Its fair to say, heading off to trek in Peru isnt just something you do overnight. It takes a fair bit of preperation on top of the weeks of training. Below is the recommended equipment list - thankfully we get a moderate luggage allowance!
· Good pair of walking boots – water repellent and fully broken in
· Trainers, sandals or flip-flops to wear after trekking/during the evenings.
· 3/4 pairs of thick walking socks with liner socks for trekking
· 3/4 pairs of cotton socks for casual/evening wear
· Goretex style jacket with hood - essential
· Light trekking trousers and shorts for the warmer days
· Waterproof trekking trousers - essential
· Heavyweight fleece top or jacket
· 2 x micro fleece tops for layering
· 1 x long sleeved top/base layer
· 2 x trekking t-shirts
· Tracksuit bottoms/spare trousers to wear in the campsites in the evenings
· Light to mid weight synthetic long/thermal underwear for top and bottom (leggings and long
· sleeved top)
· 1 x warm pair of wind stopper and waterproof gloves with thin liners (ski gloves are also good)
· Warm fleecy hat / balaclava
· A bandana/buff or scarf (for warmth and sun protection) - essential
· Peaked / wide brimmed hat – essential (for sun protection)
· Casual clothes for dinners/hotels/travel
· 80 -100 litre duffle bag / back pack (no wheels).
· Small rucksack for carrying personal items on trekking days (approximately 30 litres).
· Bin liners/waterproof rucksack liners to keep clothing/equipment dry and to organise equipment into - essential
· Travel towel.
· Platypus / Camelback water carrier (optional – if not water bottles are required)
· 1-2 x 1 litre water bottles - essential
· Head torch with spare batteries - essential
· Sun glasses with 100% UV protection - essential
· Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
· iPod (optional).
· 3 – 4 Season Sleeping Bag
· Favourite snacks for trekking days.
· Carbohydrate gels / energy tablets.
· Mobile phone with charger (optional).
· Anti-bacterial hand gel – essential.
· Soap/ face wash. Wet wipes for personal hygiene – essential.
· Toothbrush & paste.
· Toilet paper and lighter (for burning between camps if required).
· Feminine hygiene products.
· Sun screen, lip balm, after sun.
· Contact lenses & solutions for wearers. A pair of glasses as back up.
· Shampoo and shower products for the hotel.
· Insect repellent.
Personal first aid kit
· Any personal medication that has been prescribed by a GP or clinic.
· Paracetamol / Ibuprofen / Asprin.
· Anti-diarrhoea tablets (Imodium).
· Plasters / Compeed / blister kit.
· Antiseptic cream.
· Throat lozenges.
· Rehydration powder (Dioralyte).
· Muscle rub.
· Knee supports (if required).
· Passport and photocopy of passport (kept separately)
· 1 passport sized photo.
· Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN) (local currency – if you can get hold of it)
· US dollars – approx $200-$250
· Insurance certificate and 24 hour emergency contact for insurance.
· Credit card
· Vaccination certificates