We showed you what we packed in our bags before leaving for Peru, and now that we’re back we’re more informed on what should and shouldn’t have been included. Overall I think we did a pretty good job, specifically concerning clothing, as we somehow managed to have clean clothes to wear on the plane home without having time to do laundry like we thought we would! We went back and edited the original post with updated thoughts and comments, as well as providing a summary here of what we learned.
Tent lamp When you have a headlamp, you really don’t need anything else.
Binoculars These ended up being too heavy and bulky to carry in my daypack, so I didn’t use them the entire trip.
WISHED WE HAD:
Knee Braces Another member of our group graciously let Shane borrow a knee wrap and it truly saved his knee on Day 2. No matter how young you are, if you typically sit in an office all day like we do, you’re going to want knee support for those downhill treks.
Bug itch cream Shane was swarmed by some tiny bugs and his ankles have been itchy for a week!
Waterproof shoes Shane had to switch shoes at the last minute because the ones he intended to take weren’t comfortable on a longer hike we did prior to the trip. The Patagonia’s he took were lightweight and comfortable, but unfortunately not waterproof. It’s almost certain your feet will get wet at some point. Fortunately it didn’t turn into an issue for him causing any blistering, but it’s still recommended to take waterproof shoes.
Sandals Shane didn’t want to be weighed down with extra bulk, so he decided to just use his Sanuks instead of taking a third pair of footwear, but a few of our campsites were really muddy, so they got very dirty. Also, a few of the campsites have showers available, but it felt dangerous to be in there barefoot.
Immodium Nuff said.
SO GLAD WE TOOK:
Pillows Our trekking company did provide pillows for our tents, but I was sure glad I brought my own for extra support. Plus I used it on every plane, train and bus.
Battery Pack Everyone was running out of phone battery by day two. Since I use my phone for taking photos and videos, I definitely used this bad boy to recharge my phone every night.
Headlamps These are essential when hiking through mud in the dark!
Medical Kit I was really glad I brought the ibuprofen, pepto and blister bandaids.
Vitamin C Effervescent Drink Mix A little boost of vitamins in the morning made me feel awake and ready for the day.
Toilet Paper I think we left this off our original packing list, but I did pack a small roll of toilet paper in a ziploc bag without the cardboard roll. None of the bathrooms on the trail had it, so you should keep it in your daypack at all times.
Bug Spray Get the strongest you can find. By day 3 you’ll be at the beginning of the Amazon jungle and these bugs are nothing to mess around with. We only took 7% deet spray, so we were glad one of our companions had 100% deet to share.
Snacks Our cook gave us a piece of fruit and crackers every morning to take with us, but we scarfed that down plus the Kind bars and Tanka Buffalo Jerky we packed. Seriously, every time Shane bit into a Tanka bar he talked about how good it was and how it’s the perfect trail snack.
Hiking boots I’m really happy with my choice as they held up perfectly. They’re so lightweight that my feet didn’t feel as tired as I thought they would.
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