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
- 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.
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…
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!