Before starting packing it is very important to know certain details about our route. For example, going to Chorrillo del salto is not the same type of route as going to Laguna de los Tres. Same goes for the weather. Snow or rain will impact what we need with us, versus a warm, bright sunny day. (more info: The weather in El Chaltén). Once we have our itinerary defined, we can start thinking about what we are going to take.
Let’s start with the basics: For a round trip trekking we will not have to pack heavy for, with a backpack of 20-25 liters is enough. It is not necessary to go out and buy top brands, we are in Argentina and we manage as we can!
On the other hand, we must think about the following: The more space I have, the more things I will want to put in. So, we are only going to carry the essentials. And logically: The more weight I carry, the less I will enjoy trekking.
The following checklist contains basic elements designed for 1 day trekking outings, each person should adapt this checklist according to their needs:
As mentioned above, each person should adapt the checklist according to the trail they are taking, the weather and also the season of the year. Take these data only as a reference.
In case you are planning outings longer than 1 day: What to pack in your backpack for long trekking or hiking trips?.