as Packen für meine Peru Reise stellte mich vor große Herausforderungen: Was packe ich für meine Peru/Bolivien Reise nur alles ein? P packing for my trip to Peru presented me with great challenges: What do I pack for my trip to Peru / Bolivia ? I travel through all climate zones, so I have to take pretty much everything: from desert, to cities and Andes high mountains is all there and nights in the highlands with freezing temperatures are not uncommon. Sultry heat awaits those who travel to the Amazon. Until before departure I had the feeling that something is missing. Therefore I give you in this article my tips for your Peru packing list or your South America packing list . You will learn what you really need and what has worked best for me.

My tip in advance: take care of your packing list for Peru or South America in time and check if you have everything or if you still need to buy something. I still have to buy a lot and that always takes some time to complete, which one has experience, a week before the trip does not have because you have to do 1000 things. So I advise you at least 4 weeks before departure to assemble or organize your Peru packing list.

Peru Checklist:

Have you already taken care of the entry and possibly your vaccinations? Also you should check at least 4 weeks, better 8 weeks before departure. What you need, you will find in these articles:

This article contains product recommendations. I only recommend products that I use myself and whose quality I am convinced. More on this below *

Peru packing list: The luggage

The first question was: which luggage do I travel through Peru, Bolivia and Chile?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a backpacker and I find it disturbing my aesthetic sense to put a heavy backpack on my back and travel through the world with it. In addition, I find such a backpack too heavy and he would restrict me very much, as far as the place is concerned (especially if you need a lot of clothes and equipement for the trip). Traveling through the three countries with a hard-shell suitcase is also not a good idea, because the luggage is heavily strained. Too complicated would be a suitcase with constant entry and exit, several domestic flights and a multi-day jeep tours through the Salar Uyuni salt desert, in which the luggage is strapped to the roof and could also get wet. For trekking and adventure travel, I therefore like to use a travel bag. For my safari trips in Africa, I've got this here

It can also be worn as a backpack and is in principle quite good and also waterproof. But with 90 liters of capacity I almost fell over when I used them as a backpack. Therefore, the bag was not optimal for me, because I can not even walk to the train to get to the airport. The bag is too heavy for longer wearing (at least for a woman). Unfortunately, she has no roles. So I had to buy new travel luggage for willy-nilly, for better or worse. I opted for a very reasonably priced but still good travel bag. Unfortunately after three weeks she did not look so nice anymore, because she suffered a lot on the plane, but she did not break and she made the journey well (and probably other trips as well), which is quite good when traveling around every day:

The following should have your luggage in Peru:

  • not too big and bulky
    (you have to come with your luggage through narrow buses, trains and the airport, constantly getting in and out, take with you what you need, but do not take too big bag)
  • easy to transport
  • water resistant
  • lockable with locks

Luggage locks

Always secure bags and backpacks with luggage locks. In Peru, it was common and is also common that you include the luggage in the hotel and the next night only with the daypack and the things for one night on, then again after 1-2 nights back to the hotel. Luggage locks are therefore essential. I have bought these here several times, because I keep forgetting the secret number:

Clothes bags or packing cubes

So that the clothes on the trip of several weeks neatly and clearly stowed away, I use my beloved pack cubes. So I always have order in the luggage and find everything immediately without rummaging through my clothes long. In addition, the clothing does not wrinkle or remains relatively protected from dirt.

Daypack with rain cover

A good daypack is indispensable. Also, I had to buy a new one, because for my 2-day Inkatrail I needed a good backpack, which is light and comfortable, supports the back with an additional girdle and also withstands rainy weather (on the Inkatrail it can already rain in October ). Even without Inkatrail hike I would put on a high quality backpack, because in Peru there is always a hike somewhere. In addition, it often happens that you have to enclose your luggage and only travel on with a daypack and then have to carry the things in there for one night. That's the way it is in Cusco, where we locked our luggage in the hotel for one night and took things for the Inca Trail for the night in our daypack. On the trains to Macchu Picchu, you can only take 5kg of luggage with you. From my usual backpack, I got back pain with prolonged wearing. Bear in mind that every movement is an effort in 4,000 meters anyway, so I would really take a good hiking backpack here. At the same time I wanted to take him as hand luggage on the plane. I bought mine in the sports shop because I wanted to try it. I opted for a 35 liter trekking backpack from Jack Wolfskin (goes as hand luggage):

Second piece of hand luggage

a small travel bag that folds up can not hurt either, because as described above, there are baggage limits on some stages in Peru and you then have to leave your luggage in the hotel and lock. A collapsible bag you can easily stow in the large travel bag, if you do not need them and if you buy too many souvenirs, so you have extra storage space.

makeup bag

It also has to be as light, robust and waterproof as possible. I use this one here: toilet bag *

Sleeping bag

In Peru, a sleeping bag is a good idea. In the Andes it gets very cold at night. In the main travel season (July and August) there can be nights down to -20 degrees. September and October are milder, but depending on the location also quite fresh. Most of the accommodations in the middle class have no heaters, so I took a sleeping bag. I've also told myself that it protects me from bedridden animals in simple shelters (my brother gave me courage for the trip in which he told me how he had the scabies in a hostel in Chile). But in the end I only used it once when we stayed in simple lodgings with a peasant family on Lake Titicaca.

As a thinner Inlet I have had this very light of Bahidora with me

Travel towels made of microfibre

To visit for a short time on day trips, for example, thermal springs or to go to the beach, you should have travel towels that dry quickly. I had this one here:

Neck pouch or abdominal belt

In Peru and Bolivia much is stolen (see my travel tips to Peru and Bolivia). Therefore, be sure to bring a neck pouch and / or an abdominal belt, in which you always carry your valuables on the body. Also read my tips against theft and how you can protect yourself against the loss of money, documents and credit cards before you travel.

Peru packing list: The hiking equipment for trekking in the Andes

Hike to the Rainbow Mountains

As I said, who travels to Peru and Bolivia, wants to get to know the landscape. There are mostly hikes on the program. Especially if you intend to go to Inkatrail. Hikes over 3,000 meters altitude are physically very exhausting, so I recommend here, in any case, good hiking boots . They simply provide more grip on uneven paths and the many stairs and are more slip-resistant than regular sneakers. Even those who visit only the Inca ruins in Macchu Picchu, is better advised with good hiking boots, since the stairs are just rather uneven. Also indispensable are a rain and wind jacket and trekking pants. You can rent trekking poles on site (hiking poles must have rubber caps). In terms of clothing, the onion look is best because it can get warm at noon. Take breathable cotton clothing and avoid synthetic materials (it will instantly stink you if you sweat).

Here is my trekking packing list for Peru:

hiking boots
I love my Meindl hiking boots (just super comfortable). Walk in boots before necessarily.


additionally sneakers

you can find more hiking equipment here

Wind and rain jacket
I use the ones from Jack Wolfskin, but they are not that good (the zipper is stuck and in case of heavy, prolonged rain you will get wet, better one with a better surface, listen to the shop assistant and buy me from North Face).

trekking pants

Fleece jacket and warm sweater / hooded jacket

Cotton T-shirts (5 to 6 can be washed on the spot)


For trekking tours and hikes, it is recommended to bring a water bottle, as plastic bottles are sometimes banned and are also not environmentally friendly.


Travel towel made of microfibre

Peru packing list: First Aid Kit

What you can least assess before a trip to Peru: how does your body react to the altitude? In altitude sickness helps, drink a lot, sleep a lot, low alcohol and descent again. Slow adaptation to the gigantic heights are recommended, but difficult to implement for two to three weeks travel. The locals drink coca tea and chew coca leaves against altitude sickness. I also drank it, tastes like green tea. However, I could only sleep 4-5 hours at night. In addition, the air in the Andes is very dry , it is recommended to take a lipstick, a nasal spray and possibly cream for dry skin .

Peru packing list: cosmetics

  • small shower gel
  • small shampoo
  • small deodorant
  • face cream
  • night cream
  • Body lotion
  • Make up
  • Tweezers Nail File
  • I pack everything in this lightweight toilet bag *

Peru packing list: clothes

Peru packing list: hand luggage

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Peru packing list: Technology Camera Equipment

A large portion of my luggage always goes to my technical equipment. As a travel blogger good pictures are absolutely important, but I do not exaggerate it here, the following things are on every trip with it (on my Macbook I have but with a heavy heart and left it at home). Here is my camera kit:

Peru packing list: Guide recommendations

I hauled two guides to Peru. I'm a fan of the Stefan Loose travel guides, but this time I have to say, I found the Lonely Planet better. First, I found it better structured, which was because he worked out exactly my itinerary chronologically, while I always had to leaf through the Loose. On the other hand, he also had a little more information that actually helped me. But both guides are great!

Stefan Loose travel guide Peru Western Bolivia: with travel atlas *

Lonely Planet travel guide Peru *

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