1 Year Ultimate South America Packing List for backpacking

Our Ultimate Backpacking South America Packing List

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We may look like we have it together…but it’s taken a long time and a LOT of research to get to this point.

Which is why we have decided create the ultimate backpacking list! Have you been reading the dozens of packing lists out there and still don’t know where to start? We got ya back.

We have accounted for multiple climates, good quality gear and light rucksacks without skimping on the necessities. Our list may seem long but my bag ended up as 13kg and Trent’s was 15kg so we were pretty happy to carry that for the next 12 months!


Backpack and Bags

  • Good quality travel backpack – We can’t recommend Osprey enough. They are extremely comfortable and fantastic quality. I have the Osprey Aura 65L and Trent has Osprey Aether AG 70L

  • Packing cells

  • Daypack/Hiking Pack

  • Drybags

  • Ziplock bags

  • Washing bag


Our goal was to pack quite minimal and light clothing that we could mix and match.

AKU Tribute Hiking Boots
  • 2 sets of long merino thermals

  • 1 hiking pants

  • 1 down puffer jacket

  • 1 rain jacket

  • 1 short pyjama set

  • 4 casual day tops

  • 1 pair of denim shorts

  • 1 dress

  • 1 jeans

  • 1 denim jacket

  • 1 exercise shorts

  • 1 exercise leggings

  • 2 sports bras

  • 7 pairs of underwear

  • 2 Merino thermal hiking socks

  • 3 ankle socks

  • 1 waterproof hiking boots - We bought these Aku boots and they are SO comfortable. Trent hates the fact we have matching boots, but he couldn’t get passed the comfort factor hehehe

  • 1 pair of Havianas

  • 1 pair of Birkenstocks

  • 1 pair of Sneakers

  • 2 bikinis

  • 1 Merino inner gloves

  • 2 bras


Vegan Shampoo Bar - Soak and Float scent

Vegan Shampoo Bar - Soak and Float scent

  • Hanging toiletry kit

  • Sard Wonder Laundry Soap

  • Razor

  • Bushmans insect repellent 80 deet

  • Toothpaste, floss and toothbrush

  • Deodorant

  • Sunscreen SPF 50+

  • Sorbelene Cream

  • Microfiber towel

  • Mini fingernail clippers

  • Face wipes

  • Vegan Shampoo and Conditioner bars from Lush

  • Hairbrush

  • Tissues

  • Toilet paper

  • Hair bands and bobby pins

  • First Aid (Malaria tablets, Azrithromycin for any bacteria infections, Ibuprofen, Sleeping tablets, Imodium, Band-Aids, Antiseptic cream, Altitude sickness tablets)Electronic gadgets

Electronic Gadgets

We are travelling with quite a few electronics, purely because we are into photography and filming. We have split the electronics up into each of our carry on bags which helps with the weight!

  • SD Cards

  • DJI Mavic Pro Series Portable Drone - We love our drone, we take it everywhere and always manage to get the most amazing footage! It adds a whole new perspective everywhere we go.

  • Canon 700D

  • 13” Macbook Air

  • GoPro Hero 7

  • iPhone

  • Electronic chargers

  • Portable power bank

  • External hard drive

  • In-Ear Headphones

  • Tile Mate (slim combo 4 pack) - This is perfect for when you’re staying in mixed dorms with people that may be untrustworthy (as we have experienced when our GoPro got stolen) you can place your tile in your laptop/camera bag and make it ring from your phone. I slip the Tile Mate into my travel wallet during transit because I’m that unreliable.

  • Head torch 

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