Packing & Style Guide to Rapa Nui/Easter Island

When packing for a trip to Rapa Nui (aka Easter Island), you'll want to be smart about what you bring to the world's remotest inhabited island. You'll want to keep your bag to under 50 lbs., so a few smart essentials will take you a long way!

Leaving out obvious items that you'd pack in your toiletries back, here's a smart style guide and packing list for your trip to the middle of nowhere:

  • Hiking shoes. We recommend a pair of lightweight, waterproof hiking shoes. Be sure to break them in well before your trip, so blisters don't ruin your otherwise-awesome hikes.

  • Sandals. Pack a pair of nice sandals to keep comfy when you're not on the trail; they're comfortable and stylish enough for the relatively casual vibe of the island.

  • Convertible hiking pants. Give yourself options; if it's cool in the morning, you'll be glad you have pants; during the heat of the day, you'll be glad to tear them off into shorts. Bring one pair of pants for every 2-3 days.

  • Short-sleeve t-shirts. Pack one tee per day.

  • Long-sleeved shirts. Easter Island is semi-tropical (but there is a cool season). Bring one long-sleeved shirt for every other day.

  • A fleece jacket or pullover for chilly mornings and evenings.

  • Socks and underwear daily.

  • Pair of cotton chinos and a sweater or nice shirt for a nicer evening. We love the travel jeans from Bonobos that come in a variety of colors.

  • Waterproof winderbreaker jacket.

  • International electricity adapter.

  • Portable electronics charger.

  • Waterproof bag (gallon ziplock works well) to protect from rain and dust.

  • Travel telescope. Easter Island is 1,300 miles from the nearest inhabited island, so the island boasts some of the darkest skies on earth. For a decently-powerful and compact travel telescope, consider the Celestron 21035 70mm travel telescope.

  • Camera. High-quality DSLR cameras can add bulk to your carry-on luggage, but it is well worth the added weight. Prior to landing in Easter Island, experiment with your long exposure settings in order to take epic photos of the Milky Way at night.

  • A small, lightweight daypack. Take your lightweight, collapsible daypack with you on your daily hikes, and pack snacks, binoculars, etc. We suggest investing in a Camelbak, which also has a water pouch to keep you hydrated, instead of carrying bottles of water.