Machu Picchu + Cusco Packing List

Machu Picchu + Cusco Packing List

Two words: mindful packing.  Instead of traveling in excess, try to be selective when deciding what to take with you on this special journey to Cusco & Machu Picchu.   

I have really honed my packing skills, and my very best piece of advice is not to over-buy prior to your trip.  Carefully go through what you already own, and borrow or purchase the few essential pieces you don’t have.  Also keep in mind that you will undoubtedly want to return home with a souvenier from your travels – and what better than a traditional poncho, knitted hat or cozy scarf?  Something that will be useful for you on your trip, and also can double as a keepsake.  Win-Win. 😉



  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Flight Documents
  • Proof of Traveler’s Insurance (required) (With photocopies)
  • Any required visas or vaccination certificates


  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat 
  • First aid (bandaids, antibacterial gel, imodium, aspirin, prescriptions, antihistamine, motion sickness and altitude sickness remedies, insect repellent, etc.)
  • Your favorite toiletries
  • Comfortable footwear for city walking  
  • Hiking boots or slip-resistant athletic sneakers for hiking
  • Clothing you feel comfortable practicing yoga in
  • A combination of clothing pieces that can be layered for daytime and evening activities
  • Light-weight rain jacket
  • Compact umbrella
  • Day pack/backpack or crossbody purse suitable for hiking and sightseeing
  • Swimsuit
  • Sleepwear
  • Undergarments
  • Phone and charger
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Camera, memory card, battery and charger
  • Locks for bags
  • Outlet adapter
  • Yoga mat (we will send a light-weight travel one to your home, please bring it with you!)


In Cusco, the average temperature will be 18 degrees Celsius (65 Fahrenheit) during the day, and 6 degrees Celsius (43 Fahrenheit) at night.  Daytime averages in Machu Picchu are a high of 22 degree Celsius (72 Fahrenheit) and low of 7 Celsius (45 Fahrenheit).

Wet season for Machu Picchu does not officially begin until November, but rainfall is still common throughout October. Please pack appropriate rain gear.


As a reference, here are some examples of what I plan on bringing:

Either hiking boots or trail-running sneakers:

A backpack suitable for hiking trips to carry my lunch, camera and essentials:

A smaller crossbody bag for city walking:

Altitude sickness medicine I can start taking on the plane:

Rain Gear:

A few different hats:

Universal outlet adaptor:

For hiking, zip lining and yoga activties, I will most likely be wearing/bringing comfortable yoga pants, a sports bra, tshirt, sweatshirt, and jean or rain jacket. Depending on the weather, I will also bring a hat and/or scarf.  I will be wearing comfortable sneakers or hiking boots.

For exploring town, the markets, dining out and any nightlife activities, I plan to wear casual dresses, long skirts, pants, rompers or lightweight jumpsuits and layered tops (tshirt, sweater + jean jacket).  For shoes, I will be bringing one pair of flat heeled boots and one pair of flip flops.




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