During my preparation for my trip to Peru, there was one thing I was completely sure of – I must limit my luggage to one large backpack, in which I can pack up maximum 23 kg.
It’s not easy to pack light when you’re traveling for several months, but it’s possible to do. Just make a smart selection of things you’re bringing. Here are some tips to get you started.
How to Start
- I made a list of the things that I thought was necessary for my trip.
- I asked some friends who have been in South America before what they took with them for the trip, what they did not need, what they needed the most, what I can buy there, and what I could not.
- I made went online to do more research about packing for Peru.
Finally, after all these preparations, I started to do the least enjoyable activity for me – packing.
I love to travel, but somehow I am not big fan of packing. If I have to do it, I wait until the last minute, and I hope that someone will do it for me.
Here’s my list of so-called essentials things – what exactly should you take to Peru?
My Personal Packing List for Peru
This packing list is almost the same for men and for the women. It will help those who are traveling not only to Peru but to other South American countries as well for more than a few weeks, and who are planning to do a lot of trekking and mountaineering.
- Trekking shoes. If you are planning to do a lot of trekking, you should have shoes that protects your ankle. I have had and still have the Meindl Lady Air Revolution 5.3 trekking shoes. They are perfect in Peruvian climate and environment. You can also use them in snow-capped peaks. These shoes are multifunctional, very comfortable, waterproof, and you can use them both in warm and in cold climate.
- Sandals, which in the case of rain, you can use as a substitute shoes. They are also an ideal alternative to trekking boots on very warm days, especially on a stroll through the city.
- Slippers for use in the shower
- 1-2 pairs of trekking trousers, lightweight, and quick-drying. Best if one of them can be converted to shorts
- 4-5 pairs of socks, 3 of the typical for trekking. I have Smartwool socks and just love them. They are very comfortable, warm, and my feet don’t sweat in them so much.
- 4-5 pairs of black cotton underwear. Only one color is the best. If you are planning to do trekking, it is better to have 5 pairs of socks and underwear, but if you are not planning to do long trekking, 3-4 will be enough. You can always wash it in the city.
- 1 bra + 1 sport bra
- 4 t-shirts
- 2 T-shirts with long sleeves (one thinner and one thicker)
- 1 or 2 pairs of leggings (then you will need only one trekking pants)
- 1 Polar (I have Polartec Thermal Pro fleece PATAGONIA WOMEN’S FLEECE HOODY R3® – perfect for chilly evenings, very warm and comfortable)
- Jacket on a cold evenings and nights. I have an extremely light down jacket from down Mammut Eigerjoch Jacket Men – perfect for long trips, very warm. You can also pack it in a small bag. I use it even on alpine expeditions.
- Warm thermal underwear – up and down. I have very warm underwear of KWARK company. I recommend it a lot, as well as the company. I chose Women’s blouse Power Stretch Pro (080300) and Leggings Power Stretch Pro (087101). The company sews costumes for clients. I also chose the color of the polartec and the thread. I wanted to have longer sleeves with longer back, and they made these changes for me too. They did its very fast, and they were very helpful. I can highly recommend this company.
- Hat and gloves protecting from the wind
- Sun Hat
- Poncho / raincoat – light but strong. I personally recommend a rain jacket, because it is more convenient and stronger. I have Marmont jacket – Speed light Jacket 3-layer GORE-TEX® and the pants – Arcteryx Men´s Beta AR Pant. I use them both in the rainy season and during climbing high mountains.
- Microfiber towels (1 bigger – for the body and 1 smaller – for the face)
- Sleeping bag (I have one that works very well up to -10 degrees. I take it on climbing expeditions.
- Mosquito net (if you plan to visit the jungle)
- Ear plugs
- Electricity adapter
- Small backpack (light in which it will be possible to pack things for 1 – 2 days of trekking)
- Waterproof bag for the most important things
- Wipes hygiene and moisturizing
- Flashlight and batteries
- Notes and pen
- Duct tape
- Cup, fork, knife, tablespoon
- Repair Kit: needle, thread, a pair of buttons
- Netbook and charger for netbook
- Mp3 player and charger to the player
- hone and phone charger
- Camera, charger, cable to transfer pictures and two memory cards
- External Drive
- Plug contact (International)
- Wallet (small, soft)
- Gel / soap to wash
- Shampoo with conditioner – a small bottle
- Toothpaste – a large tube (in Peru somehow I did not find a toothpaste that would suit me. So, if you have a favorite brand, pack it with you)
- Dental floss
- Cotton buds
- Sunscreen with at least SPF 50. Remember to apply every 2 hours.
- Small mirror
- Sanitary towels, tampons
- Hand cream
- Vaccination book
- Airline tickets, reservation number, and the airline’s office number
- Credit cards
- Color Photocopy (2 pieces) of: passport, vaccinations book, insurance
- Pocket money ($ 100 just in case)
In the article “Things worth to do before the trip to Peru,” you will find some advice on what you should do before going to Peru. These advices are useful also in any other journey you are planning (not only to Peru), especially if it will be a longer one.