We often get asked, “What should I pack?” We included general lists on our website, but here is one client’s list. Thank you to Tom Stein!
You can also read his trek report here, which is essential reading for anyone considering the epic Choquequirao to Machu Picchu or Choquequirao to Vilcabamba treks!
Example packing list for longer trek.
Convertible pants (zip off to shorts) with belt – wear one pair, pack one pair
Short sleeve shirt – wear one, pack two
Long sleeve shirt
Travel underwear – wear one, pack oneSocks – poly liners and merino wool outers (three sets) Waterproof boots Rain jacket (water/wind proof) Rain pants
Hat with visor
Beanie for cold weather
Optional – set of thermals (top/bottom)
Optional – swimsuit for hot springs (men can use shorts of convertible pants)
Optional – buff/bandana
– prefer moisture wicking/quick drying materials; clothing that comes with sun block/insect protection is an added bonus; no cotton – especially socks!
– apply permethrin to outer clothes (not to underwear) before trip
– there may not be a chance to wash out clothes at every stop, so you may want extra socks or underwear
Sleeping bag and compression sack
Waterproof liner for duffel (or trash bags)
Flashlight + batteries
Water reservoir(s) – Platypus is very lightweight
Collapsible hiking poles
Duct tape (small roll)
Ziploc bags (small, for packing out trash)
Toilet paper in Ziploc bag
Personal first aid kit (include second skin and tape for blisters)
Waterproof notepad + mechanical pencil
Optional – coca candy (buy in Cusco)
Optional – sleeping pad
Optional – sleeping bag liner
Optional – inflatable pillow