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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

  • Keep in mind that you will be in a mountainous, cool environment, yet close to the sun. Weather can be both hot and cool during this adventure, so please pack appropriately.
  • Please remember to pack a change of clothing, rain gear and any essentials (including toiletries) in a carry-on bag in the unlikely event that your luggage is delayed or lost by the airlines.
  • During the rainy season (November through April), we highly recommend that you bring clothes made of synthetic, quick drying material.
  • You may wish to have some nicer clothes for time spent on the mainland, or dinners on the boat, although this is completely optional.

Clothing

  • Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
    —Provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
  • Face masks
    —High-quality masks such as N95, KN95, or 3-ply surgical masks offer the best protection.
  • 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.
    —Bring an extra pair of comfortable walking shoes or sport sandals appropriate for wearing around town.
  • Socks
    —Bring several pairs made of wool or other moisture-wicking material. Cotton socks are not recommended for 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.
  • Lightweight jacket
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 2–3 short-sleeved shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

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)
  • 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 in reusable bottles to minimize waste (biodegradable products are preferred)
  • 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.
    —Mosquitoes and chiggers can sometime be a problem at Machu Picchu
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF 30)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Small medical kit (optional)
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • 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 (optional)
  • Collapsible walking stick or hiking poles (optional)
    —Walking sticks will be provided for those who wish to use them
    —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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