Chile extends 2,600 miles but has an average breadth of between 100 and 200 miles, so what you pack really does depend on where you are planning to visit. There is something here to suit everyone from skiing in the Andes, to beaches, to the amazing Easter Islands.
The solution if you're traveling around is to dress in layers that can be shed as the day really heats up.
merino wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
If you don't want to stand out as a tourist then no matter how hot it gets avoid wearing shorts and short tops.
Men can wear long Bermuda shorts but women would be better advised to wear dresses, pants or longer skirts.
While this dress code may seem more conservative than many western countries, the greeting between Chileans is very warm. Chilean men often greet each other with hearty hugs, while women customarily kiss each other on the cheek.
If you plan on visiting an upscale restaurant such as you will find in Santiago then pack a smarter outfit - it's not essential but you will fit in better and feel more comfortable.
Finally, it might also be worth noting that holding the palm upward and then spreading the fingers signals that someone is "stupid" and slapping your right fist into your left open palm is considered obscene.
Clothing Tips for Women
If you are here on business, you'll find that a skirt suit and heels in sober rather than bright colors is most appropriate.
If you're going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs.
A few well chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
Clothing Tips for Men
If you are here on business, wear dark blue or grey suits, a light shirt and a conservative tie.
Pack for the Weather
Northern Chile is good to visit all year but Southern Chile tends to be wet all year round, winters; June, July, August and September are cold, and even summers are cool and cloudy; pack a light raincoat.
Regions of Chile
If your trip includes an exploration of the mountains then it is likely to include lots of walking - some strenuous and at high altitudes and very cold, so be sure to carry good, rubber-soled walking shoes, warm weather clothes, and sunglasses.
The skiing season in the Andes is July, August and September and if you plan on joining in then you will need to add is some warmer layers, hat, ski goggles, gloves and a warm coat.
Last updated 27 April 2015.
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