The Inca Trails Kit List

When considering what kit to bring, bear in mind the kind of conditions you’ll be facing when trekking over mountain passes and through the cloud forest in Peru:

  • Warm and humid cloud forest, where clothing should be light-weight and quick drying
  • High mountain passes, where conditions can be cold and harsh
  • You need to bring clothing and equipment that are capable of dealing with both of these extremes
  • You’ll be climbing up to 4800m, so big mountain rules apply. The weather can change in an instant and you need to be prepared for it
  • You will be on the trail for several days, and a few spare pairs of socks, pants and t-shirts wouldn’t go amiss!
  • Make sure that your bags have waterproof liners so that your clothing will stay dry when it rains

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  • Take a duffel bag in which to store your spare clothing, food, sleeping bag, book, Ipod and all the rest of it. You bag will be carried by a horse along the trail, and you will be reunited with it at the end of each day. Make sure that your kit it wrapped in waterproof liners.
  • Take a 20 - 30L rucksack in which you’ll carry sufficient clothing and food for each day in the mountains. You’ll need to find space for a fleece, rain proof jacket, camera and food.


  • Boots. A good pair of 1 - 2 season (B0/B1 rated) walking boots will be fine. Make sure they’re waterproof and that they fit properly
  • Socks. Take at least 4 pair of decent walking socks
  • Blister plasters, Compede is best
  • Foot powder
  • Gaiters


  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof over trousers
  • Underwear. Avoid cotton underwear as they get wet with sweat and chaff. Take two or three pairs (minimum) made from wicking material.


  • Thermal base layer shirts x 2 (one of which should have long sleeves)
  • Mid-layer fleece
  • Heavy outer fleece jacket. Alternatively, it might be worth having a look at one of the one of the new Primaloft insulated jackets (such as a Rab Generator Jacket) as an alternative to a heavy weight fleece. They tend to be warmer and less bulky than the equivalent fleece jacket. They’re windproof and water resistant too.
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket – great for wearing around the campsites, and worth carrying in your rucksack if we stop for a break on one of the high passes.


  • A pair of woollen gloves for cooler days.
  • A decent pair of thermal gloves for trekking at altitude.


  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottle or Platipus type drinking system
  • 3 season sleeping bag (good for – 5  to – 10 c), it can get cold in your tent at night
  • Sleeping mat. I’ve recently started using a Pacific Outdoor Ether Thermo 6 Mat. It’s much more comfortable than a basic roll mat, nd gives a good nights sleep
  • Wash-bag and toiletries;  antibacterial hand wash (essential), toilet paper, a packet of travel fresh wipes/ baby wipes, soap, toothbrush/ tooth paste, sanitary towels
  • Trek towel
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Book
  • Sweets/ biltong/ snacks
  • Insect repellent (75 – 100% DEET)
  • Camera, batteries (make sure you take a spare fully charged battery)
  • Spare laces
  • Head torch. Useful for reading in your tent, late night trips to the toilet and trekking in darkness to the Gate of the Sun on the last day.
  • Ipod
  • Copy of your travel insurance document
  • Some local money (low denominations) for buying drinks and snacks on the trail.
  • It's a good idea to bring a spare set of clothing for the journey back to Cusco.