Inca Trail to Machu Picchu|
What to Bring
Official Papers, Valid passport with photocopy, airline tickets.
During the day hopefully it will be generally sunny enough for shorts and T-shirts though having a fleece and rain gear handy is advisable. It will get cold (as low as zero degrees whilst camping) especially in the evenings so bring a warm fleece jacket, a good waterproof and some warm clothes including thermal underwear, gloves, scarf and woolly hat as well as one set of smarter clothes for Cusco. Good quality Alpaca jumpers are available in Cusco. A good quality sleeping bag is essential for your enjoyment of this trip.
Duffel bag (6,000 cu. in., able to easily hold all your gear).
Daypack, 2,000-3,000 cu. in. to carry your camera, water bottles, sweater, etc.
Luggage tags, small locks.
Sleeping bag rated to 10°F.
Lightweight, easily washable items for city wear (you can store these items at your hotel or some of the Inca Trail operators provide a secured storage room).
Medium-weight parka or down jacket.
Rain jacket and pants-jacket should be water repellent and roomy; side-zip pants are recommended.
Midweight fleece or wool sweater.
Wool or flannel shirt, long-sleeve shirts, short-sleeve T-shirts.
Hiking pants-cotton or lightweight wool (no jeans).
Fleece pants for cold evenings in camp.
Hiking shorts-knee-length or walking shorts are best.
Bandana, wool or synthetic warm hat, light sun hat with wide brim, midweight wool or synthetic gloves.
Thermal underwear-synthetic or wool, midweight top and bottom.
Wool or synthetic socks, synthetic liner socks.
Lightweight hiking boots-waterproof and well broken-in.
Running or tennis shoes or Teva-type sandals for around camp.
Personal first-aid kit, pocket knife, insect repellent, sewing kit, toiletry kit, toilet paper (1 roll), baby wipes. towel and washcloth.Two 1-liter water bottles or hydration pack.
Compact flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries and bulb.
Plastic bags (various sizes) for items that must stay dry.
Sunscreen and lip balm-SPF 15 or higher, sunglasses.
Camera, film and extra batteries.
Passport carrier or money belt.
Stuff sacks for sorting gear.
Garbage bags for laundry/lining inside of duffel bag.
Insect repellent (not usually needed).
Reading and writing materials.
Favorite energy snacks.
Expect a wide range of temperature and precipitation on your trek. In high mountain environments, you must be prepared for inclement weather at any time. Even at mid-day, if clouds obscure the sun the apparent temperature cools dramatically.
By packing a system of thin, independent layers, you can easily add or remove layers to remain comfortable as conditions change. Most trekkers leave camp in the morning wearing a cold-weather layer over T-shirt and shorts. At the first rest stop, after you have warmed up a bit, remove the top layer and continue in hot-weather clothing until the temperature cools off later in the day.
At all times you need to carry rain-gear in your day-pack. Basic clothing list: underwear, socks, light hiking boots, sneakers for around camp, loose-fitting long pants or wind-pants, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirt, bunting jacket, full rain gear, sun hat, bathing suit, gloves and wool hat.
Cotton is wonderful in warm weather, however, once it becomes wet it will drain your body heat. Plan on bringing at least one synthetic shirt that will maintain its warmth when wet. Examples of these fabrics are Capilene(r), MTS(r) and Thermax(r).
If you plan on purchasing new boots, do so well ahead of time and allow yourself time to break them in. Bring some extra moleskin, Second Skin, or Compeed for fast foot treatment, plus tape.
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