Packing List for Inca trail 2024

packing list for inca trail
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The Inca Trail, at this time as the best trek to Machu Picchu in Peru , is the main trip to go to this wonderfull city of incas, the trekking is hard in some parts of the route, we strongly recommended to read the Inca Trail Packaing list.

Here your packing list, and go over what is helpful, and what is a waste of money and backpack space.

To help our trekkers on the inca Trail to Machu Picchu.Now we show you the packaging list do you need for Inca Trail, things like sleeping bags, shoes, t-shirts, and more.

You need

Documents required for the Inca Trail

  • Original passport: he passport originally used for booking the tour must be presented. If you've renewed your passport since booking, please provide a photo of both the old and new passports to update your passport number. Passports must remain valid for at least six months after the travel dates.
  • Student ID: A discount of 20 USD will be granted to all travelers under 17 years of age. In addition, students under 25 years of age when entering Machu Picchu can benefit from the student discount if they present a valid ID, which includes the name of the university, the student's photograph and a valid expiration date. It is important to note that IDs without an expiration date or with invalid dates will not be accepted
  • Prices: Train ticket prices from Poroy generally exceed those from Ollantaytambo or Urubamba.
  • Services: Poroy station offers necessary amenities such as restrooms, souvenir shops, and dining facilities.

Clothing for the Inca Trail:

The weather along the Inca Trail and in Machu Picchu is unpredictable, even in the driest months, such as June or July, it is possible for it to rain. Therefore, it is advisable to be prepared for all seasons at all times.

During the Inca Trail trek, as well as on the Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek and other routes to Machu Picchu, it is advisable to wear layered clothing so that you can add or remove depending on weather conditions, whether ascending the mountains or descending into the valley. Temperatures can vary considerably throughout the day as you cross different ecological zones.

  • Undergarments: Pack approximately 5 or 6 pairs of undergarments, with an extra set in case of unexpected wetness. Consider bringing 1 or 2 different types to allow space for other essentials. Opt for sports underwear and include sports bras for comfort and support.
  • Thermal base layers (top and bottom): Prepare lightweight base layers for chilly nights and early mornings.
  • Moisture-wicking shirts: For the trek, prioritize lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying long-sleeve shirts. Bring along 2 short-sleeve and 3 long-sleeve options, avoiding cotton materials.
  • Long-sleeve shirts: Long-sleeve shirts play a vital role in shielding against sun exposure, insects, and varying weather conditions during the Inca Trail journey.
  • Fleece or down Jackets:Both fleece and down jackets offer warmth and insulation for colder evenings and higher altitudes encountered on the Inca Trail.
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket: An essential item due to the unpredictable Andean weather, a waterproof and windproof jacket is indispensable for the Inca Trail.
  • Quick-dry hiking pants: Opt for 2 or 3 pairs of hiking trousers, with convertible options ideal for sunny days. Ladies may also consider leggings for added flexibility.
  • Hat or cap for sun protection: Protect yourself from the sun with a hat featuring a neck cover, and consider adding neck gaiters for additional coverage. Don't forget to pack quality sunglasses.
  • Beanies and Gloves: Include a fleece beanie and gloves in your gear, with waterproof gloves suitable for rainy conditions.
  • Hiking Boots and shoes: Ensure you have well-fitted hiking boots with rubber soles and ankle support, having worn them in beforehand.
  • Hiking sandals or comfortable shoes for evenings: After a day's trek, provide relief to your feet with hiking sandals or comfortable shoes for evenings at the campsite.
  • Wool or moisture-wicking socks (4-5 pairs): Bring a mix of thick wool socks for hiking and lighter options for campsite comfort. Aim for around 4 pairs of wool socks and 3 pairs of lightweight ones.
  • Gaiters (optional):Gaiters (optional): While not mandatory, gaiters offer added protection against mud, water, dust, and small rocks that may enter your hiking boots along the Inca Trail.
Essential Gear for Hiking the Inca Trail
packing list

Camping Gear for the Inca Trail:

  • Backpack (30-40 liters) with rain cover: Opt for a 30-40 liter backpack, ideal for carrying essential gear comfortably while being lightweight. Ensure it comes with a rain cover for weather protection.
  • Sleeping bags: Consider renting mummy-style down sleeping bags, rated around -10°C (14°F), which we provide along with liners for added warmth. Pillows will be provided for all trekking tours.
  • Trekking poles (with rubber tips): Bring adjustable, lightweight trekking poles for added stability on the trail. If you don't have them, you can rent Black Diamond poles from us.
  • Hydration bladder or water bottles (2 liters capacity): Carry a hydration bladder or reusable water containers with a capacity of at least 2 liters. Larger containers may become too heavy for the Inca Trail
  • Inflatable Mat: While we provide camping mats, you can bring or rent an inflatable mat from us for enhanced comfort and insulation during the trek.
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries: Headlamps are essential for hands-free lighting during the trek. Consider bringing a flashlight as a backu
  • Electronics: Capture memories with cameras, cellphones, or Go-Pro devices. Keep in mind that electricity won't be available during the camping nights.
  • Portable charger/power bank: Ensure you have a reliable power bank or extra batteries for charging electronic devices throughout the trek.
  • Travel money: Bring extra cash in Soles, preferably in small denominations, for purchasing souvenirs, tipping, and any necessities along the trek.

Toiletries and Miscellaneous Items

  • Sunglasses and sunblock (SPF 30+): Given the exposure to high-altitude sunlight during your hike, reliable sunscreen is crucial. Opt for water-resistant sunscreen and lip balms to protect against sunburn.
  • Insect repellent: Due to the warm and humid conditions along the Machu Picchu and Inca Trail route, it's advisable to carry insect repellent with a high Deet concentration.
  • Reusable, quick-drying travel towel: While hand towels are provided, consider bringing a compact, quick-drying towel for personal use, such as drying your face or for showers.
  • Swimsuit (optional): If you plan on extending your stay in Aguas Calientes, bringing a swimsuit might be convenient for enjoying the thermal baths.
  • Wet Wipes – Tissues: Include wet wipes, tissues, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer to maintain hygiene standards during the trek.
  • Toothbrush: Remember to pack all necessary toiletries, ensuring they are compact and lightweight. This includes items like toothbrush, toothpaste, dry shampoo, deodorant, face moisturizer, and small soap.

First Aid Kit for the Inca Trek

  • Medications: Ensure you have an ample supply of essential medications to address common health concerns that may arise during the trek, including Diamox, Pepto-Bismol, Imodium, and Ciprofloxacin. Additionally, consider including pain relievers (such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen), antihistamines for allergies, electrolyte rehydration salts for dehydration, and any personal medications you require.
  • Blister Treatment: Include blister plasters, also known as blister pads or hydrocolloid dressings, in your kit to prevent and manage blisters that may occur during long hikes. These plasters offer cushioning, reduce friction, and aid in healing.
  • Antiseptic Cream: An antiseptic cream is indispensable for preventing infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and blisters that may occur on the trek.
  • Feminine Hygiene Products: Female trekkers should pack comfortable, reliable feminine hygiene products suitable for the Inca Trail. Options may include reusable cloth pads, tampons, personal wipes, and pain relief products.
  • Day Snacks: Energy bars (1 or 2 daily) Trail mix Dried fruits Chocolate Beef jerky Electrolyte powder or tablets Candies Water purification tablets or a water filter (if needed) Tea bags or instant coffee (optional)
list of essential medicines for the Inca Trail
packing list and Medications