PERU PACKING LIST
Peru is a really diverse country. One day, you might be lounging at the beach, the next trekking a snow-capped mountain, and the third day you could very well be delving into the thick Amazon rainforest or sandboarding the dunes of an endless desert. Check out my two-week Peru itinerary to get an idea of what I mean (and feel free to steal any ideas if you haven't finished planning your Peru route!)
So, uh… that makes packing for Peru a bit complicated.
Peru is located so close to the equator that seasons, as we know them, don't really exist over there. Instead, there is the dry season (May to October) and the wet season (December to March). Also, the country is separated into different climate zones: Coast/Desert, Highlands, and Rainforest. It looks roughly like this:
Keeping that in mind, I've compiled a detailed Peru packing list that will hopefully save you tons of hours browsing through other guides 🙂
PERU PACKING LIST
- 1 pair of jeans for city walks and such.
- 1-2 pairs of leggings or athletic pants. I went for leggings as they can double as pj's in the highlands area. Make sure at least one of your leggings are thermal for treks.
- 1-2 swimsuits if you're headed to the beach or your hotel has a pool.
- Shorts if you're going to the coast area.
- 1-2 dresses for Lima and Cuzco
- A sweater or hoodie.
- Jacket. Especially if you're going to the highlands area. Consider a fleece too. If you won't be spending that much time in the highlands and don't want to over-pack, you can also rent jackets in Cuzco.
- T-shirts. Bring a few nice ones for city walks and definitely a thermal long-sleeve one for treks and cold nights in the highlands. Bonus points if they're made of cotton so they dry faster in humid areas.
Comfortable hiking shoes. The hiking opportunities in Peru are endless and hiking shoes actually come in useful here (I say that because I tend to hate traveling with them. They're heavy and super space-consuming, so I almost always opt for sneakers).
I recommend the Ahnu's Sugarpine Hiking Shoes.
Comfortable sneakers. Really. Unless you are planning on spending time in Lima, ditch the heels and cute shoes. Go for shoes that are really, really comfortable to walk in.
Extra: Flip flops. I don't really recommend flip flops for walking in Peru as most cities and towns have cobblestone streets.
They're useful if you plan on staying in hostels or dodgy guesthouses (for the showers). I love these Sidekick foldable flip flops because they bend and don't take up any space.
Travel adapter. Peru has sockets type A and C with a voltage of 220. Most nationalities will need to bring an adapter to be able to charge their gadgets and to stay on the safe side as many can't handle that voltage.
A wide-brim hat to protect yourself from the sun.
Sunglasses + sunscreen
Yellow fever card if you'll be visiting areas in the Amazonas (Iquitos, Puerto Maldonado, etc). Although not required by law, it's always best to get the shot!
Moisturizing lotion if you're headed to the highlands as it can get really dry there.
Mosquito repellent for Machu Picchu, the Amazonas, and coastal areas.
A purifying water bottle like the GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier. The tap water in Peru isn't safe to drink, so I'd definitely get one of these. It filters bacteria, viruses, and chemicals from any source of fresh water in a matter of seconds.
Travel towel. They're super light to carry, take almost no space in my luggage, and they dry super quickly. A huge bonus is that they can double as blankets if you find yourself in a cold plane or bus. I recommend this one by Youphoria.
Packing cubes. They’ll save you tons of space because they compress air and they’re also a great way to stay organized.
I can unpack easily and I always know where to find my things instead of scrambling through my bag and making a mess as soon as I arrive at my accommodation. I use this set of packing cubes from Ebags.
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