What to Bring in Your Travel Backpack to Peru

Clothes for the Andes

We recommend that the clothes you bring are most appropriate for the country’s environment. The best way to prepare for these conditions is to dress in several coat layers. The list of items we recommend you bring includes the following:

  • Long trousers (which can turn into shorts) plus an extra pair of shorts
  • A thin sweater / long-sleeve shirt.
  • T-shirts.
  • A warm sweater (wool or fleece) (or a warm fiber jacket and a thin jacket)
  • A light jacket for rain.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Warm nightwear.
  • Swimwear.
  • Hiking boots.
  • Stockings (walking).
  • Comfortable shoes (training shoes), sandals, or slippers for water
  • Hat or scarf to protect you from the sun
  • Wool or polar cap for the night
  • Gloves.

Clothing for the jungle

The Amazon region or rainforest has a hot and humid climate with rains in the summer. The average annual temperature is 25º C, and temperature changes are between 18º C and 35º C. The list of items we recommend you bring includes the following:

  • Light clothing, shorts.
  • Long and comfortable pants.
  • Shirts or T-shirts with long or short sleeves.
  • Long socks for walking.
  • Swimwear.
  • Towel.
  • Hat, hat, or something to cover the head.
  • Clothes in the rain or a poncho
  • Walking shoes or boots.
  • Flips flops.

Use a Ziplock to ensure your camera and other valuable items are protected.


  • Flashlight.
  • Camera with enough battery
  • Swiss knife.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Bottles of water (ideally 1 liter each)
  • Light towel (s)
  • USB to make a backup of the photos (optional)
  • Trekking stick (optional)
  • Books or magazines.
  • A card game or any other lightweight board game to wear

For trekking, you would want to take with you

  • Sleeping bag (-15ºC).


Toiletries and medicines

  • Toiletries.
  • Toilet paper (for the road).
  • Sunblock cream.
  • Lip protection with UV protection.
  • Pills to purify water for drinking
  • First aid kit for travel.
  • Medicines you are taking.
  • Second-skin / Compeed.
  • Aspirins in daily dose packets.

For trips to the jungle (like Machu Picchu)

  • Mosquito repellent (Local pharmacies have good repellents
  • Products to reduce pitting pain
  • Lotion against ticks.

What to leave

  • Excess clothing.
  • Hardcover cases.
  • Expensive jewels
  • Items that appear to be very expensive
  • Elegant clothes or shoes.
  • These tips will help you know what to pack for a trip to Peru. If you think we have forgotten something, please leave your comment below. Your opinion matters to us!

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