Futaleufu Gear and Clothing Pack List

Please make sure you bring the following things. Some Items have links to products we reccomend to simply buying items from the pack list, any other brands items similar to what written or linked will also work perfectly.  

[ ] Zippering duffle bag (70-100 liters) Medium size, light weight, Used for the Pueto Varas to Futaleufu portion of the the river trip. When you leave the hotel in Puerto Varas you will pack your things into the duffle bag for for the flight to Patagonia.  The bag you fly down with as well as anything else you don't need for the river portion of the trip can safely be left with the guide Maria, until you return at the trip's conclusion -  https://amzn.to/3VoNsT5

[ ]*Waterproof paddle jacket - https://amzn.to/3tQf6wx

[ ] 2 quick drying synthetic shirts (also known as Synchilla, fleece, pile, polypro or Capilene) 1 heavy weight, 1 medium weight.

Womans: Heavy - https://amzn.to/3EXIN4Q , Medium - https://amzn.to/3tWHU6C

Mens: Heavy - https://amzn.to/3V3UuN2 , Medium - https://amzn.to/3gsbFJa

[ ] *River shoes Five-Ten approach shoes or Astral river shoes  IMPORTANT NOTE: five-ten approach shoes with "Stealth soles" are the best river shoe.  These will be great for the canyoning, kayaking and rafting and will also be useful as light weight hiking shoes in the future. NOTE: They will not be good for hiking on this trip becasue they will be wet from the water activities. - https://amzn.to/3U54btk

[ ] Water bottle with locking carabineer Note: Carbineer must lock so that if a boat flips there is no way to get hooked on the carabineer. Do not bring non-locking carabineers - https://amzn.to/3TVIZWR

[ ] Light/medium weight hiking boots/shoes ( For Lago Obsession hike) Womans - https://amzn.to/3OKHABz , Mens - https://amzn.to/3OyXI9a

[ ] Small, lightweight day pack with belt strap. ( for Obsession hike.) (1 per coouple) https://amzn.to/3gt49xF

[ ] Sun glasses with neck strap (Chums are a safe neck strap) Womans - https://amzn.to/3gseFVW , Mens - https://amzn.to/3TV8dVe

[ ] Quality rain jacket with hood. - Womans - https://amzn.to/3Ou2xjT , Mens - https://amzn.to/3i82Q7Z

[ ] 6 pair of underwear

[ ] Wet suit socks (thin) (to be worn inside your river shoes)

[ ] 3 pair of socks ( synthetic quick drying)

[ ] 3 pairs of cotton socks

[ ] Medium weight jacket (down pillow jackets) Womans - https://amzn.to/3Ewt8s8 , Mens - https://amzn.to/3gtwvYN

[ ] 2 short sleeved shirts (any material)

[ ] Long pants for evening (any material) 

[ ] Quick dry pants (synthetic material)

[ ] Comfortable pants 

[ ] Long sleeved shirt (any material)

[ ] Bathing suit

[ ] Quick drying shorts (to wear over your wetsuit for protection when you canyoneer because you often are sliding on your rear end. (both men and women need to bring them.)

[ ] Sunscreen (strong)

[ ] Toilet kit 

All multi-sport gear, custom made sotar rafts, inflatable kayaks, mountain bikes, 
electricity at all lodges, Wi-fi some of the nights, Sat Phone, Defibulator. 


[ ] Paddling gloves (bike gloves) or thin neoprene gloves (if your hands get cold easily)

[ ] Personal medication

[ ] Sandals

[ ] Breakdown fishing pole

[ ] Camera, SD card, and soft waterproof case (no metal ammo cans)

[ ] Binoculars

[ ] Book

[ ] Journal and pen

[ ] Chap stick. feminine products, other personal needs

[ ] Gopro Camera - https://amzn.to/3OwD0qm


Each season a few people (approx. 2 %) end up in Chile without their belongings. By the time they receive them from the air carrier, often the trip is nearly over. Because this is a real possibility we highly recommend the following steps to protect yourself. Pack all necessary river gear (fleece, paddle jacket, river shoes, hat, sun glasses, bathing suit, etc.) into the largest legal carry on bag you can find and don’t check it. Pack everything else in a regular suitcase. This way if you become separated from you checked bag you will have the most important things for the river as well as the clothes on your back for camp. A couple of years ago we started recommending this packing plan to our clients. Since then we have averaged about 3 guests a season who arrived in Chile without their checked bags. In each case they had packed their river gear in carryons and all were able to complete the trip with little discomfort.