What to bring to Inca Trail?

The key to packing for a trip to Peru is to pack for a variety of conditions while keeping the weight to a minimum. You will have to deal with the humid tropical heat of the equatorial sun and the cold mountain nights spent camping on the Inca Trail. The best way to deal with these extremes is to dress using several layers rather than one thick jumper. If you forget something, don't despair since most things can be bought in most cities you will be visiting (including warm alpaca jumpers).

Suggested Inca Trail packing list:
1.       Backpack (65 litres should be quite sufficient).

2.      Comfortable walking boots with good ankle support.

3.      Sleeping bag (can be rented in Cusco)

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.      Rain jacket or poncho

7.      Hat or baseball cap to protect from the sun.

8.      Toiletries: soap, toothbrush, toothpaste & toilet paper etc.

9.      Sun cream, lip salve, sun glasses.

10.   Flashlight

11.    Basic first aid kit.

12.   Insect repellent.

13.   Passport and money for emergency expenses

14.   Camera and spare batteries

15.   Water bottle (mineral water can be bought throughout Peru)

16.   Water purification tablets (The tablets can be bought in Cusco).
You can take binoculars as an optional extra.