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Peru Healthy Travel Packing List

Pack items for your health and safety.

  • You may not be able to purchase and pack all of these items, and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
  • This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Check our Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work.
  • Remember to pack extras of important health supplies in case of travel delays.

Prescription medicines

  • Your prescriptions
  • Travelers' diarrhea antibiotic
  • Suture/syringe kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Altitude sickness medicine
  • Medicine to prevent malaria

Medical supplies

  • Glasses Consider packing spare glasses in case yours are damaged
  • Contact lenses Consider packing spare contacts in case yours are damaged
  • Needles or syringes (for diabetes, for example) Requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Suture kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Diabetes testing supplies
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)
  • Medical alert bracelet or necklace

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Cough suppression/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Medicine for pain and fever Examples: acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Saline nose spray

Supplies to prevent illness or injury

  • Hand sanitizer or wipes Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes
  • Water purification tablets See CDC recommendations: Water Disinfection .
  • Water purification tablets May be needed if camping or visiting remote areas
  • Insect repellent Select an insect repellent based on CDC recommendations: Avoid Bug Bites
  • Permethrin Permethrin is insect repellent for clothing. It may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance.
  • Bed net For protection against insect bites while sleeping
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection. See Sun Exposure .
  • Sunglasses and hat Wear for additional sun protection. A wide brim hat is preferred.
  • Personal safety equipment Examples: child safety seats, bicycle helmets
  • Latex condoms

First-aid kit

  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Antifungal ointments
  • Antibacterial ointments
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser
  • Aloe gel For sunburns
  • Insect bite treatment Anti-itch gel or cream
  • Bandages Multiple sizes, gauze, and adhesive tape
  • Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
  • Elastic/compression bandage wrap For sprains and strains
  • Disposable gloves
  • Digital thermometer
  • Scissors and safety pins
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Health insurance documents Health insurance card (your regular plan and/or supplemental travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination If required for your trip, take your completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver
  • Copies of all prescriptions Make sure prescriptions include generic names. Bring prescriptions for medicines, eye glasses/contacts, and other medical supplies.
  • Family member or close contact remaining in the United States
  • Health care provider(s) at home
  • Lodging at your destination
  • Hospitals or clinics (including emergency services) in your destination
  • US embassy or consulate in the destination country or countries

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Ultimate peru packing list: tried & tested.

The Ultimate Peru Packing List - Tried & Tested!

 Oh Peru, the land of magic, mysticism, mountains and Machu Picchu!

And that’s not forgetting Peru as the land of the Amazon jungle, the Pacific coast, the Arequipa Desert, Lake Titicaca, the Inca heartland, some amazing colonial cities and a ton of epic foodie fun – all of which just didn’t quite fit into the alliteration in my first sentence!

But despite them not beginning with the letter M, these things are all still very important, because they show you just how diverse Peru is and therefore, just how packing for this country really does need some thinking about it.

Having spent 2 months in Peru and covered the length and breadth of this country (and loved it – find out why here ), I’m delighted to say I’ve got a good grip on what you do and don’t need to pack for your travels in this country.

And so here it is, my ultimate Peru packing list – tried and tested!

Perfect for those looking to keep things simple, this packing list for Peru not only covers what you’ll need to enjoy your time across this country, but is also designed to be lightweight – ideal for those who want to fit everything into a backpack too!

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Intro to this Peru Packing List

Peru, Travel Costs, Entrance Fees

Before I get onto the actual checklist of what you should pack for your trip to Peru, I wanted to write a few quick tips that cover some specific questions you might have.

These include what women, especially, might need to think about when they are packing for a trip to this South America country, particularly around the area of leggings!

I also talk about packing for the particular season you’ll travel in Peru, as conditions vary greatly in this country depending whether you visit in the dry or rainy seasons.

I’ll then answer questions about packing items if you plan to hike in Peru (which you def should FYI). This includes items for those wanting to walk the Inca Trail, or any other multi-day treks to Machu Picchu, as well as those who simply want to day hike.

And after this, I share some of my top packing tips, including how I travelled South America for 4 months, with just a 50l backpack, as well as what I recommend wearing when long-haul flying to this continent and what to wear when enduring long bus rides in Peru too.

And finally, I’ll give you my full Peru packing list – yes an item by item list of what I recommend you pack for this amazing country, based on my own experience so you can be assured it’s tried and tested!

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Women’s Packing List for Peru

Peru, Arequipa, Woman in Market

When it comes to the question around what women should wear in Peru, the answer isn’t that difficult.

It’s leggings!

Ha ha, it’s not, well it kind of is, but more on that later.

No seriously, as Peru is not that conservative as  a country, women don’t need to worry about covering up legs, chest or arms for religious or cultural reasons.

What’s more likely is that you’ll do this for climate and weather regions – yup up in those Andes it can get a bit chilly!

So if you do get cold easily, like me, having a good insulated jacket, hat, scarves, gloves and some thick socks are a must for Peru packing, especially if you’re travelling in the dry season in the mountains.

Of course, I also recommend you travel with an eco-friendly menstrual cup too ladies – wouldn’t go anywhere without mine and Peru is no exception.

Apart from that, that’s not too much other stuff women need to think about and my checklist for Peru packing has been constructed with female adventurers in mind, so read on to learn more.

Is It Ok to Wear Leggings in Peru?

Peru, Travel Costs, Me in Huaraz

The answer to this question, which I know is a common one for women when it comes to what they should wear in Peru, is… HECK YEAH!

In fact, leggings are the number 1 thing I wore in Peru!

I mean, I love a legging at the best of times, but with cool mountain air and lots of active days, leggings really were the answer to my Peru packing list prayers.

As such, in the checklist below, you’ll see I recommend 2 pairs.

Don’t skimp on leggings is my advice!

Oh and get a natural fibre set if you can.

I love my black bamboo-fibre leggings from Boody which I basically lived in during my time in Peru thanks to their comfort, flexibility and durability.

Packing for Dry Season

Peru, Sacred Valley, Cactus

Now we come to the question of seasons in Peru, which can definitely be a little tricky.

Learn more about Peru’s complex seasons and the best time to visit Peru in this article I wrote all about that.

But briefly, if you’re heading to Peru, to spend most of your time in the Andes or the Amazon, then the dry season is the best time to visit and this generally runs from April to October.

However, this is also winter in Peru when temperatures are at their lowest, so things can get pretty chilly in the Andes at this time (the Amazon is always hot).

In general therefore, packing for dry season will involve less waterproof items, but more warm layers, especially if you’re hanging out in Cusco, Machu Picchu or the Sacred Valley.

At this time, think thick hiking socks , merino wool base layers , insulated jackets, thermal hats , gloves and a good alpaca scarf !

Packing for Rainy Season

Peru, Huaraz, Women with Umbrellas

Conversely, the rainy season in Peru runs from November to April.

This is when it rains most in the Andes and the Amazon, but is dry on the coast in places like Lima.

It’s also warmer across the whole country.

This means bring clothes that can wick-away sweat for any time you may spend in the steamy coast or the Amazon – these quick-dry tops are a good option – as well as a cap to keep the sun off your face.

The Andes will still be cool at night during the rainy season, but not freezing, so less insulated layers will need to be replaced by lots of waterproof clothing, as it can seriously bucket down up here.

A dry bag might also be a good idea therefore!

Also, less hiking clothes will be required on your Peru packing list in rainy season because many trails, like the Inca Trail, are simple inaccessible at this time.

Packing for Trekking – Day Hikes & the Inca Trail

Peru, Sacred Valley, Camping

So while we’re on the subject of hiking, it’s worth pointing out that the main checklist below does detail everything you need if you plan to hike a lot in Peru, as I did.

The main overall advice however is to bring layers, that you can easily strip on and off as you walk – because that’s just what you’ll do.

A thin, light waterproof / windproof jacket will be very handy when packing for hiking in Peru and, as always, I recommend garments with lots of pockets so you have easy access to things like tissues, camera, sanitiser, snacks etc.

A sleeping bag will also be useful, especially if you enjoying multi-day treks like the Inca Trail, and no matter whether you’re tackling a big one like this or just day hikes, an action camera like the Go Pro Hero 8 will be ideal with its waterproof, compact and durable attributes.

Other Top Peru Packing Tips

Peru, Huacachina, Me

Packing For Your Flight to Peru

It’s also worth taking some time to think about what to wear on a flight over to Peru.

Making sure these items tie in as much as possible with the checklist below, will help you keep your packing light as you won’t be doubling up or carrying unnecessary things you won’t wear again until the flight home.

Quite simply, layers are key.

You never know how hot or cold a plane might be and if you want to get some sleep, comfy clothing is king.

This is especially true given flights to Peru from North America, Europe or Australia / New Zealand are long haul, so I’d certainly advise wearing things you feel at ease in.

Ladies, I always wear leggings on long-haul flights and love these natural bamboo fibre ones from Boody , which I now never travel without!

I pair them with either a thin cotton top or dress (depending how much coverage you want) and then also take a sweater and a scarf on the plane for extra cosy layers.

The travel wraps from Sholdit , which have a hidden security pocket, are perfect for travel adventures and I love mine!

Another must in my book are Compression flight socks for long haul flying, as they help you avoid the possibility of DVT.

I pair these with a lovely eye mask and ear plugs to ensure I get some good zzz.

A travel pillow will also help you here and I love this one from MLVOC , which I just bought and I’m already in love with thanks to its memory foam, high-sided design.

FYI, a travel pillow will also come in handy if you’re taking any long bus or train rides in Peru too… which you definitely will!

Gents, if leggings aren’t your thing, then loose-fitting jeans or comfy cargo pants might be a good option, with a t-shirt and thin sweater on top.

Peru, Arequipa, Monastery

Small Essentials Kit for Journeys

I always travel with a small bag of essentials when I take long haul flights.

Normally this is a small, plastic ziplock bag (so it passes airport security liquid checks) including toothbrush and toothpaste, floss, small facewash, small moisturiser, lip balm, tissues, wet wipes, spare underwear and compression flight socks .

Learn more about why I travel with compression socks in this article about DVT .

But it’s not just on flights I used this in Peru.

Given the long distance bus rides which are a fundamental part of South America travel, and which often take place at night, I found it very handy to keep this small essential kit packed and ready to go with me throughout the trip.

Instead of packing it away, as I normally do when I arrive in a destination, keeping this small pack of essentials constantly topped up and included as part of my hand luggage in Peru was so handy for when I had to catch long distance / night buses.

Knowing I could always brush my teeth, or have toilet paper handy, was a game-changer and I strongly recommend you having a similar, essentials kit with you throughout your time in Peru too.

Peru, Huaraz, Snowy Landscape

Packing Cubes and Backpack

And now seems like as a good a time as any to tackle the notion of packing cubes and rucksacks, 2 key components in this Peru packing list!

If you want to compress your gear to take up less space, as well as have it nicely organised, then packing cubes are the answer my friends!

Yes a godsend to disorganised packers everywhere, I absolutely love these packing cubes from Osprey and personally would never consider heading off to South America, or indeed anywhere, without them.

And if you manage to condense your stuff down well, then my whole Peru packing list below should fit into a 40-50l backpack.

I never take anything bigger, even when I’m travelling for 6 months at a time!

This 50l Atmos backpack from Osprey makes a great option.

Ultimate Peru Packing Checklist

Peru, Colca Canyon, Me at Lookout

And so finally here it is – my item by item checklist for exactly what to pack and wear in Peru.

Geared towards those who want to travel light and be active, this list is especially ideal for thrifty backpackers who like to hike and is, of course, tried and tested following my 2 months in the country

So here goes…

1x Insulated Puffer Jacket – Crucial for staying warm up in the Andes. When considering what to wear in Peru, this is a must. Choose a packable, travel version like this one .

1x Thin Waterproof / Windproof Jacket – Two jackets might seem excessive, but if you want to do any hiking, a thinner jacket you can layer on or off when being active makes a lot of sense. I love the North Face Venture 2 , which gets even better when you learn it is made from recycled, post-consumer plastic.

3x Thick Hoodie / Sweater / Fleece – Again key to keeping warmer in the high altitude areas, some thick, cosy sweaters to add layers is a must. A good insulated one, like this Columbia thermal fleece is well suited to the job as it designed for active travellers.

3x Thin Long-Sleeved Top – Good for cooler days or when hiking / travelling, thin long sleeved tops are also good when you need to layer as they can be worn under thicker jumpers. Choosing an insulating natural fibre like merino wool is a good choice for budget vs warmth and comfort. This fabric also makes for an excellent hiking base layer .

7x Singlets / T-Shirts – Choose tops that match the trousers / leggings / shorts you’ve packed and consider quick-dry options. T-shirts are good for covering shoulders and offering sun protection.

2x Pairs Long Pants / Trousers – Great for going out in the evening or wandering around cities when it’s a bit cooler / wet, a couple of pairs of versatile trousers are a must when it comes to what to wear in Peru.

2x Pairs Leggings / Hiking Pants – One of my travel essentials, leggings are so helpful for putting under trousers if cold, for hiking or exercising, for being comfortable, for extra nightwear or for under a casual dress in the evening. If you have room, take 2 pairs and make them bamboo fibre ones if poss! If you don’t like leggings, hiking trousers or loose-fitting pants will do instead as they are also good for travel days and if you plan to undertake any volunteer work.

2x Pairs Shorts – You’re going to need something to wear during those beach / desert days in Peru!

1x Light Dress / Tunic – Again a good item for beach days. Or, if you want to dress up a bit during the evening, you can wear this over a pair of leggings! You see, so versatile!

1x Sarong – You can’t take enough sarongs travelling in my opinion as they are so light, compact and versatile, I can’t recommend them enough. Perfect for using as a beach towel, a scarf, a beach dresses, a sheet, a laundry bag… the list goes on. Check out my post about the 20 reasons why you should always pack a sarong to learn more.

2x Wraps / Scarves / Buffs – As well as a sarong, I recommend a couple of wraps / scarves / buffs which are great when hiking or trying to keep your neck warm or sweat out of your eyes! This merino wool buff is a great packing item for Peru.

1x Beanie / Warm Hat – Great for when you’re at altitude, camping or hiking as it will keep you amazingly warm.

1x Pair Gloves – Ditto the above. Check out this lightweight, thermal pair .

1x Cap / Sun Hat – Something to shield your face, neck and ears from the strong UV rays.

7x Pairs Underwear – Small and compact, 7-8 pairs will save you a lot of handwashing!

2x Bras – Try to go 1 if you think you can and make extra use of your bikini or sports bra!

1x Sports Bra – Small and great for hiking, I really love this black, padded one from Nike .

1x Bikini / Swimwear – You’ll need something to enjoy the ocean / surf with!

5x Pairs Socks – Make sure you take ones of various lengths / thickness, include ankle socks for city days and good, non-blister socks for hiking activities.

1x Pair Sunglasses – Make sure they offer UV protection.

Nightwear – You can always double up on your daywear here to save room!

Peru, Arequipa, Building

1x Pair Hiking Boots – Depending on your plans (i.e. are you making the stair-heavy Inca Trail or just enjoying day hikes in the Sacred Valley?) either hiking boots, hiking shoes or trail runners might do. Check out this post I wrote to learn more about which to choose.

1x Pair Flip Flops / Sandals – Essential. Personally I’d never travel anywhere without my Arizona Birkenstocks .

1x Pair Trainers / Runner  / Day Shoes – Either converse, pumps or sneakers for exploring cities and towns on foot. These New Balance black trainers are great all-rounders.

Peru, Huacachina, Oasis

Thin Toiletries Bag with Hook – A light wash bag is also essential for keeping the weight in your backpack down. This one is a great, affordable option.

Shampoo & Conditioner Bars – I always go for shampoo and conditioner bars when I travel to save the plastic and keep the space down! Although they are a bit pricey, they last for ages. Say goodbye to mid-travel spillages and bulky bottles people, this is the eco-friendly future!

Anti-Bacterial Soap – Keep in a ziplock bag to prevent from getting soap slime on everything you own! I suggest an anti-bacterial bar as they are great for keeping you clean in tropical climates where you’re likely to be sweating a bit!

Deodorant – I always pack a natural crystal deodorant as they last forever (great if you’re travelling for a few months) and are free from many nasty chemicals.

Face Cleanser, Toner & Moisturiser – Great for bringing your skin back to life after days in the strong sun or the desert!

Natural Sunscreen – Choose a 30 SPF or higher for those helluva-strong rays in Peru and go natural if you can – keeps the chemicals out of your skin.

Natural Bug Repellent – See my post about how to make your own DEET-Free insect spray . Otherwise there are plenty of ready-made, great products on the market, like this one .

Aloe Vera – This doubles as a great moisturiser, soother and aftersun. Buy some here .

SPF Lip Salve – Very important for those strong UV conditions and keeping your lips healthy and happy. Burt Bees are always my go-to as they never dry out my lips.

Tea-Tree Essential Oil – A powerful anti-septic, anti-mould, anti-fungal treatment, it’s great to throw in a few drops with your washing and ideal for freshening up smelly bags / laundry etc. Get an organic tea-tree oil if you can.

Tiger Balm – An ideal remedy for headaches, sore muscles and insect bites, tiger balm is super versatile and a must on my Peru packing list, especially if the mosquitoes love you as much as me!

Paracetamol, Anti-Septic Cream & Band-Aids – The only medicine you need to take. Honestly, there’s so many pharmacies in this country you’ll be able to get almost anything you need over there!

Menstrual Cup – The best way to deal with your time of the month when travelling ladies. Check out the best prices for them here .

Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss

Razor & Spare Blades

Nail Scissors & Nail File

Tweezers & Safety Pins

Cotton Buds / Pads

Hair Bands & Hair Brush

Glasses / Contact Lenses if you wear them

Peru, Lake Peron, Boat

Other Things!

Eye Mask & Earplugs – Key for sleeping in hostels and on those long South American bus rides, this eye mask from Alaska Bear is super comfy… go on treat yourself!

Travel Towel – I recommend Latrek when it comes to the best travel towel, because they are cheap, compact, soft and don’t smell. Love, love, love mine. Read my full review here .

Day Pack – Definitely needed for hiking, sightseeing and active adventure days, this one from Osprey is perfect for the job.

Combination Padlock – Very useful for locking up bags and valuables when staying in hostels or on bus rides, these don’t have to be expensive, just reliable! Best to get a TSA-approved one in case of any hassle at the airport.

Filter Water Bottle – Seeing the amount of plastic bottles in Peru is disheartening at best. Try not to add to the problem and consider travelling with a filter water bottle like this one from LifeStraw . Not only does this mean you can safely and easily drink the tap water, but it will also save you the money and hassle of having to buy bottled water. Much cheaper and more environmentally friendly, the LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottles have an amazing technology that filters out 99.9% of harmful bacteria and the filter lasts for 4000 litres, which means you’ll likely only have to replace it once a year!

Travel Handwash – Great for doing emergency washing, such as underwear in a sink, travel handwash is always a must when I backpack anywhere.

Dry Bag – So useful in Peru for the rainy season, these small and compact guys are great for keeping your electricals equipment dry in case of tropical downpours or Amazon humidity / boat rides! Check out this top-rated one for ideas.

Silk Liner & Sleeping Bag – If you’re doing any hiking, these will come in very handy. I always recommend a silk sleeping bag liner to keep you sweat-free and a Season 2 Snugpak sleeping bag , which packs up really small and is perfect for backpackers.

Latin America Phrasebook – Having a little bit of Spanish under your belt will go a long way in Peru and you can’t beat the Lonely Planet phrasebook in my opinion.

Peru, Wolf Totem, Me

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Smartphone & Headphones – Taking your smartphone to stay in touch with those at home, checking maps, booking accommodation and uploading some pics while you’re in Peru is a great idea. Also download some audiobooks and music onto your phone before you leave home – a great idea for journey days. I recommend Amazon Audible and Spotify Premium for these purposes and wouldn’t travel without either these days.

Portable Charger – Portable chargers are great when travelling, especially if you’re out sightseeing all day and worried about your phone or camera battery lasting. I recommend the Anker Powercore , it’s light and can charge my iPhone around 5 times!

Camera – I love my Sony A600 mirrorless camera , which I used throughout my travels in Peru and beyond. Light, compact and sturdy, it’s perfect for travelling. A GoPro Hero 8 is also a great idea to help capture the more active adventures you might have in this country. It’s also great for video!

Lens, Spare Battery, Memory Card & Charger –  All essential for the camera.

Adapter – Peru uses European-style outlets, so get a Skross World Adapter that won’t fail you!

Headlamp & Spare Batteries – I never travel anywhere without a headlamp and recommend you choose a product that uses commonly found batteries and has a red night light function to avoid the bugs. I love my Black Diamond Storm , which served me very well across South America, especially during those occasional powercuts!

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Important Bits!

Passport & Photocopies – Definitely take a colour copy of your passport with you to Peru and keep it with you at all times. Taking a photo of your passport and storing it safely in your email account / cloud storage is also a good idea.

Visa Documentation – Depending where you’re from of course.

Immunisation Documentation – Always good to have with you wherever you travel.

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Credit Cards and Debit Cards – When it comes to paying for things in Peru, you want to ensure you’re not being charged overseas transaction fees or getting poor exchange rates when using your card abroad, which is why I always take my Wise card away with me wherever I travel. The easy way to spend abroad with real exchange rates, no markups and no sneaky transaction fees, you can use your Wise card just like a debit card here and it links easily with Google and Apple pay. Grab yours here .

Hidden Cash in Small Thin Purse – Take some USD cash with you that can be exchanged into Peruvian Sol in case of an emergency.

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Ultimate Peru Packing List - Tried & Teste

So that’s it, my ultimate Peru packing list!

Designed to be practical, while keeping things light, I hope I’ve got all you travellers, hikers, backpackers and adventure lovers covered with this item by item checklist

Have any questions about what to wear in Peru?

Did I miss anything out on this packing list?

Then please drop them into the comments box below…

peru travel packing list

Creator of Big World Small Pockets, Stephanie Parker is a travel addict! Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, Stephanie adventures the world collecting tips, advice and stories, to share with a smile

10 thoughts on “ Ultimate Peru Packing List: Tried & Tested! ”

peru travel packing list

Fantastic help thank you just about to travel to Peru for 4 wks you answered all my questions 🙂

peru travel packing list

Ah so great to hear this Helen! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and hope you have a wonderful time in Peru! Best wishes, Steph 🙂

peru travel packing list

Hi, we are travelling to Peru in June and really looking forward to it. This list is really helpful- thank you. My question is what vaccines do you think are really important to have before travelling and which are less important? Thanks in advance!

Hi Alice, when it comes to vaccines, it’s really best to ask a medical professional. Unfortunately, I’m not qualified to give out health advice and it would be wrong for me to do so. Best wishes and happy travels 🙂

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Great article. Our family of 2 adults and 8 children are going in July for the month and bringing personal item size backpacks only. We will follow your suggestions and just take less of each item.

Sounds like a great idea Andrea! I’m sure you and your family will love your time in Peru. Do check out the many other articles I’ve written about this country too – just use the search bar in the top right or the destination dropdown menu on the homepage to find them. Happy adventures, Steph 🙂

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Amazing article !! Thank you so much!! i’m travelling to Peru in 3 weeks and I had no clue on what to bring in my luggage!!

Ah great to hear Marine, glad the article helped! Happy travels, Steph 🙂

peru travel packing list

Hey this article helped a lot! Do you have any recommendation’s for someone whos travelling the gringo loop in March! I leave in a 11 days haha:)

Hi Courtney, so happy to hear this packing list was useful. I’ve got over 20 articles about Peru on my blog, so my recommendation would be to read those for tons of info about the “gringo loop” and more in this country. If you have any specific questions afterwards, then don’t hesitate to shoot me an email and I’ll help where I can. Best wishes and happy travels, Steph 🙂

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22 Items You NEED in your Peru Packing List (2024)

Machu Picchu. For many, that’s enough said to explain the draw to explore Peru. And it’s probably on your bucket list too – for good reason. It’s a spectacular destination and piece of history that lives up to all its hype. But, Peru, is so much more than the Inca Trail – its varied landscape from the beach, to mountains, to the rainforest – offers adventure at every turn.

Such diversity makes it a bit challenging to know what to pack for Peru. What are your top needs when traveling as a thrifty backpacker? How do you know what to wear in Peru as a tourist who wants to be comfortable and not stand out too much? What are the best shoes to pack for Peru? How different are the seasons really , and how should the weather affect your what to take to Peru checklist?

We’re glad you asked all these important questions – because we’ve compiled all the answers in this thorough Peru packing guide!

Let’s get started, shall we?

The Ultimate Peru Packing List

Pack for peru checklist – personal gear, final thoughts on what to pack for peru.

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Best Backpack For Peru:  Nomatic Travel Bag

Before you even take on the task of figuring out what to pack for Peru, you’ll need an amazing backpack to pack it all into. For all types of travelers and destinations, our number one recommendation is the  Nomatic Travel Bag .

The Nomatic travel bag covers every detail to make backpacking travel the best experience. Because of its smart design, it manages to provide loads of packing space in a convenient, carry-on size package! Its handy built-in pockets make plenty of room for all the necessities on your what to pack for Peru checklist – you’ll find separate compartments for important items like shoes, water bottle, electronics, underwear and socks. As an added bonus, there’s also an RFID-safe and cord management pocket.

You have a choice between backpack or duffel bag carry, and extra carrying comfort for your back thanks to its innovative strap system and detachable sternum strap. And its black, waterproof material is every bit sleek and modern as it is durable and tough. There is a reason why most Broke Backpacker staff swear by this backpack. 

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Best Suitcase For Peru:  Nomatic Carry-On Pro

Backpacks not your thing? That’s ok. Our friends at Nomatic are back again with a great alternative to their badass Travel Bag; the Nomatic Carry-On Pro. 

This suitcase is ultra-durable, sleek, and comes with a handy tech compartment for transporting your laptop and other electronic bits. Nomatic has been an industry leader when it comes to travel gear and that reputation is reflected in the quality build design and functionality of the Carry-On Pro suitcase.  Perfect for your dream Peru trip and for many an adventure to come!

Check out our  Nomatic Carry-On Pro review  to learn more about this epic suitcase. 

Best Camera For Peru: GoPro Hero 9

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For most of us, our smartphones now feature cameras with stunning photo capabilities.

But… if you are an aspiring photographer who wants to take next-level photos and video beyond iPhone selfies, I recommend going with an action camera like the  GoPro Hero9 Black .

It does deliver pro-quality video and gives you a bunch of a different angle options and shooting speeds to work with for photos (including a selfie-mode).

Think of a camera purchase like this as a long term investment that will have you capturing epic shots well beyond your time exploring here.

If you are looking for something cheaper for video specifically, check out these epic  GoPro Alternatives .

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Best Sim For Peru – – HolaFly eSim

Right. So Internet coverage in Peru is patchy. The mountainous areas do struggle with signal and obviously forget about in the jungles! Still, there is 4g and 5g Internet coverage perfect for using taxi apps and food delivery apps in all cities and towns (but it does get patchy once you venture out into the wilds and wilderness).

You can waste time hanging around phone shops queuing to get a plastic sim or you can is simply install a eSim onto your phone before you leave home. You just access the HolaFly site, choose the Peru package download it and off you go – you are online the moment you land at the airport.

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Packing Cubes For Peru – Wandrd Packing Cubes

In case you have never used them, packing cubes are little compression cubes that allow you to neatly pack clothes in in order to help facilitate better packing. They allow you to pack more stuff, and to keep it all better organised.

For the longest time, I thought that packing cubes were a superfluous indulgence, but boy was I wrong. Now I never travel without a few.

These ones from WANDRD are great quality and excellent value for money.

Deciding what to bring to Peru is partially down to what time of year you will be visiting and what you intend to be doing. The country does experience some seasonal variations and temperatures vary a lot depending on altitude and elevation. As a general rule, when visiting Peru it is wise to kind of prepare for 3/4 seasons!

So let’s get packing for Peru then shall we?

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Rain Jacket For Peru – Arcteryx Beta AR

Did you know that the surface of the earth is over 70% covered in water? And you know how that water got there? Yep because it tends to here rain here on planet earth quite a lot! Peru does get a fair bit of rain. It has a wet season and the jungles are never too far from a heavy downpour.

There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wing gear for it. Don’t let a bit (of a lot) of rain ruin your trip and make sure you are ready with some top notch rain gear.

This is our pick of the many rain jackets we have tried. It’s reliable & stylish and looks good worn out in the mountains or in city bars.

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Best Sunglasses For Peru – Abaco Sunglasses

A reliable pair of sunglasses is undoubtedly one of your Peru packing essentials. Our favorites are Abaco Polarized Sunglasses because they deliver on quality and style. 

They’re built tough with triple-layer scratch-resistant lenses and trademarked Adventure-proof Frame Material. You can also customize them with your choice of lens and frame colors to reflect your own style. 

swimwear

There are plenty of chances to get wet in Peru. Whether you hit the beach, dive in a river or simply find a hostel with a pool, swimwear will come in useful at some point. You will be the disappointed guy or girl in the corner if you forget to pack swimwear while everyone else is in the water. Or you might get drunk, lose your inhibitions, and jump in naked with the risk of getting arrested. 

Don’t get arrested for being drunk and naked. Instead, just pack whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable in the pool. 

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Travel First Aid Kit

You don’t need to tote around half a pharmacy, but a well-stocked first aid kit should be in all our backpacks. Stuff happens on the road and it’s inconvenient and embarrassing when you can’t manage small situations like a cut finger or hangover migraine.

You can tuck this lifesaver away in a forgotten pocket – and it’ll be there when you need it.

Tip: Add a few bits and pieces to the first aid kit after you purchase it, like extra headache medicine, any personal meds you need (like allergy pills), whatever you take to calm your stomach and a few more plasters.

Travel Insurance From World Nomads

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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Kodiak Journal

Planner/Travel Journal

Keeping a journal is one of the best things to do when traveling. The Drifter Leather Journal by Kodiak is our favorite, it works great for digital nomads and organized backpackers and can be used as planner or a dream diary – whatever you want! 

Keep on track with your goals, travels and save those precious memories, especially the ones you do not want to share online. This one is bound in beautiful leather so it looks beautiful and will withstand life on the road.

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Suncream:  Thinksport Safe SPF 50+

As above, Peru’s elevation means the sun’s rays can be fierce EVEN when it doesn’t seem that sunny. Is is therefore all too easy to forget to use suncream – don’t!

Thinksport Safe SPF 50+ sunscreen gives folks strong sun protection in a non-oily formula that’s free of gluten, paraben, phthalates and biologically harmful chemicals.

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Best Toiletry Bag For Peru – Hanging Toiletry Bag

Another backpacker/traveler favorite for staying organized is a  hanging toiletry bag . It’s extremely helpful to have all of your accessories neatly gathered in one bag that you can hang for easy accessibility, especially when counter space isn’t plentiful or even available.

A well-organized bag is worth having whether you’re tree whilst camping or a hook in the wall – it helps to have quick access to all your stuff.

Historically, I have been the guy who has my stuff all over the bathroom, so getting one of these things really changed the toiletry game for me. Plus they are not too expensive either. A no-brainer essential. 

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Money Belt – By Pacsafe

There is no point denying that Peru can be dangerous country and tourists are sometimes targeted by thieves.

Therefore it is always a good idea to use a money belt to hide your cash just in case something does go wrong.

There are a lot of money belts on the market and some can be picked up for a just a few bucks. However, it is worth spending a few quid to get a decent, high quality one that will withstand the realities of travel.

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Great Hat For Peru –  Patagonia Fitz Roy Trucker

As you know by now, high elevation means closer to the sun and stronger the effects of its rays. The best way to protect your head is therefore with a sun visor. No Peru packing list is truly complete with a hat like this one. They are also great for hiding “messy jungle” hair which you will learn all about on your way up to Machu Picchu!

Patagonia makes great hats. I have probably bought three or four of these over the last five years. Simple. Practical. Comfortable. That is what you are after. 

Osprey Daylite Plus

A Good Daypack for Hiking –  Osprey Daylite Plus

If you intend on doing any hiking, jungle trip and Maccu Piccu then you will need a daypack. They are great for carrying water, hat’s and gloves and for packing sandwiches for lunch. We love Osprey products and this daypack is our personal pick.

The Osprey Daylite Plus has a mesh-covered panel to keep your back cool and fresh by minimizing contact with the back of the pack itself and allowing air to get between you and the pack.

Check out our   full review of the Osprey Daylite plus  for more details.

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Sleeping Bag – REI Magma 15

There are loads of opportunities for camping in Peru and a raft of multi day treks on offer. Whilst some tour companies do provide all the gear you need, the quality can be mixed bag not to mention hygiene standards.

We therefore suggest bringing your very own sleeping bag with you from home. This one is our pick as it mixes lightweight which solid performance.

Note that sleeping bags are a bulky item to carry around on a long backpacking trip so it is well worth spending the money to try and bag an ultralight one.

Headlamp – Petzl Actik Core Headlamp

Petzl Actik Core Headlamp

Headlamps are great for traveling for many reasons. Firstly, they are useful as hell if you go camping or on an early sunrise mountain hike. Then, they come in useful for finding your way to your hostel bed at 3am without having to turn the lights on.

They are also a Godsend if there is a power cut (pretty common in India, Nepal or Venezuela) and great for navigating darkened alleyways in Turkey & Spain.

In Peru, this will come in very useful for those multrip day treks, for hiking to Machu Picchu fore sunrise and for the odd power cut. Add it to your Peru packing list.

Not all headlamps were created equal and this is one of the best. The Petzl Actik Core comes with a USB rechargeable battery (full recharge in 3 hours or less); however, it is compatible with AAA batteries. Water-resistance is another critical feature. This product can withstand splashing; but keep in mind, water-resistant does NOT mean waterproof.

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Yes, Peru’s weather and zones are challenging to figure out – and knowing what to pack for Peru isn’t glaringly obvious. But we hope that our Peru survival guide has helped clear things up a bit!

While preparing your gear, just refer to the 22-needs packing list we’ve provided above, and use our seasonal explanation by region with tips on what to pack and what to wear in Peru accordingly. Don’t forget the packing recommendations for ladies and fellas and what NOT to pack.

Once you’ve narrowed it down to the essentials, don’t fret about the rest. Peru is sufficiently stocked with goodies – from hiking gear to wonderful alpaca clothing – that you can always buy there. Now it’s time to just get excited about all the adventure that awaits!

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The Perfect Peru Packing List

05/20/2021 by Kristin Addis 13 Comments

Planning a trip to Peru? This Peru packing list for women will help you pack for multiple climates without overpacking your luggage! Click to read what I've packed for a month in Peru the hikes for the mountains, the amazon, and the city. #Peru #SouthAmerica

I learned a little something interesting when I set out to pack for my month-long trip to Peru: Depending on which source you’re quoting, Peru has 30 of 32 world climates.

If you want to see a nice variety of the country during your travels in Peru, it will be like trying to pack for a trip to the USA including both Hawaii and Alaska, a big city like Los Angeles, and the deserts of the American Southwest, all in the same trip.

That certainly makes packing light for Peru a challenge, especially if you do plan to visit the mountains, like Cusco , the Amazon jungle , Lima, and the sand dunes of Huacachina .

I was able to fit everything that I needed, including a sleeping bag and other camping gear, into a 75 L backpack, which was under standard airline weight limits though still not ideal. However you could cut down a lot if you don’t plan on bringing your own camping gear like I did. The key is in bringing layers and wardrobe pieces that serve multiple purposes. With that in mind, this is my perfect Peru packing list:

My Peru Packing List:

For the mountains and highlands:.

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The highlands include any of the mountain areas, like Machu Picchu and any of the hikes leading to it such as the Inca Trail , Cusco itself, the Cordillera mountains, Lake Titicaca, and so on. Chances are if you’re visiting Peru you’re heading somewhere high up, and that means it will be cold. Bring the following:

  • a foldable, water-resistant, lightweight down jacket
  • 1 heavier, waterproof jacket (I usually wear my ski jacket)
  • a pair of cheap, lightweight leggings
  • 1 pair leggings for trekking
  • Quick-dry cargo pants
  • Merino wool base layer
  • 2-3 cheap undershirts/tanks for layering
  • Waterproof gloves
  •   Beanie and/or neck warmer (doubles as an ear warmer)
  • a pair cheap thermals for sleeping
  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • a pair of Nikes or sneakers
  • 3-4 pairs thick socks
  • 2 sports bras and enough undies for a week
  • Sunscreen (the sun at altitude is much stronger!)

If you’re doing some unassisted trekking, you’ll want to bring along additional gear like trekking poles, a tent, sleeping bag, etc. However you can almost always find a reasonably-priced supported trek with gear, guides, and porters, or you can rent gear.

For the Amazon:

Peru packing list

The Amazon jungle is hot, humid, and in almost every way, the opposite climate of the mountains and highlands. However, you can reuse the cargo pants, thick socks, and the lightweight shirts from the previous section, and add just a few lightweight extras:

  • 1 lightweight rain jacket
  • 1 pair loose-fitting, lightweight, water-resistant pants
  • 3-4 lightweight shirts
  • At least one bathing suit
  • 1 mosquito jacket
  • 1 hat for sun protection
  • 1-2 pairs shorts
  • Mosquito repellent

For Lima and deserts

Peru packing list

In sharp contrast to the climates mentioned above, Lima and Huacachina are dry deserts, which receive very little rain and can get quite hot. I also tend to want to wear non-trekking clothes when I’m in cities. I blend in more and just feel more comfortable. To make that work, I brought a couple of things just for this region:

  • a dress (the one in the photo is from ASOS )
  • 1 pair lightweight leggings  (great for flying too)
  • Repeat cargo pants or leggings for sandboarding in Huacachina
  • 3-4 lightweight shirts/tanks
  • a pair Nikes or sneakers
  • Enough undies for a week
  • Repeat lightweight jacket (deserts get cold at night!)

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Though Peru not easy to pack for, it’s doable if you bring the multi-purpose items mentioned above.

You’ll also have many opportunities to buy cool things like the rainbow poncho pictured above, beanies, sweaters, scarves, and gloves made out of wool and even alpaca once you arrive in Peru. If you possibly can, leave some room for a little sweater adorned in llamas to bring back home with you. Prices will vary depending on the material and whether you buy off of the sidewalk or in a higher-end shop. Generally, you can haggle the price down. I paid $12 for the rainbow poncho in the photo.

I hope that helps to make packing for your adventure easier. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments!

Planning a trip to Peru? This Peru packing list for women will help you pack for multiple climates without overpacking your luggage! Click to read what I've packed for a month in Peru the hikes for the mountains, the amazon, and the city. #Peru #SouthAmerica

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Kristin Addis is the founder and CEO of Be My Travel Muse, a resource for female travelers all around the world since 2012. She's traveled solo to over 65 countries and has brought over 150 women on her all-female adventure tours from Botswana to the Alaskan tundra.

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05/20/2018 at 12:02 pm

Thank you! This will be most useful for when I finally go, which will hopefully be soon!

Ijana Loss says

05/21/2018 at 3:09 pm

Super useful! Why isn’t Peru talked about more?? Something for everybody, cheap prices, and easy and affordable to fly to from the US? Sounds like a major vacation destination waiting to happen

Kristin says

05/22/2018 at 1:56 am

I meet a lot of people from the States in South American in general as compared to other parts of the world. Makes sense though for all of the reasons you just stated!

Dominique | dominiquetravels.com says

05/23/2018 at 7:50 am

Great tips and at the perfect time! I’m travelling to Peru in two weeks so this list comes in handy 🙂

05/24/2018 at 12:01 am

06/03/2018 at 1:50 am

Thanks so much for your list. Packing for Peru as we speak.

06/11/2018 at 5:42 am

packing has always been a challenge to most women, myself included, travelling to peru seems so easy. thanks for sharing.

08/19/2018 at 12:02 am

Thank you for this article. Hubby and I are off to Peru in September and have chosen to take many of the items you mention. I was worried about the cold as I don’t want to take too much so it’s good to hear that you can buy woollen items there.

08/20/2018 at 1:40 am

Yeah there are lots of sweaters, especially in Cusco!

Jill Leturgey says

04/14/2019 at 6:33 am

Is there much of a price difference on wool items in Cusco compared to the U.S.?

04/17/2019 at 5:12 pm

Yes I think so.

Eden Ninary says

08/18/2019 at 7:20 am

Thank you for this article! It is very inspiring! Just one question, would you recommend bringing or renting camping gear (tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag)? I already own quality ultralight gear but I don’t know if its worth lugging around the whole country when I wont be trekking.

08/18/2019 at 8:24 am

I had the same debate. In the end I brought my own sleeping bag and pad but rented a tent and cooking equipment. Even though I set up the tent at the rental place to make sure there were no major issues, you still won’t be able to detect leaks until they happen, which they did. In the moment I vowed never to rent a tent again.

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Packing up for a trip is one of the most exciting parts of traveling. But sometimes, getting ready for the destination’s diverse geography and weather can be a hassle when choosing what to put in your luggage and what to leave at home. Would a raincoat and trekking shoes be enough? This article will give you our insider’s recommendations and tips on packing light and smart.

Weather in Peru

First things first. Before jumping into a list of what you should or should not pack, let’s find out about the basics: Peru’s weather. 

Peru has many ecosystems, from dry and windy coastal deserts and beaches, humid and hot rainforests, to sunny but very cold highlands. However, due to its location close to the Equator, in Peru, you can mainly notice only two seasons, summer and winter, that correspond to wet and dry seasons.

Rainy season in Peru: November to March

At this time of the year, you should expect showers and rains almost every day in the Andes of Peru and the Amazon rainforest. However, the temperature goes higher, and days are warmer than at any other time of the year because the rainy season is also happening during summertime in Peru. 

Dry season in Peru: April to October

Most people prefer to travel during this season, because as you may know by now, it’s when the clearer skies appear, leaving the rains behind. Still, don’t let the sunny skies at the Andes of Peru fool you. This is also the coldest time of the year in highlights because it’s winter in Peru. The temperature in our country is mainly influenced by altitude. So the higher you climb, the colder it becomes. 

Packing for a Peru trip: How to do it?

Now, after all the previous information, you may be wondering how you will be prepared and pack smart for a Peru trip. In Peruvian Soul, we have traveled extensively all around the country and through the rainy and dry seasons as well. So, we want to highlight some things you should think about when packing for your trip:

1. Backpack or suitcase?

Think about which one is more comfortable and convenient for you. Many people will prefer to travel with a suitcase or any wheeled bag because it’s definitely easier than carrying a 50 lt backpack around. However, a suitcase will work well in cities like Lima, but not in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, because the pathways are not smooth enough to make it work. In case any physical condition obliges you to travel with wheeled luggage, there will always be people ready to help you carry your bags. 

Pro tip: whether you’re traveling with a backpack or suitcase, bring a small daypack that you can carry around with you during your day exploration.

2. Pack clothing for 6-7 days maximum 

When packing for a trip, the less, the better. We know it’s not so easy for everyone to choose only certain things to travel and leave the rest behind, but I bet you this is the smartest way to go. 

Choose clothes or outfits for 6-7 days and reuse your clothes. You’ll have many possibilities! Our friends from REI suggest we should follow the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule , in which you should pack 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 5 socks, and 6 underwear. Obviously, this “rule” can be customized according to your travel style, but you can start from there. In case you are traveling for many more days, you can still pack light and send your clothes to a nearby laundry service when dirty. There are many affordable laundry services around Lima and Cusco. Most hotels offer the service for a higher fee.

Pro tip: don’t bring anything you’ll only use once. It’s not worth the space in your bag!

3. Dress in layers

We always recommend this to our travelers because it’s the most efficient way to use all the clothes you bring in your luggage no matter which region you are visiting. Also, packing this way gives you absolute flexibility when traveling. It has you ready for a hot, rainy, or cloudy day, just taking some layers off and on!

4. Choose the right shoes and don’t forget a pair of flip flops

If you are traveling to Peru, you better bring a pair of trekking shoes with a good grip. Although many people prefer to travel with sneakers only, rains in the Andes of Peru are unexpected. You may end up going through some of them, mainly during the wet season. Since many archaeological sites in Peru are made from stone or mud, trekking, walking, or even just doing the most traditional visit may turn out annoying as the floor or path will be very slippery. Trail running shoes will also do the job as they have good support and excellent grip. Don’t forget to bring a pair of flip flops for showering, going around your hotel, or the beach, if needed.

5. Get organized

Don’t just throw all your clothes in your bag, be organized! Packing organizers, such as mesh bags, come in different sizes and can be very useful as they help you separate each item in your luggage, maximizing the space for important things. You can also use packing folders if you want to keep your clothes wrinkle-free.

6. Electronics 

We all are so used to having our phones, tablets, laptops that many of us can’t even imagine traveling without them. But, why bring your computer more than 3000 kilometers from home to have it buried in your luggage? Peru is a country with many things to do in each city. You’ll probably get up early in the morning to start your daily activity and only go back to your hotel at night. Therefore, if you won’t use it, don’t bring it! 

7. Voltage & Power adapters

If you’re bringing any electronics to your trip to Peru, you should know that the electric voltage here is 220 volts, and the electrical outlets take both US-style 2 flat type prongs and 2-rounded prong styles. So consider bringing a combined plug adapter to plug in your devices without problems.

8. The carry-on bag

Traveling with the basics is possible. One great way to do it is just bringing an 8kg carry-on. If you have already mastered the packing light process, you can use only this bag. It can give you some advantage over the classic checked bags, such as cheaper flight rates and no more lost luggage! 

Pro tip: Always carry some clothes and essential toiletries (according to what’s permitted) on your carry-on. It will help you a lot if your bag gets lost or delayed.

Packing for a Peru trip: The essentials packing list

Now that we shared all our knowledge about packing for a Peru trip with you, you are ready to start gathering all the essentials for your trip. Here, we’ll share with you what we usually pack when traveling around the country and the items that have helped our travelers the most during the past 12 years.

Travel documents

  • Passport and visa (if requested), plus a pair of printed copies of each one and one on your smartphone
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight tickets
  • Money (cash in US Dollars / Peruvian Soles and credit cards)

Personal items

  • Toiletries and personal medications
  • Rubber flip-flops for showering
  • High protection sunscreen, lipstick, and sunglasses (radiation is very high in the Andes)
  • Insect repellent for the Amazon and Machu Picchu
  • Swimming wear, you never know when you’ll need it
  • Zip-lock or waterproof bag to store your wet clothes or protect your documents from heavy rains

Travel accessories

  • Comfortable daypack to carry your personal items during the day, plus a change of clothes
  • Small bag to travel to Machu Picchu while your suitcase stays in Cusco or the Sacred Valley
  • Camera equipment and memory card
  • Water bottle or canteen to carry water on outings

After packing the essentials for your Peru trip, we will give you a list of recommendations according to the main destinations in Peru.

Packing for a Peru trip: The Andes of Peru packing list

  • Long, lightweight pants
  • Thermal long-sleeved shirts
  • Thermal underwear and wool socks (mainly during the dry season or if you are staying at a homestay or camping)
  • Warm jacket and windbreaker
  • Neck warmer or scarf and gloves
  • Trekking shoes with good grip (preferred waterproof for rainy season)

Packing for a Peru trip: the Amazon Rainforest packing list

  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your arms from mosquitos
  • Sandals for more comfort while at the lodge (most lodges will provide you with plastic boots for day excursions)
  • Waterproof poncho or lightweight rain jacket
  • Warm clothes for the nights (mainly during the dry season as the temperature drops)

Packing for a Peru trip: The Peruvian Coast packing list

  • Shorts, t-shirts and swimming wear
  • Windbreaker (a lightweight rain jacket will do the job)
  • Light cotton clothes for fresher nights
  • Sneakers and sandals

Lima packing list

Although Lima is on the Peruvian coast, its weather conditions may differ from anywhere else in Peru. Lima is usually mild throughout the year but with high humidity, foggy and cloudy conditions except for summertime (between December to March). It rarely rains here in Lima, but you can expect a constant and steady drizzling if traveling between June to October.

  • Sweater and warm clothes (especially during winter time)
  • Smart-casual outfits for dinner at fine restaurants

Packing for a Peru trip: Trekking Expeditions packing list

If you are joining a trekking expedition in Peru, you will need what’s in the lists above according to the region you are visiting and the travel essentials. Yet, we also recommend bringing the following items to make your trip even more comfortable.

Clothes & shoes

  • Waterproof trekking shoes/boots
  • Quick-drying outdoor pants and t-shirts
  • Rain gear jacket
  • Hat and cap for sun protection
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper (you can buy it in Peru)

Accessories

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Plastic bags or waterproof bags for storing wet clothes

Outdoor gear

  • Warm sleeping bag (you can rent it in Peru)
  • Walking sticks (you can rent them in Peru)

You can also check Peru’s weather conditions here and download our travel packing checklist .

Happy traveling!

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What to Pack for Peru: A Complete Peru Packing List

Planning your trip and not sure what to pack for Peru? This Peru packing list walks you through everything you need to consider and pack for your Peru trip!

Ah, Peru … what a beautiful, rugged country located on the west coast of South America. Peru has a little bit of everything, from the rainforests of the Amazon to the craggy mountains of Machu Picchu , the sparkling coastline of Lima to the snowy mountains of Huaraz.

That all sounds great but the very things that make Peru such an enticing country to travel in are the very things that make it quite difficult to pack for – namely its varied terrains and climates!

Wondering what to pack for Peru. Don’t fret – all will be revealed in my step-by-step Peru packing guide.

What to Pack for Peru: The Basics

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Because it is full of so many different terrains, packing for Peru can be tricky. You’ll want to pack light (as always), so being very intentional about what you bring will go a long way. From the sea to the snow-capped mountains, I’ve got you covered with my recommendations for what to pack for Peru.

Peru Packing List Essentials

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Lightweight, sweat-resistant tops and pants:  This is a must. While traveling in Peru, you’ll be on the go a lot of the time. Because of this, you’ll want breathable clothes to keep you comfortable throughout the day.   I’d avoid cotton because you’ll end up with heavy, not-quite-dry clothes a lot of the time due to the humidity. Stick to synthetics or wool instead. Bring a few short sleeve/sleeveless tops and a few long sleeve tops for the variety in locations.

Jacket/sweater layers on layers: In Peru, there will be some times when you’re sweating bullets and some times when you’re shivering in the cold. For this reason, I recommend packing 2-3 sweater/jacket layers. I have the Columbia down sweater and it’s the perfect companion as a standalone jacket or underneath a rain shell.

A waterproof shell: You won’t regret bringing a rain jacket – the weather is just so unpredictable! I have a rain jacket from The North Face that I really adore.

Comfortable walking shoes: This is a given. In Peru you’ll be on your feet almost all of the time, so be sure to pack the most comfy pair of walking shoes you have.

Hiking or athletic socks: Be sure you bring appropriate socks to keep your feet dry and comfortable!

Open-toed lounging shoes: There will be days when you’ll be taking it a little bit easier. For these days, I recommend bringing some Birkenstocks  or Chacos or other comfortable sandals to walk around in. I don’t recommend rubber flip flops as they’ll likely break from the rugged terrain.

A comfortable day pack or tote bag: You’ll want something to carry your stuff around during the day! I use the Osprey Daylite as it’s relatively small but has more than enough space for the things you need, plus a pouch for a water bladder and lots of pockets / straps to attach your water bottle to.

Cameras, tripods, phones, etc.: If you love your photography, don’t forget these! Peru is full of amazing landscapes you won’t want to miss.

Electronics adapter: If you’re coming from abroad, it’s likely that either the voltage or the outlets will not fit your electronics. Bring a universal electronics adapte r to be safe.

A reusable water bottle: Be environmentally conscious and pack a reusable water bottle for your travels! I have a  Hydro Flask water bottle , and I couldn’t recommend it more. It keeps my water super cold and refreshing for whenever I need it.

Sunscreen and bug spray: You’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, and you’ll want to make sure you protect your skin from the elements. Especially at the high altitudes of Cusco and Machu Picchu, sunscreen will be incredibly important.

Sunglasses and a hat with a drawstring: You’ll want to keep your eyes and face out of the long days of sunshine ahead. Be sure your hat has a drawstring too; the mountains can get really windy!

Travel insurance: Don’t leave home without it!

Packing for Peru: Additional “Nice to Have” Items

Hiking boots: If you’re going to be spending any time outside, hiking boots are a must. I recommend Scarpa Hiking Boots – I’ve been using mine for the better part of 4 years and I love them to death.

A merino wool (or synthetic) base layer:  Not a must, but highly recommended for staying warm during those freezing-cold nights and early mornings, especially if you’re planning on visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu. I have a Meriwool merino w o ol base layer  and highly recommend them.

Swimsuit:  If you love the water, this might be a given for you, but for others possibly not. Although you probably won’t be doing a TON of swimming in many parts of Peru, you’ll want it for some activities on the coastline, the mountain hot springs, and Lake Titicaca.

(For women) Sports bras: If you love the outdoors, you’ll want to do some hiking and other outdoor activities. Having some sports bras for the ladies can help.

Altitude sickness medication: You’ll have to go to a doctor to get this one, but the altitude in many Peru hotspots can be really tough to acclimatize to, especially if you’ve never been up that high before.

What Luggage Should I Use for Peru?

Because of the dirt roads, buses, and copious amounts of walking you’ll be doing, I highly recommend bringing a backpack to Peru.

Trust me, you won’t want to be lugging around a roller suitcase on some rural trails or cobblestoned streets! For travels ranging from cities to rugged outdoors, I LOVE my Osprey backpack and couldn’t live without it.

I highly recommend the Osprey Aura 65L Backpack for women and the Osprey Atmos 65L Backpack for men. If you prefer an over-the-shoulder option, travel duffel bags can be a fantastic choice for Peru, too.

What to Pack for Trekking in Peru

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Hiking and trekking in Peru are experiences you shouldn’t miss while traveling here. Whether you’re doing the Salkantay or the Inca Trail , trekking in Huaraz or simply going on some strenuous day hikes, here’s a Peru packing list for the outdoor enthusiast.

All of the Peru essentials above,  plus…

Trekking poles: If you have a pair (or want to invest in one because you love hiking!), bring it. If you’re in the market for a pair, here’s a folding set o f poles by Black Diamond that I really like. Companies usually charge to rent these during your trek.

Hand sanitizer/wet wipes: During your trek, you’ll probably get dirty. These will help you sponge bathe/stay semi-clean during your hike.

A headlamp: Definitely bring a headlamp – in the evenings the area gets really dark and can be hard to navigate without some source of light. I’ve had thi s one for several years and really love it.

A solar-powered battery charger: You might not have access to outlets during your trek, so bringing a solar-powered batt e ry pack can help you keep cameras and phones alive.

A comfortable day pack: Most companies will offer to hold or store your luggage for you during your trek. If you decide to use this option, you’ll need a comfortable day pack to bring along your trekking essentials.

A poncho: You’ll already have a rain shell, but you might want to get a poncho too so that you can cover your legs and your backpack from the rain.

What to Pack for the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

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The Amazon Rainforest is a completely different beast from the mountainous areas of the Andes. If you’re planning on visiting the jungle, be sure to bring these items.

BUG SPRAY: I posted it in the original list but I can’t say it enough. Be 100% sure you’ve packed bug spray before heading to the Amazon.

Bug bite anti-itch cream: You’ll probably get bitten by something, and if so, it’ll be nice to have some relief.

Lightweight long sleeves and pants: You might be hot, but I promise that warding off bugs is more important.

Waterproof boots: You might not need these if you’re going with a tour that provides them, but keep it on your radar. I recommend renting these there if at all possible.

Peru Packing List: The Bottom Line

When planning a trip to Peru, you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed lightweight items with the altitude and varied temperatures in mind. Because it has such a wide spectrum of potential climates, bringing lots of layers and being ready for rain will ensure you’re prepared.

Hopefully, this guide has given you everything you need to know on what to pack for Peru.

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I’m Kay. I’m originally from small town Virginia, but have moved all around the East Coast and the United States for basically my entire life. I spent my childhood days blissfully wandering through the Blue Ridge Mountains, rolling in leaves, playing in creeks…you know, the usual overly adventurous 5-year-old stuff.

But those early years spent outside gave me a real problem: I’m now an adventure addict. Basically, if I’m not at my computer banging out articles or photos, I’m probably out hiking, biking, or camping somewhere beautiful.

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Your Ultimate Peru Packing List: Essentials for Every Season

by Miguel Angel Gongora Meza | Sep 27, 2023 | 0 comments

Packing for a trip to Peru can feel like preparing for several vacations at once.

The diversity of this South American gem, from its sun-drenched coastlines and lush rainforests to the chilly heights of the Andes, means your Peru packing list needs to be versatile.

You might be questioning how to squeeze all the items into one bag. Or maybe you’re worried about forgetting something crucial – who wants to hunt down sunscreen or hiking boots in a foreign country?

Fear not! With our comprehensive guide on what should make it onto your Peru packing list, we’ll ensure that whether you’re exploring ancient Incan ruins or cruising along the Amazon River, you’ll have exactly what you need.

Understanding Peru’s Climate for Packing

In the realm of travel, packing is an art and science that hinges on understanding your destination. To properly prepare for a trip to Peru, one must take into account the varied climates across its diverse regions.

The geographical diversity of Peru , spanning from coastal regions through highlands up to the Amazon rainforests, results in distinct climatic zones, each with unique weather patterns influencing what goes into your suitcase.

Essentials for Highlands During Rainy Season

If you’re planning a trip during the rainy season (November – April), especially towards destinations like Cusco or Machu Picchu nestled within the Peruvian highlands, waterproof gear such as sturdy rain boots and reliable ponchos are indispensable.

This isn’t just about staying dry but also ensuring safety while navigating potentially slippery trails caused by frequent downpours. Lightweight clothing made of quick-drying materials can prove extremely useful, not only providing comfort amid humidity but also preventing extra weight due to water absorption, unlike heavier fabrics like denim.

Clothing Choices For Coastal Areas In Wet Period

A closer look at the ‘rainy’ period along the coast reveals something interesting – despite occasional drizzles between January and April, these areas actually experience their summer. So cities like Lima remain largely warm and sunny, requiring light cotton clothes rather than typical wet-weather attire one might expect initially based on the name alone. A bathing suit would certainly come in handy if the plan includes soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches dotting the coastline.

Sun protection essentials like a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are all must-haves regardless of the time of year, given the strong UV radiation levels experienced here due to the proximity to the equator.

What to Pack for Rainy Season

The wet season in Peru, generally from November to April, can be a period of strong showers. It’s crucial that you pack appropriately to ensure your comfort and safety during this period.

In the highlands of Peru, rain is not just an occasional event but rather a daily occurrence throughout these months. The secret here lies in packing items that are light yet functional; ones that won’t weigh you down when wet. A pair of sturdy rain boots tops the list as they keep your feet dry while navigating muddy terrains.

A waterproof poncho or coat should also find its way into your luggage since umbrellas may prove ineffective amidst strong winds at higher altitudes. Consider choosing one made with breathable fabric – it helps maintain body temperature without causing discomfort due to excessive sweating.

If coastal areas like Lima or Trujillo feature on your itinerary during this period, don’t let ‘rainy season’ mislead you into over-packing warm clothes only; despite intermittent showers, these regions remain relatively warm.

Your clothing choices should include lightweight cotton fabrics known for their quick-drying properties after sudden drizzles. And yes – remember to carry a bathing suit; even though you might experience sporadic rainfall, beach visits are still possible given temperatures rarely drop below comfortable levels. An umbrella too comes in handy for unexpected showers whilst exploring cities.

Despite the variance in climates across different parts of the country, some essentials are universally required irrespective of location and time of year – detailed in the next section covering sun protection necessities travelers must be aware of before embarking on their journey to the Andean nation.

Key Takeaway: 

For Peru’s rainy season, pack light but functional items like sturdy rain boots and a breathable waterproof coat. Coastal areas stay warm despite showers, so include quick-drying cotton clothes and an umbrella. Sun protection is essential year-round across the country.

Dry Season Packing Guide

Peru’s dry season, spanning from May to October, is an opportune time for outdoor enthusiasts. The weather during this period offers predictability and clear skies – perfect conditions for hiking or exploring historic sites like Machu Picchu. But remember: the evenings can get quite chilly at higher altitudes.

Trekking Outfit Recommendations

Your trekking adventures in Peru will require comfort as a top priority. Lightweight clothing made of breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen keeps you cool under the sun while providing ease of movement on your hikes. While shorts and t-shirts are sufficient attire for daytime treks, long-sleeved shirts and pants offer protection against insects and thorny plants along trails.

A quality pair of hiking boots with good ankle support is essential when tackling rocky terrains common on Peruvian trails; comfortable walking shoes also come in handy when touring city streets or visiting museums.

Attire Suggestions For Higher Elevations

If your itinerary includes destinations located at high elevations (think Cusco or Lake Titicaca), where nighttime temperatures often drop significantly even during dry months, it’s important to prepare accordingly. Warm pajamas would ensure cozy sleep while wool sweaters can double up as daywear if needed. Layering becomes key here – thermal underwear, fleece jackets, scarves, gloves all make valuable additions to your suitcase. (Lonely Planet Tips).

Apart from clothes, don’t forget essential accessories such as hats and beanies which not only serve a fashion purpose but also help retain body heat effectively. Lastly, always carry enough pairs of socks since feet tend to get cold faster than the rest of the body parts due to constant contact with the ground surface.

Sun Protection Necessities

Traveling to Peru exposes you to a wide range of climates, from sunny beaches to high-altitude mountains. This diverse landscape means that sun protection is an absolute must for your packing list.

The Importance of Sunscreen

Your first line of defense against the harsh Peruvian sun should be a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor). Broad-spectrum implies its capacity to guard against both UVA and UVB rays, which are two types of damaging ultraviolet radiation given off by the sun.

You’ll want something with an SPF rating over 30 as recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology Association . And remember, apply it generously and reapply every couple of hours or immediately after swimming or sweating heavily.

Hats and Sunglasses: Your Essential Accessories

For optimal sun protection in areas with limited shade, a wide-brimmed hat is the ideal choice over just any baseball cap. A wide-brimmed hat will offer better coverage than just any old baseball cap would do.

And let’s not forget about sunglasses. They’re key when it comes to protecting your eyes from damaging UV light. Make sure to look for ones labeled ‘100% UV protection’ or ‘UV400’, which indicates they block all harmful wavelengths up to 400 nanometers, including UVA & UVB rays.

Dry Season Vs Rainy Season: Does It Matter?

Now you might ask if these precautions are necessary year-round given Peru’s distinct dry and rainy seasons? The answer is yes. Even during the cloudy season (November-April), indirect sunlight can still cause skin damage, so continue using protective measures throughout your stay regardless of weather conditions.

Electronics To Carry And Avoid

The picturesque landscapes of Peru, from the coastal areas to mountainous regions and dense rainforests, are a photographer’s paradise. Before your Peru trip, it’s wise to invest in quality camera equipment for capturing breathtaking landscapes and close-ups.

Essential Photography Gear

A top-notch DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses can make all the difference when capturing wide-angle landscape shots or zooming in for detailed close-ups of wildlife and cultural artifacts. Remember to pack extra memory cards and batteries; power sources may be scarce once you venture off into remote locations.

If funds allow it, consider adding a lightweight tripod to your kit for steady night sky images or long exposure shots. A protective case should also be on your packing list as this will safeguard against dust and moisture damage during travel expeditions.

Power Adapters And Other Electronic Accessories

In Peru, plug sockets type A and C differ from North American outlets, hence travelers need to carry suitable power adapters. This ensures that devices such as laptops and smartphones remain functional throughout the journey despite differences in electrical systems between countries.

Beyond cameras, smartphones become an indispensable tool while traveling, not only for their communication capabilities but also as compact multi-purpose devices. They can serve as GPS navigators, translation tools, and even if service might be spotty at times in more remote parts of Peru, making them an essential item in any traveler’s luggage.

Hairdryers are generally left behind when packing since most hotels provide them. These bulky items consume valuable space, and there is a risk associated with potential voltage differences between your home country and the destination, which can damage the device itself. However, ensure to bring along necessary charging cables for electronic devices, including cell phones and laptops, to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted digital experience during your stay abroad, especially for those who require constant connectivity for work purposes or personal communications.

Don’t forget to pack top-notch camera gear for capturing Peru’s stunning landscapes, along with extra memory cards and batteries. A lightweight tripod and protective case are also useful additions. Remember to bring suitable power adapters for your devices, as plug sockets differ in Peru. Leave the hairdryer at home but don’t skimp on necessary charging cables.

Hiking Gear Essentials

With its diverse landscapes and world-renowned treks, Peru is a hiker’s paradise. However, packing for such adventures requires careful consideration of the terrain and weather conditions you’ll encounter.

Clothing Tips For Hikes

The key to staying comfortable on your hikes in Peru? Layering. For optimal comfort, begin with a sweat-wicking layer and then add an insulating mid-layer such as fleece or wool to keep you warm during cooler temperatures. Over this, add an insulating middle layer like fleece or wool which can be removed if it gets too hot during the day but put back on as temperatures drop at night.

Your outermost layer should be waterproof yet breathable to protect against sudden showers without causing overheating. Remember also to pack lightweight hiking pants; they offer protection against sunburns and insect bites while being airy enough for comfort during strenuous activities.

Toiletry Checklist

When preparing toiletries for camping trips in Peru, consider what would make life more convenient when bathroom facilities are scarce or non-existent. Toilet paper is essential – many public restrooms don’t provide it so having some handy can save you from uncomfortable situations.

In addition to regular personal medications, altitude sickness pills could prove beneficial considering the high elevations of areas like Machu Picchu. WebMD explains how these work here . Also remember any prescription medication you may need along with basic first aid supplies including band-aids and antiseptic wipes.

Last but not least important are hygiene products such as hand sanitizers which come in especially useful where soap and water might not be readily available. Don’t forget a toothbrush and toothpaste either.

Overnight Treks Preparation

The adventure of overnight treks in Peru calls for extra attention to your packing list. Journeying through various landscapes and climates, it is vital to have the right equipment with you.

Clothing Essentials for Overnight Hikes

Top on the priority list is clean underwear and socks. Since showers may not be available every day during your trek, having a fresh pair each day can significantly enhance comfort levels. Opting for moisture-wicking fabric options could also help keep dryness at bay by drawing sweat away from your body.

Besides this, lightweight yet warm clothing like thermal tops or leggings are worth considering as they provide much-needed warmth when temperatures drop drastically at night in higher altitudes.

Bathroom And Showering Necessities

Packing flip-flops and towels might seem unusual but come in handy if shower opportunities arise during the hike. Flip-flops act as protective footwear against potentially unsanitary shower floors while quick-dry microfiber towels occupy minimal space compared to traditional ones.

Toilet paper too forms an essential part of bathroom necessities since restroom facilities on trails might not always be stocked up. It’s advisable, though, to bury any used toilet paper following Leave No Trace principles to preserve environmental integrity.

Sleeping Arrangements On The Trail

An insulated sleeping bag becomes indispensable amidst chilly mountain nights. While many hiking tours do provide tents, personal sleeping bags offer additional insulation, thus better protection against the cold.

Inflatable pillows make great additions, providing head and neck support without adding much weight to the gear list.

Remember, successful overnight trek preparation goes beyond merely surviving the elements, rather ensuring you enjoy the experience to its fullest extent despite the inherent challenges associated with multi-day outdoor adventures.

When packing for overnight treks in Peru, prioritize clean underwear and socks, lightweight warm clothing, flip-flops and quick-dry towels. Don’t forget toilet paper following Leave No Trace principles. An insulated sleeping bag and inflatable pillow will ensure comfort during chilly mountain nights.

FAQs in Relation to Peru Packing List

What should you pack when you go to peru.

Your packing list for Peru should include essentials like rain gear, sun protection items, hiking attire and equipment, electronics including a camera and power adapters, toiletries suitable for camping, and personal medications.

Should I pack jeans for Peru?

Packing jeans is advisable as they provide warmth during cold nights in higher elevations. However, ensure your luggage also includes lighter clothing options for warmer coastal areas or daytime temperatures.

Should I bring a suitcase to Peru?

A suitcase can be useful, but consider a backpack if planning on trekking or visiting remote areas. Backpacks are more versatile and easier to carry on uneven terrains compared to suitcases.

How to pack for Peru in September?

In September (dry season), focus on sun protection items, comfortable shorts and t-shirts perfect for hikes. Don’t forget warm pajamas and wool sweaters due to chilly nights at high altitudes.

What should I pack for the Inca Trail?

Here is the Ultimate Packing List for Your Machu Picchu Hike

  • Quick-dry trekking pants
  • Lightweight, breathable shirts (long-sleeved and short-sleeved)
  • Warm layers (fleece or thermal tops)
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Warm hat or beanie for chilly nights
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Good quality hiking boots
  • Sandals or lightweight shoes for the campsite
  • Backpack with a rain cover
  • Sleeping bag (suitable for temperatures down to -5°C)
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Lightweight trekking poles
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Waterproof bags or plastic bags for organizing

Toiletries & Personal Items:

  • Personal medications
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, toothpaste, small towel)
  • Wet wipes (biodegradable preferred)

Additional Items:

  • Passport (mandatory for the trail)
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Snacks (energy bars, nuts, chocolate)
  • Refillable water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Small amount of cash for tipping guides and porters
  • Daypack Essentials Recommendation

Your daypack should have everything you need for the day’s hike while the rest of your gear is carried by porters or left at the campsite:

  • Hydration: Water bottle or hydration bladder filled with at least 2 liters of water.
  • Snacks: Energy bars, dried fruits, or nuts for a quick energy boost.
  • Weather Protection: Lightweight rain jacket or poncho, even if the forecast is clear.
  • Documentation: Passport (a requirement) and any permits or tickets.
  • Personal Medications: Including altitude sickness pills, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
  • Safety Items: Whistle, small first-aid kit, headlamp, and a multi-tool or knife.
  • Sun Protection: Sunglasses, sun hat, and sunscreen.
  • Electronics: Camera, smartphone, and spare batteries stored in a waterproof bag.
  • Warm Layer: A lightweight fleece or wool layer.
  • Personal Hygiene: Hand sanitizer, lip balm, and a small pack of tissues or wet wipes.

Remember, while packing, always consider the length of your hike, weather conditions, and personal needs. It’s essential to be well-prepared but avoid over-packing. The Inca Trail is a challenging yet rewarding experience; being physically prepared and well-equipped will ensure you make the most of it.

Understanding Peru’s climate is crucial for packing appropriately. Whether it’s the rainy season or dry, each period requires its own set of essentials.

From rain boots and ponchos during wet months to shorts and t-shirts in drier times, your Peru packing list must adapt accordingly.

Sun protection remains a necessity regardless of the time you visit due to high UV exposure risk. Don’t forget your electronics, but remember not all might be necessary on this adventure trip.

Hiking gear is an integral part of your luggage if you plan any treks there. And let’s not forget the preparations needed for overnight hikes, including clean underwear, socks, and insulated sleeping bags, among others.

If this sounds like a lot to keep track of – don’t worry! We at ETP are here to make sure that whether you’re exploring ancient Incan ruins or cruising along the Amazon River, you’ll have exactly what you need packed away neatly in your suitcase!

To ensure that nothing slips through the cracks as you prepare for your Peruvian journey, check out our comprehensive guide 

Your Ultimate Peru Packing List: Essentials for Every Season

Miguel is a professional tour guide from Cusco, Peru, with almost 20 years of experience leading tours and a deep knowledge of Peru’s cultural and ecological diversity. He is also an advocate of ecotourism and cultural sensitivity and has lectured on these topics in the US and Europe. He co-founded Evolution Treks Peru, a worker-owned travel company based in Cusco.

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Welcome to our Peru packing list!

As one of the most diverse countries in Latin America, Peru will really blow you away with its endless stunning landscapes.

The towering snowy peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. The electric sounds of insects singing in the Amazon. Even making friends with local alpacas whilst hiking in the Andes! Peru really does have it all.

What's in this guide?

Once you’re set on Peru, it’s now time to get packing. In this guide, we’ll explore how to best pack for this country.

This includes our general backpacking checklist, what not to bring, as well as an FAQ section where we answer common questions.

Believe it or not, one of the most important parts of packing for a trip to Peru is actually deciding what not to pack. Below we are going to give you a list of things to avoid carrying on a trip to Peru to save you both time and money.

What NOT to bring to Peru

It can be overwhelmingly easy to pack everything in sight “just in case”, however the truth is that you’ll need much less than you think.

Here are 5 things you don’t need to carry with you to Peru:

  • Lots of Cash – Whilst it can seem like a good idea to take out all the money you’ll need before, it can cause more problems than benefits. Firstly, you’ll be (and feel) like a bigger target for theft. As well as this, even if nothing happens, you’ll be more anxious than necessary too! A good alternative to this is to take a travel card with you, such as Monzo. Not only does it offer good rates and minimal fees, you’ll also feel relaxed without stacks of cash on you, and can take out only what you need, when you need it.
  • Expensive Jewellery – Whilst this may seem obvious (especially on a backpacking trip), you’d be surprised how many people continue to bring lots of watches, necklaces and other eye candy. Of course, you can bring a few, since it’s nice to dress up every now and then, however you need to accept too that it’ll make you a bigger target for theft. And like the point above with cash, you’ll start worrying about them more than necessary too!
  • A Massive Backpack – If it’s your first backpacking trip, it can be so tempting to buy the biggest backpack around (and to be fair, it does seem like the best thing to do at the time). However, once you go over 70 liters, it can cause more harm than good. Firstly, the size dimensions and weight is likely to be too big for hand luggage, so you’ll end up paying extra fees when flying. Also, you have to consider the practicality, since an enormous backpack is often heavy – and going to be uncomfortable to walk with.
  • Forbidden Items – As you’re stashing things away, pause for a moment… This seems like obvious, but you’ll want to make sure you’re not bringing anything illegal into the country, as you may have to pay fines. You can review what’s acceptable with your particular airline, but typically things like certain foods, blades, harmful substances etc will need the chuck before heading into security.
  • All the Nonessentials – Finally we have everything else that you don’t need. We’ll be taking a look at some of these in this guide, but this can be anything that doesn’t serve a need (aside from I’ll look damn sexy in it – but even then your bag has its limits…). This can include things such as a second coat, the third pair of shoes, teeth-whitening appliances etc (all things George for some reason decided to pack and never used). At the end of the day you want to avoid filling your bag up with unnecessary things since you’ll make it heavier and harder to bring back the souvenirs you find.

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Below we will share a list of things you need to bring when traveling to Peru.

Now that we’ve left the unneeded stuff in the corner of the room, let’s come back to our backpacks and start packing the right stuff.

We’ll now go through everything that’s necessary for a trip to Peru (for both the ladies and gents):

Part A: Important Items

  • Credit Cards
  • Travel Insurance Document
  • COVID Certificates / Proof of Vaccine
  • Driving License
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Visa (if necessary)
  • Any Medications
  • Anything else you Personally CANNOT travel without

Part B: Clothes

  • Baseball Cap / Hat
  • Polarised Sunglasses
  • Jumpers (1-2)
  • T-Shirts (6 Max)
  • Vests (4 Max)
  • Sundress (2 Max)
  • Bikini (1-2)
  • Swimming Trunks (1-2)
  • Jeans (1 Max)
  • Shorts (2 Max)
  • Hiking Socks (3-4) these for men and these for the ladies
  • Ankle / Normal Socks (5+)
  • Hiking Boots (1 Max)
  • Shoes (2 Max)
  • Sandals (1 Max)

Part C: Miscellaneous

  • Digital Camera / GoPro
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Electrical Items
  • Travel Adapter
  • Sunscreen (the Reef Safe and Cruelty Free kind)
  • Spare Wallet
  • Swimming Accessories
  • Water Bottle
  • Anything else that’s necessary for you (emphasis on necessary)

And that’s our comprehensive list right there. You’ll find that all of these things serve a definite purpose, and that’s how you need to think when backpacking.

Of course you don’t need to go full Bear Grylls, so you can take some comfort items here and then, but just keep an eye on the space you have left.

Another thing to add here, is that many of these things you can top-up whilst on the road, so there’s really no need to buy 6 bottles of sunscreen before leaving!

Here we’ll take a look at some of the most trustworthy items we travel with. Simply put – we don’t leave home without them! You’ll find they’ll come in convenient in a variety of different scenarios when traveling through Peru.

Pacsafe Coversafe X100 Waistpack

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  • Keep Money Safe
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Petty theft can be a problem when backpacking Peru, and South America in general. Whilst wearing a wallet is okay, this money belt is the ultimate safe way to travel. It’s even handier in situations such as long bus rides where you’ll sleep, given it’ll be impossible for someone to try to rob you without you noticing.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack V2 30L

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  • Perfect for Daytime Exploring
  • Very Spacious
  • High Quality Design

A high quality day pack is an essential when travelling through Peru. This bag by Peak Design ticks all the boxes, with sizeable compartments as well as theft-deterrent zips to keep your things safe. It’s also weatherproof too, built to withstand the many different environments you’ll face when traversing this Latin American nation.

Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Traveller Pillow

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  • Perfect for Long Trips
  • Weighs Very Little

A travel pillow is always ideal, and this one does the job well. Not only is it easily foldable and lightweight, it’s also made out of a really comfy plush design. In other words, you won’t want to put it away after! Of all the travel pillows we’ve tried, this has been our overall favourite.

Danner Mountain 600 Full-Grain Leather Hiking Boots

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  • Perfect for Long Hikes
  • Adaptable for Multiple Terrains
  • Looks Stylish

Peru is a paradise for hikers, and here there’s all kinds of adventures to suit all gustos. That’s why a serious, high-quality pair of hiking boots is an essential. The ones we’ve recommended above do the job well, and cover you well whether walking along wet fauna in the jungle, or climbing over slippery rocks in the mountains.

KEEN Terradora II Waterproof Low Hiking Shoes

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  • Comes in Various Styles
  • High Traction for Solid Grip
  • Lightweight

Don’t let these hiking shoes fool you – whilst they look no different to regular sports shoes, these boots have insane grip, making them perfect for demanding hikes. You can use them in pretty much any context, whether on snow, sand, rocks or jungle foliage.

Backpacker Poncho

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  • Reliable and High Quality Materials
  • Takes up Little Space

One thing you won’t want to forget to bring when coming to Peru is a poncho! In some parts it can rain heavily, whilst at other times there can be sharp showers which can catch you off guard. This lightweight and easily foldable poncho is perfect to whip out in times of great need.

BioLite Charge 80 PD Power Bank

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  • Compact and Light
  • Use with Various Electronics
  • Full Charge in a few Hours

Of all the power banks you can find today, this one wins it for us. Not only can you charge your phone to full power in just a few hours, but you can also charge your laptop too. Since most power banks only have a single output, this multi-functional device is perfect for those brining several gadgets.

SealLine Skylake Dry Pack

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  • Intuitive Sealing Design
  • Convenient and Compact Storage
  • Removable Shoulder Straps

Peru really is a perfect country for adventure travel, and there’s a good chance you’ll be off exploring through jungles or along rivers. This dry pack is perfect for keeping your things dry with an air-tight seal, especially when heading to Peru during the wetter months.

Peru Packing List FAQs

How much cash should i take to peru.

Like we already mentioned earlier in this article, the less, the better. Of course taking out Soles before you come is necessary (it’s not fun arriving somewhere new without the money of course!), especially to get you set up and also taking a taxi from the airport (and just saying, Lima’s airport is quite far away!). We recommend entering Peru with no more than 1000 Soles physically on you (roughly $250 Dollars).

What is the dress code in Peru?

There’s no strict dress code in Peru, it’s more of a free-for-all than anything else. The main thing to keep in mind is being sensible for your own sake. Packing light clothes and heading to the Andes isn’t such as good idea, so always check the weather and climates of where you plan to go and pack accordingly.

Should I bring sneakers to Peru?

A good pair of sneakers (or trainers for us in the UK) is essential, and good for walking around day to day. You can also use them for some hikes, but for anything more demanding we’d recommend getting yourself a solid pair of hiking boots.

Can you drink the water in Peru?

And that’s all for our guide on what to pack for Peru.

This stunning country is full of varying landscapes, and as such you’ll want to bring a range of clothes for each scenario. That’s on top of the usual travel essentials, as well as any other miscellaneous items you may need too.

In this guide we’ve covered everything you’ll need to pack for a trip to Peru, what not to pack, as well as answering some of the most common questions.

If you want to read more Peru travel tips, George has written a stellar piece on things to know before traveling to Peru which will is filled with wisdom.

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Peru Packing List – What to Pack for a Trip to Peru?

  • 13 September, 2018
  • by Erik Krause
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Peru Packing List – What to Pack for a Trip to Peru?

Getting ready for your upcoming Peru adventure? Your excitement for the magic of Machu Picchu, the energy of Cusco and the attraction of the Amazon rainforest is growing. But let’s make sure you complete your packing list before you leave.

In this blog post, we’ll break down the essentials for your trip to Peru making sure you’re ready for everything this amazing country has to offer.

Consider this your go-to guide for packing success, covering everything from altitudes to a variety of activities. Here we go!

Preparation for a Trip to Peru

Peru is a mega-diverse country with lots of different things to do . In the following, we’ll tell you more about the different regions, the climates and their characteristics.

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Pascal L. 19 August, 2023 at 5:21 am

This list is the most comprehensive one that I have found so far. Thanks guys

Konsti from Exploor Peru 20 August, 2023 at 1:02 am

Thanks a lot for your kind feedback Pascal.

Best, Konsti

Cynthia Rodriguez 3 May, 2023 at 10:26 am

Thank you for sharing the packing list, this is very helpful! Is October a good time to visit?

Oliver from Exploor 4 May, 2023 at 10:10 am

Hey Cynthia! Yes, October is a great time to visit as it’s not as crowded anymore and the weather still tends to be good until the end of the month. This is when the rainy season starts. Feel free to check out our article about the best time to visit Peru

Cheers, Oliver

Anthony Calders 16 December, 2022 at 7:37 am

If I am travelling to Cusco and Iquitos, is it enough to come only with a backpack? Or should I book a luggage for my flights?

Konsti from Exploor Peru 19 December, 2022 at 1:04 am

Hi Anthony, thanks for your comment. A big travel backpack is absolutely fine and I would highly recommend to you to check our blog post about, how to prepare for Peru . Let me know if you have after that any additional questions. Best, Konstantin

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Peru is a huge country with a wide variety of climates and regios so choosing which clothes to bring to your trip can be quite confusing. This post is the ultimate Peru packing list for 2 weeks.

At the end of the post you will find a form to insert your email and receive the downloadable packing list in PDF.

What’s the weather like in Peru

The first thing to consider when packing your clothes for your trip to Peru is the climate of the cities and areas you are going to visit. It is always good to check the weather a few days before you travel.

Being such a large country it is possible you will find different climates and temperatures in the same trip. An area of Peru has a tropical climate and there are no major differences in weather between summer and winter, and on the other hand the area near the Andes mountain range has alpine or high mountain climate.

This is the weather in some of the main destinations in Peru:

  • Weather in Machu Picchu :

The climate is marked by 2 seasons : rainy season (November to March) and dry season (April to October). It is important to pack a waterproof jacket during both seasons as nobody knows when the rain starts, even in the dry season.. The dry season is the sunniest and also the coldest (in July the temperature can reach -2°C).

For more info about Machu Picchu read: How to visit Machu Picchu on your own .

  • Weather in Cusco :

Cusco has a temperate weather (from 0 to 21°C) and the same seasons as Machu Picchu: rainy season and dry season. In the evenings and mornings the weather is colder so make sure you pack a sweater.

  • Weather in Lima :

Lima is a city with humid and cloudy climate almost all year round. In summer (December to April) the temperature is around 30°C and in winter (June to October) the average temperature is 16°C. It doesn’t get really cold, but pack some coat just in case.

  • Climate in Huacachina :

Huacachina Oasis has an arid and warm climate all year round. Temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C. Even if you travel in winter it is important to wear sunscreen, and light clothing.

Planning your trip to Peru? Read: 2 weeks in Perú itinerary

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What to pack for Peru

The clothes you pack for a trip to Perú will obviously depend on season you travel and what places you plan on visiting. This is a list for you to take as an example and modify it according to your trip.

You will be wearing leggings all the time, specially for hiking.

  • 1 pair of jeans

It is always essential to pack 1 or 2 jeans to use to go out at night or do some activity in the cities.

  • Thermal T-shirt

A thermal t-shirt is an essential I pack for any trip. Cusco mornings are usually cold so it is really useful to weat a thermal t-shirt and then take it off during the day. I have a thermal T-shirt from Uniqlo but you can also get one on Amazon .

You will need 4/5 T-shirts to wear every day, especially if you plan to trek.

You can pack 1 lightweight dress to wear in Lima (if you travel in summer) or Huacachina.

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No matter in which season you travel, bring at least 1 sweater or hoodie. In Cusco you can buy the typical llama and alpaca sweaters which are very comfortable and useful for the trip.

  • 1 pair of shorts

If you are traveling in summer season or plan to visit a beach or Huacachina.

  • 1 pair of light pants

Pack some light pants that will be useful for the flight and to visit cities like Lima or Arequipa.

  • 1 rain jacket

No matter when you travel, pack a light rain jacket or a rain poncho .

Even if you are not visiting beaches, there are some areas of Peru where you can visit hot springs. We visited the thermal pools at Colca Lodge .

Don’t forget the most important thing!

  • 1 pair of hiking shoes

On a trip to Peru you will surely take some hiking to the mountain and for that it is VERY important that you wear the right footwear. I have these hiking boots from Columbia and I recommend them because they are very comfortable. I wore them almost every day of my trip to Peru.

If you do not plan to go hiking, I recommend you pack some sport sneakers. If you travel during the rainy season, make sure you wear waterproof shoes for walking, as the floor gets very slippery.

  • 1 pair of sneakers

It’s important to pack some walking/athletic shoes to walk around the cities you visit. I always bring a pair of Vans shoes.

It is always good to pack a pair of flip flops or light sandals that you can wear in a hot day or to walk inside your hotel room.

ACCESSORIES

  • Beanie, gloves and scarf: if you are going to visit Cusco during dry season the weather can be cold, and it will be good if you packed at least a scarf. I also recommend packing winter accesories if you plan to visit the Rainbow Mountain or some other mountain at high altitude.
  • Small/medium backpack: carry a backpack that you can wear every day. I’m a fan of Herschel backpacks .

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Things you can’t forget to pack for Peru:

  • Medications : aside from the regular medications that you pack for any trip, on a trip to Perú you should pack some medication for the altitude sickness like these Altitude Sickness Relief pills .
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Sunscreen : Although it might not look like it, the sun in Peru is very strong so wear sunscreen every day even if it’s cloudy.
  • Water bottle : I always travel with a water bottle and fill it up at the hotel.
  • Universal adapter : For any trip what I always bring to ensure I can connect everywhere is a universal adapter. It’s much simpler than buying an adapter at each country you visit and you can buy one for only $10 at Amazon .
  • Packing cubes: Keep your suitcase organized with these packing cubes . They help you organize your clothes in smaller bags.
  • Portable Charger: A portable charger is definitely a must!

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Other Perú posts :

  • 2 weeks in Perú Itinerary
  • How to visit Machu Picchu on your own
  • Best things to do in Cusco
  • Things to do in Lima in 3 days
  • Rainbow Mountain tour from Cusco

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Packing for Peru: The Best Packing List for your Peru Adventure

Packing for Peru can be quite unlike preparing to visit any other destination, as the climate and terrain is so varied. Because Peru’s position near the equator, it doesn’t have the sort of seasons that people from continents like North America and Europe are used to.

So what to bring to Peru is affected by whether you’ll be spending time in the jungle, the desert, on the coast, among the mountains or in the cities. Your clothing for Peru will also vary according to whether it’s the rainy or dry season – as well as what you plan to do while you’re there.

This article is the ultimate Peru packing list, taking you through all you need to know about how to dress in Peru depending on where you are. Also covered are descriptions of each season, and area-by-area guides to what to wear in Peru depending on the regions you’ll visit. We also discuss footwear, luggage and what to include on a women’s packing list for Peru.

If you’re stuck on what to pack for Peru, you can use this post as a basis for creating a packing list for your Peru trip. From what to wear in Cusco to the ultimate Amazon packing list, this guide includes all the best things to pack for Peru – including our recommended items.

This is the ultimate guide for those wondering what to bring to Peru – no matter what you’ll be doing or where you’re headed. Let’s get started by taking a look at what this beautiful country has to offer.

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Factors Affecting Your Peru Packing List

Where are you going in peru.

The beauty of Peru is widely renowned – and Machu Picchu is one of the most famous wonders of the world. Peruvians are proud that their country consists of three distinct areas, the coast and desert, the Andes mountains, and the Amazon jungle.

It therefore makes sense that if you are packing for a holiday taking in various parts of Peru , you should prepared for a range of eventualities. Where you are going and what you want to do in Peru will thus determine what to pack for Peru.

If you’re concerned about fitting all those things to bring to Peru into your luggage, don’t stress out. It’s so easy to get your laundry done in all the most popular tourist areas like Cusco, where they’re well used to transforming travellers’ clothing into a neatly folded pile of fresh laundry by the end of the day.

So when wondering ‘what should I pack for Peru’, do bear this in mind. A week’s worth of clothing will be plenty. This should help if you need to pack extra items like a sleeping bag if you are going to be doing any hiking.

What Are You Going to do in Peru?

Of course, what you want to do in Peru will also affect your Peru packing list.

Peru is one of the foodie capitals of the world. If you plan to spend time enjoying fine dining experiences, then packing a good capsule wardrobe is essential. The folks at restaurants in the capital, for example, tend to be extremely well dressed. This is worth bearing mind when thinking about what to wear in Lima, Peru if you plan to go there and don’t want to feel out of place.

Most people who visit Peru want to do a good deal of walking, even if they are not doing an actual hike. For example, if you visit the Rainbow Mountain or Machu Picchu, then you will need some good quality adventure wear.

If you want to do a multi day hike… then a different set of kit will be needed. If you are not sure where you could trek to, why not be inspired by this wonderful guide to the best hikes in Peru ?

Whatever you’re doing, ideally your list of what to pack when going to Peru should include lots of quick-drying layers. This means you can alter your clothing, even during the day as the weather changes. Plus if it gets wet it will be dry much faster.

Your list of what to pack for Cusco and Machu Picchu should include, for example, clothes for the city and get suitable for hiking and high altitudes.

Packing for Peru: The Ultimate Packing List for your Peru Adventure

How will the Weather Affect Your Peru Packing List?

  Let’s begin by explaining the two distinct seasons in Peru – the wet or rainy season and the dry season – as these will affect what to wear in Peru and thus what to bring to Peru.

Rainy Season in Peru

Peru’s rainy season lasts from November to March, with the early months of the year tending to be the wettest and warmest of all. If you’re visiting then, your selection of clothes to wear in Peru will need to include some waterproof gear.

What to pack for a trip to Peru is a little more complicated than that, however, as the weather varies depending on whether you’re in the mountains or rainforest, near the desert or by the coast. In Lima and at northern beaches, it’s warm and dry during these months – a great time for swimming or surfing.

Find out more about Peru’s wet season in this guide .

Dry Season in Peru

So during your visit it will be dry season in Peru. What to pack? Again this varies according to where you’ll be and what you plan to do. The dry season is between May and October, and then you can expect a lot of sunshine with cooler temperatures by the coast and at night. This means adding at least one sweater to the list of what to pack for your Peru trip.

Read all about the climate in Peru area-by-area in this article .

You can also find some more specific month by month packing advice near the end of this post.

A General Peru Travel Packing List

Let’s get started with a general, at-a-glance list of things to pack for Peru. Which you’ll take will vary by area and season, so there are more specific guides to various regions beneath this list. The following are just ideas to get you started, before moving on to how to pack for Peru by area and according to your planned activities.

You can then pick out the items you’ll need from the following list. We’ve given our recommendations for those products you may need to buy, based on many years of Peru travel experience!

Footwear for Peru

Sandals – For the beaches or Lima in summer (January to March).

  • We recommend the Teva Hurricane XLT2 for women , or the men’s version .

Smart Shoes or Boots – For Lima & Cusco.

Walking boots or sturdy, sporty shoes – For any trekking (eg Inca trail, Machu Picchu etc).

  • The Merrell Moab 2 waterproof hiking boots for women or men . This also comes as a hiking shoe for women or men .
  • A pair of Havaianas is perfect at the beach or for walking to the showers
  • Classic clogs from Crocs are ideal for indoor wear or when you’re camping

Hiking Socks – Cushioned ones are best as they add extra comfort.

  • We love the Merrell range of hiking socks for men and women.

Regular Socks

Pants for Peru

Jeans – To wear anywhere but while hiking.

Waterproof Outer Pants

  • Rain pants to be worn on the outer are ideal for wet weather

Athletic Bottoms or Trekking Pants – Wear long pants for the Amazon rainforest.

  • Columbia’s waterproof, stretch and convertible cargo pants are ideal.

Leggings – Including thermal ones for cold areas or high altitudes.

Shorts – For the beaches only.

Tops for Peru

T-Shirts – Lightweight, fast drying ones are best.

Moisture-Wicking Tops

  • A moisture-wicking shirt is ideal for hot weather or strenuous activity

Sports Bras

  • A specially designed sports bra offers added support, and is also fast-drying

Long-sleeved, Loose Fitting Shirts – For the Amazon rainforest.

  • Columbia shirts and t-shirts are ideal when packing for Peru.

Dresses or Tailored Trousers & a Shirt – 1 or 2 for restaurants in the city.

Long-Sleeved Base Layer

  • There are many brands to choose from .

Sweater/s – Especially for high altitude areas.

  • A lightweight hiking sweater is perfect.

Outerwear for Peru

Down Jacket – For colder or higher-up areas.

  • Columbia’s down jacket range offers plenty of choice.

Rain Jacket – Even during the dry season there can be showers.

  • A packable rain jacket or poncho is ideal if you may need to carry it.

Scarf – You could wear this on the plane.

  • A security scarf has a hidden pocket for all your valuables and documents.

Beanie Hat – For colder areas.

  • A Meriwool Beani e is ideal and is a unisex design available in 5 colours.

Sun Hat – for the beach or the Amazon.

  • A sun hat with a strap is the best option.

Other Things to Take to Peru

Swimsuit – For cities, coast & desert areas.

Power Adapter – Many hotels don’t supply these so bring your own.

  • We like this one as it covers the globe and has 4 USB ports.

Flashlight – For budget travel or hiking (there can be dimly-lit alleyways in Peru).

  • Any lightweight LED flashlight is a good bet.

Insect Repellent

  • An eco-friendly formula is kinder to Peru – and the rest of the planet.

Sunscreen – You’ll also need these at high altitudes, even if it’s cold, to prevent burning.

Water Bottle

  • You can also buy eco-conscious water bottles .

First Aid Kit – Include painkillers, altitude sickness or anti-malaria meds & plasters (for blisters).

  • This ultra compact travel first aid kit is ideal.

Daypack – Especially for hikers.

  • The Osprey Daylite is a reliable, lightweight choice available in 13 colours.

Backpack – With wheels for your luggage.

  • We recommend the Osprey Fairview 65 for women or the Osprey Farpoint 65 for men .

Packing Cubes – These can help you stay organised while making the most of the space.

  • Osprey’s range of packing cubes in all shapes and sizes are also highly recommended.
  • A filter water bottle is a must.
  • Black Diamond LED headlamp

Sleeping Bag

  • A down sleeping bag is the warmest and most lightweight choice.

Sleeping Bag Liner

  • A sleeping bag liner adds warmth and keeps your sleeping bag cleaner.
  • Thermal base layer sets are ideal for high altitudes, where it can be cold overnight.

Travel Towel

  • A fast-drying travel towel has so many uses when camping or at the beach.
  • A travel-sized umbrella for showers in the city or at the beach.

Reusable Shopping Bag

  • Portable shopping bags are ideal for separating stuff too.
  • You’ll need a dry bag for wet towels, swimsuits or clothing.

Trekking Poles

A pair of  hik ing poles is ideal for more challenging treks.

  • An on-the-go water purifier pen

Altitude Sickness Medication

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for Diamox or Acetazolamide.

Portable Power Bank

  • A portable charger can power up your phone (and camera) on the go.
  • A lip balm with sunscreen is ideal for both hot and cold climates.

Hygiene Products

  • Travel hand sanitizer , travel wipes and pocket tissues .

Travel Toilet Paper

  • You’ll need toilet paper for remote locations without facilities.

For the Flight

Travel Pillow – A neck pillow may also be useful for journeys in Peru.

  • These are all pretty comfortable if you look for one with good reviews !

Eye Mask – This may help you sleep on board as it blocks out light.

  • Pure silk is the softest, most comfortable option & this one comes in around 30 colours.

Compression Socks – To help ward off DVT.

  • Pick whatever colour & style you like!

Travel Wrap

  • Travel wraps can provide extra warmth, and/or privacy for sleeping

Specific Packing Lists by Peru Areas

Now that you have an overview of what you may need to take when you travel in Peru, let’s move on to more specific locations.

Rainbow Mountain & Cusco Packing List (+ other High Altitude Locations)

Cusco has a totally different climate to Lima, thanks to its higher altitude. So when it comes to what to take to Peru, you will definitely need to pack warmer clothing for Cusco. Rainbow Mountain is generally done as a day trip, and you need to pack warm clothes for this area too.

Your packing list for Cusco, Peru or list of what to what to wear at Rainbow Mountain should therefore include outerwear like a down jacket, more than one sweater or hoodie, a long-sleeved base layer and some sort of thermal pants as well as a scarf, gloves and a hat.

If you plan to visit any restaurants in Cusco, you may also need a more dressy outfit such as a dress or tailored pants and a smart shirt.

Essentials to Include:

  • Long-sleeved base layers
  • Thermal pants
  • Down jacket
  • Hat, scarf & gloves
  • A smart outfit for Cusco restaurants

Packing for Peru: The Ultimate Packing List for your Peru Adventure

Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Packing List

When you’re heading to the Sacred Valley area – including Machu Picchu – you’ll be hiking at high altitudes, where it’s colder. However all that activity is also likely to make you get hot and sweaty, which is why fast-drying layers are key.

Things to add to your Machu Picchu packing list include clothing and worn-in footwear suitable for hiking, a sweater or two and a rain jacket.

Key Essentials to Include:

  • Moisture-wicking tops
  • Rain jacket
  • Hiking footwear (worn-in)

Find out all about what to pack for the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in this complete guide

Packing for Trekking – Day Hikes & the Inca Trail

If you’re taking to the Inca Trail, then your packing list really needs to focus on clothing, footwear and other items that are necessary for hiking. You will definitely need a small daypack.

For day hikes, items you’ll require include at least one pair of sturdy, solid shoes – these do not necessarily need to be hiking boots , unless your ankles require that extra support. But the footwear you bring should always be worn in prior to your trip unless you want to be stopped in your tracks by blisters or your pair of ill-fitting hiking boots.

Read our dedicated post on packing for the Inca Trail here .

Amazon Rainforest Packing List

An Amazon jungle packing list is a different matter altogether. What to wear in the Amazon rainforest is determined by the climate, which is hot and humid to wet. Despite the temperatures, long pants are the best choice as the area has a huge population of hungry mosquitoes. If you don’t expose too much flesh, it’s more difficult for them to prey on you!

Your Amazon rainforest clothing should therefore ideally include long-sleeved, loose shirts and full length pants rather than shorts. Other items to add to any packing list for an Amazon rainforest trip include a good water bottle, sunglasses, a sun hat (with a strap if possible) and hiking socks. You may also need rain boots if these are not supplied.

When making your Amazon rainforest packing list, remember that the clue is in the name. It’s going to be wet. What to wear in the Amazon jungle should thus be light and quick-drying to stop you being weighed down by heavy, sodden clothing. The perfect clothes to wear in the Amazon rainforest are light and cool, with long legs or sleeves to repel biting insects.

  • Long sleeved, loose shirts
  • Hiking socks

Lima Peru Packing List

Lima or Peru Coast and Deserts Packing List

If you’re wondering what to wear in Lima, Peru – as well as at the beach or in the desert – this section is for you. One thing you will definitely need is a good swimsuit, especially between January and March when the weather is hottest.

Even when it’s the wet season elsewhere in Peru, along the coast the weather tends to be dry and warm. In general you’ll be wearing summer clothing and swimsuits, though it is worth bringing a sweater and a lightweight, packable rain jacket.

You’ll need sunglasses, and a sun hat is also a good thing to bring. If you want to wear shorts in Peru this is the place to do so, and sandals are also ideal for this climate. A decent pair of hiking sandals will take you to most places.

If you are heading out in Lima at night, then do pack some suitable clothing, like a pair of tailored pants and a top, or a stylish dress. The restaurants here are packed with well-dressed people, and you don’t want to feel uncomfortable because you’re underdressed by comparison!

  • A dressy outfit for Lima restaurants

A Women’s Packing List for Peru

A female packing list for Peru isn’t really too much different from one for men. There are some things to know, however, which is why we’ve included this section.

Let’s talk about leggings. Do they belong on a list of what not to wear in Peru? Peru is in general quite conservative, so you may wonder whether women’s clothing like yoga pants or leggings are the norm. There’s no cause for concern, however – yoga pants and leggings are perfectly acceptable clothes in Peru.

Normally leggings or yoga pants are lightweight, comfortable and quick-drying. Thinner ones may also be worn beneath other layers. You could also wear them when flying or at night, and could pack a thermal pair for colder areas. The only drawback, really, is their lack of pockets, but this may not matter if you’re happy to carry everything in your daypack.

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Shoes for Peru

We’ve already touched on shoes for Peru in out overall packing list plus in various area sections, but let’s look at footwear in a little more depth here. If you’re trekking, you need a good, solid pair of hiking boots – or at least some sturdy, comfortable footwear.

Not everyone likes high-top boots, but if you’ve ever had any issues with your ankles then they are the best choice. A sound pair of sporty, sturdy shoes makes a decent alternative – but whatever you pick, make sure they are worn in before you leave home.

Another option is to take two pairs – one being trekking boots and the other a pair of lightweight, sporting sneakers. You’ll also need about 3 or 4 pairs of hiking socks, plus some regular ones to wear when you’re not trekking. You may also want to add some insoles to your hiking boots or shoes.

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Backpack or Luggage? Which is the Best Choice for Peru?

  There are quite a lot of cobblestone streets in Cusco. Also, footpaths there are not normally very wide, and can also be quite cracked at times. For these reasons, you will need a backpack rather than a suitcase.

We love the new convertible backpacks which also have wheels so you can pull them along at airports and inside hotels. The Osprey Farpoint 65 for men and Fairview 65 for women are a good check-in size, and both have zip-away backpack straps.

Backpack Packing Cubes

A set of packing cubes can really help you stay organized during your Peru trip. You can sort clothes by days, type or separate clean and dirty laundry. There are also cubes designed for specific items like shoes, toiletries and electronics. The Osprey range of packing cubes is again well worth checking out.

Again Osprey come up trumps with their Daylite 13 litre daypack , which comes in 13 colours and has a key clip, front pocket, mesh side pockets and an interior section for a hydration reservoir or your tablet. They also have lots of larger packs to choose from if you want something bigger.

Packing for a Flight to Peru

Packing for the aeroplane itself is something else to think about. Again, layers are key. You can also wear items like your scarf on board to save weight – and to wrap around you if it gets chilly!

Comfort is also paramount, so pick loose, lightweight clothing that you can relax and maybe even sleep in.

For the flight, items like a travel pillow can make the journey more pleasant, and may also come in handy in Peru if you take long trips. You may also like to add an eye mask so you can sleep, and some compression socks to reduce your risk of DVT.

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Packing for Peru Month-by-Month

So how does what to wear in Peru in October differ from a packing list for Peru in March, for instance? Well there is no short or easy answer. It depends on where you’re going, what you’re doing and which season it is – though that will also vary according to where you are.

For advice on this, refer to the sections above on the wet and dry seasons and the areas and you’ll see that what to wear in Peru in August will be determined by the fact that it’s the dry season – in most places. What to pack for Peru in December may be different because it’s the rainy season. And so on.

In a nutshell, what to pack for Peru in September, February or any other month varies widely. Hence the detail in this post!

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What Will you Add to Your Peru Packing List?

From the ideal rainforest outfit to avoid mosquito bites to how to dress in Cusco, Peru by night, hopefully this complete travel and backpacking Peru packing list has given you enough information so you can create your list without feeling overwhelmed. Simply focus on where you’re going, the season and what you’ll do there, and you’re sure to arrive well prepared – all ready to have the most amazing time!

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George Alvarez

One of the most popular countries to visit in South America , Peru truly is an extraordinary nation. We can guarantee that you'll in love as soon as you visit.

With an alluring culture, incredible landscapes, mouth-watering foods and a whole host of unique experiences, you’re bound to have an unforgettable time here!

Surfing in Lima. Jungle Trekking through the Amazon. Sandboarding in Huacachina. Getting close up with Condors in the Andes. There truly is something for everyone here as there are so many incredible places to visit in Peru .

So you’ve decided you want to travel to this amazing country? Awesome! It’s now time to look at what you’ll need to pack, and also to consider the different climates, geography and the time of year you’ll be visiting.

In this ultimate packing list, we’ll cover everything you need to know about packing for Peru. 

We’ll also give our top guidance on how to have an unforgettable experience in this unique South American nation!

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Ultimate Peru packing checklist

Men's packing list, women's packing list, travel essentials, tech/gadgets, health & safety, miscellaneous, other items to consider, a few things you need to know about peru.

Before packing your bags and traveling to Peru, there are some important things we first need to cover.

From getting to know the country’s diverse geography to the different climates and seasons, this stuff could make or break your trip!

Let’s now explore the main things you need to know when planning your Peru itinerary .

Geography of Peru

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If you ever ask anyone what they imagine Peru to be like, usually you’ll hear answers like “it’s all mountains” or “I’m sure Peru is mostly jungle, right?”.

The truth is, Peru is one of the most diverse countries in the Western Hemisphere , and has many different terrains.

Many are also surprised to learn just how big Peru is - especially when looking on a map. 

The 20th biggest country in the world, it takes over 50 hours to drive from the north to south. This will quickly become evident when taking buses around the country!

Since the geography can vary so much, it’s important to pack well according to where you’ll be visiting. 

First there’s the Andes range that cuts right through the nation, which is home to some extremely tall mountains and volcanoes. These are usually located at high altitudes and are very cold, requiring extra layers. 

On the other side of the mountains, we have the dense Amazon jungle. The largest of its kind in the world, you’re going to need light, breathable clothes and a quality rainproof jacket when heading here.

Then finally there’s the coast that runs down the west of Peru, which can range from tropical beaches to arid deserts. You’ll mostly want lighter clothes in these regions.

Since Peru is so diverse, we believe it’s a must-include on any South America itinerary ! 

Here's some more information about the geography of Peru ...

The Dry and Wet Seasons of Peru

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Peru is located quite close to the equator, and usually most countries around here have quite predictable climates. This helps us when planning, since Peru’s usual patterns are easy to remember. To check the annual weather in specific locations, we recommend using Weather Spark , which has many useful tools and statistics.

The typical dry season runs from May until September, which coincides with Peru’s winter season. 

In most destinations, this means both a drop in rainfall, as well as lower temperatures than those of the wet season. 

The dry season is usually a better time to visit places like the Amazon (where there is less rain), as well as Peru’s beaches (where the temperatures are not so overbearing). This season is the most popular with tourists heading to Peru.

The wet season tends to pick up around October or November, and lasts until April. 

These months usually bring more rainfall (and we say usually, since some areas have their own rules which we’ll look at later) as well as warmer temperatures. 

The wet season is better for those heading to Lima and the South of Peru (where the warmer temperatures make some of these usually freezing places more tolerable). 

This time of year is also less popular, and as a result, it tends to be a cheaper time to visit (except for the busy Christmas and New Years Holidays).

Here's some more information about the seasons in Peru ...

What about visiting Peru in the Shoulder Seasons?

Next we have the two shoulder seasons. These are September until November (Spring) as well as April until June (Autumn).

The shoulder seasons are some of the best months to visit Peru . 

They tend to be the best overall when it comes to low levels of rainfall (even despite the different microclimates), and also as temperatures are not as bitter as they usually are in the depths of winter.

September until November is arguably the most popular time of the year for tourists to visit Peru. 

Whilst this is good in bringing a more festive spirit to destinations such as Cusco (and for making quick friends in hostels), it does however result in higher prices, as well as less available spaces for those wanting a spot on the popular Inca Trail.

April until June is less visited, and we feel it's the overall best time to visit Peru . Most of the country has less rainfall, as well as having warmer temperatures too. Also, as it’s right at the end of the wet season, you’ll see lots of lush vegetation around too which make for better photos.

You’ll also have less crowds, so there’ll be no need for elbows and shoving to get that perfect shot of Machu Picchu!

This guide by Lonely Planet gives further useful information on the best times to visit Peru .

Peru’s Micro Climates

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It’s important to note that Peru also has as many as 90 micro-climates, which would be hard for us to completely cover here!

Just make sure to investigate where you'll be heading - this guide on Peru's climate is very comprehensive and useful.

Here are some of the most notable micro-climates:

  • Lima - It almost never rains here throughout the entire year! ‍
  • Arequipa - Temperatures remain very consistent throughout the year. ‍
  • The Amazon Jungle - Rainfall comes and goes unpredictably, and given it’s so huge, some parts can be flooded whilst others remain dry.
  • I ca - Days are hot, whilst nights get chilly rapidly (it's the desert after all).

Choosing the right bag for Peru

Having a good, quality bag is one of the most important considerations before heading off on a trip to Peru.

Below we’ll take a look at how to choose the right size, the importance of a daypack and more!

Choosing a Larger Backpack

The first step is to choose your main backpack, which is going to hold the majority of your things inside.

Today on the market, you’ll find a wide range of different size backpacks. These usually start from around 40 liters, and can vary up to 70-80 liters.

Now whilst you may think the biggest backpack of all will be the best, it’s usually not the most practical (which is especially the case for a backpacker). 

If it’s your first backpacking trip, then it’s very easy to overpack too (yes we’ve all been there!). ‍

Here are some disadvantages of a larger than life backpack:

  • You have to Pay Extra Luggage Fees
  • You Bring more than Necessary (and usually fill it with non-essentials just to “use up the space”)
  • More Heavy / Uncomfortable

We recommend going for a backpack that’s between 50-60 liters . We’ve found this is just right through our own experience.

When sitting down to pack, it can sometimes be daunting when you have everything laid out, and wondering how you’re going to bring it all. 

The reality is that life on the road is much different, and some of the things you pack you may not even use!

This is where it’s important to separate everything you want to take into two piles; Needs and Wants . This will quickly help you to work out what’s essential, and therefore worth bringing. Most items left after this process are better left at home.

As well as getting the right size, it’s also critical to choose a quality brand when it comes to backpacks. 

Today on the market, there are tons to choose from, although there are a few brands that are usually the most popular. 

We recommend going with Osprey. They have been our go-to for years, and they design some of the most spacious and durable backpacks out there.

Here are our top 2 recommendations:

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OSPREY PACKS FARPOINT 70 (FOR MEN)

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Once you’ve picked your main bag, it’s now time to get a quality day bag.

Why? Your main bag is going to be what you travel with, and also where the majority of your things will be stored. 

However, your daypack is just as important when backpacking Peru , since this is what you’ll be using day to day on your travels.

Now when it comes to choosing a day pack, it’s a different game when compared with your main backpack. 

The day pack can be as large as you want, since these can always be taken as a carry-on on flights. 

It’s also useful if heading on a long trek or hike to fit everything you’ll need.

Here are some other advantages of bringing a day pack:

  • More Comfortable 
  • Easier to Stow Away or Travel With

Of course, you still need to compare before buying the first day bag you see! 

One of the most important characteristics of a quality day bag is how spacious it is inside. This doesn’t just necessarily mean bulk size, but also compartments, zippers, and also being able to organize things well inside too.

As well as this, again, going for the right brand is key. 

Since day packs are going to be used much more than your normal backpack, they need to be robust and able to handle all the elements. 

This is why we also go with Osprey when it comes to day bags, who design these with great care.

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What about roll-on luggage for peru.

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Whether you decide to go with roll-on luggage or a backpack is really up to you, and depends on what kind of trip you’re planning.

If you’re not interested in heading around the entire country, and want to visit just one or two places, then this may be a better option. 

Roll-on luggage does also give you more space overall too, which is better for families or those looking for a more traditional holiday experience.

There are some disadvantages to keep in mind though when it comes to choosing roll-on luggage:

  • Airport Fees
  • Less Versatile
  • More likely to Cram in all the Non-Essentials

Having said that, we can’t argue with the fact that roll-on luggage is much more comfortable, since you won’t have to carry the weight of all your things every time you change destination! 

If you’re thinking of picking roll-on luggage, then take a look at our guide on Luxury Carry-Ons , which outlines the most important things to look out for. 

When it comes to picking a good brand for roll-on luggage, we always go with Horizn . They make both durable and spacious cases, which you can learn more about in our full review guide .

Final thoughts on picking bags for travel to Peru

As we’ve seen, there are many important considerations to weigh-up before buying the first bag you see.

For your main bag, you’ll want to choose a reputable brand, as well as a bag that is both spacious and versatile . 

Having said that, we wouldn’t go any bigger than 60 liters, since you won’t need that much space (don’t worry, you’ll still be able to fit in all the souvenirs you pick up too!).

For your day bag, picking something that is comfortable is your main priority here. Remember that it’s going to be on you more or less 24/7, so for this reason you’ll also want a decent size too.

Regardless of what you end up buying, and this also applies if going for roll-on luggage, remember this;

Peru has pretty much everything you may need for your trip already there. 

So when packing, you really don’t need to cram those fourth pairs of shoes in (we’ll look at some important packing tips later in this guide).

What to pack for Peru: Travel Essentials

Once we’ve selected a good quality bag, it’s now time to start packing! 

Before we get those ponchos and alpaca-printed jumpers in, we need to start with the essentials. 

This includes everything from your passport to travel documents (basically the things that you really don’t want to lose).

So, let's start to go through this Peru travel packing list...

What to wear in Peru for Men

Peru is a mixed bag when it comes to its varying climates (like we already saw in the geography section). 

Since there’s many different biomes and destinations, it’s important you know what each one entails (since the last thing you’ll want is to head to Cusco in just light clothes…).

What you’ll need will be somewhat similar to what we highlighted in our Europe Packing List .

Starting with the guys, let’s explore what you’ll need take to Peru:

  • Hat / Baseball Cap - Peru is located closer to the equator than you think, and in some parts the sun can get very intense (especially on high altitude hikes and the beaches in the north).
  • Traditional Hats - Chullos are made for the colder climates, and can be picked up in pretty much any market within Peru.
  • Sunglasses - If possible get yourself a polarized pair to block those nasty UV rays. 
  • T-Shirts - These are a staple in Peru, and also serve as important layers for the higher altitudes.
  • Vests - Some parts, such as the north (Piura) and other places like Huacachina can get pretty hot, so be sure to bring a few vests.
  • Shirt - Either long-sleeve or short, one is enough for heading out at night with.
  • Jumper - Can be a hoody or thick layer, which will be useful for colder climates and also the buses (they often leave air conditioning on overnight. It’s annoying…but it’s usually the deal when in Peru).
  • Rain Jacket - A must if heading into the Amazon. Regardless, it’s always good to have anywhere since you never know.
  • Jeans - One or two pairs will be enough.
  • Shorts - Even in higher altitudes, you may find you still overheat (the sun is closer after all). Bring a few pairs and experiment with what’s most comfortable for you.
  • Swimming Trunks - One pair is enough.
  • Socks - The more, the better, since you’ll be moving around a lot. Unless you don’t mind paying for regular laundry!
  • Hiking Shoes - An absolute essential, and will come in handy pretty much everywhere in Peru. ‍
  • Other Shoes - Bring a comfortable pair to go out in, and also some sandals for the beach.

What to wear in Peru for Women (from Cazzy)

Next up we have the ladies. 

As well as considering Peru’s distinct geography, we need to remember that part of traveling is the spontaneity of it all. 

This means you won’t always have everything you’ll need on you, which is where Peru’s local markets will come in super handy. 

Here you can buy lots of warmer layers for a very cheap price (and they’re also great quality too) which is a great excuse to layer up in those alpaca garments.

Whilst you’ll want layers for colder environments, it’s important to remember that Peru also has lots of hot areas. For this reason, you’ll also need to pack similar things like you would if you were heading to Mexico .

Here are the clothes you'll want to include on your packing list for Peru:

  • Hat - Not only for protecting yourself, but also for that mandatory Peru photo with alpacas or at Machu Picchu! (You’ll also want to get yourself a Chullo hat).
  • Fedora Hat - We also recommend buying a Fedora from a local market for the ultimate snap.
  • Sunglasses - These are another must, and not just for looking good either. The sun is intense here, so look after your eyes!
  • Vests - Great for the beaches, and also for an extra comfortable layer when hiking.
  • T-shirts - Versatile and useful in most scenarios. You can pack 5-7.
  • Rain Jacket - Needed for when visiting wetter climates.
  • Long Skirt - One is usually enough for when visiting Peru.
  • Swimming Costumes or Bikinis - Again one is enough, unless you’re planning more time along the coast.
  • Sun Dresses - Best to bring both shorter and longer dresses for different scenarios. 
  • Jeans - These are the most important, since you’ll get all sorts of temperatures and weather here. We advise bringing two pairs.
  • Shorts - Again useful and depends on what you’re most comfortable with. 
  • Socks - Hopefully these should be a no-brainer! Try and bring a variety such as ankle socks, hiking socks etc for different situations.
  • Hiking Boots - Jungles, Deserts, Canyons, Snowy Mountains… yep - you'll need a solid pair of hiking boots or shoes for Peru.
  • Trainers - Best for walking around when exploring cities or for more casual events. Can also bring one pair of sandals too if you have space!
  • Evening Shoes - Bring 1 or maximum 2 evening shoes to head out with.

Washing Clothes in Peru

Peru is one of the cheapest countries you can visit in South America. 

This means laundry can be really cheap (as much as just $1.5 for a kilo washed and ironed), so we would recommend using laundrettes for this reason. 

Otherwise, you can also wash your own clothes to  further save, where you’d just need to pick up some detergent and also find a place for them to air-dry well enough. 

You can also ask your accommodation to wash your clothes on those extra lazy days.

First-Aid Kit

Next up on our list is one that is usually glossed over, but is just as important. 

Whilst you may not even need to use it (fingers crossed), having a versatile first-aid kit is very important in the event of any accidents occurring whilst in Peru. 

Of course if you have a serious emergency then you should get yourself to a hospital ASAP , but for smaller troubles, the below will be very useful to include in your first-aid kit:

  • Soroche Pills - Starting off we have one that you’ll need to buy once actually in Peru, since they’re difficult to find outside. These alleviate symptoms caused by higher altitudes (best for when hiking, or visiting cities like Cusco). You can buy them in pharmacies such as InkaFarma.
  • Antiseptic Cream - This is one of the priorities, since it can help prevent any open wounds from more serious infections. Pack a good sized tube here!
  • Scissors / Nail Clippers - You can never go wrong with a pair of these bad boys, and they’ll come in handy in many different scenarios (not just medical).
  • Tweezers - Good for extracting any splinters or small objects from your skin. If it looks more serious, then it’s better to go and see a professional.
  • Plasters - Not too much to really add here, however you’d be surprised how many travelers leave home without packing these!
  • Bandages & Tape - These can prove to be very useful (and life-saving in more serious situations). However if you’re in a bad state, then prioritize getting yourself to a hospital ASAP.
  • Needles and Thread - Another versatile item, which just like the bandages, can also prove to be life-saving in certain scenarios.
  • Paracetamol - These little guys are the most popular item to bring with you in your first-aid kit. Given Peru can give you many headaches (pun intended), you’ll want these for quick relief.
  • Diarrhea Kit - As with any third-world country, getting the runs in no fun business! Trust us, your future self will thank you for packing a diarrhea kit in case it’s ever needed. ‍
  • Moleskin Tape - Given Peru is full of big mountains and awesome hikes, taking care of your feet will be a top priority.

Complete first aid kit

Ready-made travel first aid kit

If you don’t yet own a travel first aid kit, then here’s a good option to buy.

It contains the majority of what you need and you can then just add in any other items you want to take with you.

Plus, it’s small enough to tuck away in your backpack and not take up much space.

Toiletries are another must-pack when traveling in Peru, and here we’ll go through the most important items.

It’s important to note here not to bring too much when leaving home , since you can easily replenish these whilst on the road.

  • Wash Bag - A good place to start, and will hold and organize everything well.
  • Men’s / Women’s Deodorant - Bringing a roll-on is better since it can be taken through airport security. Bring little, since you can always buy more when in Peru.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner 2 in 1 - Will help to save space.
  • Dry Shampoo - More practical, plus you can easily get these in small containers.
  • 2 x Toothbrush - No words needed really (or at least we hope so!).
  • Toothpaste - Keep those pearls shiny and white. Make sure it’s less than 100ml to avoid airport issues!
  • Toothbrush Travel Container - To keep everything well organized.
  • Electric Razor - Keep that beard and body on point (or you can bring Disposable Razors & Shaving Foam - just be sure to check any current restrictions). ‍
  • Small Perfume / Aftershave - Always smell yo’ best ladies and gents!

Travel Banking

Another important thing to keep on top of whilst traveling is how you manage your money. 

As already mentioned, you’ll want to bring multiple cards in the event your primary one is either lost or stolen. 

You should keep these in separate places (just like we do) when traveling for extra safety.

What are the best banks in Peru? 

By far, the best bank for foreigners to use and withdraw from in Peru is BCP. 

Some of the branches don’t even charge a withdrawal fee, and you’ll find them throughout the country. 

Other good banks to use include BBVA and Scotiabank.

Which travel cards do we use? 

As we all know, withdrawing internationally on regular credit cards can slowly rack up ATM fees. 

The other disadvantage is having to carry lots of cash around with you too. 

This is why it’s a good idea to use travel cards , which is another one of our own travel hacks that we always use. 

Monzo and Revolut are the two best out there, and don’t charge fees for withdrawals (as well as offering a solid exchange rate).

  • Find Monzo here: Apple / Android
  • Find Revolut here: Apple / Android

To learn more about the pros of using Monzo and Revolut (and also comparing between them), have a read through our in-depth guide .

Important Travel Documents

First up, these items are the most important, and you’ll want to protect them by any means necessary. 

This means keeping them locked away safely in your apartment when out and about, and also keeping them in your day bag (which is hopefully on you) when traveling. 

Here’s some of the most important:

  • Passport - Your only way into Peru will also be your only way out, so be sure to also have a photocopy printed and also a photo online that’s easily accessible.
  • Travel Insurance - Getting yourself insured is your number one priority before leaving. Be sure to keep a printed out copy of this in your day bag. We always use SafetyWing, which is one of the best value travel insurance providers out there.
  • Vaccinations - Whilst Peru doesn’t have any mandatory vaccinations for entry, you’ll still want to protect your health as best as you can. Be sure to get all jabs up to date, and get a printed booklet just in case you ever need to show this at a hospital. At this time of writing (October 2022), COVID regulations on entry to Peru either require proof of three medically-approved vaccines, or a negative PCR test (you can find the up to date requirements here for UK citizens).
  • Spare Bank Cards - When traveling, there’s always a risk of losing your bank card (whether stolen, forgotten or eaten up by the atm). Always bring a few spare, as these guys could end up being your saving grace!
  • Driving Licence and International Driving Licence - We’ll be honest - Peru isn’t the greatest country to drive around (especially within the depths of Lima). However if you’re going to go for it, then you’ll need these to be able to rent a car.
  • Any other Important Documents - This depends on the person, but any other important documents you’ll need to bring could include tour confirmations, visas or rental papers. ‍
  • Plastic Wallet - Last but not least, get yourself a plastic wallet to keep all of your documents organized and scrunch-free. We don’t know about you, but there’s nothing more irritating than a mangled passport!

Cameras & Other Tech 

Next up we have the gadgets and any other important electrical items you may want to bring. 

Since Peru is one of the most visually stunning countries in Latin America , you’re going to want a good camera when here!

  • Laptop - A good quality, travel laptop is essential for those working whilst on the road. Whilst you’ll want something that is robust and has a long battery life, you’ll want to avoid bringing anything too fancy or expensive (since it only makes it more attractive to thieves too).

Nikon D780

First of all we have the DSLR. It’s a better alternative to your phone’s camera (well unless you have the absolute newest iPhone) , and you’ll be able to snap some truly unforgettable shots when here. Even more so when heading to Cusco and the Andes! Our recommended DSLR is the A7iii. When it comes to choosing a good lens, we recommend a Wide Angle (for landscapes) as well as a Standard (for those picturesque street shots).

G7 X Mark II

Handheld video camera

Another alternative to the action cameras listed, a handheld video camera is also a great item to bring. It’s better for documenting the more daily occurrences, and they tend to be cheaper too.

GoPro Hero 8

Underwater camera / action camera

Peru is full of enthralling adventures. From Sandboarding in Huacachina to Ziplining through the Amazon, you’ll want to catch your best moments in high definition. GoPros can be quite pricey, so we’ve found some really awesome action cameras that serve as great alternatives.

DJI Mavic Mini

This is the ultimate way to catch Peru and all its stunning scenery in its true glory. As with most countries, you’ll want to read up on how to register your drone as well as any other guidelines . There are different rules depending on if your drone is over or under 2kg in weight. You should also know that drones are prohibited in Machu Picchu, as well as some other sites. There are many different drones you can choose from, however the DJI Mini 3 takes the cherry for us . You can compare other awesome drones here...

Other Gadgets we travel with

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The next part of our Peru travel checklist is one of the most important . 

From protecting your health to keeping your things safe, we’ll explore the most important items on our health and safety list.

  • Sunscreen - The most important of all. Despite Peru not always being hot, many destinations (those at high altitudes especially) carry a large risk of getting sunburns.
  • Mosquito Repellant Spray - You’ll mostly find mosquitoes in the more tropical parts, which includes the north as well as in the Amazon. Bring a quality repellent to keep them at bay.
  • Antimalarials - Malaria is only present in the deep Amazon region of Loreto, as well as some others that are well off the usual tourist path. If heading on a trip here, make sure to get a course of antimalarial pills.
  • Soroche Pills - We’ve already mentioned these earlier. You can buy them in most pharmacies across the city, and we would recommend taking them at any altitude higher than 2500m. ‍
  • Travel Padlock - Be sure to bring a couple to keep your things safe. Locking up your things when traveling will help you to relax, and it’s also good for added security when staying in shared rooms.

Miscellaneous things to pack for Peru

Now let’s look at some of the other things that may come in handy when heading to Peru:

  • Masks - At the time of writing (October 2022), COVID policies with masks are still enforced in Peru , so you’ll need to wear them on the plane, walking into some restaurants etc.
  • Quick Drying Towel - One of the essentials, as it’s light and perfect for the travel lifestyle.
  • International Travel Plug - A must bring, since Peru has a different outlet to those in other countries around the world.
  • Dry Bag - Very handy when heading into the jungle or during the wet season.
  • Hand Sanitiser - Regardless of COVID, it’s still a good habit to keep up to avoid getting ill with any harmful bacteria.
  • Playing Cards - Makes those longer bus rides (which are common in Peru) just that little bit more tolerable.
  • Fold Down Coffee Mug - Takes little space, and is perfect for making a Coca Leaf brew in the higher altitudes.
  • ‍ Phone Pin - To open the sim card hole of your phone when buying a local chip.

What NOT to pack for Peru!

Just as important as what you’ll bring with you, is what you decide to leave at home. 

Not only can you save space and weight, but some things may even cause you unnecessary hassle. 

Let’s go through some of these no-go’s when packing for Peru:

  • Mosquito Net - Although this may be a surprise inclusion, the thing is, is that a mosquito net tends to be too big and takes up a lot of space. For the areas where mosquitoes will be a pest, you can either borrow a net there, or better use a wall plug deterrent to keep them away.
  • Expensive Jewelry - Keeping yourself a non-target for theft should be one of your biggest priorities when heading to Peru. Whilst a necklace or watch here and there is nice, any more turns you into that elephant in the room. And trust us when we say you’ll start to feel those wandering eyes too… (a similar feeling if you’ve ever traveled through India ).
  • Forbidden Foods or Fruits - This one is somewhat easier, since security at the airport won’t even let you through. To avoid delays, check with your airline provider or the airport to see what is allowed, and dispose of the rest. This guide serves as a good starting point on what is legal to bring into Peru . 
  • Sleeping Bag - Whoa hold on a second. But I’m heading on the Inca Trail, you may say! Of course bring your sleeping bag with you, but instead of packing it, clip it to the outside of your backpack. This will save valuable space inside, and you often see many backpackers using this travel hack whilst on the road anyway.. ‍
  • Stacks of Cash - It’s never a good idea to travel with lots of money on you anywhere. And when coming to Peru, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense either. If you’re looking to avoid withdrawal fees, then take out a travel card like Revolut , and withdraw only when you need to. Again, having lots of cash on you makes you an ideal target for theft, not to mention you’ll spend more time fretting than at all necessary.

Other Items to add to your Peru Packing List

Now it’s time for that final check!

We’ve already stuffed in all the essentials for your Peru trip.

However, some of these items below will either come in handy in certain situations, or make your travel experience much smoother..

Be sure to read our ultimate travel packing list here for more ideas.

  • Money Belt - Wearing this under your clothes is the ultimate protection, and is ideal on long bus rides where you’ll need to catch some much needed Zzz’s.
  • Kindle - If you’re a big reader, then this is perfect for enjoying some personal time. You’ll also save weight by not packing heavy books. 
  • Headphones - Although most locals don’t use these (it’s annoying, we know…) you can block out noises as well as make nice ones too.
  • Ear Plugs - Go a step further and get a solid pair for some quality sleep.
  • Bluetooth Speaker - No words needed here!
  • Extension Cord - Will save you money by only needing one international adapter for everything.
  • Travel Pillow - A very good investment, especially once you’ve just finished a grueling hike and need some well deserved rest. 
  • Massage Ball - Useful for rolling out any aches, and also good for those who can’t sit still on longer bus rides.
  • Binoculars - Very useful considering the sheer amount of exotic fauna you can spot in Peru (although you can also rent these at the destination to save space).
  • Selfie Stick - Catch that perfect photo. Just keep in mind when visiting Machu Picchu that these have actually been banned for some time, so you’ll need to check where they’re allowed!
  • Waist Bag - Similar to a money belt, however more spacious and stylish. Good alternative to a day pack.
  • Multivitamins - Keep yourself in top shape when traveling around Peru. ‍
  • Packing Cubes - Last but not least, these will help you to organize everything (and also to remember those lost souls that get crumpled at the bottom and forgotten).

Top Tips for when Packing for Peru

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Tip 1: Less is More

The old saying of “ what you own, ends up owning you ” couldn’t be any more applicable than here!

Simply put, when traveling you want to worry less about what you could lose, and spend more time enjoying yourself and getting to know Peru. 

As well as this, you’ll save up space for any handicrafts or souvenirs you pick up along the way. 

I always shoot for a bag packed at 3/4 full when leaving home. 

Tip 2: Consider all Scenarios

As we’ve already seen, Peru’s geography is extremely varied.

In the Andes you’re going to need warm layers, whilst the beaches require breathable, light clothes. 

And then there’s the rain too, so having that quality waterproof jacket will come in very handy! 

Sometimes you’ll forget one or two things which is fine, since you can always pick up what you need once you’re in Peru.

Tip 3: Organization is Key

Having briefly touched on this in the last section, this is where getting some packing cubes can be really handy. 

Keeping your things organized saves time, as there’s less ironing or rummaging around to do.  

It also helps you as you won’t “lose” items that fall to the bottom, which you forget about and then go out and buy more of what you already had!

Tip 4: Choose Wrinkle-Proof Clothes

Even when using packing cubes, the most rigorous folding and tight packing can only go so far, since things are bound to move around inside. 

Choosing wrinkle-proof clothes will save you time, as there’s less need to iron and you can simply put on your clothes and head out straight away.

Some useful wrinkle-proof clothes to look into getting are shirts , which tend to be the bane of bag stuffing.

Tip 5: Keep Valuables Safe

As we mentioned earlier in this article, it’s best to have a document holder with all important things inside, such as your passport, insurance and other necessary papers. 

It’s best to keep this in your daypack, which is always on you whilst traveling around. 

You need to treat this like your very own baby , since losing this will cause you a world of unneeded problems.

Conclusion 

So there you have it - the ultimate Peru packing list!

Throughout this guide, we’ve explored everything you may need when heading to this special Latin American nation . 

We’ve also looked at what kind of bags you need, as well as what not to bring too.

Now, it's time to start planning your trip and there are plenty of awesome places to visit! 

Aside from the obvious big-hitters, leave some time aside to visit Lake Titicaca, explore the Sacred Valley, and hike up Rainbow Mountain.

If you have any questions, or perhaps some of your own tips about packing for Peru, then feel free to share them below!

We've also got a variety of other travel packing lists on our website for other popular countries/states including Thailand , Ireland , and Alaska .

For help planning the rest of your Peru adventure, here are some other guides you might find useful:

  • The Best Things To Do In Cusco, Peru
  • The Best Things To Do In Lima, Peru
  • The Best Things To Do in Arequipa, Peru

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The Perfect Peru Packing List

Published: September 25, 2023

Modified: December 27, 2023

by Halli Chipman

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Introduction

Peru is a country of incredible diversity, boasting stunning landscapes that range from the towering Andes Mountains to the sprawling Amazon rainforest and the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu. Whether you’re embarking on a trek through the mountains or exploring the vibrant cities, making sure you have the right items packing list is essential for a successful and comfortable trip.

When it comes to packing for Peru, it’s important to strike a balance between being prepared for various weather conditions and keeping your luggage light and manageable. This packing list will guide you on the essential items you need to pack to make the most of your Peru adventure.

Keep in mind that weather in Peru can vary widely depending on the region and the time of year you visit. In the highlands, temperatures can drop drastically, while the Amazon region tends to be hot and humid. Therefore, it’s important to pack layers that can adapt to changing weather conditions.

Additionally, be sure to check the specific requirements of your activities, such as trekking permits or clothing restrictions, to ensure you are adequately prepared.

Now, let’s dive into the essential items to include on your Peru packing list.

Essential Clothing Items

When packing for Peru, it’s important to choose clothing that is comfortable, versatile, and suitable for a variety of weather conditions. Here are the essential clothing items to include in your Peru packing list:

  • Layering Tops: Pack a mix of short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts that can be layered for warmth or worn on their own in hotter climates. Opt for moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you cool and dry.
  • Lightweight Jacket: A lightweight, waterproof jacket is essential, especially for exploring the highlands where the weather can be unpredictable. Look for a jacket that can be easily packed away when not in use.
  • Warm Layers: Pack a fleece or thermal layer for colder temperatures in the mountains. This will help keep you warm during chilly nights or early morning outings.
  • Hiking Pants: Opt for lightweight, quick-drying pants that are comfortable for outdoor activities. Convertible pants that can be zipped off into shorts are a versatile option.
  • Comfortable Jeans or Pants: Pack a pair of comfortable jeans or pants for casual wear in the city or for exploring archaeological sites. Choose a fabric that allows flexibility and breathability.
  • Swimwear: Don’t forget to pack swimwear if you plan on visiting the coastal regions, islands, or enjoying hot springs.
  • Sleepwear: Pack lightweight and comfortable sleepwear for a restful night’s sleep during your travels.
  • Undergarments: Pack enough underwear and socks for the duration of your trip, keeping in mind any specific activities you’ll be engaging in.

Remember to pack clothes that can be easily mixed and matched to create different outfits, allowing you to maximize the use of your wardrobe while keeping your luggage light.

Next, let’s look at the essential footwear to include in your Peru packing list.

Choosing the right footwear is crucial when exploring Peru’s diverse landscapes. Here are the essential footwear items to include in your packing list:

  • Hiking Boots: Invest in a pair of comfortable and sturdy hiking boots. Whether you’re trekking through the mountains or exploring the challenging terrain of the Amazon rainforest, good hiking boots provide traction, support, and protection.
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: Pack a pair of comfortable walking shoes for exploring cities, towns, and archaeological sites. Choose lightweight, breathable shoes that offer good arch support for all-day comfort.
  • Sandals or Flip-Flops: Sandals or flip-flops are essential for leisurely days, visiting beaches, or relaxing at hot springs. They are also handy for showering in hostels or accommodations where shared facilities are available.
  • Socks: Pack a mix of lightweight and thicker socks to accommodate various weather conditions and activities. Opt for moisture-wicking and quick-drying materials to keep your feet comfortable.

Remember to break in and test your footwear before your trip to ensure they are comfortable and don’t cause blisters or discomfort during your adventures in Peru.

Now, let’s move on to the essential toiletries and personal care items for your Peru packing list.

Toiletries and Personal Care

When it comes to toiletries and personal care items, it’s important to bring the essentials while keeping your luggage lightweight. Here are the items to include in your Peru packing list:

  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste: Don’t forget to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste for maintaining good oral hygiene during your trip.
  • Shampoo and Conditioner: Consider packing travel-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner, or you can purchase them upon arrival in Peru.
  • Body Wash or Soap: Bring a small bottle or bar of soap for showering or washing your hands during your travels.
  • Deodorant: Stay fresh and odor-free with your preferred deodorant or antiperspirant.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the strong sun in Peru by bringing a sunscreen with high SPF. Make sure to reapply it throughout the day.
  • Insect Repellent: Keep pesky mosquitoes and other insects at bay with a reliable insect repellent. Look for one that contains DEET or other effective ingredients.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean when soap and water are not readily available.
  • Menstrual Products: If applicable, bring an ample supply of menstrual products or consider using reusable options like menstrual cups or period-proof underwear.

Remember, you can always purchase toiletries and personal care items in Peru if you prefer not to carry them with you, but it’s always a good idea to have the essentials on hand when you arrive.

Next, let’s discuss medications and first aid items to include in your packing list.

Medications and First Aid

When traveling to Peru, it’s important to be prepared for any health-related issues that may arise. Here are the essential medications and first aid items to include in your Peru packing list:

  • Prescription Medications: If you take any prescription medications, be sure to bring an adequate supply for the duration of your trip. It’s also a good idea to carry a copy of your prescriptions or a letter from your healthcare provider in case you need to refill your medications while in Peru.
  • Over-the-Counter Medications: Pack a small supply of common over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers, antihistamines, anti-diarrheal medication, and motion sickness tablets.
  • First Aid Kit: Put together a basic first aid kit that includes adhesive bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, scissors, and any other personal items you may need.
  • Rehydration Solution: Consider packing oral rehydration solution or electrolyte tablets to replenish lost fluids in case of diarrhea or dehydration.
  • Insect Bite Relief: Include insect bite relief products such as anti-itch cream or hydrocortisone cream to soothe any discomfort from insect bites or stings.

Remember to check with your healthcare provider or a travel health clinic before your trip to receive any necessary vaccinations or additional medical advice specific to your health needs.

Now that we’ve covered medications and first aid, let’s move on to the essential electronics and gadgets for your Peru packing list.

Electronics and Gadgets

When traveling to Peru, having the right electronics and gadgets can greatly enhance your experience and keep you connected. Here are the essential items to include in your Peru packing list:

  • Smartphone: A smartphone is essential for communication, navigation, and accessing travel apps. Make sure to download offline maps and useful apps before your trip.
  • Camera: Capture the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture of Peru with a good quality camera. Whether it’s a DSLR or a compact camera, make sure to pack extra memory cards and batteries.
  • Adapters and Chargers: Peru uses Type A and Type C plug sockets, so bring the appropriate adapters and chargers for your electronic devices.
  • Power Bank: Keep your devices charged on the go with a portable power bank. This is especially useful during long hikes or when access to power outlets is limited.
  • Universal Travel Adapter and Voltage Converter: If you plan on traveling to remote areas or staying in accommodations with limited electrical access, a universal travel adapter and voltage converter can come in handy.
  • E-reader or Tablet: If you enjoy reading or watching movies during your travels, consider bringing an e-reader or tablet to save space and weight in your luggage.
  • Headphones: Noise-canceling or comfortable headphones are essential for long flights, bus rides, or simply enjoying your favorite music or podcasts on the go.

While electronics can enhance your trip, it’s important to strike a balance and disconnect from time to time to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Peru.

Next, let’s discuss the essential travel documents and money items for your Peru packing list.

Travel Documents and Money

When traveling to Peru, it’s essential to have your travel documents and money organized and easily accessible. Here are the essential items to include in your Peru packing list:

  • Passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Peru. Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it separate from the original.
  • Visa: Check if you need a visa to enter Peru based on your nationality. Visit the official website or consult with the Peruvian embassy or consulate in your home country for the most up-to-date visa requirements.
  • Travel Insurance: It’s highly recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses, trip cancellations, and theft or loss of personal belongings. Keep a copy of your insurance policy and emergency contact numbers.
  • Flight Tickets: Print out or have electronic copies of your flight tickets for easy access during your journey.
  • Credit/Debit Cards: Bring a couple of credit or debit cards that are widely accepted in Peru. Notify your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage while abroad.
  • Cash: It’s prudent to carry a mix of US dollars and Peruvian Soles for your trip. Ensure your bills are in good condition, as torn or worn-out bills may not be accepted. Consider carrying smaller denominations for ease of use.
  • Money Belt or Travel Wallet: Keep your important documents, cards, and cash safe by using a secure money belt or travel wallet.
  • Local Guidebooks and Maps: Pack guidebooks and maps of the regions you plan to visit to help navigate and discover the best attractions and local recommendations.

Remember to keep digital copies of your travel documents saved in cloud storage or accessible via email, in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Now that we’ve covered travel documents and money, let’s move on to the miscellaneous items for your Peru packing list.

Miscellaneous Items

Aside from the essential items mentioned earlier, there are a few miscellaneous items that can enhance your Peru travel experience. Consider including the following items in your packing list:

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste by bringing a reusable water bottle. Peru has safe drinking water available in many areas, and refill stations are easily accessible.
  • Travel Towel: Pack a quick-drying and compact travel towel. This is especially useful for outdoor activities or staying in accommodations where towels may not be provided.
  • Travel Pillow and Eye Mask: Rest comfortably during long journeys with a travel pillow and eye mask to help you sleep or relax during flights, bus rides, or train journeys.
  • Travel Locks: Keep your belongings secure by using travel locks for your luggage, backpack, or hostel lockers.
  • Universal Sink Plug: A universal sink plug can be useful for handwashing clothes or when staying in accommodations with faulty or missing sink plugs.
  • Travel Adapter: If you plan to use electronic devices with multiple plugs, a travel adapter with multiple ports can be convenient.
  • Snacks: Pack some lightweight and non-perishable snacks for long bus or train journeys or to tide you over between meals.
  • Portable Umbrella or Rain Poncho: Be prepared for unexpected rain showers by packing a compact umbrella or a lightweight rain poncho.

These miscellaneous items can add convenience, comfort, and flexibility to your travel plans in Peru. Remember to pack them based on your specific needs and preferences.

With your comprehensive Peru packing list in hand, you’re well-equipped to embark on your adventure through this beautiful and diverse country. Safe travels and enjoy your time exploring all that Peru has to offer!

If you need any further assistance or have any questions, feel free to reach out. Happy travels!

As you prepare for your journey to Peru, having a well-planned and comprehensive packing list is key to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable trip. By packing the essential clothing items, footwear, toiletries, medications, electronics, travel documents, and miscellaneous items mentioned in this guide, you’ll be fully prepared to explore the incredible landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture that Peru has to offer.

Remember to consider the diverse weather conditions in Peru and pack accordingly with layers that can be easily adjusted. Choose comfortable and sturdy footwear that can withstand different terrains. Don’t forget to bring necessary toiletries, medications, and a well-equipped first aid kit to address any health-related concerns that may arise during your trip.

Electronics such as smartphones, cameras, and adapters can enhance your experience, while travel documents and money should be organized and readily accessible. Lastly, don’t overlook the importance of carrying miscellaneous items like a reusable water bottle, travel towel, travel locks, and snacks to make your journey even more enjoyable and convenient.

With your packing list in hand, you’re now ready to embark on your Peru adventure. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes, explore ancient ruins, indulge in the local cuisine, and connect with the warm and welcoming Peruvian people.

Remember to be respectful of the local culture and customs, practice responsible travel, and cherish every moment of your journey through this captivating country.

Wishing you safe travels and unforgettable experiences in Peru!

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  1. Packing for Your Peru Trip: The Only Packing List You Need

    Peru is a land of extremes. You'll need layers of clothing for a daytime hike, a swimsuit at the beach, and a thick alpaca blanket on a cold night up in the Andes. Whatever your travel plans, here's a comprehensive list that will have you packing your bags like a pro. Georgia, United States. Ireland.

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    Make sure to read this amazing Peru packing list to help you plan and pack! We list all the items to pack. ... If there is one article of clothing made for travel in Peru it's the wool sweater. Sweaters can make a great travel outfit staple. They're comfortable, stylish, and warm. It doesn't matter the season either as most of Peru is ...

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    Peru Healthy Travel Packing List. Pack items for your health and safety. You may not be able to purchase and pack all of these items, and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

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    Ultimate Peru Packing Checklist. And so finally here it is - my item by item checklist for exactly what to pack and wear in Peru. Geared towards those who want to travel light and be active, this list is especially ideal for thrifty backpackers who like to hike and is, of course, tried and tested following my 2 months in the country. So here ...

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    22 Items You NEED in your Peru Packing List (2024) Machu Picchu. For many, that's enough said to explain the draw to explore Peru. And it's probably on your bucket list too - for good reason. It's a spectacular destination and piece of history that lives up to all its hype. But, Peru, is so much more than the Inca Trail - its varied ...

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    Use our ultimate Peru Packing List as a guide for what to bring along while you're hiking to Machu Picchu! We've packed this Peru Packing List with our trail tested favorites and recommendations, plus lots of useful info on the best gear for adventuring in all of Peru's conditions. Our biggest piece of advice is to pack light and smart ...

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    Quick-dry cargo pants. Merino wool base layer. 2-3 cheap undershirts/tanks for layering. Waterproof gloves. Beanie and/or neck warmer (doubles as an ear warmer) a pair cheap thermals for sleeping. 1 pair hiking boots. a pair of Nikes or sneakers. 3-4 pairs thick socks.

  8. Peru Travel Packing List for traveling responsibly

    Our friends from REI suggest we should follow the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule, in which you should pack 1 hat, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 bottoms, 4 tops, 5 socks, and 6 underwear. Obviously, this "rule" can be customized according to your travel style, but you can start from there. In case you are traveling for many more days, you can still pack light and ...

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    Bring a few short sleeve/sleeveless tops and a few long sleeve tops for the variety in locations. Jacket/sweater layers on layers: In Peru, there will be some times when you're sweating bullets and some times when you're shivering in the cold. For this reason, I recommend packing 2-3 sweater/jacket layers.

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    2 tank tops. 3 t-shirts. 1 wrinkle-free dress. 1 pair of shorts. 2 jeans (a skinny and boyfriend) Enough underwear and bras. One pair of pj pants and two pj tops. Hiking & Outdoor Clothing. If you're going to do any hiking, you'll want to be prepared for the terrain.

  11. Your Ultimate Peru Packing List: Essentials for Every Season

    Understanding Peru's Climate for Packing. In the realm of travel, packing is an art and science that hinges on understanding your destination. To properly prepare for a trip to Peru, one must take into account the varied climates across its diverse regions.

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    Pacsafe Coversafe X100 Waistpack. Product Features: Keep Money Safe. Comfortable on the Skin. Good Value for Price. Check Price via REI. Petty theft can be a problem when backpacking Peru, and South America in general. Whilst wearing a wallet is okay, this money belt is the ultimate safe way to travel.

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    Sun Protection. Peru is located near the equator, and the sun can be very strong, especially in places like Cusco and the Sacred Valley, which are at high altitude. Make sure you pack a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Lightweight long sleeve shirts and pants also provide great protection. Bug Spray.

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    Men's Toiletry Packing List for Peru: Deodorant; Any additional under 100ml facial/hair products. Chris tames his mane with Tresemme hair spray. It's no Steve "the hair" Harrington, but it's pretty great. Toiletry Packing List for Both: Shampoo, conditioner, and soap. Forget this if staying in hotels. Face wash and face lotion; Razor

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    Packing cubes: Will help you organize your possessions and simplify unpacking. Travel Light: Be willing to wash your clothes at different locations in Peru if you want to pack light. Packing lightly increases flexibility and lightens luggage. Peru Packing List: It's All About Proper Preparation

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    1 pair of shorts. If you are traveling in summer season or plan to visit a beach or Huacachina. 1 pair of light pants. Pack some light pants that will be useful for the flight and to visit cities like Lima or Arequipa. 1 rain jacket. No matter when you travel, pack a light rain jacket or a rain poncho. Swimsuit.

  17. Packing for Peru: The Best Packing List for your Peru Adventure

    A General Peru Travel Packing List. Let's get started with a general, at-a-glance list of things to pack for Peru. Which you'll take will vary by area and season, so there are more specific guides to various regions beneath this list. The following are just ideas to get you started, before moving on to how to pack for Peru by area and ...

  18. Peru Packing List: What To Pack For Peru In 2024

    Toiletries are another must-pack when traveling in Peru, and here we'll go through the most important items. It's important to note here not to bring too much when leaving home, since you can easily replenish these whilst on the road. Wash Bag - A good place to start, and will hold and organize everything well.

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    Use code LINDSEYPULS for 10% off your order. I also brought along a flannel shirt as an extra layer that I really ended up loving! I did also pack one "nice" travel shirt for dinner and to wear under my layers. 6.) Hiking Pants. Having good hiking pants is just as important as having a good jacket!

  20. Ultimate Peru packing list 2024: what you need to pack

    You want to travel through Peru and ask yourself: What do I need to pack? We have the perfect packing list for your Peru adventure compiled. Checklist travel documents. Valid passport (check validity and renew if necessary). Copy of passport (save digitally or keep separately from the original) Visa (not required with German or European passport)

  21. The Perfect Peru Packing List

    Now that we've covered travel documents and money, let's move on to the miscellaneous items for your Peru packing list. Miscellaneous Items. Aside from the essential items mentioned earlier, there are a few miscellaneous items that can enhance your Peru travel experience. Consider including the following items in your packing list:

  22. Peru Packing List

    Packing List for Peru. Your passport, valid for at least 6 months after your travel dates. Any tourist visas necessary (see additional info above) Another form of identification, such as a driver's license. Cash for meals, souvenirs, and tips. A camera with extra memory and/or batteries (You can share your trip photos on our Facebook page !)

  23. Best Packing List for Your Peru Tour 2024 & 2025

    Peru Travel Guide; Packing List for Traveling to Peru; Packing List for Traveling to Peru. Last updated: Jan 30th, 2024. ... When you have many essentials in your packing list, bring some compressible packing boxes that can maximize your luggage space. Also, it is always recommended to bring environmentally friendly products like reusable water ...