Packing for my Peru Vacation?

The climate and weather in Peru varies greatly by region and by the time of the day, therefore it is important to be prepare for it. You need to be prepared for everything from the sunny heat of the Andes, as well as their cold nights and downpours, to the humidity of the Amazon basin. The best way to be comfortable in Peru is to dress in layers and to carry a light raincoat.

To be culturally sensitive to the relatively conservative Peruvian culture is suggested clothing you wear should be sufficiently modest.

Here is the suggested packing list. We have not included quantities for each item listed. Use your own judgement, based on the expected weather conditions.


  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Shorts or skirt
  • Fleece or sweater
  • Undergarments
  • Socks
  • Rain jacket and/ or rain poncho
  • Belt
  • Pyjamas
  • Nicer outfits for nights out and dinners
  • Bathing suit 
  • Toiletries (Toothbrush & toothpaste, soap, deodorant, razor, cosmetics, etc)
  • Medications with copies of prescriptions

Your daily activities may get your shoes dirty and streets can be uneven. Light sandals are not good for daily tours and hikes, but they are nice for relaxing at your hotel.

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe
  • Tennis shoes, sandals, dressy shoes, and/or flip flops
  • At least 1 pair of dress or semi-dressy shoes


  • Day pack for day trips, with secure zippers
  • Basic first aid kit, including antihistamine, medications for altitude, and ibuprofen
  • Money belt
  • Small umbrella, particularly useful in the rainy season
  • High SPF Sunscreen, sunglasses, lip balm with SPF, hat
  • High strength insect repellent 
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel or pre-moistened hand wipes
  • Cash (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002 and in pristine condition, credit/debit cards)
  • Photo Equipment: Camera, batteries, charger, film, extra memory cards, tripod, etc.
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Various electronics chargers
  • Electrical Adapter
  • Binoculars
  • Guidebook, Spanish/English dictionary and reading material


  • Passport (make sure it is valid 6 months after your trip)
  • Visas for all countries, as necessary
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets
  • Copy of Luxury Peru Travel itinerary
  • Medical insurance card
  • Make copies of passport, driver’s license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit cards (front and back), travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home, put a copy in a travel companion's luggage and email them to yourself (or store in the Cloud).