Packing

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The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary.

All items on this list are optional and suggestions only and given in good faith. You must determine your own needs, but these have been suggested by those familiar with the demands of the tour and the local services and environment.

Photo by Megan GastonYou must determine what you are able & willing to carry daily while travelling throughout and while hiking if you will be doing a trek.

For treks:

We recommend you pack carefully and lightly so you may enjoy the tour and the experience to its fullest!

During any treks you will be able to store unnecessary gear and luggage at the hotel in the start city in your main bag.  While trekking, porters or mules will carry 7kg including your sleeping bag, in a duffel bag that we will provide you.  The remaining gear will be carried by you in your daypack. Pack wisely; you won’t be able to get anything from the porters/mules during the day.  If you are doing a trek, you will have a pre-trek briefing either 1 or 2 days before the trek so that you can ask any last-minute packing questions then.

If doing a homestay:

During your home-stay, you will spend a night with a local family. This is a great opportunity to bring school supplies, colouring books, crayons or even sun-block for the children of the home-stay family.  Something from home makes it even more special.  Bring a photo of your family, your house, your pet, you will be surprised at how interested your host family is.

Travel / Tour Documents

  • Passport +  photocopy of passport  (leave in hotel safe when available) 
  • Visa, if necessary
  • Airplane tickets & Travel Itinerary
  • USD Cash – exchange for local currency at the airport, in banks or as recommended by your local rep.
  • Credit cards & emergency contact info if lost/stolen
  • Emergency Contact info – friends / family back home
  • Health / medical / insurance coverage, policy and contact information for emergency services & care
  • Spanish dictionary / phrase book
  • Journal / notebook / pen / highlighter / calculator
  • Tour / travel / map  info – any personal documents

It is a good idea to scan your important documents before leaving home and send them to your email address and to someone at home.  This way, you always have access to a copy in the event that the original gets lost or stolen.  Also, you can make a photocopy, which you put in your carryon luggage.

Clothing – the number of items will depend on the length of your stay but we have to put together this list to give you an idea of what you will need.

  • Be ready for dramatic temperature change. Pack for cold weather (close to freezing) and warm weather in sun (20-22oC), and rain.
  • Plan to dress in layers – by climbing from early morning thru to mid / late day, from low to high altitude you’ll experience low to high temps fluctuating throughout the day
  • Local laundry services are available
  • Comfortable pants (for jungle or trekking it is a good idea to bring at least one pair of lightweight, quick dry pants.)
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts 
  • Long sleeved shirts (a quick-dry shirt with a collar is a nice alternative for hiking and dining)
  • Windbreaker, sweater, fleece, Gortex or other waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking / running shoes, sandals
  • Long underwear
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Under garments, quick dry clothes
  • Gloves and scarf (woollen gloves and scarves can be purchased locally if desired)
  • Hat – one for sun protection and one for warmth (local women will be selling wool Peruvian hats throughout the trip)
  • Sunglasses – sun protection
  • Bathing suit (jungle)

Gear / Luggage for those who are doing a trek

  • Light Hiking boots or shoes – above ankle, waterproof, already broken-in and comfortable, not new boots
  • Thin Lining sock (Polypropylene or Capilene to put under your hiking sock) to avoid blisters
  • Mole skin or similar product in the event of blisters
  • Rain gear, rain poncho (ponchos can be purchased locally)
  • Day pack – 20-25l for carry-on, daily touring & for trekking
  • Walking stick with rubber tip for doing the Inca Trail – can be rented on site
  • Zip-off travel pants or other comfortable pants for hiking – 2 pairs
  • Zip lock bags – to waterproof miscellaneous items such as cameras, phones, etc.
  • 2-3 large plastic bags - to waterproof/store/carry items miscellaneous
  • Camelback or refillable water bottle – only use bottled or boiled water to replenish
  • Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries/bulb
  • Sleeping bag – can be rented locally (if renting, it is recommended to bring a liner)

 

Optional but recommended rentals(Majestic will assist you with the rental process – let us know ahead of time if you want to rent)

  • Sleeping bag ($6US per day)
  • Poles ($2 per pole per day)
  • Sleeping Mat ($6US per day)
  • Rain Poncho – good for covering your day-pack as you hike (can be purchased locally for $3 USD)

Toiletries

  • Personal toiletries – travel size
  • Toilet paper – often unavailable in local facilities
  • Sun block SPF 30 and sun protection lip balm SPF 20 – a must, the sun is extremely strong
  • Wet wipes (very handy as there are no showers on many treks and hand sanitizer
  • Tenser bands / support products / support brace (if required)
  • First aid kit / bandages
  • Contact lens & solution / extra pair eyeglasses (if required)
  • Feminine products

Medicines

  • Travel vaccinations as indicated by a travel doctor
  • Medication for motion sickness
  • Altitude medication – If desired
  • Digestion / diarrhoea – Imodium
  • Pain killers
  • Personal prescriptions – labelled, for carry on (Please note that if you are bringing syringes for your prescriptions, they must be packed in your checked luggage.)
  • Personal first-aid kit including band aid and blister kit

Camera/Ancillary devices (Optional)

  • Camera / Video
  • Extra batteries for cameras/devices (Please bring rechargeable batteries if possible.  Batteries are very toxic and there are no proper facilities here for their disposal.)
  • Camera lens filter – polarized – recommended for Machu Picchu / altitudes
  • Memory Stick / memory card / Disk (many camera stores can burn your photos onto a CD for you for less than $10)
  • Travel convertor / adaptor – 220v
  • Travel / Alarm clock
  • Cell phone / Laptop (optional – there are computers in or near most hotels)
  • Associated recharging chords
  • Binoculars, especially for the jungle

Other

  • Insect repellent and 'sting relief'
  • Mini-Sewing kit
  • Luggage tags & Locks
  • Passport and Money pouch
  • Sterilizing tablets (iodine/chlorine-based) just in case.

 

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