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What I took to Peru to hike the Inca Trail:

I only went to Peru to do the Inca Trail so I packed super light anyway. My trip was with G Adventures which was a great experience, you can read about it here and here. I had never done any multiday hiking so this was going to be a whole new experience for me. Worried I was going to be unprepared, I did some research and organized my stuff way before I flew out. So here is my Peru packing list.

My packing list:

  • 4 tops (Gym vests and tees)
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 3 pairs of gym leggings
  • 1 pajama pants
  • Hiking boots
  • 4 pairs of socks
  • 7 days’ worth of underwear and 4 sport bras
  • 1 hoodie
  • 1 rain jacket
  • Bandana
  • Portable power pack
  • Water bottle
  • Camera and other electronics (kindle, ipod)
  • Toiletries and tissue
  • First Aid kit (Plasters, painkillers, allergy meds)
  • Baby wipes (necessity for evening “showers”)
  • Menstrual Cup. Check out how to pick the best Menstrual Cup.

I later bought myself an alpaca sweater and scarf and a poncho which were lifesavers. I was super prepared and had no problems carrying what I had packed, which was great. Also, I realized that it was a waste of time bringing a third pair of leggings. There were no showers so I just stayed pretty gross and rocked one pair for 3 days and changed for our Machu Picchu day. I did however change up my shirts every day! Also, I had a plastic bag where I would put my dirty clothes and put it in my sack for the porters. If you don’t need it during the day then put it in the sack.

My outfit for day 1 on the Inca Trail with GAdventures

My day 3 outfit on the Inca Trail with GAdventures

What I wish I bought:

A Go Girl! Honestly ladies, it was no fun squatting in those bathrooms. Which brings me to my next necessity…

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A headlamp. I thought a simple flash light would do and I would just be able to use my phone light if necessary. When you need to use the toilet in the middle of the night and all you have is a torch light and you drop it in the bathroom or down the toilet… you’re in trouble.

A proper rain jacket I don’t know why I didn’t buy a good one. I just grabbed something old I had here, when I knew very well that January was one of the rainiest months. I just wore gym leggings which dry out quite quickly so I didn’t find rain pants a necessity.

Proper socks, I just wore some super thin cotton ones which was a bad idea. Hiking for the whole day and sweaty feet meant that my poor toes were cold most of the time. Never underestimate the power of a good pair of socks!

It’s a great experience hiking the trail and it’s even better to be prepared. Hopefully this list can help you plan accordingly. Learn from my mistakes and enjoy an amazing trip!



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