Don't get overwhelmed. Follow the guide & you will be all set.
Start with the Essentials
🗹 Find a space/room in your house that you can take over for about a week.
- This is your home base to lay everything out while you go through your wardrobe & shop for new gear for the trip
- Then print out a physical copy of the packing list so that you can check items off as you go
🗹 Bring two bags maximum. In your "packing room" have out one large duffle bag, or suitcase, and your day pack.
🗹 Now, lay out 6 sets of your basic outfit: underwear, hiking pants and/or shorts, socks, long & short sleeve T-shirts, and under armor if you like (6 outfits for 6 days of hiking).
- Pack these in your duffle bag
- You can re-wear certain items like hiking pants & shorts
- Don’t worry about the clothes that you will need for enjoying Cusco
🗹 Next up, pack your "Day Pack" essentials: These will always be in your day pack. Find a rain jacket, waterproof pants, two fleeces or quarter zips, sunscreen, a bottle of bug spray, a snack, plus your water bottles & water pouches.
- Fill your water bottles & water pouches with water so that you can weigh and feel the actual carrying weight of your trekking backpack.
- Make sure one fleece is heavier and one is lighter for different temperatures
- Bug spray & water can't go on the plane in your day pack. They must be repacked into your duffle bag after you weigh your day pack.
Now, it’s time to break out A luggage scale.
If you don't have a luggage scale you can estimate pretty well with a regular scale. This alternative would require you to step on a regular scale with and without your bag so you can calculate the difference.
At this point, you have "the essentials" packed. You can now continue to check off all the other items on the packing list. From here you need to play around with your space and weight restrictions.
1. Your duffle bag needs to be under 17.6 pounds (8 kilograms) because that is the weight limit the horses you'll be using can carry on the trail.
- Don't worry if you go over the limit. Just make sure your essentials are under 17.6 pounds. You will be able to leave your extras stuff at the hostel.
- Before you leave your hostel to start the trek, you will be repacking your duffle bag into special duffle bag used by your tour guides which are made to attach to the horse's saddle.
2. Your day pack should be as light as possible when on the trail. On the plane, however, there is no weight limit because it will be considered your carry-on item.
- On the trail, it this bag should be as light as possible, containing only the your day pack essentials.
-It definitely should not weigh more than 20 lbs. That would suck to carry.
- Again, don't worry. You can leave your extra stuff at the hostel.
Don’t forget to account for the weight of your other things like toiletries, camera gear, and extra snacks.
I highly recommend keeping a sling bag or drawstring bag in your duffle bag for your dirty clothes.
Wear your hiking boots to the airport and then switch them with a pair of sneakers after going through security. This is a great way to conserve weight/space in your bags and is much more comfortable. It is also a safeguard against losing your hiking boots in case the airline happens to lose your check bag (duffle bag).