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What to Pack for a Machu Picchu Adventure

The following packing list contains general recommendations for a trip to Machu Picchu. If you are currently booked on a Machu Picchu adventure with Natural Habitat Adventures, please consult your pre-departure materials for the most comprehensive and up-to-date packing list for your trip. You will receive these pre-departure materials 60–90 days before your departure.

Simplify your packing—shop at Nat Hab’s online Gear Store for some of the key items recommended for your adventure. Look for this icon in the list below, then go to the Nat Hab Gear Store to start shopping.

ADVENTURE-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

  • You will be in a mountainous, cool environment, yet close to the sun. Weather can be hot and cool (and wet!) during your adventure, so please pack appropriately.
  • We highly recommend bringing clothes made of synthetic, quick-drying material, especially during the rainy season.

 

CLOTHING

  • Waterproof rain jacket with hood
    —This should be waterproof (not just water-resistant). We recommend one that is also made of breathable material.
  • Lightweight, water-repellent pants
    —These are helpful if traveling during the rainy season. Again, make sure the material is breathable.
  • Tennis shoes or lightweight hiking boots
    —Although some people are completely comfortable with tennis shoes at all times, lightweight hiking boots with good ankle support can be useful for hikes or treks. Make sure any shoes you bring are broken in to prevent blisters.
  • Socks
    —Bring several pairs made of wool or other moisture-wicking material. Cotton socks are not recommended for hikes.
    —Crew-length or higher socks are great because you can tuck pants into socks on hikes.
  • Fleece jacket
  • 2 pairs of comfortable lightweight pants
  • 1 pair of nylon, zip-off pants
    —For cooler mornings and warmer afternoons.
  • 1 pair of shorts
    —You may not need these if you bring zip-off pants.
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2–3 short-sleeved shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Undergarments

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Cash
    —For gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation).
    —For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee).
  • Water bottle
  • Small, water-resistant daypack
    —To carry gear during outings.
  • Sun hat (with brim for protection)
  • Small flashlight or headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Binoculars
  • Bandana
  • Instant cooling scarf (such as EnduraCool)
    —Can be soaked in water and used to stay cool on hot days.
  • Electrolyte/flavor crystal packets (optional)
    —Can be added to water to replace fluids in case of intestinal illness and/or enhance the taste to encourage hydration.
  • Outlet adapter and/or power converter
  • Compact umbrella (optional)
  • Sunglasses (with UV filter)
  • Earplugs
  • Toiletries
  • Insect repellent
    —Repellents containing DEET are the most effective against mosquitoes, but please be aware that DEET is a very strong ingredient, and it can damage plastics, clothing and equipment.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF 30)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Small medical kit
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Battery-operated alarm clock or wristwatch
  • Dry bags or reusable waterproof bags
    —Bring several sizes. These are helpful to have on hand for wet or dirty clothing and to protect camera equipment.
  • Spanish/English dictionary
  • Sewing kit (optional)
  • Collapsible walking stick or hiking poles (optional)
    —If you are bringing poles, make sure they fit in your checked baggage, as you will not be allowed to carry them on the plane.
  • Hairdryer (optional)
    —Hairdryers are generally provided at all of the accommodations used during the adventure.
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