A Backpack with Proper Harness
Most of the treks in Torres del Paine require you to bring a substantial amount of gear — especially if you are planning on camping — so you’re going to need a solid backpack.
Look for a backpack with enough volume for all your gear, durability to handle the different weather conditions and that sits comfortably on your back, transferring the weight off your shoulders.
The key to this is having a good harness. You want a wide, padded hip belt that fits your body well so that all the weight sits on the waist. Then you need to make sure the pack is snug against your back, giving you better balance when climbing up or down steep trails.
Our best advice is to go into a store and try a bunch of different packs on, and then get the right one professionally adjusted to your body height and shape.
Waterproof Liner for Inside Your Bag
This is a secret travel and hiking hack we’ve been using for years — get a water resistant liner that goes on the inside of your bag!
Patagonia is a crazy place when it comes to weather. One minute it’ll be blue skies, the next you’ll find yourself in the middle of a torrential downpour or even snow. All of this can change in a matter of minutes, so it’s hard to make quick changes to your gear in a hurry.
Most travellers opt for a raincover that goes around the outside of your bag, but in a place as windy as Patagonia there’s a high probability it’ll blow off in a violent gust. This doesn’t just put your gear at risk, it also litters the gorgeous environment.
That’s where the water resistant liner saves the day. Your backpack can get wet and you’ll be stress-free knowing everything on the interior is dry and safe. Your backpack will dry as soon as the sun comes out again, and a good quality bag won’t deteriorate just because of water.
Another one of our tips - double wrap your important stuff such as sleeping bags in an extra plastic bag, and if you don’t have access to a proper backpack liner you can use a heavy duty garbage bag.