Here we have it: the one and only ultimate Machu Picchu packing list!
When I booked my trip to Machu Picchu, I knew I needed a really good packing list. There are about a hundred million floating around on the Interwebs, from REI to Pinterest to National Geographic. I knew I needed a Machu Picchu packing list that was customized to my needs and my trek. So here you go!
First tip: don’t forget your passport!!! Machu Picchu has a fun stamp you can get, in addition to your Peru stamp when you enter the country!
By the way, check out my Machu Picchu Travel Vlog while you’re at it 🙂
Let’s break this bad boy down into three different categories: gotta have, nice to have, and what to leave home. That way you can see the importance of each item and how critical it is to your trek! I’m basing this list on a 4 day/3 night trek as most of them appear to be… feel free to adjust based on your timeline and the trek you book.
In case you haven’t seen it, check out my experience with the Inka Jungle Trek through Lorenzo Expeditions! You’ll pick up plenty of tips & tricks for the journey that I’m sure haven’t crossed your mind yet.
And without further ado…
‘GOTTA HAVE IT’
- 2 sweat wicking long sleeve shirts
- 2 sweat wicking short sleeve shirts
- 1 pair of convertible hiking pants
- 1 pair of sweat wicking shorts
- 1 pair of sweat wicking leggings
- 1 swimsuit
- 1 set of pajamas
- 1 warm jacket — I had a fleece Patagonia jacket, but others had micro-down puffer jackets. It’s really up to you what you bring, but bring something warm. I wore my jacket every single day at some point or another! Might be better to bring something warm that you can fold up really small
- 4 pairs of hiking socks — I brought 5 and ended up wearing my clean pair during the evenings
- 4 pairs of underwear — you can wear the next day’s pair during dinner the night before to save room!
- 2-3 sports bras — I brought 3
- 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots or shoes — don’t recommend running shoes as you will be stepping on rocks, tree roots, etc.
- camera, GoPro, phone, & chargers for each
- sandals — I brought Tevas knowing that I would be whitewater rafting. Flip flops would be fine if you are only planning to wear them in the shower or at night!
- BUG SPRAY — as much DEET as possible. We brought a little bottle of 100% and a big bottle of 25%
- Sunscreen — sweat-proof & a high SPF are ideal
- Anti-itch cream — I saw this on every list and still didn’t purchase it… big mistake. Bring some. Trust me.
- Band aids and blister plaster — I used these by day 3… wouldn’t recommend toting a box of band aids as it’s too bulky, but slipping a few in your toiletry bag is ideal
- Sunglasses — Dan uses croakies but I don’t, personal preference here
- Poncho or rain jacket — our ponchos did the job just fine and were pretty cheap
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste — I accidentally brought 2 bottles of conditioner and forgot the body wash, whoops!
- Reusable water bottle — easy to fill up wherever you are. I personally like the Camelbak one that doesn’t have a straw
- Cash — each bottle of water, beverage in a restaurant, handmade item in the markets, etc. is usually cash-only!
- 1 roll of toilet paper — none of the bathrooms along the Inca Trail had toilet paper. Bring one from home rather than buying one on the way!
‘NICE TO HAVE’
- Casual outfit for dinners (can be casual leggings, jeans, etc.) — will want this to be long pants still as mosquitos can get you even at night!
- Knee brace — I had been having some slight knee problems for a couple months before my trip, and the brace helped SO MUCH once I could feel my knee deteriorating
- Lock for suitcase — we locked our suitcases and were able to leave them in our hostel during our trek. Make sure you research and confirm this ahead of time before booking your Cuzco hostel/ Airbnb!
‘LEAVE ME HOME’
- Towel — all shower towels are provided on the tour, as well as towels for rafting and the hot springs
- Multiple jackets — just one warm fleece will do. & no need for a rain jacket if you have a poncho!
- Selfie stick — not allowed in Machu Picchu (although we did see a bunch), plus there are a ton of people around to take your picture
There you have it folks, the ultimate Machu Picchu packing list! I’ve even created a little PDF for you to print off to use while packing for your trip. Enjoy!
Tell me in the comments below, what are you most looking forward to during your trip to Machu Picchu?