Travel Essentials: What to Pack in Your Stuff Sack on Patagonia’s W Route Trek

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August 31, 2023 | Adventure Experts, Pro Tips

This is Part 2 of our travel essentials series, where we help you prepare for your exciting adventure in Patagonia! If you’re unsure about what to pack in your daypack, view our first article and packing list video in this series.

We’ve interviewed Andre, our Patagonia trekking tour expert. With over 10 years of experience guiding adventurers and embarking on personal mountain expeditions, including several first ascents, Andre has valuable insights to provide all of us! 

In this exclusive footage for guests planning to join our Chile & Argentina Ultimate Patagonia Hiking or Chile Patagonia W-Route Private Trekking adventures, Andre shares expert tips and advice on what essentials to pack in the stuff sack that we provider to each guest, for porters to carry on your behalf while you hike the W-Route.

And there you have it – Andre’s ultimate packing list for your stuff sack while hiking the W-Route in Patagonia!

What to pack in the stuff sack our porters carry on Patagonia’s W-Route Trek

Travelers hiking on the W-Route Trek in Patagonia

From headlamps to electrolyte packs, our hiking guide for our Patagonia Hiking Adventures, Andre, provides tips & advice on a few key items to pack in your stuff sack to ensure a safe, fun hike on the W-Route Trek in Patagonia.

How much will I have to carry each day on the hike?

Just your trekking poles and your personal gear for the day (water bottle, jacket, rain gear and other personal items). For the two nights at the W-Route mountain lodges in Torres del Paine, porters will carry a stuff sack for you, with your additional clothing and toiletries. Your larger suitcases will be kept in secure storage until you conclude this trek portion. 

How many stuff sacks does each traveler get?

Each traveler gets one stuff sack (“dry” bag) with capacity of 13 liters. Your private porters will be responsible for carrying the stuff sacks between each lodging for all in our group.

These stuff sacks should contain your additional clothing and toiletries, and perhaps a pair of slip-ons/sandals for shower and leisure time. Your luggage will be kept in secure storage until you arrive at Hotel Lago Grey.

Who are the porters on these tours?

For the two nights at the mountain lodges on Patagonia’s W-Route in Torres del Paine, we work with private porters that will carry a stuff sack for each guest, so that guests are able to hike with just their daypacks.

Tips for What to Pack in Your Stuff Sack:

Here’s the essentials to pack in your supplies sack:

  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Extra underwear
  • Extra pair of hiking pants and hiking shirt
  • Sleepwear
  • Extra personal snacks and electrolyte packs or chews
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Ziploc bag of toiletries, in smallest possible containers
  • Sunscreen
  • Any medicine
  • Charger(s) for phone and/or camera
  • Reading glasses
  • Comfortable waterproof sandals/slip-ons for leisure and shower

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Meet the Author: André

Get to know Andre, our Patagonia Hiking Guide!

André fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and has made it his home for the last 10 years. He has participated in more than ten mountain expeditions in the region, accomplishing many first ascents, including the summits of the North and South Towers of the Torres del Paine. André’s love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

We’re honored to have him as part of our team. Prepare yourself for the ultimate Patagonia hiking adventure or the Patagonia W-Route Trek Private Adventure alongside this extraordinary guide!

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