Before the trip - To take - About the flight and the arrival - About money and currency - About health and comfort - About security - Security in Lima - About local transportation - About the departure and after getting back
The objective of this page is not to tell you what to bring but to see if you forgot something (is it the same thing?).
Do not take (banned, useless or dangerous)
Legend: For the plane In the suitcase On you, during the stay
or walking shoes even if you are not a walk fan. In Machu Picchu for example,
it is indispensable.
Casual cloths or jogging suits.
Jacket, pullovers. Even if you travel in summer. Altitude nights are cold; on the coast for late evening boat rides for example.
Raincoat or K-way if you go to the mountain, especially during the rainy season (from December to April). However, in these places they sell "protections" for a few soles.
Bathing suit for hotel pools or the beach. For women, topless is not recommended.
Anti mosquito lotion.
Specially in summer and for the Amazon. Think of taking a strong one because
insects are very voracious.
Lotion for Sunburns
Disinfectant for little wound; sometimes the closest pharmacy is kilometers away.
Imodium or equivalent. You will be certainly sick, in general only once and for two or three days.
Lotion for insect stings
An extra pair of glasses just in case.
Sun block lotion. Take a strong one (45) for the first days of exposure.
Altitude medicine (Coca 9CH or coramine glucose) if you plan to go over 3.000 meters.
Beach towel. High standing hotels lend it, others don't.
Why ? An old trick for after "toilettes" in case of traveller's tummy
is to throw a lighten match in to the WC; this naturalizes the odour.
Flight ticket. Important!
Vaccine report to justify the yellow fever vaccine.
Padlock and keys. In case of breaking it or to take more bags on the way back. Prefer Visa, but MasterCard works too.
Dictionary. Prefer this instead of electronic translators, not so practical and a little to tenting.
Suitcase labels for extra bags on the way back.
Tourist guide (or a print of this site... (?!)
Holster. It is a little hot but it's the most practical way if you carry important documents or an important amount of cash.
Lamp for rare blackouts.
Watch. A cheap one.
Passport valid at least 3 months after the arrival date.
International Drivers License if you plans to rent or borrow a car.
Rucksack very important for all day walks or for handcraft markets (in general we buy a lot).
Extra bag in he suitcase, an extra place for souvenirs.
Candy. If you wish to do a smart thing when you go to distant villages, always carry some to distribute: a personal satisfaction and 30 happy children are worth 3 soles.