Andes Overland

Packing list


  • Passport – valid 6 months after date of travel, (1 photocopy)
  • Ticket – or confirmation code for E-ticket
  • Visa –
  • Suitcase/bag – with small combination lock
  • Travel insurance – sometimes required for a visa
  • Medication – If you are on medication please don’t forget to bring them. If you have never travelled at this height it might be wise to bring medicine for altitude sickness, just in case.
  • Legalization papers – It might be the case that you need legalized documents for your medicine. This process could take up to 4 months. Ask for advice from the ministry of Health in your country.
  • Deet – Bring mosquito spray with at least 50% deet.



  • Socks / stockings
  • Underwear
  • Swimming wear
  • Night wear
  • Sweater
  • Summer clothing
  • Long trousers
  • Pair of decent shoes
  • Flipflops
  • Rain jacket / Rain Poncho
  • Toilet
  • Hat or scarf to protect your head from the sun



  • Toiletry bag
  • Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant
  • Make up, moisturizers and hair products
  • Contact lens solution if required, eye drops might be convenient for during the flight.
  • Sunblock, SPF30 minimum
  • Handkerchiefs/tissues
  • Insect repellent / 50% Deet



  • Camera and memorycard
  • There are not proper facilities for disposing of batteries in South America and toxins from batteries end up in rivers and lakes. Please help us keep South America clean.
  • Chargers of all electric devices you bring with
  • Cheap cellphone with removable SIM card
  • Ipod
  • Headphones
  • Electrical converters, 2 world plugs
  • Tiny flashlight – –
  • Sunglasses –
  • Tiny first aid kit / disinfectant
  • Prescription –
  • Guide book –
  • Inflatable neck rest might be comfortable if you choose the adventurous style or in the airplane
  • Plastic bag / Laundry bag–
  • Book – –
  • Extra passport photos –
  • Pen
  • Cheap watch
  • Money belt
  • Comfortable backpack to wear your gear for the day
  • Refillable water bottles. There is no recycling in most of South America so when possible please buy large water bottles and refill your smaller water bottle to cut down on plastic.


Travel tips

  • Move your wallet to your front pocket which is difficult to pick pocket.
  • Bring an extra (colour!) copy of your passport.
  • Save a copy of your passport in your email so you can print it if lost.
  • Don’t bring travellers checks, bring an ATM card and American dollars.
  • Tell your bank or credit card company the destination so they don’t cancel credit purchases.
  • Tell the bank when you are back so they can cancel any mysterious credit purchases.
  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.
  • Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents with you in your luggage. You should scan these documents and email them to yourself and also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.
  • Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage rather take it with you in your carry luggage.