Hiking the Inca Trail: What you need for 4 days

This past March I tackled one of my business goals travel with a new travel partner to experience its way of travel. The partner I picked was G Adventures as their passion for adventure travel and sustainability resonated with me and how I enjoy traveling. G Adventures is also a preferred partner of my host agency Gifted Travel Network as well as a member of Virtuoso, my consortia. The value of these partnerships is the high touch my clients receive when we work together. 

G Adventures is an adventure travel company offering a wide selection of small group tours, safaris, and expeditions to more than 100 countries across seven continents. I chose the Inca Discovery which included a four-day hike along the Inca Trail covering 26 miles and over 13,000 feet in elevation. 

Packing for such a trip can be overwhelming as there isn’t a convenience store along the way to pick up something you may have forgotten. After a lot of research and consideration of the weight limitation with what the porter would carry, I felt like I packed perfectly. 

Suitcase (storage in Cusco)
Bag (Provided By G Adventures. Porter will carry, 13 pounds, clothing, toiletries, sleeping bag)

Investing in a solid sleeping pad is worth it. One for comfort, two to keep the chill of the ground off of you. I used this Nemo Tensor Ultralight Insulated in regular wide. 

Camping mattress/sleep mat
Sleeping bag
Travel pillow

2-3 sports bras
Lightweight, water-resistant hiking pants
Long pants, 3 leggings
Thermal base layer – Long underwear set, shirt and bottoms (sleeping)
Shirts/t-shirts – 3-4 Quick dry shirts (short sleeve)
2 Microfleece sweaters/sweats
Lightweight down jacket
Rain jacket
4 pairs of trekking socks
1 pair of extra warm thermal socks (sleeping or at camp)
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Footwear (Waterproof Hiking Boots/Shoes at Camp – Light, not tennis shoes)
Hat (Ball cap, sun hat)
Small travel towel
Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
Waterproof backpack cover
Pack liners or waterproof bags

Toilet paper
Medication (plus Ibuprofin, anti-nausea)
Bug spray
Wet wipes
Hairbrush, hair ties
Ziplock for garbage
Lip balm
Nuun hydration tablets
Snacks (4 bars, 2 jerky bags, gum)
Reward snacks for the night (4 candy bars)
Phone charger for no electricity, I used this.
Cash $200 – $300
First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, prescription drugs)
Flashlight/torch (Headlamps)
Locks for bags
Moneybelt/Fanny Pack
Outlet adapter
Personal entertainment (Book, cards)
Reusable water bottle (backpack bladder)
Hand sanitizer 

Want to read about my experience on the Inca Trail? Click here.

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