Passport and your WVU student ID
Credit card or debit card (check with your bank to make make sure you know of any fees that apply with international use)
One large suitcase (suitcase, duffel bag, large backpack etc.)
One sturdy backpack (comfortable to wear on a long hike or bike ride. You can also use this as your carry on.)
Second pair of shoes/sneakers (the first pair will get wet)
Several pairs of jeans/pants
Several pairs of shorts
Raincoat or water repellent jacket (We will be in the Andes in the rainy season and could see rain - although we hope not!)
Warm clothing for nights/evenings: 2-3 thick sweaters (or hoodies, jacket, fleece etc.)
Cool clothing for daytime: short sleeves/ t-shirts
Pair of thermal underwear or leggings
Plenty of socks/underwear, duh! (Both thick and thin socks)
Hat, cap or bandana (for sun)
Hat & gloves (for cold)
Basically plan to dress in layers: It’s best to wear cool underclothing for the warm/hot days, and layers of warm clothing on top for cold mornings, evenings & nights. While we will be visiting during Chile’s summer, it still can get very cold at night in the desert and in the mountains.
Sunscreen!!! With high rating (30+ spf). Very important.
Toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
1-2 Towels (The hostal will have towels, but bring a couple of your own for day trips and Uyuni trip)
Wet wipes (you will use them)
Toilet paper (for Uyuni trip, just in case)
Antibacterial lotion or Purell
First aid. These are suggested, but you know your body best:
Headache/pain killer (Ibuprofen, Aspirin...)
Something for stomach aches
Something for nausea
Cream or aloe for sunburn
Any prescribed medications
Money for food: Approximately $100 - $175. The program will include many, but not all, of your meals. A standard (light) Chilean breakfast will be provided each day. You will be responsible for 3 lunches & 5 dinners + water, snacks, and food during travel. The average price for lunch in San Pedro is about $5-$10, and $10-15 for dinner.
Headlamp or flashlight (and batteries)
Sketch book or notepad, pencils/pens, eraser
Camera/camcorder, extra batteries, extra sd cards, small tripod (equipment can be checked out)
Other Items you may want to bring
- Sleeping bag (Although not necessary. You will have a bed and plenty of blankets at each place we stay)
- Smaller bag for the 3-day Uyuni trip
- Travel pillow (for the plane)
- Laptop, ipad, phone etc. (Beware!!! We will not have internet access during the 3-day trip to Uyuni. Enjoy the break from the noise…)
- Cables (depending on your needs): usb, audio, charger cables etc. This stuff is very expensive in San Pedro - if you can find it.
- Extension cord
- Hair dryer
- Voltage Converter. Electricity in Chile is 220 volts. Your hair dryer might melt without this unless it is dual voltage. You do not need a converter for your laptop (most are OK up to 240 volts), you only need an adapter. Your cell phone charger and digital camera charger should also be OK with just an adapter. In any case double check to make sure the AC adapter of the device says "100-240V." If not you'll probably want to use a voltage converter. Many converters also have an adapter mode and can serve as simple plug adapters as well.
- Foreign plug adapter, Type C: This will not convert the current, will but allow you to plug in your dual voltage device (such as your laptop, camera charger etc). Receptacles in Chile are different and look like this. You may also want to bring an adapter that includes USB ports, such as this.
- Extra cash for souvenirs, shopping, gifts etc. We will come across several artisan markets and small villages where you can buy local craftwork such as alpaca sweaters, tapestries, jewelry and pottery.