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Peru packing list – What to pack for a trip to Peru?









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Peru packing list – What to pack for a trip to Peru?

What to pack for Peru is the question when the day of leaving home for this great adventure comes closer. Many Peru packing lists are not complete and might confuse what to bring to Peru. This country is home for various climatic environments urging travelers to be prepared with one basic outfit. Based on an investigation and interviewing many travelers we gathered what to pack for Peru, wherever you go.

Tip: It is important not to start packing the day before, preparing a Peru packing list will make sure that you’ll have everything at hand when you need to pack.



What to pack for a trip to Peru – Preparation

First, we quickly talk about the different regions and their characteristics.


Even if it’s located at the coast, from April till November it’s mostly grey and has a fresh climate with on average 15-18°C, For this time it’s important to bring layers and waterproof jackets, as it can be dizzy. During the summer season from December till March, it’s on average 25° and summer outfits are recommendable.


Highlands/Mountains (Cusco/Arequipa/Huaraz/Puno)

No matter if summer or winter, dry or rainy season, the mountains have unpredictable weather conditions. And even if there is sun during the day, the evenings are cold (5° and less) and the wind can be cold. Thus, it’s important to bring several layer outfits. That’s especially important if you consider doing the Salkantay Trek or the Inca Trail. Further, it’s good to be prepared against the altitude sickness, before arriving.


Jungle (Iquitos/Puerto Maldonado/Manu)

Even if it’s warm, light jeans or trekking pants as well as a long sleeve help to protect you against the sun and mosquitos that might bother you throughout the day. During our Amazon tours, you’ll be able to swim in the lodge’s pool so definitely bring a swimsuit. Finally, ask your guide daily before leaving for the day trip, if he thinks rain will come up so you can bring appropriate clothes.


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

Sun and warm weather all over the year making it easy to choose the daily outfit – summer outfit (but be aware of the sun which is strong)

Now, let’s take a look at what kind of things you actually need to bring.


Peru Packing List


two travelers hiking in jungle


What type of clothing to bring for any kind of place to visit in Peru:

  • 4x Quick-Dry Underwear
  • 4x pairs of Quick-Dry socks
  • 2x pairs of trekking socks
  • swim outfit (in case you plan to swim in the ocean, Amazonas or pool)
  • 3x sportive T-shirts
  • 1-2x sweaters
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof jacket or thin winter jacket
  • Athletic- or trekking pants
  • Comfortable jeans
  • Sportive pair of shoes
  • Pair of waterproof trekking shoes (make sure that those are already used to your feet)
  • (no hat, no scarf nor gloves in case you plan to get some souvenirs here)



Make up


Bath utensils for traveling

  • Quick-Dry Towel
  • Makeup
  • Toothbrush & -paste
  • Comb
  • Deodorant & Perfume
  • Lotion
  • Extra contacts & contact caste & solution
  • Shaving kit


Travel Health

First aid case


Medicine and other first aid travel utensils

  • Personal prescriptions
  • Pain and fever relievers
  • Allergy medicines
  • Multivitamins
  • Mosquito spray
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Sunblock and aftersun (aloe vera)
  • Ear Plugs
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Altitude sickness pills
  • Vaccinations for regions visited (yellow fever – rabies – colara)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Deet-Free Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
  • Blistering plaster
  • Travel Toilet Paper
  • Mint creme/paste for under your nose (mountain activities)


Travel Gadgets

camera in photographers hand for peru packing list


Helpful travel gadgets to make traveling as comfortable and unforgettable as possible:

  • Universal Waterproof Phone Case
  • Deet-Free Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
  • Passport and passport pouch
  • Peru Power Adapter
  • Travel insurance
  • Small Lock
  • Camera + Equipment
  • Drone + Equipment (please be aware of the local drones laws when entering Peru where Peruvian customs might charge you a security deposit payment which you will get back when leaving the country home.)
  • SD Card
  • Headphones
  • Odor-Block Laundry Bag
  • GorillaPod Tripod
  • Kindle
  • Small umbrella
  • Aloe Vera
  • Playing Cards
  • Travel Laundry Kit
  • Travel Pillow
  • Waterproof Pouch
  • Travel Toiletry Bottles
  • Sunglasses
  • Emergency Poncho
  • Travel First Aid Kit
  • Copy of Passport
  • Extra Memory Cards
  • Batteries
  • Charging cable for mobile phone
  • Credit Cards (unlocked for Peru + BCP bank in Peru usually doesn’t charge national fees when withdrawing money)


Peru packing list: It’s all about proper preparation

Let’s start packing! And in case you’re still searching for things to enjoy in Cusco, this city guide might share some interesting spots. Just remember that it’s super important to know how to avoid the altitude sickness and to prepare yourself accordingly.

Even though this is not directly related to your packing list, but when preparing for your trip you should definitely check the peru travel restrictions and make sure there won’t be any surprises

And in case there’s something else you would add, we’re happy to read your recommendation as a comment.

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