How To Pack Like A Pro For Your Trip To Peru

You can’t miss these essential items for your trip to Peru.

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As home to the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu and the Nazca Desert; Peru has become a top touristic destination for today’s adventurers and curious wanderlusts. With so much to do ranging from enriching museums, trekking the Inca Trails to indulging in world-class restaurants, you’re most likely planning a trip to both Lima and Cusco. Due to the changing altitudes from high mountains in Cusco to seaside Lima, you might be a little confused on what to pack for this epic trip. Follow the lists below, and you’ll be fortunately prepped on the fashion and gadget front.

Since Peru is located in the southern hemisphere, its summer months span from December to February with temperatures in Lima reaching 80s°F. Meanwhile, Cusco’s climate is cool throughout the year thanks to its elevation, with temperatures ranging from 34°F to 71°F

MAJOR TIP! Pack lots of layers.

Complete Packing List:

  • 3 T-shirts
  • 1 polo shirt (men) / 1 summer dress (ladies)
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of convertible pants
  • 2 pair of athletic shorts
  • 1 rain coat (or waterproof jacket)
  • 1 hoodie or lightweight jacket
  • Enough undergarments to last through your trip (2-3 bras for ladies)
  • 4 pairs of socks (more if you won’t be handwashing them)
  • 1 swimsuit or swim trucks for gents
  • 1 pair of sneakers
  • 1 pair of sandals or flip flops
  • Ladies: 1 pair of heels
  • Sunscreen
  • Shampoo
  • Soap/shower gel
  • Toothpaste + toothbrush
  • Razor + shaving cream
  • Comb or brush
  • First-aid kit (emergency supplies for: headaches, stomach aches, motion sickness, minor cuts, and band-aids.)
  • Towel (if you don’t plan on staying in a hotel)
  • 220-voltage converter
  • Computer/phone chargers
  • External battery
  • Flashlight
  • Hard Drive (if you want to backup your images)
  • Money
  • Passport
  • Money Belt (men) / fanny pack (ladies)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Locks for backpack or suitcase
  • Water bottle
  • Water purifier pen or sterilizing tablets

PS: Ladies don’t forget: birth control and tampons!

Winter List:

Packing for Peru during winter months (June – August) can be a lot more chilly than other seasons. You should follow the list above, then add the items below accordingly:

  • 1 extra pair of jeans
  • 4 more shirts (you need a variety of layers by mixing flannels, fleece and hoodies)
  • 1 beanie
  • 1 goose down parka
  • 1 pair of gloves
  • 1 scarf
  • Ladies: 1-2 pairs of leggings for extra warmth in lower altitudes.

Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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