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Before embarking on your Inca Trail trip of a lifetime, it’s important to take care of basics and determine what to bring for your trek. Alpaca Expeditions has made countless treks into the Andes with travelers from all over the world. We have a good understanding of the travel essentials you should include on your packing list. Having these items will help ensure that your trip goes smoothly and that you have everything you need to for experiencing this remarkable part of the world.

Travel Essentials

As you make your Inca Trail travel checklist, be sure to include some absolute essentials that include:

  • Your valid passport
  • Your immigration card (you should receive this on the plane)
  • Water storage (enough to hold 2-3 liters)
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Valid student card (if you booked your trip as a student)
  • Quality daypack (we recommend smaller sizes)

For Your Daypack

Keep in mind that no bags larger than 25L will be permitted in Machu Picchu. If you opt for a larger daypack, you’ll need to stow it outside of the site’s gate. Some common items you may want to include in your daypack include:

  • Sunhat and rain gear
  • Fleece pullover
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Camera
  • Toilet paper
  • Sealable plastic bag for waste
  • Extra money for tips, drinks, souvenirs, etc…
  • Personal medication
  • First aid items
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Wet wipes

Duffel Bag Essentials

Our porters will carry up to 7 kilograms of gear for each member of our group. Included in this weight are your sleeping bag and air mattress, which you can rent from Alpaca Expeditions. Some items you might consider for your duffel bag include:

  • Comfortable camp shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • 7 pairs of hiking socks
  • 4-5 wicking tops
  • 3-4 hiking pants
  • 7 sets of undergarments
  • Fleece pullover
  • Warm down-filled jacket
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Headlamp
  • Sun hat
  • Warm wool hat
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Fast-drying towel
  • Soap
  • Battery charger
  • Sealable plastic bags to organize your items

If you have questions about these or other supplies you wish to bring, you can consult Alpaca Expeditions for advice. We’ve found that these are the most essential supplies needed for the Inca Trail Trek. Having them will make your trip less challenging so that you can focus on the hike itself and the marvelous views that await you.

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