I can't believe this day has finally come when I get to say that I will be flying to South America in just a few weeks of time! Those who have known me for a while, knows how desperately I wanted to go on exchange to Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.. where-ever, just in South America, the whole time in secondary school. They told me I am too young and I need to wait and so the high school started and I had to push the dream forward. Finally- I have a chance to make my ultimate dream come true and I couldn't be more excited (and nervous) about this journey. Stay tuned for more Peru & South America related posts and a little giggly Enni.
As I am going pretty soon, I've started to pack for my upcoming two months (I know rightttt!) in the magical land of Incas and llamas. I did my research on the weather and other aspects you should know when packing for a destination. - First I need to say, my list is mostly pointed for cities like Cusco, in the mountain climate, so my list might not be the best fit for Peruvian Amazonia. Let's get into it then.
Temperature in Cusco and its surroundings are pretty much same throughout the whole year. The pattern is following - days are warm and sunny (especially during May-October) and nights are chilly and clear. That's why you should consider taking something light as well as something very warm with you! I decided to bring clothes that I can easily add and take off and mix and match! - If you are planning to do the inca trail or any other hiking trips, make sure to bring something comfortable and convenient.
I must say, a backpack is a must in Peru if you are planning to hike. If you are not into caring a ''real'' hiking rucksack, you might consider Kånken backpack which won't hurt your back. I'd also take only the most comfortable shoes with me as hiking in heels isn't cool. Cities like Cusco seems also somewhat hilly, so sneakers are a must. - Peru is generally a safe place to travel, but there are occasional attacks towards tourists where they get robbed or threatened other ways.
Therefore, I am planning to carry my cash and other valuables under my shirt in a small neck pocket. By the way, it is not recommended to carry around your passport, take copies and carry them. - On my carry-on list, I have ''yellow fever card'' which they might ask you to show when leaving Peru. I'm planning to take a trip to Bolivia so it is very likely I'll be asked to show it on the border. Make sure all other vaccinations needed are fine before you leave as well, you don't want to bring diseases as a souvenir.
I'll be working with my Macbook in my internship place in Cusco, so I'll take all essential gadgets with me. However, I try to keep it in minimum. I'll leave my underwater camera and fisheye lenses home! - I am also planning to bring an extra phone with me so I can get Peruvian number and leave my phone at the hotel as it is a little too valuable to get stolen.
I have had a bad habit bringing creams and lotions, that I don't even normally use on daily basis, on a journey with me and it has been rather silly. I learned that taking only the essentials (= the things you actually use on a daily basis) saves a lot of space from your suitcase for souvenirs. I usually pack even less than in the list above but as I am allowed to take up to 20kg (+ carry on) with me and I am going to spend full two months there I decided to bring a few not_so_daily_products as well such as curling iron and nail polish.
That's it, guys! I hope this list I gathered will help you to pack quickly and stress-freely ( I did all stressing for you) so you can focus on planning your awesome journey to the Incas' land. However, if you notice me ignoring some very essential items, feel free to share on comments below! - I will be updating this list after my trip, and maybe add/delete few things here and there! Feel free to share it with your friends!