What to Take

  • Sturdy shoes for visiting Uruguay’s cities and ranches, sandals for the beach
  • Sun protection, especially in summer, when the Southern Hemisphere’s rays can be intense
  • An electrical adaptor (Uruguayan plugs have two round pins)
  • A maps app that works offline

What to Wear

Dress standards in Uruguay are generally quite casual (as epitomized by recent president Pepe Mujica, who famously eschewed suits and ties in favor of simple sweaters). Exceptions include fancier restaurants and clubs in urban centers such as Montevideo and Punta del Este. Bring multiple layers, including a waterproof windbreaker, to accommodate Uruguay’s changeable weather, which can range from bone-chillingly windy and humid in winter, to hot and sunny in summer, with intermittent rains throughout the year.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past arrival date
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your travel plans
  • Arrange travel insurance
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Charge electronic devices and batteries