What size daypack for Inca Trail?

One of the favorite activities, of the tourists that arrive to the city of Cusco, is to make the trek towards Machu Picchu, by the Inca Trail. This walk puts you in contact with nature; between jungle and mountain, which means that it must carry with it different elements, so the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu gives you the most amazing walking adventure. But do you know about what size daypack for Inca Trail? It is very important for you to know this information so now I will give you a list that could help to answer this question.


How much Baggage to carry?

Long time before your trip, make a test bag, to know if it is within the weight, target of 5 Kg as cap, depending on the duration of the Inca Trail. Check the list, but leave your hiking boots aside because you will either wear them or put them in your backpack. Pack your personal backpack with fragile things (flashlights, sunglasses, camera) and some medicine you may need, as well as your passport, record of vaccinations and other valuables. Be very careful packing and organizing everything: transparent polyethylene bags with airtight seals are good for keeping small things, they are very practical.

You must leave the surplus equipment before leaving to the Inca Trail, this can include: cleaning tools and extra clothes. You are allowed to carry 20 kg on international flights, but on the Inca Trail the weight of the luggage must be 5 kg. maximum.

So What to pack?

The list below, is divided into the essential and desirable. Experienced walkers may not agree on what belongs to each category, but others may find this classification very helpful. You will not have access to your main bag of luggage, so bring everything you need for each day in your backpack attack (personal backpack): blister protector, water purifier and medicines.

Essential for the Inca Trail:

  • Good shoes to walk.
  • Enough amount of socks to walk.
  • Many layers of suitable clothing, including thermal underwear.
  • Hat to protect from the sun and the wind.
  • Sun protection for the eyes and face (sunglasses, sunscreen, high SPF).
  • Gloves, for those cold nights
  • Jacket and waterproof pants.
  • Pills or drops to purify the water.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Wet towels and cleaning bags for cleaning the skin and teeth.
  • Pocket flashlights, with spare batteries.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Extra money, for the tips of the guides, cooks and porters.

Desirable on the Inca Trail:

  • Canes with rubber tips.
  • Light and resistant camera, remember to take spare batteries.
  • Waterproof layer for the backpack.
  • Appetizers, snacks and sweets for the throat.
  • Thermal coating for the sleeping bag.
  • Ear plugs.
  • Spare shoes
  • Paper and pencil, card games or books.
  • Map or a guide book for the Inca Trail