Packing List for the Inca Trail

You’ve booked your Inca Trail trek and are ready to pack your duffel bag. But what should you bring? We’ve compiled a list of essentials here.

Duffel Bag Packing List

  • Large plastic ziplock bag to keep your things dry
  • Waterproof hiking boots with ankle support (broken in)
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented), liner, and pad (often provided by agency—ask what type)
  • 2 hiking pants (ideally convertible to shorts)
  • 2–3 breathable short sleeve and 2–3 long sleeve T-shirts
  • 1 medium and 1 thick fleece
  • Protective sun hat or baseball cap
  • 1 light-weight packable down coat
  • 1 set of warm comfortable clothes to change into at campsite or your sleepwear
  • 1 set of thermals to sleep in
  • 1 pair of warm sleeping socks
  • 3–4 pairs of hiking socks
  • 3 pairs of hiking liners (prevents blistering)
  • Warm gloves and wool hat
  • Comfortable sneakers or shoes (to change into at the end of the day—hiking sandals with socks work great as they can back up your shoes as well)
  • Flips-flops (to shower on the last day)
  • Toiletries, including prescription medicines, pain relievers, face and body wet wipes, feminine products, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 set of clothes to change into if you stay in Aguas Calientes after trek (you can get laundry done fast)

Gear for Day Pack

You will want a small day pack with back support to carry with you as you hike.

  • Wear 1 set of layered clothing
  • 1–2 water bottles or water bladder
  • Hiking poles (can be rented or cheap wooden ones purchased; metal poles must have rubber tips)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sun protection
  • Waterproof jacket and pants and backpack cover
  • Bug repellent
  • Toilet paper, tissues, and hand sanitizer
  • Moleskin and Band-Aids for blisters
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
  • Snacks (your operator will also provide snacks)
  • Medicine (altitude sickness, antidiarrhea, etc.) and first aid kit
  • Small towel
  • Cash for tipping porters and staff

—Roxanne Chen

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