Brazil Packing List for the Adventurous Traveler

Brazil Packing List for the Adventurous Traveler

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My winter will start off a little warm this year, as I'm spending a couple of weeks exploring Brazil! Winter in the Northern Hemisphere is Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Brazil is the largest country in South America with four time zones and five distinct climatic zones. We plan on spending the majority of our time in Rio, Salvador, and Iguaçu Falls, which will be hot, humid, and rainy at times. Temperatures will range from mid 70s to 90°F. While Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches (I fully intend on exploring as many of them as I can), this packing list doesn't focus on how many bikinis or shorts you should pack. Here's the packing list for travelers who want to explore Brazil in a more adventurous way:

Clothing Items

Water-Related Excursions

We will spend a few days exploring the largest waterfall system in the world, Iguaçu Falls. These are waterfalls of the Iguazu River are located on the border of the Argentine province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Paraná. We will explore both the Brazilian and Argentinian side. One main thing to do at Iguaçu Falls is to take a boat ride at the base of the falls (where you are guaranteed to get drenched). Necessary clothing items for this excursion include:

Hikes

There are a plethora of amazing hiking opportunities in Brazil. Items you should pack for a basic hike include:

  • Sneakers
  • Leggings/ workout shorts
  • Sports bra
  • Workout Top
 Photo Credit: Claire Harper

Photo Credit: Claire Harper

Fine Print about Bikinis in Brazil

It's a known fact that wearing barely-there swimwear at beaches in Brazil is the norm. While bikinis are fine on the beach, you should pack cover-ups for when you walk on the boardwalk. Walking around with your bikini on the boardwalk is a clear indication that you are a tourist.

New Year Eve in Rio

It is tradition in Rio to wear all white outfit for NYE. Make sure you pack your best white fit!

Photo Credit: Claire Harper

Accessories

The following accessories will be useful for water-based adventures:

Health Related Items

The public health professional in me needs to remind you to pack your

Have you ever visited Brazil? What would you add to this list? Let me know in the comment box below!

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