What to Pack for 6 Months Backpacking in Central & South America

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From Mexico down to Argentina, you've decided to see it all? Clap clap well done! However let us tell you that the worst is yet to come... PACKING! Reason why it's tricky? You will be spending as much time on the beach under a palm tree than in the mountains around a fire pit! Not to worry we've compiled the ultimate packing list for all the travel essentials you must need when backpacking across Central and South America. And the good news is we also thought of your back so it's all light packing! 

Clothing

- 1 pair of jeans
- 1 pair of sweat pants
- 1 legging
- 1 down jacket
- 1 denim jacket
- 1 rain jacket
- 2 sweaters
- 2 hats (for summer & winter)
- 2 dresses
- 1 pair of shorts
- 3 short sleeve tee shirts
- 1 long sleeve t shirt
- 1 pair of gloves
- 1 pareo
- 1 quick dry towel

Shoes

- Trainers
- Sandals
- Hiking books
- Flip-flops

Pharmacy

- bandaids
- insect repellent
- antiseptic gel
- hair brush
- paracetamol
- moisturiser
- deodorant
- razor
- lip balm
- shower gel
- shampoo
- 1 light & quick dry towel
- toothbrush
- toothpaste
- sunscreen

Accessories

- 1 notepad
- Sunglasses
- 1 big backpack (50L)
- 1 small backpack
- 1 waterproof bag
- 1 fanny pack
- Swimming goggles
- Floaters 

Tech

- Camera
- Gopro
- International Adaptor
- Chargers
- Memory cards
- Laptop

Backpacker Insurance

We've opted for the "Traveller" with True Traveller , also known as their best seller. Select the Single Trip / Multiple countries option for Central & South America, duration 6 months and add on some extras:
- Excess waver
- One way ticket
- 3 items coverage (camera, laptop etc)
Find out more about the Backpacker Travel Insurance here

Vaccins

There are 3 vaccins you must do before going there, especially some countries at immigration will refuse you if they do not see your certificate. These includes:
- Rabies (x3 shots)
- Yellow Fever
- DTP
Good luck with packing, and if you have any questions, just chat with me !

Marion Payen, Founder of Hibiscus & Nomada

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself”


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