Clothes to Pack & Wear when Visiting Patagonia
Considering how unpredictable the weather can be throughout Patagonia, visitors must bring the right clothes and be read for changeable weather situations.
Try to bring LAYERS of “breathable-fabric” clothes. What we mean by this is to have different “layers” of clothing that can be taken off, or put on easily, to adapt to any change in weather and as you heat up and cool down on a trek. For example, you can take off an outer jacket, as well as a polar (fleece) top, or put these on as required, this is what is referred to as “layers”.
Be aware that cotton undershirts are NOT recommended because when you sweat the cotton will not dry quickly. Therefore, you will end up with cold clothing stuck to your body. You will need a synthetic-fibre undervest.
What Clothes to Put on and Where
Underwear for Main Body
An under vest (long sleeved if possible) made, ideally, from synthetic fibres so it dries quickly. If very cold weather (ie early spring, winter months or autumn) then bring thermal underwear made from synthetic fibres. The reason for synthetic fibres is because when you are walking for several hours you will build up a sweat and your under garments will get wet. Consequently, you will get cold when you stop and your wet, cold undergarment will make you colder if made from cotton. Therefore, if you have an under vest made from synthetic material it will dry more quickly.
Over Your Underwear
For your body you need a breathable top such as a fleece, or polar. Most importantly, over your fleece, or polar you need a waterproof, windbreaker jacket.
You will need trekking pants, resistant to rain and wind, but made from a breathable material otherwise you will sweat. Above all, do not use jeans because they are NOT good as they can get wet and not dry.
Over your trekking pants you will need waterproof, shell pants to keep your legs dry in the event of heavy rain.
For your feet, use synthetic socks and waterproof trekking boots with ankle support and a none-slip sole.
Note that if your footwear is new make sure you break them in prior to using them on a trek.
Over your hands you need gloves. For example, close to glaciers it can be very cold.
On your head please consider using a warm hat (not a jockey cap) and a headband to cover your ears, when not using a hat.
Bring sunglasses. Not only for sunny days, but also when you are close to a glacier there will be a very strong glare.
Don’t forget to bring sun protection cream, and use lots of it.
For your personal use, bring a backpack for food, water and clothes.
For your safety: a battery-operated torch for when power is out or if you are arriving to a refugio in the dark. Above all, take with you during the trek extra water and snacks. Most importantly, prepare for all weather conditions and dress for the outdoors.
Do NOT - Go off the trail because if you have the slightest incident such as twisting an ankle, you may not be found.