Looking for a Peru packing list? Peru’s climatically diverse climate leaves travelers baffled when it comes to packing. You might need nothing but swimwear and shorts depending on where you’re going and what season you’re going during in Peru!
Its capital, Lima, averages a temperature between 12 and 28 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a dry season and a wet season in Cusco as well as a cold climate at night. Northern Mancora stays a steady 23-27 degrees year-round, while Iquitos is 21-33 degrees year-round.
At any time of the year, you could be facing mornings and evenings with zero degrees in the Andes. Pack layers and a variety of clothing unless you’re going to just one place in Peru.
What to Wear in Peru?
The history of Peru is rich, from its origins as the peak of the Incan empire to its role as the center of Spanish colonial expansion in South America. A great travel destination and a colorful culture await you in this Spanish-speaking country.
Experience world-class ceviche, hike and see Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountains, jog along Lima’s salty coast, listen to passionate and energizing music, and feel some of the softest alpaca wool in the world.
General Style Tips:
- You should dress in layers that can be shed as the day gets hotter in Peru.
- Wearing light wool against your skin is a good choice since it regulates your body temperature naturally. Even after prolonged wear, the fabric keeps you warm, wicks away moisture, and does not retain odors.
- Travel jackets are versatile, so make sure you bring one. There are over 23 pockets on the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket, and the sleeves can be removed.
- In places like Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca, the temperature can plummet at night, so you’ll want to bring a fleece.
- If you don’t need your valuables, leave them at home.
- A smarter outfit is not essential, but you will feel more comfortable and fit in if you visit an upscale restaurant in Lima or any other large city.
What Shoes To Pack?
- Walking shoes with rubber soles should be of good quality and well-worn.
Clothing Tips for Women:
- If you need a bit of sparkle, a pashmina is a perfect piece to dress up any outfit.
- You can use your pashmina to cover your shoulders and bare legs when visiting religious sites.
Clothing Tips for Men:
- Try Madda Fella’s range of shirts, shorts, and polos for versatile and stylish casual wear.
- SCOTTeVEST offers great travel jackets with RFID security options and multiple pockets.
Pack for the Weather:
- In winter (June, July, August, and September), it can be cool along the coast. During the day, it can be sunny and warm in the mountains, but very cold at night. Adapting to temperature changes is easier when you dress in layers.
- There will be heavy rain in the mountains and jungle in December, January, February, March, and April, so you should bring a waterproof raincoat. On the coast, it’s the opposite.
- When you’re planning from home, the Weather+ app provides an accurate six-day forecast. Also keeps track of where you’ve been – a nice way to remember your vacation.
Regions of Peru:
- Several areas, such as Nazca, are very dry, so moisturizers and lip balm will be necessary.
- Machu Picchu is located in a cloud forest, so the humidity is higher. If you are going to see the sunrise early in the morning, it’s a good idea to wear a lightweight waterproof.
- In Cusco, you’ll have to walk a lot to see the sights, so wear comfortable shoes (hotter shoes are our favorite). You will need your fleece at night because of its altitude. Seeing the Milky Way from this high up will make you feel like you can touch it.
Other Things To Pack:
- In order to avoid mosquitoes and insect bites outside large cities such as Lima, you really need to take all the essentials, such as sunscreen (we recommend the Riemann P20 range for 10-hour protection), insect repellent, and adapter plugs and converters for electrical appliances.
- When traveling, take a small supply of detergent for hand washing, since there may not be many laundry facilities.
- Microfiber travel towels are another great item to pack – they fold really small and dry really quickly, so they can be used for trekking.
- Tap water is not suitable for drinking or brushing your teeth. Take a LifeStraw water bottle with filtration.
- Traveling around the country with a bag or soft-sided rucksack is more practical than carrying hard cases, and packing cubes can help you keep your belongings tidy while compressing their volume.
- On day trips, combine your bag with a fold-away day sack.
- You can protect your mobile phone with a phone bunjee, especially in busy cities or when trekking.
- If your devices aren’t designed to handle the local voltage (220V), you may need a travel adapter plug and a step-down voltage converter.
- Use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you stay within your weight allowance to avoid unexpected baggage fees. On your way home, be sure to make room for souvenirs! There are many good buys to be found, including alpaca clothes, wooden games, and ceramics. In local shops, you can find Pisco, a traditional Peruvian grape vodka (much cheaper than at the airport). Make sure your checked luggage contains any liquids you plan to bring.
With a wide range of climates spread across the country, Peru is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Peru is home to a wide variety of climates, from the coast to the Andes, from arid deserts to rainforests.
Peru’s awe-inspiring Andes and valleys that provide great hiking opportunities, including the Inca Trail, have become one of the most popular draws for tourists in recent years. You’ll find here what we like to bring along on a hiking trip, as well as some of our favorite products.
- Athleisure wear
- T-shirt with performance features
- Shirt with technical features
- Sweater with mid layers
- Jacket made of shell
- An elegant down jacket
- A pair of hiking shorts
- A pair of hiking pants
- Socks made from wool
- A pair of hiking shoes
- A pair of hiking boots
- A travel towel for your convenience
- Headwear for buffs
- Hand gloves
- Trekking poles
- Water bottle made of ultralight material by Grayl
- Lamp for headlights
- The sleeping bag
- The sleeping pad
- It’s a pillow
- Bag for drying
- Pack for hiking that is self-supporting
- Backpack with Porter Assisted Hiking
Generally, you’ll be wearing summer clothing and swimsuits, though you might want to bring a sweater and a lightweight rain jacket. It is a good idea to bring sunglasses and a sunhat. The climate in Peru allows shorts to be worn here, and sandals make sense here as well.
Peru does not have a formal dress code. Clothing etiquette is not governed by any strict social taboos or religious requirements on a daily basis. However, Peruvian society remains deeply conservative and rooted in tradition.
You are likely to see most of the locals wearing Ponchos if you are planning a trip to Peru. The poncho is one of the most important elements of Peruvian male attire. You can find numerous vibrant designs depending on your motif on this outer garment that is very warm.
The experience of traveling to Peru can be one of a lifetime for most people. Traveling to Peru will be easier and more enjoyable if you follow these simple tips. Contact our travel advisors today if you have any questions about Peru tour packages, Machu Picchu guided tours, or anything else related to Peru.