What should I pack for a trip to Santiago?

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Gabriel O’Rorke

For a trip to Santiago reach for your smallest wheelie suitcase - it's always best to travel light when on a city break (if you're tagging on a trip to Antarctica at the end, this may change things!).

But for a purely urban trip, you won't need too many clothes, especially if visiting in the summer months - remember this is the southern hemisphere so summer falls between November and March.

Here are some essentials:

  • sun glasses
  • sun cream
  • sun hat (avoid a cap unless you want to go for the gringo look!)
  • skirts / light trousers / shorts
  • loose tops, shirts
  • swimming kit - many buildings have roof pools and there are some outdoor city pools
  • a good guide book
  • some books to read - bookshops here charge US $30 for a simple soft back novel, so make sure you bring your holiday reading with you
Santiago is a modern city so you can easily buy anything you forget on arrival. No major jabs are needed - forget malaria or yellow fever - and mosquitos are very rare in the city as the climate is dry rather than humid.  

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