Hiker looking at Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail packing list

A full breakdown of what to pack for the Inca Trail trip with MEC Adventures. Remember to come prepared for your time in the evenings eating and relaxing, too.

Travel essentials

Make sure to bring these documents and must-haves:

  • Passport (should be valid for at least six months from start of trip, with photocopies)
  • Travel visa (for all countries visited that require them, with photocopies)
  • Vaccination certificates (with photocopies)
  • Airline tickets (printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Sufficient medical and travel insurance (with photocopies)
  • Critical medication
  • Credit and debit cards
  • The local currency in various denominations
  • Itinerary, ticket and reservation info

Luggage and organization

When it comes to packing, we recommend using a backpack – it will be the most convenient option. If you’d prefer a suitcase, go with a medium-sized one. You’ll also definitely want to bring a daypack to make sure you have all your everyday essentials handy. Space is limited on transportation, so there’s a limit of one main piece of luggage per traveller. You’ll also be responsible for carrying your own luggage, so make sure you’re comfortable with your set-up.

Note: All other camping equipment for the trek is provided and included. Porters will carry the gear during the trek, so you’ll only be responsible for carrying your daypack with what you’ll need for the day on the Inca Trail.

A number of items are available for rent when you arrive, and there are weight allowances for what the porters can carry. See the trip details page for all of this information.


A lot of people assume that it’s going to be hot in South America, but since you’ll be at a higher elevation in the Andes, it can actually be quite cold (especially at night). You’ll want to bring clothing layers – base-layers, mid-layers and outer layers – so you can adapt to the conditions (learn how to layer to stay warm). Choose quick-drying synthetic or merino wool clothing that’s lightweight, breathable and wicks moisture. Leave the cotton at home.


Hiking gear and Personal care

Optional travel items