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1. Posted by Andy7695 (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hello folks!

I am travelling latin America in March and it is not only my first time travelling but my first time in Latin America. I am starting in Cuba or Dominican republic then making my way over to Brazil etc. I want to visit Cuba, Puerto Rico, DR, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, then maybe Costa Rica or some other central American country.

The question I have is simple...and maybe a bit stupid?

what the hell do I bring in my backpack?? I want to do a mix of stuff.....I'm not too fussed about travelling up EVERY mountain I see, but definately want to see the Inca temples etc in Peru and Chile. Apart from that I'll be doing a lot of cities and staying in a mixture of hostels and rented apartments....I want to be kind of flexible I guess....

Is there any items you can recommend that are an absolute must? So far my cuz has given me a pretty cool compact first aid kit with almost everything, I've been told I'll need a washing line, hiking boots too as well as smarter stuff for the urban areas in case I go out at nights. Is it possible to stay in some kind of rented accomodation on the inca trail? Or will I have to lug a tent around too?

What are the absolute essentials?

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

There's a couple of threads on this subject in the gear forum. I can't think of anything continent-specific to pack, but remember to bring repellent and, if applicable, malaria medication.

3. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Andy,

Check out the Wiki Travel guide on the Inca trail for all details.