Peru Packing List
(A) = Available at Wildland Trekking Outfitters
Important Note: Clothing should be items that can dry quickly and we do not recommend cotton. Cotton is an excellent fiber for cooling effects, but it retains a lot of moisture and requires a lot of heat from your body to evaporate. Other fibers will help to keep you warm and dry quickly such as wool, silk and synthetic fibers.
- Sturdy Hiking boots, mid weight, lug-soled, above the ankle or below (personal choice), waterproof and ideally well broken in Important note: Buy your boots 1/2 size to 1 size larger than your street shoes to allow for feet swelling and thicker socks (A)
- Hiking socks, one pair for every two days of your trip, plus an extra pair to sleep in. Recommended brands include Bridgedale®, Smartwool®, or similar padded socks (wearing thin liner socks under your hiking socks is highly recommended). No cotton socks!! (A)
- Sunhat or baseball cap and bandana (A)
- Warm hat and gloves, sherpa style hat and light-to-mid weight fleece or wool gloves (A)
- Long underwear, one pair of wicking tops and bottoms that are light-to midweight, example materials include capilene, merino wool, polypropylene, etc. (A)
- Long sleeved shirt or nylon travel shirt (A)
- Sandals (A)
- Light sweater to wear in evenings (A)
- Warm top, mid-weight shirt, sweater or pullover, also wicking material such as merino wool, fleece or polypropylene (A)
- Fleece jacket or insulated coat, warm, lightweight and packable fleece jacket or coat insulated with a synthetic material (A)
- Nylon pants and shorts, or zip-offs (A)
- Rainproof jacket and pant - Waterproof/breathable jacket and pant such as Gore-Tex® or coated nylon - with the pants look for side leg zippers or a style that will allow you to remove them without removing your
- Water bottles or bladder, 2 liters total capacity (A)
- Ear plugs
- Contact lenses and glasses if you wear contact lenses please also bring a pair of glasses - your contacts are likely to become dirty and may be difficult to clean
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm (A)
- Toiletries, and a small washcloth in stuff sack (bandana can serve as a washcloth) (A)
- Headlamp, spare batteries (preferably an L.E.D. type that works with AA or AAA batteries) (A)
- Camera, spare batteries (optional)
- Notebook or paperback book, (optional)
- Knee braces, if needed
- Prescription medicine, please inform your trip leader of any medications you are taking
- Waterproof travel pouch
- Vitamins, (optional)
- Machu Picchu Treks: Money, for tipping your guide(s) (optional but appreciated, generally 10-20% of your total trip cost split between staff, based upon the quality of your experience. USD is recommended) *Please Note: Gratuities for Porters, Chefs, Waiters, and Drivers are included in the trip rate.
- Cordillera Treks: Money, for tipping your guide(s) and crew (optional but appreciated, generally 10-20% of your total trip cost split between staff, based upon the quality of your experience. Please tip lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew; USD is recommended.) *Note some of the crew will leave the group early before returning to Huaraz. If you are planning on tipping then money should be brought on the trek with you. Lead guides will distribute and answer any further questions on this subject.
How Will Packing Work?
We employ a 4-bag packing system on our Machu Picchu trips. Click here
to read about how it works.