Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Peru: What to pack

There's a very good saying that goes 'bring twice as much money and half as many clothes as you think you'll need'!

The key to packing for a trip to Peru is to pack for a variety of conditions while keeping the weight to a minimum. Easier said than done when you have to deal with the intense heat of the high altitude, the cold mountain nights spent camping on the Inca Trail and the heat and humidity of the Amazon Basin. The best way to deal with these extremes is to dress using several layers rather than one thick layer. If you forget something, don't despair since most things can be bought in most Peruvian cities frequently visited by tourists including excellent and cheap alpaca jackets.

Below you'll find a suggested packing list:
1. Backpack
2. Day pack(smaller, lighter, easier to carry than backpack.)
3. Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.
4. Clothes
     2 pairs long trousers (lightweight); 2 T-shirts; 1 short-sleeved shirt; 1 long-sleeved shirt; 1 pair shorts; Underwear and socks (thermal underwear is highly recommended, being light, warm and makes good nightwear on cold nights).
5. Fleece jacket.
6. Hat or cap to protect from the sun.
7. Towel plus washing items (if your lodging does not provide them).
8. Sunscreen, chapstick, sun glasses.
9. Battery powered alarm clock, flashlight, pocket knife.
10. Basic first aid kit.
11. Insect repellent.
12. Money belt.
13. Camera, battery charger, spare battery and plenty of memory.

Optional extras include:
14. Sleeping bag (3 season), but can be rented in Cusco for the Inca Trail if you don't have one.
15. Plastic sandals - useful for in the shower.
16. reading material, pack of cards.
17. Binoculars
18. Water bottle
19. Water purification devices for trekking including the Inca Trail.


  1. These all things are necessary and essential in backpacking. Light weight bags are easy to carry and hang on shoulders not feeling a burden on shoulders and feeling relax and comfortable.

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