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

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.



view at limas coast and apartments

Lima has a unique climate pattern despite being a coastal city. From April to November, the city experiences frequent cloud cover and “cooler” average temperatures of 59 to 64°F (15 to 18°C).

Pack layers and waterproof jackets to deal with the sporadic drizzle as you navigate this time. Lightweight summer clothing is the best choice during the summer months of December to March, when temperatures will likely be around 77°F (25°C).

Understanding these regional variations in climate will help you to customize your packing list and make the most of your trip through Peru’s diverse landscapes.


Andean Highlands (Cusco/ Arequipa/ Huaraz/ Puno)

family standing in front of lake and snow-capped mountains

The mountains in this area have unpredictable weather, whether it be summer or winter, dry or rainy season. Even in bright sunshine, nighttime lows of 27°F (-3°C) are possible, and a strong wind can make it feel even colder.

We recommend you pack several layers of clothing to handle these changes. This is particularly important if you plan to do hiking tours.

You’ll be able to pack appropriately and guarantee a comfortable trip through these breathtaking mountainous landscapes by being aware of the constantly altering weather patterns and particular difficulties of the Andes.


Amazon Rainforest (Iquitos or Puerto Maldonado)

wooden boat on amazon river and surrounded by jungle

Exploring the Amazon Jungle in Peru shows a dynamic environment. Expect warm, unexpected rains, and humid conditions that are dynamic and unpredictable.

While the temperatures are still quite high, be ready for sudden changes and bring layers, light, moisture-wicking clothing, and rain gear with you on your rainforest adventure to ensure comfort and adaptability.

For more information about your unforgettable jungle adventure, have a look at our different Amazon Jungle tours in Peru.


Coast (Ica/Paracas/Nazca/Mancora/Piura)

natural oasis surrounded by desert dunes and small city

Different climates prevail along the coast. In Ica, Paracas and Nazca, you can explore the desert while facing warm and dry conditions, with an average maximum temperature of 80°F (26°C) and a minimum temperature of 69°F (20°C).

In the northern part of the coast, where the beach towns of Mancora and Piura are located, the average temperature is 94°F (34°C) and 74°F (23°C). These towns are perfect for relaxing at the beach or for surfing.

Now that you know more about the different locations in Peru, it’s time to talk about the things that you need to pack.


Peru Packing List

Essential Travel Documents

two blue passports on world map

Make sure your travel documents are in order before starting your trip to Peru. A smooth and stress-free adventure will be made possible by these essential items:


Passport, Visas and Travel Insurance

The validity of these documents should extend at least six months beyond the date you intend to return. Before leaving, do your homework and acquire any necessary visas. Additionally, having complete travel insurance can give you peace of mind in case of unexpected events.


Printed Copies of Reservations and Itineraries

While having digital copies of your hotel reservations, flight itineraries and tour bookings is convenient, having printed copies on hand can come in useful if you experience connectivity issues or need to provide documentation while traveling.


Clothing and Footwear Essentials for Your Peru Adventure

different clothing equipment from shoes, yellow light jacket and backpack

Due to Peru’s different climates, versatility is essential when choosing clothing and footwear for your adventure in Peru. These items are absolute necessities:


Layering is Important

Include thin sport shirts, options for long sleeves, and travel jackets that dry quickly. Pack some thermal underwear and hiking pants for extra warmth.


Footwear Matters

Pack some comfy sneakers or hiking boots whether you plan to explore cities or go on treks to Machu Picchu. For casual activities, comfortable sandals or sneakers come in beneficial.


Lightweight Jacket and Rain Gear

Peru’s weather can change quickly, so prepare for it with rain gear and a lightweight jacket. Choose lightweight, breathable clothing that is appropriate for warmer weather when traveling along the coast.


Convenience of a daypack

A daypack combines comfort and functionality, making it perfect for carrying necessities on hikes and city explorations.

You’ll be well-equipped to navigate Peru’s diverse landscapes and climates while remaining comfortable and protected throughout your journey if you give priority to these clothing and footwear necessities.


Health and Medications: Essential Preparations

open first aid kit with scissors, gloves, mask and different safety equipment

There are a few important things to think about when it comes to your health and medications while traveling through Peru:


Basic First Aid Kit

This should contain the absolute necessities, such as binding bandages, antiseptics for wound treatment, and painkillers. It’s wise to be ready for minor injuries at all times.


Prescription Medications

Make sure you have enough of the medicines you need for the duration of the trip. It is advisable to transport them with a copy of the prescription in their original packaging.


Accessories for Protection

To protect yourself from the sun, especially at higher altitudes, bring a scarf, hat, gloves, sunglasses, and a hat. You need sunscreen, anti-itch cream, and insect repellent to stay safe in different environments.


Altitude Sickness

Prepare yourself if you plan to travel to higher elevations by using these altitude sickness pills, such as Soroche. Carry treatments for altitude sickness, such as prescription medication or over-the-counter coca leaves, which the locals frequently use. For more information read our blog post about altitude sickness, all you need to know and how to avoid it.


Electronics and Accessories: Stay Connected on the Go

hand holds white adapter and is trying to plug in a cable

Keep in mind the following tips to make sure your electronics are ready for use in Peru:


Right Power Adapter and Voltage Converter

Don’t forget this, as Peruvian outlets are Type A and Type C. In case that your devices are not compatible with the local voltage, a voltage converter may be necessary.


Portable Charger

Keep your electronics charged so you’re always ready to take pictures or if you need navigation help.


Photography and Gear: Capture Every Moment

photography equipment like lense, camera and more

To capture your unique and wonderful adventures that you’ll experience during our Peru tours, it’s important that you pack the following:


Memory cards, a camera and extra batteries

To capture the breathtaking landscapes and thriving culture, make sure you have enough power and storage.



Improve your ability to spot wildlife, such as in the Amazon jungle, and enjoy the landscape so you can fully experience Peru’s natural wonders.


Toiletries and Hygiene On-the-Go

hygiene bag with toothbrush, hair comb and towel

Keep these necessities close at hand for a hassle-free hygiene routine:


Travel-Sized Toiletries

To maintain your personal hygiene standards pack travel-size shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.


Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes

Stay fresh and clean wherever you are with hand sanitizer and wet wipes, which are ideal for quick clean-ups while traveling.


Miscellaneous Essentials for a Seamless Journey

peruvian currency

These important miscellaneous items should be packed to meet your travel needs:


Take cash with you

Carry a mix of Peruvian Sol and credit cards in your wallet for easy transactions. For more information read our blog post about the complete guide to money exchange in Peru.


Use a reusable water bottle

This will help you to stay hydrated while being environmentally responsible.


Take a notebook with you

Keep a journal while traveling to capture all of your unforgettable experiences and unique moments.


Cards and Games

Play a few games or bring along a deck of cards to pass the time when you’re bored.


Smart Packing Advice for Your Adventure in Peru

traveler is packing his luggage

These three tips will help you pack as efficiently as possible:

  1. Roll – Don’t Fold: Roll your clothes instead of folding them to save space and prevent wrinkles.
  2. Packing cubes: Will help you organize your possessions and simplify unpacking.
  3. 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

It takes careful planning and consideration of the various landscapes and climates you’ll encounter to get ready for your adventure in Peru. If you adhere to this detailed packing advice, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing, enjoyable, and memorable trip.

Check out these 13 things to know before traveling to Peru to make sure you’re perfectly prepared for your trip.

  • 19 August, 2023 at 5:21 am

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

    • 20 August, 2023 at 1:02 am

      Thanks a lot for your kind feedback Pascal.


  • 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?

    • 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


  • 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?

    • 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.

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