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Ultimate Inca Trail Packing List From A Hiker (2024)

When you have finally made the amazing decision to walk the Inca Trail trek in Peru in the marvelous coming year of 2023, you also need the ultimate Inca Trail packing list.

Make sure your hike is as comfortable as possible; you do not want to carry more than you need on your four-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu.

Also, remember to research the weather during the period you are walking the Inca Trail, especially the night temperatures, as it can get really cold in the mountains.

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The Smart Inca Trail Packing List!

Inca Trail Packing List

Here are my best tips for an Inca Trail packing list that ensures you have what you need (but not much more!).

  • 2x Wollen underwear
  • 5x panties
  • 3 pairs of soft and warm socks
  • Wind protection jacket (Goretex)
  • Warm insulated jacket for the evenings
  • Hiking pants
  • Wet wipes
  • Mini travel pharmacy (abrasion plasters)
  • Small travel towel
  • Necessary toiletries
  • Hiking shoes
  • Trainers (for after the hike of the day)
  • Beenie
  • Gloves
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Snack bars

The hiking group together on the top of Dead Womans Pass on the Inca Trail, all smiling and happy to have made it this far! There are green hills on both sides, and infinite views of the mountains in the background.
On the top of Dead Womans Pass on the trail

Kit Packing For The Inca Trail

When I walked the Inca Trail in 2019 with G Adventures, one of the things I learned was not to skimp on the nightly comfort (it was just September, so I thought I was very safe – but no. 

Temperatures plummet when the sun sets!

What you want to consider bringing is:

  • Walking poles
  • A double set (or really insulated) sleeping mats
  • Sleeping bag for cold weather
  • Water bottle with filter
  • Small waterproof bag for phone, etc.
  • Power bank
  • Headlight with elastic band

You will be carrying a small day pack yourself, while the porters will take the rest of your luggage, including a sleeping bag, mat, personal tent, etc, so be conservative.

Wrap-Up Packing List Inca Trail 2023!

The porters will do the heavy lifting for you on the Inca Trail, and they also carry all the food, a whole kitchen and kitchen tent, and all the stuff you will enjoy during your no doubt fantastic experience in the Peruvian mountains.

Regardless, keep your Inca Trail packing list as short as you can without leaving behind stuff you really need on your way to the UNESCO-protected Machu Picchu.

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