So, you’ve finally booked your flight to Peru. It’s one of the places you’ve always wanted to visit. You’ve seen all the pictures but now you’ve got to see it for yourself. Peru is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World and for many, it’s a once in a life-time trip. As your excitement builds, your mind imagines all the fun things you’ll be doing abroad and then you pause. You even feel a little nervous energy because you start to wonder: “what should I bring?” Well here are a few things you want to be sure to take so you can enjoy every moment in this beautiful country.
First of all, let’s focus on the things you may need for the elements. If you’re visiting Peru during the peak season, you’re more than likely going to experience nice hot sunny days so be sure to pack your sunscreen, sun glasses, and a wide bream sunhat. Even if you’re already tan or have a darker complexion, bring your sunscreen. It will protect you from sunburn and add that much more to your comfort during your trip. Bring some light clothing for warm weather but also some pants and long sleeves as well as a light to heavy coat depending on the season. Peru can get pretty cool in the evenings depending on the months and even cold from December to April. If you’re going to be involved in the many outdoor activities Peru has to offer, don’t waste too much time packing your Sunday’s best. Just bring casual, comfortable, outdoor attire and some great walking shoes. Peru has great cities in Lima and Cuzco but to get the authentic experience prepare for outdoor activities and comfort. A small backpack with a water bottle will also go a long way to making your day or multiday explorations a joy.
Secondly, prepare for Peru’s elevation. Cuzco is at 10,000 feet above sea level and some activities may take you to as much as 15,000 feet so be aware of possible altitude sickness. There are several things you can do to lessen the impact of altitude sickness on your stay. One great resource available to you is to contact your primary care physician and let them know when you’re traveling to Peru to see if they have any suggestions for you. They can provide you medicine in the form of a couple pills to take a day or two before you travel that will greatly lessen the effect of altitude sickness. A completely natural way of easing the effect of altitude sickness is to imitate the ancient Inca and have some coca tea. This local tea is served at all the restaurants and little coffee shops here and works wonders for digestion and nausea from altitude sickness. Keep in mind that traces of the coca plant can be found in your blood stream for several days after having the tea. You will also find it easier to deal with altitude sickness if you refrain from having any alcoholic beverages on your first day in Peru. Give your body time to acclimate before the good times roll.
Lastly, when you’re planning to visit Peru, make sure you understand what tours you’re going to be participating in and pack accordingly. Hiking shoes, insect repellant, backpack, sleeping bag, and snacks may all be needed to keep you comfortable depending on the tour.
The things we’ve mentioned here are really the essentials to get you started on having a great trip in this amazing country. Check with your tour guide for further suggestions or details of specific things needed for a specific tour. No matter what you do, bring your energy, a positive spirit, and a hunger to learn and explore, as you visit this majestic land.