Travel Tips and Packing Lists

Argentina

For anyone who loves adventure travel, Argentina should be a top destination. Make sure you pack for possibility with this list of essentials to help you prepare for any type of experience.

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Checklists

Pre-Departure

  • Passport/Visa(s)/Personal Identification
  • Cash & Credit/ATM Card(s)
  • Check expiration dates on Passport, Drivers License, and Credit Cards
  • Inform bank/credit cards companies that you’re traveling abroad
  • Travel & Medical Insurance Documents
  • Health Documentation/Vaccination Card
  • Prescriptions in original packaging
  • Student ID Card/Frequent Flyer Card(s)
  • Reservations & Itineraries
  • Hotel/Tour Contact Info
  • Hotel Loyalty/Hostel Membership Card(s)
  • Transportation Tickets
  • Printed copies of Tickets/Passports/ Emergency Information
  • Email yourself a photo copy of a your passport, drivers license, medical cards & itinerary
  • Research local customs in order to be culturally aware/sensitive during your travel

Travel Gear

Everyday Basics

  • Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking, Easy Care Clothing (Consider bringing clothing with bug repellent or SPF protection properties)
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
  • Outer Shell/Windbreaker/Fleece
  • Moisture-Wicking Quick Dry Underwear/Wool Socks
  • Base Layers/Clothing for Layering
  • Flip flops for showering & travel
  • Camp Shoes/Travel Shoes
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit (modesty based on region)
  • Brimmed Sun Hat
  • Water-resistant Gloves/Wool Beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Scarf/Bandana

Everyday Accessories

  • Language Book, Guide Books & Maps
  • Cell/Smart Phone & Charger
  • Travel Aps: Currency & Distance Conversion
  • Camera/Video Camera, Memory Card & Charger
  • Music Player, Headphones & Charger
  • Water-resistant Wristwatch
  • Electrical Converters & Adapters
  • Travel Alarm
  • Travel Pillow/Blanket/Eye Shade/Ear Plugs
  • Travel Journal & Pen(s)
  • Reading Material & Games (download to tablet)
  • Address Book
  • Sewing Kit/Clothing Care Kit
  • Clothesline & Detergent
  • Duct Tape

Toiletries

Travel Health

*Consult your health center or physician for help in planning your trip’s medication needs.

  • Travel Health Information
  • First Aid Kit (Bandages, Gauze, Adhesives, etc)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Pain & Fever Relievers/Thermometer
  • Children’s Strength Pain Relievers
  • Cold Medicines
  • Diarrhea/Laxative Medicines
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream (for allergic rashes)
  • Antibacterial Ointment
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Insect Repellent/Mosquito Net
  • Sting Reliever
  • Motion Sickness Pills/Bands
  • Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes
  • Glasses & Case
  • Extra Contacts, Solution & Case
  • Dry Eye/Allergy Eye Drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines & Vaccinations specific to region/ activities (ex: Malaria, Altitude Sickness Pills)
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Energy Bars & Blocks

Home Checklist

  • Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Post Office to hold mail/stop newspaper
  • Arrange care of pets, lawn & plants
  • Pre-pay bills
  • Prearrange school absences for children
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner
  • Turn down water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place

*If gone for more than 30 days check with homeown- er’s insurance for specific directives.

Download PDF Travel Checklist

What to Pack for a Trip to Argentina

Hiker standing in the Argentina mountain wildernessArgentina is a large country with many options for activities: from horseback riding to hiking along some of the world’s largest waterfalls, unlimited adventure awaits. Since you can cover so much ground while on your trip, you’ll want to be prepared for anything so make sure your travel gear is well organized before you leave. 

Start by collecting all of your important documents in a travel document organizer. This will help ensure everything you need to get from one place to the next is all in one place. Think about including the following documents:

  • Passport/visa(s)
  • Personal ID
  • Cash and credit card(s)
  • Health insurance cards/document(s)
  • Travel insurance info
  • Reservations & itineraries
  • Hotel/Tour contact info
  • Transportation tickets (plane, train, bus, car, etc.)
  • Emergency contacts and important addresses

Eagle Creek wheeled backpack carry on suitcase with zip-off day packThe next thing you’ll want to do is prepare your personal item carry-on bag with any of the things you’ll want with you on your flight. It’s always a good idea to make sure you have an outfit (or two) and a few essential toiletries in your personal item just in case your luggage is lost. If you’ll be traveling around the country once you’ll land, make sure this bag has items to keep you cozy on any train, boat or bus rides. It's always nice to have a bag that's easy to get into and out of so that you don't have to get in your larger luggage bag each time you need your eyeshade. But remember, you’ll be carrying all of this, so keep it light. We recommend to consider using a small daypack or backpack as your personal item. Here are some good things to include:

Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes packing organizer in blueFor a trip to Argentina, we recommend a wheeled backpack suitcase or travel pack, to ensure easy carrying no matter the terrain. You’ll want to pack lots of clothing options, since your trip can take you anywhere from the snowy mountains of Patagonia to horseback riding with gauchos. Having options doesn’t mean you’ll need to over-pack, just pack smart. Include clothing that can be worn on your adventures and then dressed up slightly with a different pair of shoes and a scarf. Keep everything organized in compartments based on outfit type or adventure type using Pack-It Cubes packing organizers. These zippered organizers make it so easy to keep your bag organized and neat, while providing quick access to all the different things you'll need during your trip to Argentina.

Some other things you’ll want to pack are:

And don't under-estimate the power of a well-stocked toiletry bag. Having all the essential toiletries will ensure you can freshen up for a fancy evening of Malbec tasting after a long day of hiking, or a night on the town after sightseeing all day. Don’t forget the following for your toiletry case:

  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Deodorant & soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Shaving kit & extra razors
  • Bug repellant
  • Mirror
  • Make a first aid kit with pain, cold and prescription medicines, bandages, and antibiotic ointment. It's always better to have what you need, than to have to go looking for it once you're at your destination.

Suggested Gear

Luggage & Packs

Considerations for a main bag can vary based on how long and where you’re going. Your method of transportation is a big factor as is your itinerary:

A Switchback™ convertible backpack that can be carried as a backpack or rolling bag allows for maximum versatility. Plus the full size zip-off daypack is perfect for daylong excursions.

A Gear or Duffel Bag – A great choice for flexibility on the road if you’re not carrying your bag over long distances. Choose one with tuck-away backpack straps to give you even more carry options.

A traditional Travel Pack gives fluidity to your travels. If you’re taking a commuter plane, hiking to a village for an overnight, visiting rural communities inaccessible by roads, sometimes a backpack duffel bag will be the best option.

Pack-It™ System

The Pack-It™ System will help keep everything you need easily accessible. You’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Pack-It™ Cubes – compress clothes and maximize packing space by rolling t-shirts, undergarments, and workout clothes; multiple cube sizes offer versatility

Pack-It™ Folders – to keep your clothes wrinkle free and looking good

Pack-It™ Shoe Sac – keep dirty shoes away from clean clothes

Pack-It™ Wallaby Toiletry Kit – just the right size for your essentials

Pack-It™ Compression Sacs – compress bulky items or store dirty laundry up to 80% of their original size.

Pack-It™ Sacs – tuck away all the little things that seem to get lost.

Necessities

Stay well-rested and comfortable and keep your valuables away from greedy hands.

Travel Pillow, Eye Shade, Ear Plugs

Money Belt or Neck Wallet

Converter & Adapters

Guide Books & Maps

Travel Towel

Rain Jacket/Umbrella

Packable Duffel or Tote

Tip: Use Pack-It™ Cubes or Sacs to organize daily essentials

Day Travelers™

Your day bag should be comfortable and organized for long days and overnight excursions.

Backpack – perfect for all-day hiking or sightseeing; check to make sure zippers are lockable to deter theft and that it organization for your daily needs

Shoulder Bag – a small cross-body bag is great for the essentials; perfect for exploring new places and with the ability to tuck away inside your backpack if needed

Waistpack – Maybe it’s as easy as a waistpack – everything you need right at your fingertips