It has been 3 years in the making but our group trip to Peru is less than 2 months away. We have several travellers in our group that will be making the 4 day trek along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I created the printable packing list below for our trekkers. You can download your own copy below.
The number 1 question I get asked after I finish booking a traveller on a Inca Trail hike is
"What do I need to pack?"
The Inca trail is a hike you definitely want to be prepared for. The trek is at high altitudes, with, extreme temperature changes and a fair bit of rain depending on the time of year. Here is a list of some items that you do not want to foget.
Hiking Boots or Shoes
Invest in a good pair of waterproof hiking boots or shoes. On the Inca Trail, you will get wet at some point, which will cause blisters and make hiking uncomfortable.
When it comes to camp evenings, a fleece hoodie is a must-have. As well as in the mornings at the beginning of hikes before the sun rises. A microfiber fleece keeps you warm and dry easily.
Waterproof Wind Jacket
For the trip, a waterproof wind jacket is essential.
Sun hat, Beanie & Scarf.
A hat will keep the sun off your face during the days and a beanie to keep you warm in the evenings.
Flip flops for at camp
There is nothing better than taking off your hiking boots after a long day.
Lightweight packable jacket
A packable puffer jacket will do the job and not take up much room.
Day Pack or Hiking Backpack
This hike will definitely require a good hiking pack/day pack. Getting something that isn’t going to cause you any back pain is important since you’ll be carrying it for hours in your bag.
Hiking Pants or leggings
Leggings are easy to move in, dry quickly, and can be layered. A pair of hiking pants with a knee zipper would be ideal for changing weather conditions.
A t-shirt for each day and a Long Sleeve Shirt
You’ll want a fresh shirt to change into each morning and as the weather gets cooler in the evenings, you’ll want a warm long sleeve shirt for dinner & bed.
Pyjama/sweat pants pants
Opt for long comfortable pants for the evenings.
A good pair of hiking socks that are also warm is a great choice for the trail.
Reusable water bottle
The campsites have purified water, you can fill up before leaving the campsite.
Mosquitos. Enough said.
Be prepared with a first aid kit.
Carry bandages and tape to cover any blisters or cuts you may get on the trail. Bring pain killers. The hot sun will take its toll on your body bring painkillers to relieve the pain.
Sunblock and Sunglasses
You will be hiking in the sun for periods at a time at high altitudes. Protect your skin and put on some sunscreen & sunglasses
Cash and passport
You need your passport at the entrance of the Inca Trail, you should also have enough cash in case of an emergency, to buy snacks on the trail and to tip your guides and porters.
Wet wipes & hand sanitizer
Biodegradable baby wipes and hand sanitizer are great for cleaning up on the go.
Toilet paper is not available in the Inca toilets. Bring your own.
Headlamp & Flash Light
There are no lights on the trails or in the campsites. If you need to go to the bathroom in the evening you will need a headlamp.
Portable power pack
If you plan to use any devices on the trail then you will need power for them.