Ultimate Inca Trail Packing List 2021 – 2022

inca trail packing list

Ultimate Inca Trail Packing List Guide for 2021-2022

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a place you must visit at least once in your life. Over 4 days, you will be hiking through mountains, valleys, jungle, cobblestone paths, and no internet connection or route.

When hiking in the high mountains, away from the city, with no electricity, no route access, and no stores, it’s essential to take all necessary equipment with you. To complete the Inca Trail, you need to prepare physically in advance with short hikes back home and prepare your equipment in advance.

In the Andes of Cusco, we have 2 main seasons. The wet season is from November to March, and the dry season is from  April to October. However, it doesn’t matter what season you are hiking the Inca Trail; you must always be prepared for cold, wind, rain, and sunny days; the weather in the Andes and especially the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is really unpredictable.

Documents needed for the Inca Trail

Original Passport:

You will need the original passport used at the time of booking the tour. If you have renewed the Passport fate the booking, you will need to update the passport number; for this, please send us a photo of the 2 passports.

Student ID:

All travelers under 17 years old will get a 35.USD discount. Student under 25 years old at the time of entering Machu Picchu, they can also get the student discount if they have a Valid Student ID (the ID must have the name of University, photo of the Student, and Valid expiration date) IDs with no expiration date or expired date are not valid. To get the student discount, please send a copy of your ID to booking@trexperienceperu.com to see if you are eligible for the disocunt.

Vaccination to enter Peru:

You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru. Please don’t forget to consult with your doctor well in advance of your trip so they can advise you. Please check the CDC website for suggested vaccinations for visiting us (http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/peru).

Peru Travel Restrictions during Covid 19:

To enter Peru, you need a PCR or Antigen test taken no later than 72 hours from when you are boarding the flight. Quarantines are not required anymore unless you are coming from Brazil, South Arica, or India.

You will also need to complete a health Affidavit. This will give you the freedom to travel inside Peru. Please have printed this document together with a copy of your passport.

During this pandemic, the main touristic attractions are empty as they work at just 30% of their capacity. This is a perfect time to visit places like Machu Picchu.

Clothing for the Inca Trail hike

As mentioned above, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu weather are unpredictable, and rain can occur even in the driest months of the year, like July. It would be best if you always were prepared for all seasons.

During the Inca Trail, Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, and other treks to Machu Picchu are better to wear layers to remove or add depending on the weather condition or hiking up to the mountain or going down to the valley.  Temperatures throughout the day can vary significantly as you will be passing different ecological zones.


Bring around 5 or 6 sets of undergarments; you should always bring an extra set as you might use more than 1 in the day if it gets wet. 1 or 2 different will be enough as you will have to save room for others. Sports underwear is better, for bring sports bras.

Base layers:

You will need base layers for the cold nights and early morning; they must be lightweight.


Long sleeve shirts are recommended for this trek; they must be lightweight, breathable, and quick-dry material. Bring 2 short sleeve shirts and 3 long sleeve shirts; cotton is not recommended.


For the cold nights and early morning, you will need a fleece jacket. Also, we recommend bringing rain jackets.

Hiking pants:

Bring 2 or 3 hiking trousers; convertible trousers are perfect for sunny days. For ladies, leggings are also widely used.

Sun protection:

Bring a sunhat with a neck cover; neck gaiters will be very helpful to cover your neck and prevent sunburn. Also, bring good sunglasses.

Beanie and Gloves:

Bring a fleece beanie and gloves; waterproof gloves are suitable for rainy days

Hiking Boots and shoes:

Hiking boots are one of the most essential pieces of equipment on this list; you must get a rubber sole with ankle support. Make sure you have worn them before arriving on the Inca Trail. After the long hiking day, your feet will need to breathe; bring some light and comfortable sneakers or sandals.


You should have thick hiking socks to wear with the boots and some light socks to wear at the campsite. We recommend 4 pairs of thick wool socks and 3 pairs of lightweight socks.

Camping equipment for the Trek:

Sleeping bags:

Mummy-style down sleeping bags are recommended for this trek; they should be lights and temperatures rating around -10 C (14F). You can rent from us; we provide down warm sleeping bags with liner.  We will provide pillows on all our trekking tours.

Trekking poles:

Bring lightweight adjustable trekking poles for the trek; if you don’t have one, you can rent Black Diamond poles from us.

Water storage:

Bring a blader that fits your backpack or a reusable water container for at least 2 liters of water. Bigger than 21 litter in the Inca Trail might be too heavy.

Inflatable Mat:

A foam mat will be provided in your Inca Trail tour. However, you can bring or rent from us an inflatable mat that will provide you with more isolation and comfort.


Headlamps are essential for this trek, you can bring a flashlight, but headlamps are better to have hands free.


Take cameras, cellphones, or Go-Pro to capture the best moments. Remember you will be camping out in the mountains with no electricity. Bring a good power bank or extra batteries.

Travel money:

Have with you some extra cash in Soles and small denominations for souvenirs, tips, and buy anything along the trek.

Toiletries and others


You will be hiking out in the open space and high altitude; good sunscreen is important for this. Bring a water-resistant sunscreen and lip balms.

Bugs spray:

Bring insect repellent high in Deet, Machu Picchu, and Inca Trail in a warm and humid area.

Small Towel: 

We provide hand towels to dry your hands, bring a small quick-dry towel to dry your face or take a shower.

Swimsuit (optional):

If you are staying an extra day in Aguas Calientes, you can bring a bathing suit.

Wet Wipes – Tissues:

Pack wet wipes, tissues, toilet paper, and hand gels to disinfect your hands during the trek.


Please bring all your toiletries, make sure they are small, lightweight (toothbrush, toothpaste, dry shampoo, deodorant, face moisturizer, small soap)

First-aid Kit for the Inca Trek


Bring Diamox, Pepto, Ibuprofen, Imodium, motion sickness pills.

Blister Plasters:

Treat blister early to reduce friction. Take also band-aids.

Antiseptic cream:

Very important, have it a safe place.

Feminine products:


Snack for the day:

Energy bars (one or 2 per day)
Dry fruits
Beef Jerky


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