Packing list for Machu Picchu

Packing list for Machu Picchu

Probably you are wondering what to take on your trip to Peru and especially on your trip to Machu Picchu. Cusco is situated high up in the Andes, which makes the weather very hard to forecast. We have two seasons; the rainy season, which runs from November to March, and the dry season which is from April to October. We advise all visitors to prepare for all types of weather by carrying the following items with them at all times; a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and proper rain gear. Additionally, many of our treks involve quick transfers from the cold, high mountains to warm, sub-tropical climates. Therefore layers work best! Its always better to be prepared for all weather types so you can concentrate on having the best possible experience.
It’s important to consider that you must leave your big suitcases in Cusco, most of the hotels provide free storage or you can keep your luggage safely with us as well. If your trek is more than 3 days, we will provide you a duffle bags for your personal stuff, and you need a backpack as well to carry essential for the day.
If you are trekking for a day or 2 days, you need to carry your belongings as we do not have porters for these tours, the same if you are taking our tours by train. in both cases, we can transfer a small carry on by bus or by train o the next stop. This has to be requested in advance.
Inca Trail Porters
You must carry all the time with you everywhere.
  • Valid, original Passport (a copy will not be accepted)
  • Valid, Student Card (if you booked as a student)
  • Hiking boots (light, comfortable and broken in)
  • A good quality daypack (light, small and comfortable)
  • Suncream, bug spray, rain gear
  • Water storage for at least 2 liters; either a camel bag or water bottle(s)

Daypacks during hiking


Below is a list of items that we highly recommend you keep with you at all times in your personal backpack. Remember you will be carrying this with you every day of the trek so we recommend you bring a good quality daypack which is both light and comfortable. It is important to note that due to local regulations, your backpack should not exceed 25L. All larger backpacks can not be taken into Machu Picchu and will need to be stored outside the gates.

  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Rain gear
  • Warm layers (fleece / long-sleeved tops)
  • Sun cream, bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
  • Personal medication
  • Band-aids, moleskin
  • Camera, extra batteries
  • Head torch
  • Extra snacks, power bars, chocolate
  • Extra money for souvenirs, drinks & tips (small change is useful for paying to use the villagers’ toilets on the first day)

Inca Trail Porters


Trexperience will provide you with a duffel bag in which you can pack any items that you won’t need to keep with you during the day. Our porters will carry this bag for you throughout the trek. Please note this bag should weigh a maximum of 7 kg including the weight of your sleeping bag and air mattress (if you bring/rent one). When rented from us these two items weigh approximately 3 kg. During the Inca Trek, you will travel through different temperatures as you climb/descend, it can also be cold at night when at the campsite. Therefore layers work best!.  During alñternative treks, we use mules to carry food and equipment.

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented from us)
  • Air mattress (can be rented from us)
  • Some light, comfortable shoes for the camp
  • Warm jacket, hat, and gloves
  • 2-3 t-shirts (wicking t-shirts are best)
  • 1-2 hiking pants/trousers
  • 4 sets of undergarments
  • 4 sets of hiking socks
  • 1 Fleece
  • 1 Warm, down jacket for the coldest nights
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Soap
  • Wet wipes
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Face moisturizer
  • Powerpack/battery charger
  • Plastic bags to keep wet or muddy clothes separate

Mules, during Salkantay trek

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