What to pack for the Inca Trail 2024

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience that demands meticulous preparation. Over the course of 4 days, you will immerse yourself in the wonder of the mountains, valleys and jungles, completely disconnecting you from the daily noise and without access to the Internet. To ensure that your journey is a success, it is essential to have your Inca Trail packing list under control.

Stations in the Andes of Cusco

There are two seasons in the Andes: wet from November to March, and dry from April to October. But, regardless of the season, preparation for cold, wind, rain and sun is imperative. The weather on the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu is as unpredictable as it is exciting.

Essential Equipment for the Inca Trail


Documents Needed for the Inca Trail

  • Original Passport: Be sure to bring the original passport used when booking the tour. If you have renewed it, update the number and send us a photo of both passports.

Clothing for Inca Trail Trekking

Inca Trail 4 days

The unpredictable weather on the Inca Trail requires careful clothing selection:

  • Underwear: Bring at least 5-6 sets of underwear, preferably sportswear.
  • Base Layers: Essential for cold nights, choose light layers.
  • Shirts: Opt for light and breathable long-sleeved shirts.
  • Jackets: A fleece jacket and a raincoat are indispensable.
  • Hiking pants: 2-3 pairs, preferably convertible.
  • Sun Protection: Hat, neck gaiters and sunglasses are crucial.
  • Hat and Gloves: A wool hat and waterproof gloves for rainy days.
  • Hiking Boots and Shoes: Hiking boots with rubber soles and light sneakers for resting.

Camping Equipment for the Inca Trail


It guarantees a comfortable experience during the nights in the mountain:

  • Sleeping Bags: Mummy style sleeping bags with temperatures around -10°C.
  • Trekking Poles: Lightweight and adjustable for easy hiking.
  • Water Storage: Reusable container for at least 2 liters of water.
  • Inflatable Matra: For insulation and comfort.

Toiletries and Other Items

Be prepared for all eventualities:

  • Sunscreen: Waterproof sunscreen and lip balms.
  • Insect Spray: A must for the hot and humid area.
  • Small Towel: Quick dry for the face or a quick shower.
  • Swimsuit (Optional): If you plan to stay in Aguas Calientes.
  • Wet Wipes and Toiletries: Essential for hygiene during the trek.

First Aid Kit

Be prepared for any medical situation:

  • Pills: Diamox, Pepto, Ibuprofen, Imodium and motion sickness pills.
  • Blister Dressings: Treat them early to reduce friction.
  • Antiseptic Cream: Keep on hand in case of wounds.
  • Feminine Products: Tampons for women’s comfort.

Snacks for the Day

Make sure you have the energy you need with these snacks:

  • Energy bars
  • Dried fruits
  • Chocolates
  • Dried meat
  • Sweets

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