Big news! I have been wanting to do a Peru trip and it is finally happening this July! The best part will be that I’m doing it with my Dad. My mom is not so interested in Peru, so she is going to take on the very important task of babysitting Bennie The Dog.
We are going during the end of July. We will stay in Lima, then on to Cusco to do some exploring, Moray to see the Salt Mines, and a tour of Incan ruins. From there we will go to Aguas Calliente and get a tour of Machu Pichu and hike to the Sun Gate.
After some time in Machu Pichu, we will go to Saqsaywamann, and the Temple of the Sun. We will also go to Lake Titicaca to see the Uros Floating islands.
Needless to say, I am so pumped! July is the beginning of winter in Peru, so it will be chilly, but with the right gear, that will no problem.
The backpack I used for Costa Rica is the same one I plan on bringing for this trip. The thing I like the best about it is that it has a day pack that detaches so shorter day treks, but re-attaches to the backpack so you have less things to carry when it is all together. It is called the Osprey Farpoint 55. I have the blue one, which I was worried I wouldn’t like (all black everything is usually my preference), but I ended up liking the color a lot.
The other big thing about the back pack that was great was that it was super easy to carry and I didn’t have to check it. At one point we took a boat to get to our next location and there were other people on our boat with wheelie luggage. I felt so bad for them slipping and sliding through the wet ground trying to carry their big square suitcases.
The other items on my packing list so far:
- Exofficio – their clothes are great for travel
- Lifeproof phone case – I don’t use a “serious” phone case for every day. However, Lifeproof is really good for protecting your phone. I once had my horse put my whole phone in HIS MOUTH and the Lifeproof case protected it! For Travel, it would be super easy for the phone to get wet, dropped, ect. So I will want to have it a little more protected.
- Love Your Melon beanie – gotta keep cute & warm, amirite??? Plus I love their cause.
- Packing cubes – When you have a big empty cavern of a back pack, keeping everything organized is kind of hard. I love the packing cubes to keep everything together, and I felt like I could fit a lot more clothes than I thought I was going to be able to.
- Luggage locks – When we were in Costa Rica this past Christmas, there were times when we would leave our luggage with the front desk of our hotel. Or once my bag was moved pretty far away from me in the overhead bin of the plane. So I wished I would have had luggage locks to make me feel a little more secure.
- Nuttzo trucker hat – gotta represent! Code Kyle-20 for 20% off.
- Leggings – probably either the Align pant or the Wunder Under from Lululemon. I also really like the high-rise knockout tight from Victoria’s Secret. The fabric is a bit thicker – aka warmer.
- Merrell Hiking shoes: I’m not sure which ones yet. I’ll probably go to REI and have them help me. I just love Merrells as a brand. And honestly – the great thing about REI – if I go to Peru and end up hating the shoes, I can still return them. Did you see the movie “Wild” where Reese Witherspoon has REI send her new boots? So funny.
- Vinyasa scarf from Lululemon – I like that I can use it as a blanket on the plane or a scarf. And it is big, so I can wrap it around 60% of my upper body. #blanketscarf
- Smart wool – socks, thermals, ect. I get cold easily. I don’t want to be that person complaining! So I always err on the side of caution when packing things like dry socks. I love Smart Wool.
- The Patagonia R1 Hoodie (women’s & men’s): I love this hoodie. I used it so much in Costa Rica. It is perfect to layer under heavier jackets, but warm enough to wear on its own over a t-shirt too.
- Copy of the Lonely Planet for Peru – we won’t have wifi a lot of the time, and the Lonely Planet is so useful. Having the paperback was really helpful in Costa Rica.
When we are in Peru, I am definitely hoping to an Alpaca sweater haha! Also markets in countries like Peru are also a favorite place to buy cool jewelry.
Have you done Peru? What did you think? Anything to add to my packing list?
Full disclosure – as an REI Affiliate Athlete – I do get a kickback $ if you decide to buy any of my REI recommendations. Totally your choice & obviously nothing I HAVE to post or am required to talk about. This is all stuff I actually use and love. That’s all! xo