Whether you’re traveling to a luxury resort or packing for a luxury beach vacation, it’s important to pack wisely. Of course, packing for a vacation can be a bit of a hassle. But never fear – with this luxury vacation packing list, you’ll be able to breeze through customs and start enjoying your trip right away!
You’ll want to bring everything you need, but you also don’t want to overpack and end up lugging around unnecessary weight.
This post will help you choose what to bring so you can enjoy your vacation without worrying about your luggage.
So what do you need to pack for your next luxury getaway?
Let’s take a look! First up, proper attire.
You’ll want to bring along comfortable shoes, some nice dresses or skirts for dinner out, as well as comfortable clothing for lounging around the hotel room or beach. Don’t forget your prescription medicines. Be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen. And pack everyday sightseeing clothes which won’t identify you as a cashed-up tourist.
However, for some specific tips and tricks on packing please welcome Julien Mordret from the blog Exploration Junkie!
A seasoned traveller, Julien is sharing his top travel hacks, and his packing list, for a luxury vacation in South America.
While South America is the destination he’s chosen to explore with us, this vacation packing list could take you anywhere, and is well suited for any active, luxury getaway you might be planning for the future.
This post shares expert information about:-
- 8 Luxury Travel Accessories you Must Pack
- Luxury Travel Destinations in South America
- Travel Essentials for Women
- Luxury Travel Packing List
- Video – A Walk in Machu Picchu
Over to you Julien!
Why book a luxury vacation in South America?
A trip to South America is all about adventure and exploration.
Each country in South America is different and offers fascinating places to see, varying cultures to experience, and amazing food to discover.
Exploring the jungles of the Amazon or hiking up the Andes can be a challenge, and yet also the experience of a lifetime!
When you’re over the age of 50, there’s no need to ‘rough it’ though because one of the best ways to get the most out of South America is by ditching the idea of backpacking and planning a luxury trip.
There are fantastic hotels and lodges to stay at, and more and more companies are offering luxury trips as opposed to budget stays.
Luxury Travel Destinations in South America
Peru is one of the countries that comes to mind when thinking about tourism in South America.
One way of getting around the Andes is in a luxury train! It’s a fabulous way to see the country.
Even hiking to the famous Machu Picchu is more achievable and less stressful these days, and you don’t need to be a mountaineer to get there.
Some tours offer luxury elements, such as the Salkantay trek – you travel from lodge to lodge instead of camping.
Travel Essentials for Women Travelling in South America
Here are a few tips and tricks for what to pack for a luxury international trip to South America!
What you’ll pack will vary depending on where you want to go.
An urban trip to the beautiful city of Cartagena in Colombia is very different from the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
One important thing to remember is that it’s not that hot in South America.
You might be thinking of the muggy, warm tropical rainforests or beaches, but it can also be cold at night in some parts of the continent.
Deciding what to pack can be a hard choice to make, and whether you are more backpacker or bling there are some things you really need to think about.
Luxury Travel Packing List
To begin with, here are 8 luxury travel accessories you must pack!
If you’re going to South America to experience some hiking trails, and get out and about in nature, then a backpack is a must-have item.
While you can use luxury travel luggage sets to carry your travel essentials from the airport to your hotel, don’t forget to bring along a good, light, waterproof backpack that you can pop on if you’re heading out for a day trip or if you’re overnighting in the wild.
Isn’t it true that no matter where you go, you’re probably going to be doing a lot of walking, waiting, and traveling
Having a pair of good, noise-cancelling headphones can do wonders for your sanity by cancelling out the noise around you.
Good music is always perfect for passing the time during long flights!
So go on, take some time and add some personal music lists for your vacation!
On a luxurious vacation, you will probably have many ways of charging your gadgets.
But there are times when your battery is running low, and a place to charge your phone is nowhere in sight. It’s always best to come prepared for such situations.
Make sure you have a compact, stylish power bank for those pesky moments when you need to charge your mobile or tablet at the last minute.
Travel Pillows and Blankets
Resting during travel is a great way to pass the time and gather energy for the day ahead.
Not being able to rest well on the road can be very frustrating.
Have a trusty lightweight blanket and pillow to ensure you can sleep through freezing air conditioning and bumpy roads.
Do bring the personal beauty items you use daily with you, because you may not be able to find them overseas.
While this is not imperative, it can just make your trip better.
So if you have a soap free body wash you use and love then pack it.
Or if you have dry skin and need a soap for dry skin, then don’t leave it behind.
Make sure to bring along your skin essentials, the things you use everyday like facial moisturiser and cleanser.
Plus you should always remember to pack sunscreen and insect repellant.
No one likes sunburn, and getting burned during your trip can ruin your vacation. Make sure to bring the best sunscreen you can buy.
A good skin serum can also help protect your tired skin from the weather.
Having some insect repellant is essential when hiking, especially in the untouched wilderness of the parks where biting insects can ruin not only your mood but also your wellbeing!
It’s great to be able to capture memories from your trip. Having a phone with a good camera can suffice, but an actual camera wouldn’t hurt.
A GoPro Camera can be great to have. The small camera is more discreet, which is good around cities, and it can handle the rigor of hiking.
Having a waterproof camera is great if you’re river trekking, which are typically included in Venezuela’s Angel Falls tours.
No matter where you go in South America, you’ll probably find a place to swim. Whether it’s the pristine Canaima Lagoon, the waters of the Galapagos, or the hot springs in Yanque, you’ll be glad to have a set of quick-drying clothing on hand.
If you need some swimwear ideas check out this post : Best Swimsuits for women.
First Aid Kit
Getting sick on your vacation can be a big bummer.
Make sure to visit your doctor beforehand and stock up on all the essential pills, including malaria or altitude pills. Altitude pills could be a lifesaver if you’re going to Machu Picchu and the Andes.
Whether you’re taking a relaxing city vacation in Cusco or challenging yourself for a hike up Huayna Picchu, a first aid kit will always come in handy!
Travel Wear for Women in South America
What to wear in South America is highly dependent on where you’re going, but here are a few essential that you should pack no matter where you go!
Always remember that it’s a good idea to pack modest and simple clothing.
Tourist hotspots and cities often have gangs who target tourists, especially those who stand out. It’s good to blend in, and not wear expensive-looking clothes.
Travel Shoes and Hiking Boots
South America is well known for its beautiful hikes, and having the right shoes can make or break a hiking trip.
Comfy shoes are so important for travelling. You might like to check out this post; Best Travel Shoes and how to choose them.
To prepare yourself for trekking do buy, and then wear-in, a pair of comfortable, lightweight, waterproof hiking boots. Perfect for the Amazon rivers or Andean trails.
Waterproof and Warm Jackets
It can get cold in some places in South America and rainy in others.
And sometimes, you might be unlucky enough to experience both.
Having a waterproof jacket will keep you comfortable for those unexpected downpours. A nice down jacket can help with cool nights.
You could also buy a nice, warm alpaca wool sweater while you’re visiting the Andes! In fact, you probably shouldn’t come home without one!
It isn’t good to stand out when you’re walking through a new city, and a comfortable pair of well worn jeans will help you blend in with the locals. Shorts can easily mark you as a tourist.
So buy the best jeans you can afford. Make sure they are comfy. Wear them in well, and then pack them to wear on lots of occasions during your vacation!
So now, get packing and take your dream vacation – will you be booking to go to South America?
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Video : A Walk In Machu Picchu
Check out one of Julien’s South American travel videos on YouTube below …
This guest post written by Julien Mordret
Julien Mordret is the guy behind Exploration Junkie. “He is an independent, smart, and responsible traveler, aiming to share his passion and experiences with travel, nature, and photography. He wants people to be better travellers. He is crazy about all things and his explorations are fueled by his unlimited curiosity. He is never feeling more alive than when he’s wandering in the wilderness, discovering the world’s vast wonders, and experiencing new adventures. And guess what, his secret dream is to visit them all!”
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