it will rain here and there. To keep your backpack dry, we recommend bringing an external covering that is waterproof. 

  • Dry Bag: It’s also not a bad idea to pack a dry bag in your backpack. This can give extra waterproof protection to valuables like your wallet, cell phone, or camera.

  • Reusable Water Bottle: You should definitely bring a full bottle of water during all EcoCamp excursions. Especially as some excursions last several hours and are physically demanding, it’s really important to stay well hydrated. In most hikes, there are places where you can refill your bottle. 

  • Hiking Poles: A pair of hiking poles is helpful during trekking excursions. They give you extra support and help you balance through tough uphill and downhill sections. 

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  • Headlamp or Flashlight: At EcoCamp, we try to limit the number of lights used at night, so we recommend bringing your own headlamp or flashlight. In the spring and fall months, it is also helpful to have a headlamp to get from your dome to the common area.

  • Toiletries: Like any trip, bring your own toiletries and personal medication. But do know that we have biodegradable soap and shampoo available in the bathrooms. 

  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm: Along with a hat, stay protected from the strong rays by applying sunscreen and lip balm of at least SPF 30 every day.

  • Mosquito spray: Sometimes it is necessary, especially after various days of warm weather and days of no wind in the forest areas of the park. So bring one in case! 
  • Camera or Journal: Lastly, remember to capture all those special moments of your EcoCamp adventure! Bring a camera out on the trail and/or write down your memories in a personal journal. We recommend that you really take advantage of each and every second spent in the beautiful Torres del Paine National Park

  • External charger: In some of the refugios it is possible to charge your phone in the common area, but you will see that everybody tries to charge their phone, so if you have some spare space, bring an external charger for your phone or camera. 
Las Carretas Hike with snow

Have questions about packing? Don’t hesitate to reach out at reservations@cascada.travel. Our team is happy to answer any questions or provide extra tips and tricks for your big trip to EcoCamp. 

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