The Re-Do Packing List for Machu Picchu

In my most recent trip with Under30Experiences to Peru. I created a quick video and blog (What To Pack For Peru- Machu Picchu) post about what to pack for my three-week trip to Peru. To be honest, I packed too much! Surprise. Surprise.

Now that I HAVE MADE the mistakes, I figured I share some light. Promise this list will be extremely useful.

What To Pack: (this was the original list. What now has a STRIKETHROUGH is no longer needed) – I believe this will narrow down at least 50% of the list. Making packing for Peru and Machu Picchu a joke!

*NOTE: Make sure to always check a weather app for the local weather forecast. This will help you decided how many items to bring of each.  If you’re going in June-July, it’s winter in Peru, so the weather is usually chilly (but not too cold) during the day, but really cold at night. 

  1. T-shirts
  2. Long sleeved shirt- I would bring 3 MAX
  3. Hooded sweatshirt- * If you like to shop, you could buy a cheap wool, Peruvian style in Cusco. If not, 1 us fine. 
  4. Windbreaker
  5. Warm socks- 1 pair to sleep in. 2 for hiking. 
  6. Underwear
  7. Bathing suit
  8. Yoga or athletic pants- 2 MAX
  9. Winter hat and gloves/ cap
  10. Sunglasses
  11. Clothes to go out to casual dinner- No one really dresses up. I’d maybe bring 1 nice sweater. It’s also really cold in Cusco so something warm will help.
    1. Not too fancy: One casual shirt or nice blouse
    2. One long sleeve dress
  12. Toiletries (make sure to bring travel size)

    1. Shampoo, Conditioner
    2. Toothbrush
    3. Toothpaste
    4. Cleanser
    5. Moisturizer
    6. Razor
    7. Sunscreen
    8. Sunscreen gloss
    9. Makeup
  13. Shoes:
    1. Hiking/ Trekking Sneakers or boots (suggest waterproof)
    2. Sneakers or shoes to wear all day when you’re walking in the town- If you have hiking/trekking sneakers you don’t need another pair or sneakers. I would bring light TOMS or a pair of Converse. 
    3. One pair of light flip-flops
    4. One pair of nice boots for going out (don’t have to be heels)
  14. A day bag or side bag for sightseeing
  15. Passport (and a photocopy of your passport)
  16. Camera gear (Camera, GroPro, tripod, etc. )
Like I said, it gets cold at night and although during the day it is warmer, it doesn’t take very long to get cold. Best recommendation is to layer up before leaving your hotel room. This list is specifically made if you’re traveling to Lima or Cusco. Remember if you’re traveling to higher altitudes chances are it’s going to be cold so this list will help too!