A walk along the Inca Trail Peru

What to Pack for a Trip to Peru

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Written by
Susann Pietschmann & Jacob Jewitt-Jalland

If you're wondering what to pack for a trip to Peru, look no further.

Our experts have weighed in on the essentials; with frequently changing weather and a range of climates, it's best to be as prepared as possible.

Lots of layers, sun protection, and a plan to deal with the altitude are just a few must-haves for your trip. Check out our comprehensive packing list here.

Lares Trek, Peru

What to pack if you're going on a trek


Often the days are warm but temperatures drop at nighttime, particularly when you are at high altitudes (Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca) so layers are a must in case you need to adjust to the changing temperature (it can be sunny one moment, snowing the next!).

  • Fleece sweater
  • Light rain jacket or poncho as well as a cold-weather jacket
  • Convertible trousers/shorts
  • Hat
Asungate Trek, Peru

  • Broken in hiking boots
  • Gloves and wool hat for evenings
  • Breathable t-shirts for hiking
  • At least 4 pairs of comfortable, warm socks

Typically, you can expect to be hiking in a t-shirt or shirt, with shorts or trousers (depending on how warm you get when you hike). It’s good to carry an extra layer in your day backpack, as well as a waterproof outer shell jacket and trousers, in case it really starts pouring.

Lares Trek, Peru


Aside from the below, make sure you…

  • A good, small backpack to carry with you during the day
  • Camera with a good strap, in case you want to carry it on your body
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
A walk along the Inca Trail Peru

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Headlamp
  • Trekking poles (keep in mind the metal ends must be covered as part of the trail rules)
  • Refillable water bottle (hydration bags are recommended
  • Toilet tissue in small, handy-pack size and a small personal towel

Lastly, you may want to buy some souvenirs, so make sure you leave some space in your luggage for these!

Attraction Tipon, Peru

Amazon cruises and jungle tours


  • Comfortable, waterproof walking shoes (hiking boots are best)
  • Lightweight t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved shirts (to deter mosquitos)
  • Extra socks
  • Waterproof jacket
  • *Rubber boots and waterproof ponchos are provided for wetland excursions.

During meals in the dining room, guests are asked to wear casual clothing and shoes.



  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Torch, as a lot of lodges don’t have power at night.
  • Day pack
  • Personal toilet roll
A group of people cruise along the Amazon River, Peru
Andes mountain range and Inca trail in Peru

A few tips on altitude...

Your trip has been designed with your health in mind. Although everyone copes with it differently, we have a few key tips for adjusting to the altitude.
  • Rest and take it nice and easy the first few days as your body adjusts
  • Keep hydrated, with water, and avoid too much of the things that will dehydrate you (alcohol and coffee)
  • A glass of water on the bedside table will help keep your throat and mouth from getting too dry when sleeping at altitude with less oxygen
Andes mountain range and Inca trail in Peru

  • Avoiding big, greasy heavy meals will also help you get acclimatised better
  • If you feel unwell, let your guide or hotel staff know. They will get you down to a lower altitude, or get some oxygen and, if needed, get you help from a medical professional
  • The locals also swear by the leaves of the coca plant. We’ve also found muña tea helpful, as well as candy sweets.

Feeling inspired? Get in touch to start planning your perfect Peruvian adventure today...