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Packing Guide for the Inca Trail: Essential items and organization

Essential Elements for the Inca Trail: what to Rent and What to Bring

Pack all your essential camping equipment in advance if you are preparing to make the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Rather than lug heavy equipment from home, most hikers prefer to rent equipment from tour operators. Here are some essentials you could rent if you’re not bringing them from home.

Sleeping bag:

A good quality sleeping bag is crucial; We recommend choosing a synthetic fabric model with a 20F/-5C rating, as it is easier to clean and more hygienic.

A good rest is essential when camping or hiking outdoors. That’s why it’s important to pack smart. Avoid bulky down sleeping bags that can be difficult to clean and uncomfortable to carry

Inflatable mattress:

Renting an inflatable sleeping pad adds the extra comfort needed for restful nights after long days on the trail.

Walking poles:

Trekking poles are essential when trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, as they provide stability and balance when descending the steep steps on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Organization of your canvas backpack

When you hire a porter to carry additional equipment, they will provide you with a canvas backpack in which you will need to pack light and bring the following items:

  • 02 pairs of socks for the walk (Merino wool recommended)
  • 01 quick-drying long-sleeved T-shirt
  • 01 quick-drying short-sleeved T-shirt
  • 02 hiking pants (convertible pants are ideal)
  • Complete Compression & Thermal Underwear Sleep Set (Women’s Tights)
  • 02 pairs of quick-drying underwear
  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, toilet paper, etc.
  • First aid kit or necessary medications
  • Sleeping bag – minimum 20F/-5C rating
  • Sleeping pad
  • down jacket
  • An extra pair of light sneakers

Store these items in a lightweight dry bag to keep them dry in case of rain.

This is what you should pack for the day.

In addition to your camping gear, pack all of the following items in your day pack:

If applicable, documents such as your original passport and international student card are essential.

  • Waterproof jacket or rain poncho
  • Warm jacket (fleece or similar)
  • High altitude, cold, windy weather, hat and gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (SPF 35 recommended)
  • Insect repellent (essential during September and October)
  • Water (Nalgene 1.5 liter bottle or hydration pack recommended)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal medications (if necessary)
  • Camera
  • Flashlight with spare batteries (headlamps are helpful)

*Do not bring books, tablets, or heavy photographic equipment if you are not used to hiking or if it is your first time. These items will add weight to your pack, making it difficult to hike at high altitudes.

** If you need to carry additional equipment, it is necessary to hire an additional porter, in addition to informing us of this well in advance.

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