Inca Trail Packing List Machu Picchu

Packing List for Inca Trek Trail To Machu Picchu

Peru is an astonishing place and offers many mesmerizing attractions for its visitors. Tourists from distant corners of the world come to cherish the marvelous wonders of the country. One such temptation is the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the 7 wonders of the world and is a rich possessor of exquisite views. This is the reason why people book special Inca Trail Trek to the place. However, the trek is not simple can be very dangerous and tedious if one is not equipped properly. Thus, special attention needs to be paid on the essentials one should carry while going on this trek.
Here is detailed information on the Inca Trail Trek packing list to Machu Picchu.


Layering is what comes to mind when one thinks of packing for the trek. Layering has an advantage when you would be exposed to winds as well as shaded valleys. Thus, use wool as clothing so that it allows moisture to pass through the environment. Cotton as well as denim should be avoided. 
Thus, one needs to keep lightweight hiking socks, medium weight hiking socks, and heavy weight camping socks, when it comes to packing for feet. Moreover, it is advisable to keep 3 pairs of woolen socks and warm mittens to keep the hands safe and warm.


Take waterproof jackets along with medium or heavyweight down jacket and one long sleeved jacket. Do not take denim jackets.


It is always better to take along sports underwear as it may get very cold in the mornings and late evenings. Also keep short as well as long sleeve non-cotton shirts in your packing bags. 

Head gear

For keeping your head safe from any kind of harsh weather conditions, keep a wide brimmed visor as well as one warm cap. 


For covering your legs, make sure that you keep long hiking pants as well as waterproof rain pants to keep you dry when it rains. One can also take along polar fleece pants.

Other Essentials

In addition to these essentials which need to be included in your packing list. These include a day pack which should be 1,800 to 2,500 cubic inches having a waist belt. Moreover, you need mountain duffle bag which should be able to carry all your mountain gear. In addition, you should also take along one sleeping bag, two trekking poles, water bottles, batteries, camping pillow, camera, insect repellant, flashlight, and first aid kit.

Inca Trail Packing List 

  • Sunhat
  • Water bottle  
  • Watertight bag for camera 
  • Insect repellent  
  • Lip salve
  • Trainers for relaxing 
  • Walking or lightweight trail boots
  • 3-season sleeping bag (4-season Jul-Aug) (these can be rented in Cusco – please ask at time of booking)
  • Warm hat, gloves and thermal underwear if travelling Jun-Sept
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal First Aid kit
  • Torch (and spare batteries)
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight cotton clothing, tight weave for the jungle
  • Warm mid-layer i.e. fleece (extra layers in June/July are essential)

For more details on a Inca Trail Packing List, baggage, local currency and costs, vaccinations, altitude sickness and other frequently asked questions read the printable Trip Notes which are on each Inca Trail trip web page, or ask a Travel Consultant for details.