Packing List for Peru and Machu Picchu Trip

What to Bring on a Tour to Peru and Machu Picchu

Author: The Traveling Professor/Saturday, December 8, 2018/Categories: Peru & Machu Picchu

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After doing 20+ small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu, The Traveling Professor has come up a list, for both men and women, of what to pack on a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu: 


On the plane I usually have light pants or jeans, shirt, light jacket, and my hiking boots/shoes on.  I carry on a backpack that fits under the seat in front of me.  The backpack has my camera, phone, chargers, passport (in plastic baggie), notebook computer, pen, notebook computer and a deck of playing cards.  Special electrical adaptors may be necessary.
Dress is always casual in Peru.  This is what will be in my carry on:

  • 2 pairs of hiking shorts
  • 4 t-shirts, one or two of them being long sleeve
  • 1 button down, Oxford type shirt
  • 1 long sleeve, mock turtle neck shirt
  • 3 pairs of thick, comfortable hiking  socks, 3 pairs of lighter athletic socks
  • 6 pairs of underwear 
  • 1 umbrella purchased from the “dollar store”
  • Band-aids
  • 40 SPF minimum sun block and lip balm with sun block (can be purchased in Peru)
  • Bug spray (can also be purchased in Peru)
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • Poncho
  • 1 pair binoculars
  • Hand sanitizer liquid (can be purchased in Peru)
  • 1 guide book
  • Medications (always bring more than needed in case of trip delays)
  • 3 plastic supermarket shopping bags (I use them to protect items in my backpack from rain)
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Baseball cap or hat
  • Small daypack
  • Earplugs and eye cover
  • Toiletries:  razors, dental floss, toothbrush & toothpaste, hairspray, comb, moisturizer, bar soap.  Liquids must be in small, travel-approved containers. 
  • Printed documentation of hotel and airline reservation
  • 4 photocopies of my passport with emergency contact info, hotel info, and medical conditions written on back.
  • Plastic baggies to protect passports and electronics from wet weather.
  • Some items may be shared between 2 people.   



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