Equipment lists for Peru

Packing and Equipment lists for Peru

The Andes and the Inca Trail

Below follows an equipment list for the Andes and the Inca Trail.

Keep in mind that the weather is often sunny in the day and the sun is very strong, when the sun hides behind the clouds it gets colder immediately. At night, it is cold and it may rain, more or less depending on the time of the year, so make sure you have good clothes to keep dry and wear clothing that dries quickly.

  • Shoes - preferably real trekking shoes. If you don't have it, wear comfortable shoes, because you often trek 7-8 hours every day. Sport shoes with good soles so that they do not slip during rainy weather are also possible to use. Not new shoes, because of the risk of sores on your feet.
  • Pants -Long pants that dries fast, not jeans
  • Windjacket - no heavy jacket, the best is to have several layers of clothes to put on and take off
  • Short-and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Warm sweater
  • Shorts
  • Rain-wear, like a poncho to protect your backpack (can be bought cheap in Cusco)
  • Hat/cap and mittens
  • Long underwear for the night
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented)
  • Plastic bags to pack things in to keep them dry
  • Sun-glasses
  • Sun protection
  • Lipsalve
  • Mosquito repellent (preferably aerosol that can be sprayed into the hair)
  • Water bottle (to hang on your belt)
  • Walking stick (can be purchased at the start for approx. 5 soles), though not with metal tip
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Hygien napkins
  • Plasters against chafing
  • Headache pills
  • Snacks such as peanuts and raisins
  • Drinks if you want something special (sports drinks)
  • Chocolate/candy

The Galapagos Islands

  • Passport (photocopies of passport)
  • Travel insurance (copy of travel insurance)
  • Airline tickets (copies of airline tickets)
  • Credit Card
  • Vouchers and travel documents
  • Visa and vaccination certificates may be required
  • Camera
  • Playing cards or games
  • Books and writing material
  • Binoculars
  • Fleece jacket
  • Water-and windproof jacket
  • Swimsuit and bath towel
  • T-shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Shorts
  • Long trousers
  • Sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun-glasses
  • Toilet articles
  • Clock/alarm clock
  • Shoes for walking
  • Sandals
  • First aid kit

The jungle

  • Backpack – medium size
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Long pants - in material that dries fast
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts - long and short sleeves
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Sweater
  • Shoes, hiking- or sport shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Jacket-preferably waterproof
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection factor – at least factor 40
  • Sun-glasses
  • Insect Repellent
  • Rain-poncho
  • Sun Hat or Cap

The Lodge usually provides you with rubber boots for excursions in the rain forest, but it is difficult to get hold of bigger sizes in Peru, so if you have big feet, it's best to bring your own.