14 ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR BACKPACKING SOUTH AMERICA

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3. Wear Pick-Pocket Proof Clothing

Like I mentioned before, you’ll most likely be taking a number of long bus journeys in South America.

Therefore, falling asleep on these buses is inevitable.

Theft and pick-pocketing are common throughout South America.

Instead of trying to stay up all night or losing your hair worrying about your belongings, wear pick-pocket proof clothing from retailers like Clever Travel Companion.

These garments allow you to keep valuables inside of your clothing close to your body, so nobody even knows you have anything on you.

I love the handmade scarves from Speakeasy Travel Supply, each with a durable double-stitched design and self-locking zipper pocket.

I’m also a big fan of the Vigilant Personal Alarm, which blares as loud as a firetruck when you pull off the pin. I wear mine like a bracelet when walking alone at night or hiking.

Of course, the number one way to prepare for problems is to purchase travel insurance.

When my luggage was lost for a week when backpacking, my travel insurance reimbursed me for the toiletries and clothing I had to buy while waiting for it to be returned.

It can also ensure you’re covered when big emergencies strike.

4. Interact With Locals

Every country in South America has a unique culture worth exploring.

The best way to do this is by interacting with locals. While the bus is a great place to strike up a conversation with locals, you can also use resources like CouchSurfing to find a local host or Viator to book local tours.

I also love Lokal Travel for booking conscious experiences that benefit the local community I’m visiting.

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