The weather in the Peruvian Andes is unpredictable at any time of the year. Even though in the dry season which is from May to October, it can rain. As you hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, each day, you will be in different altitudes and landscapes, so being well-prepared is very important to have a successful and memorable adventure. In this post, we’ve created this ultimate packing list for the Inca Trail for everyone whether you are hiking in the wet or dry season.


  • Headlamp with extra batteries: It is very important.
  • Passport: It should the same that you book your permits.
  • Valid student card (if you reserve your permit as a student)
  • Immigration Card ( you were given on the plane as you enter Peru)
  • Good daypack a 20 to 24-liter pack would be a good size for hiking Inca Trail.
  • Water reservoir: like Camelbaks are highly recommended – but enough for at least 1.5-2 liters.
  • Trekking shoes and Comfortable shoes for camp. Be sure that you break in your hiking boots by using them during practice trekking.


  • 2-3 short sleeve t-shirts and 1-2 long sleeve
  • 2-3 hiking pants
  • 4 sets of underwear.
  • 4 sets of trekking wool socks
  • 1 Fleece pullover.
  • 1 Warmed down jacket: gets very cold at night
  • 1 sun hat and 1 wool hat.
  • Waterproof gloves.
  • Leggings.
  • Sunglasses.
  • 1 rain jacket, a rain pant, and a Rain poncho. If it rains heavily, the rain jacket is not going to be enough.


  • Sweat Resistant Sunscreen.
  • Toothbrush, Toothpaste, and Deodorant.
  • Biodegradable Wet Wipes.
  • Lip Balm.
  • Toilet Paper.
  • Bug spray.
  • Travel Towel.
  • Hand Sanitizer.
  • Dry Shampoo.
  • Chapstick.
  • Comb/ brush.


  • Blister Pads.
  • Medicine for Altitude Sickness.
  • Anti-Diarrhea (Immodium) tablets. 
  • Aspirin/ Ibuprofen.
  • 1 pack of paracetamol.
  • 1 pack of rehydration sachet.


  • Kindle/Book.
  • Power bank: There is no electricity on the Inca Trail.
  • Camera or Phone with a good camera.
  • Binoculars.
  • Outlet adapter.
  • Memory card.


  • Sleeping bag: it should be -5oC/ 23F to -15oC/ 5F. You can bring yours or rent from the Company.
  • Waterproof backpack cover.
  • Sleeping Bag Liner (Optional). You can bring yours or rent from the Company.
  • Inflatable Pillow (Optional).
  • Ear Plugs (optional).
  • Trekking poles with rubber-tipped. You can bring yours or rent from the companies.
  • Collapsible water bottle to use around the campsite (for meals and brushing your teeth)
  • Large plastic bags: They will help you organize and keep clean from dirty.
  • Snacks – Take 1-2 energy bars for each day.
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