On this article we suggest some articles you will need to include in your packing list to the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. All of us have the Inca Trail on our bucket lists because it is such an incredible experience to hike it, discovering the subtle trails and Inca ruins as you ascend the stunning Andean mountains to the legendary Machu Picchu at the end.
But for the majority of us, acclimating to the weather and the surroundings can be a little difficult. It is always preferable to be prepared for the worst so that you can make the Inca Trail an unforgettable experience.
We’ve put together the ultimate Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Packing List so that you don’t forget any essential items.
Remember to take clothing that is comfortable but can be layered up because as you go up the mountains it will be very cold/or sunny depending on the sudden weather changes. Take both short-sleeved and long-sleeved tops, long pants and shorts, jackets, raincoats, ponchos, sweaters, socks and plenty of underwear! Hats, gloves and scarves may come in handy when you are hiking at night.
If you are considering hiking shoes/boots it would be great but make sure they are waterproof. You cannot exactly predict the weather during the Inca Trail hike but the higher chances are for rain, the paths will be muddy and wet so you need to be prepared with good supportive and waterproof shoes.
You will be hiking the Inca Trail for up to 4 days, so that means the journey won’t be very easy. There are no shops to buy anything on the way. You have to make sure you have everything you need when it comes to toiletries – toilet paper, wet wipes, hair brush, shampoo (if needed), soap, deodorants, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen etc.
If you have booked your Inca Trail hike through a reputable company, it is more likely that food and water are included in your price. However, it is always a good idea to carry water in reusable bottles, take some chocolate (this helps with altitude sickness), protein bars and biscuits.
Once again, if you have booked your Inca Trail hike through a reputable company, it is more likely that there will be a first-aid kit. But you can also take your first aid kit, including your medications, bandages, gloves, gauze, antiseptic wipes, altitude sickness medications and so on.
Don’t forget to take your passport when going on the Inca Trail hike. Every tourist starting the hike must present a passport to the governmental checkpoint at the beginning of the trail. The purpose is to maintain the restrictions on the number of tourists who can take the trail every day so that it is protected. Just in case, you should also carry copies of your health insurance and emergency contact information.
Some of the other essentials that you might need to include in your packing list are sleeping bags, flashlights, cameras, camera batteries, power banks, mosquito repellents and some cash in hand so that you can pay for the porters or guides who lead the way.