Useful Things to Pack – Chile

Conguillio National Park to Melipeuco Day 15 – February 16th 2016

Came down from Conguillio National Park back to Melipeuco today. It started pouring rain about 10 minutes into us trying to hitch hike a ride back to the town. About 12 minutes into our attempts, we got picked up but two guys and a little girl. They were going all the way to Melipeuco which was the best news ever! We totally did a silent happy dance.

During the 35 km drive, we saw a few cyclists, one huddled under the only volcanic vegetation in sight trying to escape the rain. There were other people hitchhiking and looked so drenched.

Majority of the landscape coming down from the park was volcanic rock and a few trees. It was really cool to see as it was only 8 years ago that the volcano erupted.

When we got dropped off in town, I was struggling in the rain to get my bag out of the trunk of the truck. Three Chilean locals ran up and help me. It seemed like all throughout my trip, people here have been super kind and helpful.

We spent all day in bed back at the hostel we originally stayed at in Melipeuco. We watched HBO and ate crackers huddled in our blankets.

The clouds parted in the evening so Simone and I went for an evening stroll around the town. People were out sitting on their porches talking with friends and neighbours while kid’s road their bicycles on the streets.

As the sun set we sat in the town plaza, watching the silhouette of the volcano fade into the evening stars. It was the perfect way to spend my last night here in Chile.


I figured it would be worth it for my own future reference and perhaps yours to know my packing list. Below are the things I brought that I would definitely bring on my next backpacking trip.


  • 1 pot medium to large size
  • 1 drying cloth or dehydrated clothes
  • 1 thermos for tea
  • 1 plastic bowl
  • 1 collapsing spork
  • 1 multi functional knife
  • 1 water bottle
  • 1 water filter
  • 12 water tablets
  • Medicine bottle full of spices (cinnamon, onion powder, garlic powder, stevia, sugar, salt, pepper, curry powder)
  • Hot sauce
  • Ketchup packages
  • 50 ml Dish soap
  • 1 small package of Garbage bags – dog poop size
  • 10-20 assorted teas
  • Freeze dried vegan food
  • Granola bars
  • Sesame snaps – A must!! These were such a nice treat after a hard days work.


  • 2 lulu lemon pants
  • 2 sports bras
  • 2 tank tops
  • 2 long sleeved sports tops
  • 2 fleece sweaters
  • 1 vest
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 pair rain pants
  • 2-3 pars of soaks
  • 7 pairs underwear
  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 pair hut booties (could have done without these but they were a nice treat)
  • 1 watch


  • Brush
  • Hair ponies
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • 1 small tube sun screen
  • Bug spray
  • First aid kit (with topical antibiotic)
  • 1 Small package of laundry soap
  • Clothes line
  • Clothes line clips 4-6
  • 1 10 litre sea back – for doing laundry in while camping
  • Wet ones!!!!


  • 1 person tent
  • 1 thermo rest
  • 1 really good sleeping bag


  • 1 camera
  • 1 iPod
  • 1 iPad
  • Chargers
  • Plug in adapter


  • Shower curtain – uses include picnic blanket, tarp, bag cover, cover for mattresses at hostels if the place isn’t clean
  • Extra shoe laces – you never know
  • Lock for your tent/ belongings
  • Head light
  • Ear plugs

Things I should have brought 

  • Deck of cards
  • Bathing suit
  • Hat!!!!
  • Camping towel vs regular towel

Things that were useless 

  • 4 sets of clothing
  • Deodorant
  • Scarf (kinda useful on the plane)
  • Cooking stove (check your fuel availability before you leave!!!!)
  • Razor blade

Please feel free to add things you’ve found useful while backpacking in the comments below!

One thought on “Useful Things to Pack – Chile

  1. Overall you seem to have had a good time-I was most concerned when you described the rising hike and how demanding and dangerous it was. I know you had a good trip back and I liked your blogs.

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