Luggage and bags:
The luggage to Torres has to be the lighter and more anatomic possible, since you´ll have to carry it on your back most of the time, sometimes walking up hills, and against the wind, which is already tiring...
One very important thing as well is to take a waterproof cap for the bag in case it rains a bit (and that´s something to expet, even if for some minutes)....plastic bags do not work, they´ll be rotten in minutes.
Everything should be waterproof....
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: This I learned the worst way....=P
This might be obvious for those used to snow....but not if you are from a hot, sunny country like me, and your winter clothes are kept almost hidden at the deep, untouched back of your closet... then remember this: it is important to take thick clothes and etc....anoraks....but something more important is to keep yourself dry. If you wear too much stuff...or take a waterproof coat that does not have those sort of holes for the air to enter...you´ll sweat and will get wet the same way while walking, and meanwhile you won´t even realise it, but as soon as you stop... you´ll feel incredibly coooooold... So one nice idea is to avoid those thick clothes and coats when walking.
Also take all those impermeable coats, trousers, and boots....you´ll need it because even if it´s not rainning the wind carries some water when you´re next to lakes...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: So here´s a basic list:
-a good tent, if you are camping, appropriate for wind;
-a sleeping bag, even if you´re not camping, if it´s waterproof it´s even better;
- that rubber pad, to isolate;
-stove and gas;
-a small pan, a mug, spoon etc...
-plastic forks, knifes, plates if you wish;
-lots of plastic bags for the trash;
-a plastic bottle is also nice, to keep some water (you can get water from the many streams along the way);
-the "swiss" penkinfe;
-thin cord is usually useful;
-lighter (matches are not good).
Miscellaneous: Hereýs one list for clothes I got from www.geocities.com/basecampcl/treking/clima.html:
- Trekking shoes and light sneakers
- 3 - 4 pairs of socks
- Fleece jacket
- 2 polipropilen long sleeve shirts
- 2 sweat pants or one expeditionary pants plus one sweat pant
- 2 T-***s
- Wool or fleece XXXXX
- Jacket or parka
- windstopper pants
- Sleeping clothes
- Sleeping bag and matress
- Personal higene kit
- Plastic bottle for water (350cc)
- Big bag pack
Luggage and bags:
A hiking backpack and a small daypack
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One tip that I have is that if you are going to travel to the southern parts of chile, make sure you are ready to encounter some rain along the way. In the three weeks that I travelled it rained a lot!
Thankfully I had a good rainjacket, I wish I would have had some waterproof pants.
If you go to the Torres del Paine, I would recommend a warm hat a gloves, because it can get really cold when the wind starts blowing hard and its raining. Some good hiking boots are recommended if you are going to hike in the park (there is nothing worse than having wet feet).
Photo Equipment: Lots of film!
Miscellaneous: If you are going to hike...what i wish i had were some shirts and a pair of pants that dried fast.
We visited Puerto Natales during late spring (early December) and still it can be ‘winter’. Specially when visiting Torres del Paine or making a boat trip on Seno Ultima Esperanza it can be (very) cold. Besides the weather can change very quickly; during our visit we had rather sunny weather in the morning in Puerto Natales and in the afternoon near the glaciers it was cloudy, windy and very cold.
What to pack for Puerto Natales (and Patagonia)
Clothes: best to wear in layers
Wind- and waterproof jacket
Good shoes (specially if you intend to do some walking or hiking in Torres del Paine)
Hat/cap and gloves
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: UV filter sun glasses
Sunscreen lotion, 30+ (the sun is very intensive, even if there are clouds)
Photo Equipment: Enough space on your memory card.