Packing. Some love it, some hate it. Either way, I’ve created a packing list for those visiting Chile, to make the process a little easier for you.
I am currently in Chile, and will be here for 8 months in total, before I continue my journey around South America and eventually, back home. So I had to pack everything I needed to last me up to 10 months, in just two bags, to ensure I could carry it all around when I travel with no problem.
No matter who you are and where you’re traveling in Chile or around, this list should simplify your packing process and make the whole experience a little less stressful.
The Andes, Easter Island, volcanoes, seafood, culture, and color- you have so much to look forward to on your travels to Chile. If you are coming from the U.S. there are a few things to know and be prepped for to make the journey smooth so that you can begin your Latin American experience. Here are a few things to you can expect while making your way south.
You need a valid passport. If it’s been awhile check your expiration date-wouldn’t want that to creep up on you at immigration. You will not need a visa to enter Chile. Upon arrival during immigration processing you will receive a 30, 60, or 90 day tourist card often in the form of a passport stamp, 90 being the most common. This is similar to a “visa upon arrival” concept. I like to also keep a copy or two of my passport on my person. This can be helpful when renting a vehicle or providing a copy for your Airbnb host. Either way- good to have on hand.
Planning your trip to Chile is an exciting time to anticipate sightseeing in Santiago, a desert tour in Atacama, or simply basking in the heat with a local delicacy. The last thing to be concerned about while enjoying Chile is whether you’ve packed enough clothes, toiletries, or travel gadgets. To make sure your focus is on fun-here is a list of 25 things to pack for your trip to Chile.
1.Clothes –seems obvious enough. Check the weather for the entire duration of your stay. Anticipate HEAT, even winter in Chile is mild. Bring a mix of fast drying apparel you don’t mind getting dirty along with a formal outfit or two. Depending on how adventurous your trip may be, plan three pairs of shoes: hiking, night out, and local exploration shoes (basic sneaker or flats). Keep it comfy and don’t forget SOCKS.
2. Sunglasses, it will be bright. While you can find them being sold for cheap in the streets of Chile, if you have a sturdy brand you trust, that may be your best bet.
Once you’ve got all your packing done and dusted, it’s time to think about what your going to get up to in this incredible country. Check out this excellent varied selection of activities here to give yourself an idea of what you’d like to get up to in Chile!