Colombia Backpacking Packing Checklist
What to bring – Travel essentials
The following packing list is ideal for trips of about one month or more. There’s lots of places to do laundry in Colombia, so don’t worry about bringing enough clothes to last for your entire trip.
Remember to pack light, don’t over pack. Lugging a heavy bag around is a hindrance. Pack the essentials, and leave a little room to bring back souvenirs!
Also check out my Colombia Preparation Checklist
If you remember nothing else remember these few essentials
( + photocopy )
This is important, in case you lose your passport
Again you may need these if you lose your passport
In the form of cash, card, or travelers cheques
(I always recommend bringing some cash (Colombian Pesos) to get started, and a card (or travel card))
•Boarding Pass/ Travel Tickets
Remember all boarding passes and travel documents and consider having photocopies of these
•Travel Insurance Documents
If you have purchased travel insurance (which I recommend you do) make sure you bring a copy of your travel insurance documents in case of emergencies
Remember, the weather varies significantly in Colombia. It is much much hotter in the North, compared to Bogota. At night time in Bogota you will need a jumpers, and sometimes even hot water bottles to keep warm! Read about the varying weather here.
• 2/3 x T Shirts or Tops
• 1/2 x Shorts
• 1/2 x Light Trousers or Leggings
• 7 x Underwear
• 5 x Socks
• 2 x Swimwear
• 1 x Sun Hat
• 1 x Raincoat
• 2 x Warm Jumper
• 1 x Jacket
(if you plan to reach high altitude)
• 1 x Flip Flops
(If you plan to visit Colombia’s beaches)
• 1 x Casual shoes (i.e. Trainers)
• 1 x Walking Shoes/ Boots
Whether you choose to bring shoes or boots depends on how much hiking you think you will do.
If you feel you are likely to hike mountains and long trails, a pair of boots may prove invaluable.
For walking boots i took a pair of Brasher Hillwalkers. I would highly recommend these, they were comfortable, waterproof and easy to walk in.
For walking shoes (as boots are often bulky and difficult to carry) I recommend a pair of Tevas. For every day walking and small treks they are comfortable and extremely resilient. Try these for women, or these for men.
• Shower Gel
• Toothbrush/ Toothpaste
• Baby Wipes
• Sanitary Products
• Hair Brush
• Hair Bands
• Hand Sanitizer
And any other products you deem to be essential in your day to day life