Packing List for Peru

This packing list is a recommendation from Peru Volunteer for your reference.It depends of course always on your own preferences what you will take with you.



Peru has different climate zones. Especially in the Andean mountains, weather conditions mat change very quick.
In the sun it can be warm, while especially the evenings and nights can get chilly or (very) cold.
Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying. Wearing layers generally works best.

  • Underwear and socks
  • Long and short trousers
  • T-shirts (long and short sleeves)
  • Warm sweater
  • Jacket (Rain & Wind)
  • Belt
  • Hiking shoes and sneakers
  • Warm in-house shoes and flip flops/sandals
  • Towel (quickly dry)
  • Swimming gear
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Pyjamas



  • Suitcase or Backpack
    • check weight restrictions for internal flights
  • Daypack
  • Rain cover
  • Waterproof plastic bags for organizing gear and dirty clothing


  • Smartphone (without SIM Lock)
  • Camera
  • Tablet or laptop
  • Memory card for back-up and saving pictures
    • Or external hard disk and/or USB
  • MP3 / Ipod / E-reader
  • Powerbank
  • World travel adapter (not needed in Volunteer house)



Toiletries & Medicine

  • Deodorant, shampoo, gel, cosmetics, toothbrush, toothpaste…
    • All your personal items of daily use
  • Anti-bacterial liquid soap
  • Sun cream and after sun
  • Contacts and contacts lens solution
  • Plasters and bandage
  • Lip balm and tiger balm
  • Paracetamol (and other painkillers)
  • Insect repellent
  • Diarrhea inhibitors
  • Oral Re-hydration solution
  • Vitamin tablets

Documents & Other

  • Passport (longer valid than 7 months)
  • Vaccination records
  • Bank card & Credit card
    • Some banks you have to notify before traveling to Peru!
  • Insurance card
  • Travel wallet and money belt
  • Copies of all your important documents
  • Driving license
  • Airline tickets
  • Emergency numbers


Scanned copies of your documents can best be emailed to yourself, or saved in a “cloud”, so that you always have access to a copy.



  • Travel guide
  • (offline app for maps)
  • Pen & Paper
  • Toilet paper for in hand luggage
  • Water bottle
  • Padlock
  • Watch / Alarm clock
  • Duct tape
  • Diary or notebook
  • Water proof bag for passport and important documents
  • Vacuum bags for clothes / Drybag
  • Book (in English, so you can change it with other travelers)

Packing list for the flight

  • Passport, flight e-tickets, travel itinerary
  • Books, magazines, e-reader
  • Headset and earplugs
  • U-shaped neck pillow
  • Music
  • Plastic bag for liquids
  • Some snacks for long layovers
  • Water bottle (empty through security)


Packing list for Machu Picchu

  • Passport
  • Lightweight and quickly drying clothes
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Hiking shoes
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Camera / Smartphone / Powerbank / Flaslight
  • Insect repellent and sun cream
  • Sunglasses and hat/cap
  • Water bottle
  • Quick drying towel
  • Plastic bags to keep clothes and/or valuables dry


This is a general packing list for your trip to Peru. Of course every traveler has his/her own preferences.

If you have a question while packing your bag, please contact us at

[email protected]