South America Backpacking Packing List
I’ve got my Yellow Fever, Tdap booster, and second Hepatitis A shot. I’m about done with my series of Oral Typhoid pills.
And in about a week and a half my buddy Jeff and I will be hoping on a plane bound for Cartagena, Colombia to spend the next 6+ months traveling around South America.
Undoubtedly, the bulk of our time will be in hostels, couchsurfing, WWOOFing, and busing around.
But I *DO* hope to get in plenty of time in the mountains, at least camping and hiking, hopefully a little peak bagging (renting gear).
It is extremely challenging for me to balance the competing demands of city life and mountain life with only what I can carry on my back. I have never actually done the nomadic backpacking thing before.
I’ve traveled overseas, I’ve studied abroad, but I’ve always kind of had a home base when I arrived.
I’ve never had to fit EVERYTHING I need and want on my back for months on end. I’m pretty sure I want to take my sleeping bag, shelter, stove, etc in addition to my laptop and camera gear. We’ll see if I regret that later.
All in all my FINAL packing list is clocking in at around 32 pounds, with no food and water. Which fits in my CiloGear 40L Pack with enough wiggle room for food and other stuff.
Below is my final packing list for 6+ months in South America.
|Pacsafe 85L||1||4.8||Wrap up bag in wire and lock|
|Gregory 4300ci Pack Cover||5.6||More for neatness/discretion than rain|
|First Aid / Repair Kit||11.8||Deet, Cipro, Ibu, Potable Aqua, Seam Grip, etc|
|Black Diamond Z-Pole w/ bag||14.2||Hiking poles|
|MLD eVent Soul Bivy Sack||12.8||Jeff has a tent|
|Feathered Friends Vireo Sleeping Bag and stuff sack||1||2.8||Hoodless, zipperless sleeping bag.|
|CiloGear 40B Work Sack||4||1.2||Weight with all straps, support, etc.|
|Neoair X-Lite||13||Sleeping pad|
|REI Flash 18||11||Daypack/carry on pack.|
|REI TiWare 1.3L Pot and Ti-Tri Caldera Cone Stove||10.4||Alcohol and wood burning stove|
|Aeropress with metal filter||9.8||Coffee kit!|
|Hario Mini Slim Mill Grinder||8.6||Coffee grinder|
|Mesh kitchen sack||1.2|
|Alcohol fuel bottle w/ bag||8.4||(weight when full)|
|Sea to Summit Alpha Light spoon||0.2|
|REI blue plastic cup/mug||1.8|
|28oz glad bowl + lid w/ DIY cozy||4.4|
|MLD Shoulder water holster||Included in pack weight|
|MLD Waist pockets||Included in pack weight|
|REI 20 oz Water bottle||5||Hard sided– odd size|
|Passport, immunization, visa photo, and document copies||1.6|
|Feathered Friends Jackorack||4||Wind shirt, light rain resistance, but not rain jacket|
|Patagonia Houdini wind pants||3.2||light rain resistance|
|Remington Electric Razor and case||11.4||USB chargable|
|Outdoor Research Sun Sombrero Hat||2.4|
|SPOT GPS||4.8||Emergency beacon|
|Sea to Summit Bug headnet||0.6|
|Sea to Summit waterproof bag and S-biner||1.2||Extra to keep something dry.|
|Ultralight pack towel||3.8|
|Altice Eclipse glacier glasses and case||4.8||Sunglasses as well|
|Petzl Tikka Plus 2 headlamp||2.8|
|Leatherman Squirt PS4 mini multi tool||2|
|Steripen Ultra||6||USB chargable version|
|2L Platy (no hose)||1.6|
|Large Opsaks x3||4.4||Waterproof, smell proof|
|Travel Lock x2||1.6|
|Two small spare stuff sacks|
|Patagonia R1 Full Zip fleece||12|
|Prana Stretch Zion pants||13.6||x2 (wear one)|
|Smartwool Light Hiker socks||2.6||Longer socks|
|Smartwool Phd Running Light short socks||1.8|
|Smartwool Phd Running Light short socks||1.8|
|Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Fleece Gloves||1.4|
|Columbia Long sleeve PFG sun shirt||7||x2 (wear one)|
|Under Armor x2||4.8||(wear one)|
|Patagonia Capilene 2 long underwear pants||5|
|Icebreaker Merino Bodyfit 150 short sleeve T Shirt||5|
|Montbell Light Alpine Down Parka||1||0.8|
|La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes||2lbs 8oz WORN|
|Crocs Men’s Prepair II||11.8||Look COOL|
|Asus T100 Transformer Book 64GB Transformer||2||14.2||Total weight with case and charger|
|Mini USB Mouse|
|JOOS Solar Charger||2||11.6||Includes case, connections and mirrors.|
|Sony NEX6 Camera + Accessories||2||2.2||One lens, Case, Blower, brush, GND, Filter holder, extra battery, mem cards, charger|
|SD USB Card Reader||(No SD card slot on ASUS)|
|Samsung Galaxy SIII cell phone and charger||8||Map, phone, camera, MP3 Player, Kindle, etc|
|x2 32GB Mini SD Cards||additional phone and tablet storage|
|My Passport 1TB external hard drive||(Not much hard drive space on ASUS)|
|Other MISC CHARGERS|
I'm a lover of the great outdoors and a former Washington DC based desk jockey who left behind the working world for a year-long dirtbag climbing trip in 2013 and just kept traveling... I also authored the Amazon Kindle book Big Travel, Small Budget: How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World. I love helping people to escape the rat race, live more intentionally, and find more adventure. Be sure to connect with me on Instagram.