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The Inca Trail packing list
Having completed the Inca Trail 45 times, Latin America specialist Sonia knows her stuff! Here she gives some tips about what is absolutely essential to bring with you when doing the Inca Trail. You will be provided with a duffle bag which will be taken by our porters to the tents every night – you should fill it with clean clothes and all toiletries you’ll need for the night time. In terms of the packing list to take with you during the days, here’s Sonia’s lowdown:
A day bag
You will be covering long distances carrying this bag, so make sure to get something which sits comfortably and doesn’t rub, and can hold all the essentials listed below.
The most essential item to bring. If you don’t have it with you, you won’t have any because there are no shops along the way, so make sure you’re prepared!
With uneven surfaces and lots of steep climbs and descents, a good pair of walking boots will make your Inca Trail experience so much more pleasurable. The type of boot you get is a really personal decision – what fits one person’s foot perfectly may cause blisters for another, so make time to find the best boots for you. I would also advise wearing them in before the Inca Trail to make them as comfortable as possible.
Even if you are convinced your boots are the most comfortable footwear you have ever had, you are still at risk of getting blisters as you are walking for a long time every day. Bring those plasters just in case.
At high altitudes, especially in the summer months, your lips can get really dry and cracked. A dab of lip balm will be just the relief you need.