There is a lot to consider when packing for whatever vacation you choose. And packing to go to Peru is no different, as it is a diverse country that you will need to pack for many different climates. If you plan to spend time in the jungle, you will need cooler, more breathable clothing with long sleeves to protect yourself from stinging insects. If you plan to visit Peru and the altitude of Cusco and Puno where temperatures are low, you will need to bring warm clothing and wet weather gear when visiting Peru. Since most people focus on the highlands of Peru, and sometimes the Amazon in Peru and other warmer regions, we have put together an article. Together with our team of experts from Machu Travel Peru, we have listed some of the necessary items you may want to take on your vacation in Peru.
Some of the necessary items that you have to take to Peru.
- Basic clothing to take to Peru
- Footwear for Peru
- Clothing for warm regions
- Clothing for colder regions
- Alternative utility things
- Medications to bring
- Electric elements for Peru
- Other objects to take into account
- Travel insurance
- Alternative tips
BASIC CLOTHING TO TAKE TO PERU
We will start with the clothes that you may need to take with you. When packing you will need to think in layers. Since it can be cold, hot, and humid in one day. So layers are the way to go. Some of the recommended garments include light shirts, shorts, long trekking pants, jeans, underwear as much as you think you will need, the same with socks. A warm sweater and a zip-up jacket (preferably fleece) are necessary items for cold nights. As well as a good jacket, a large scarf (it can be used for many different purposes), a hat that covers both the face and the neck, an outfit, sunglasses, and a bathing suit for the hot springs.
FOOTWEAR FOR PERU
Footwear is also an important aspect to consider and you have to bring the right type. Good quality walking shoes are necessary items; you will be walking a lot so you need to be comfortable. If you plan to hike, you will need high boots that should also be waterproof. These can be purchased from a store to get the proper fit. Flat sandals can also be helpful to get your feet off the boots.
CLOTHING FOR WARM REGIONS
If you plan to spend time in the warmer regions of Peru, you will need to consider the type of clothing that is suitable for these regions. Light cotton is the answer to your jungle excursion. To avoid being bitten in the different nature reserves, be sure to wear long pants and long sleeves. For Lima and the coast in the summer months, you will need light clothing and sandals or flip-flops. The weather can be very hot and humid, but along the coast, there are many beaches to enjoy. The coast usually never sees rain. Instead, there will be a lot of fog, especially in Lima, except during the summer in Peru. This runs from December to March. The Peruvian coast requires fewer necessary items than other regions of Peru.
CLOTHING FOR COLDER REGIONS
If you are going to travel to Peru, you will surely travel somewhere up high, and that means it will be cold. The highlands include any of the mountainous areas such as Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Arequipa. It also includes any of the treks that go to the Inca citadel such as the Inca Trail. Also on the list are destinations such as Cusco, Lake Titicaca, and the mountains of the Andes. It is advisable to bring light and waterproof jackets, trekking leggings, waterproof gloves, a hat, hiking boots, comfortable shoes, thick socks, and especially sunscreen. To enjoy trekking in Peru, it is better that you bring certain equipment. These necessary items will make your adventure in the highlands unique.
ALTERNATIVE UTILITY THINGS
Let’s move on to other necessary items that you will need to bring on the different tours in Peru. It is a good idea to bring many of your toiletries and medicines to Peru. When you are on the Machu Picchu tours, it is important to keep in mind that you will be in the vicinity of the jungle. Even the Inca citadel has a subtropical climate due to its proximity to the jungle. As insects can be a problem, it is recommended to bring your repellent from home. Since the repellent in Peru is not as good as the lotion that is sold in your country. Like sunscreen, you will need to reapply it several times a day, especially while hiking.
MEDICATIONS TO BRING
Some of the medicines you should carry with you are pain relievers, stomach pain relievers, flu medicine, and something for altitude sickness. If you travel to the jungle areas, you may want to ask your doctor about anti-malarial medications. Something that will come in handy is band-aids and some blister cream in case you are walking a lot. Sometimes it is difficult to find the brands you like in Peru, so bring all the cosmetics you like, as you may not get them in Peru. Carrying your medications will make you enjoy the different things to do in Peru much more calmly.
ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS FOR PERU
Regarding electronics, Peru has A and C plugs, but citizens of most countries will need to bring an adapter. Carry extra batteries and a DS card for your camera. A flashlight is always a good idea. Many of you love to read a good book on the go, but these can get heavy on your luggage. So today’s e-readers are the way to go, plus you can download new books when you’re connected to the internet.
OTHER OBJECTS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT
Among other important objects to consider we can mention the following that will be extremely useful. Either on your Peru vacations or on your luxury trips. First, a day pack to store your camera, water, snacks, and your raincoat and sweater. A day pack is highly recommended for day trips, especially if you plan to hike. Bring a good bottle of water from home, this will go a long way on day trips and hikes. You can also buy water almost everywhere to fill your bottles. Staying hydrated, especially at altitude, is very important.
It is also a good idea to consider the following items that will make your vacation that much more enjoyable. It is important to buy travel insurance before leaving home, especially if you are traveling to Peru alone. You may not need it, but prevention is better than cure. Peru is a fairly safe country, but there are always risks when traveling abroad. Medical emergencies, urgent and unscheduled trips home, and theft can be stressful events. These inconveniences cannot always help us, but they can be solved through a reliable travel insurance plan. Travel insurance is our best defense when traveling away from home.
As for guides, Lonely Planet is a great guide to take with you on any trip anywhere in the world. And the Peru edition is very helpful as it offers history, advice on hotels, tours, attractions, and facts about Peru. In addition to the manual, a Spanish phrasebook can help you if you find yourself in a difficult situation. Some things that you should not take with you on your Peru vacation are your expensive jewelry at home. Valuable items can make you a target for thieves. Do not carry a lot of cash, as there are many ATMs in the main cities to withdraw money.
“A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES MUST BEGIN WITH A SINGLE STEP.”
In conclusion, the necessary elements that you will have to carry out will depend a lot on the region you are looking to visit. Together with Machu Travel Peru, we hope to have been of help for your future trip to Peru. If you want to know more about our scheduled trips, you can consult with our team of advisers. They can also help you know what to pack and what not to pack. We will be waiting for your prompt consultation.
Peru has so much to offer, it can be hard to know where to start. With many years of experience in the tourism sector, Machu Travel Peru is happy to help with anything regarding your trip to Machu Picchu and any tours around it. Make your Machu Picchu experience an unforgettable one!