hand luggage

Dear Bolivia blog readers

Now that we have presented the travel itinerary, it almost goes without saying that a cumbersome suitcase would not be the right choice for this trip. A rucksack is much more practical and can be taken everywhere easily without the wheels falling off. At an altitude of more than 3’000 m and in temperatures ranging from 3°C at night to 18°C by day, there are various things to bear in mind: what should you pack and how much will fit into your rucksack? Below is a list to help, with a few tips and tricks:

Wardrobe on the go:

The best way to pack clothes in the rucksack is by rolling them up, as they take up less space that way:

Underwear Pants/boxer shorts, (sports) bras
Socks Socks should be breathable and quick-drying
Trousers Two pairs of jeans or long trousers as well as one pair of shorts should be enough. They should be comfortable on the long flights
Tops A few t-shirts/tops, jumpers, sweatshirts or sports tops that dry quickly are practical
Nightwear Pack something warm as it can get quite cold at night
Footwear Hiking boots, trainers and flip flops for the showers
Jackets Fleece jacket and a waterproof wind/rain coat
Thermal underwear Important as there might be extreme temperature fluctuations
Baseball cap/hat The sun is stronger at 3’000m, so it is important to wear something on your head
Swimwear Hopefully, there will be a chance to jump in Lake Titicaca one day!
Laundry bag It is fine to use a plastic bag for dirty laundry, but there is nothing to stop you taking a nice laundry bag
For the ladies:


This has many uses: to sit on, wrap around you or as a blanket in air-conditioned spaces

Kleider rollen


Mini bathroom in your backpack:

Microfiber travel towel One large and one small microfiber towel – they dry really quickly and do not weigh much
Hanging toiletry bag Great space-savers as they hang anywhere and roll up for the journey, which is very practical
Shampoo, shower gel and body lotion  Use travel-sized bottles to conveniently pack all these
Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss Ideally, do not take an electric toothbrush. It might not be possible to charge the battery while there
Razor, shaving foam and aftershave Remember spare blades, if required
Hairbrush and bobbles Bring a compact travel hairbrush to save space
Deodorants Space-saving travel sizes are available
Face cream and hand cream Consider the face creams that already include sun protection
Lip balm Again, lip balm is available with sun protection included
Manicure set and tweezers          You never know when this might be useful
For contact lens wearers: contact lenses, solution and eye drops Opticians will be able to provide travel-size contact lens solutions
Cotton buds and tissues Tissues will often come in handy
Sunscreen We recommend SPF 50 as a lotion or spray. It is extremely important at over 3’000m
For the men: Hair gel Also available in travel size
For the ladies:
tampons, sanitary pads, pantiliners, etc.
As required
Make-up and mascara Keep the amount of make-up you bring to a minimum. It might be useful to have a pocket mirror
Facial cleanser To remove make-up

Rucksack und Inhalt

Handy travel first-aid kit:

Any personal medication The pill or any medication taken for chronic illnesses
Pain medication Paracetamol, aspirin and/or ibuprofen
Travel sickness tablets For the flight, bus journeys and boat trips


GF first aiders have put together a travel first-aid kit for Bolivia, which contains the following items:

Plasters, blister plasters and bandages Various dressings, bandages and plasters
Antiseptic spray Merfen antiseptic solution
Wound and healing ointments Primofenac gel and Vita Hexin
Diarrhea medication Loperamid
Stomach cramps/pain Buscopan
Sickness Motilium lingual
Fever   Irfen 400 mg
Altitude sickness Gly-Coramin
Conjunctivitis Spersallerg AT
Sore throat Mebucaine
Nasal spray
Insect bites/sunburn Fenistil gel


Electronic and digital entertainment:

There are practical waterproof bags that are ideal for keeping your electronic belongings safe.

Travel adapter plugs Plug types vary by hotel and accommodation, but most plugs used in Bolivia are bipolar (round and flat)
Charging cables
As personally needed:
Digital camera
e-book reader
Power bank GF will provide you with a power bank 🙂


Important documents that are required for the journey

Take a photo of any travel documents and store these in a cloud, where they can be accessed at any time if something happens to the paper documents.

Flight tickets  
Insurance documents e.g. (foreign) health insurance or luggage insurance
Emergency contact numbers and addresses  


Don’t forget

Credit card/cash Bring francs or euros in cash from Switzerland. On arriving at the airport in El Alto, it makes sense to convert money to the local currency (the boliviano) or withdraw cash by credit card from an ATM
Backpack combination lock  
Luggage tag Must-have in case luggage gets lost
Supplies for the flight Pack some delicious and filling snacks to make for a happy journey
Money belt


And if you have any space left:

For the toiletry bag: After sun lotion
Hair dryer
Wet wipes (face, hand, etc.)
For the ladies: Nail varnish & remover
Entertainment: Playing cards, dice
Sleep: Neck pillow
Sleeping bag
Miscellaneous: Reusable drinking bottle
Penknife (not in hand luggage!)
Rain cover for the rucksack


The most important thing is to make sure your rucksack is not too heavy, as this can be quite a burden on a long trip. Think about those times when you will need to carry your rucksack from A to B – this will focus the mind, so you pack only what you really need and not what you don’t!

Dress modestly, leave expensive jewelry and designer sunglasses at home. Let the adventure begin!

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