7 Things to Pack for Argentina

Excited about your upcoming trip to Argentina and Chile? Need to pack your bags? We’re here to help! 

View Bariloche from Cerro Campanario while hiking the Circuito Chico trail

View Bariloche from Cerro Campanario while hiking the Circuito Chico trai

  1. Bring a variety of clothes

Because Argentina makes up a huge stretch of geography, you can face everything from snowstorms to tropical jungle and desert climates, depending on where you go. If you are traveling all over the country, be prepared to rewear a lot of clothes and to bring layers so that you can adjust accordingly for the climates.

For example, if you are traveling in Argentina and your trip takes you from Buenos Aires to Patagonia, back to Buenos Aires and all the way up to Iguazu Falls, you’ll have to pack both warm and cold! A 20°C (70°F) temperature difference between the different parts of the country is not an uncommon thing. As the country is so diverse, Packing for Patagonia is completely different from Packing for Salta or Mendoza.

2. Bring comfortable clothes

Also, make sure the majority of the clothes you bring are comfortable.

Remember, you will be traveling, sightseeing, and walking a lot. In different parts of the country you’ll be walking on different kinds of soil. In the capital you will be confronted with uneven streets, in the south of the country you’ll need hiking shoes.

3. Bring at least one nicer outfit

For a tango show you might want to dress up, in which case you could go with heels, or formal shoes for men. However, it is not necessary to do all this to seem classy in Buenos Aires. The residents generally dress casual and you won’t need a suit or blazer even at more upscale restaurants.

A traditional Dinner Tango Show is a must-see activity while in Buenos Aires

A traditional Dinner Tango Show is a must-see activity while in Buenos Aires

4. Bring Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a must: the sun is very strong down here, and if you don’t have eye protection you will spend a lot of time squinting. Don’t only protect your eyes from the sun, don’t forget your sunscreen, and maybe even after sun, to cover all bases.

5. Bring an adapter and/or converter for outlets.

Be sure to remember to bring an “international plug adapter” to charge your electronics when packing for Argentina and Chile. In Chile the ungrounded two-wire type “C” plug with round prongs is used (popularly known as the europlug). It is the single most widely used plug worldwide, used in almost every country in Europe. In Argentina the three-wire type “I” plug with rectangular prongs is used. In some places you’ll find a combination of a C and I plug in Argentina, but it’s best to bring an adapter to be sure. We recommend finding one at home and bringing it with you so you don’t have to worry about searching once you get here — though if you decide to wait, you will be able to buy one in Argentina or Chile. Buying one at an airport can be very expensive, so it’s best to buy one at home or at the destination.

Packing For Argentina

The different types of plugs used in the world in a handy overview

6. Bring a dictionary

If you do not speak Spanish, bring a pocket Spanish-English dictionary. In fact, even if you do speak Spanish, it’d be a good idea to bring one anyway, or download an App for your telephone to help you practice. Locals appreciate the effort, even if your accent is not perfect, and it is a great ice breaker when meeting new people.

7. Bring a small bag or backpack

While packing for Argentina, think about the safest possible way to carry your valuables when you’re sightseeing and walking around. Women, bring a smaller purse with a longer strap so you can wear it in front of you. Pickpocketing is common. Tip: If you’re walking around an unfamiliar area—or in the subway— wear your backpack in front of you.

Check and double-check your packing list before taking off, and have an amazing trip!

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