1. Yellow Fever Certification.
Although Peru does not require Yellow Fever vaccination for entry to the country, the CDC strongly recommends immunization. Peru is an endemic zone for the disease and the risk of contraction for unvaccinated travelers remains high.
2. Sunblock and Hats.
If you plan on touring Machu Picchu, a hat is a definite ‘must’ when packing for Peru. The sun at Machu Picchu’s nearly 8,000-foot elevation and can cause severe sunburn if you’re not prepared with high-SPF sunblock and a hat that covers your forehead and ears.
3. Rain Jacket or Poncho.
Regardless of your season of travel, be sure to pack a durable rain jacket or quality poncho for your trip to Peru. Peru sees an average of 4-7 rainy days every month, with more precipitation at higher altitudes that frequently douses travelers exploring the hills of Machu Picchu.
4. Comfortable, Closed-Toe Walking Shoes.
No matter your travel plans, chances are your main method of transportation in Peru will be your feet. A durable, high-quality pair of walking shoes that covers your toes and heels will be essential in staying comfortable.
5. Photo Equipment.
In your rush to square away any last minute Peru travel plans, don’t forget to pack your camera and a few memory cards. Whether you’re hiking the Inca trail or exploring Lima’s cathedrals and plazas, you’ll want to have a camera in hand.
6. Altitude Sickness Medication.
Make sure to pack altitude sickness medication recommended by your travel health specialist if you plan on ascending Peru’s Andes Mountains. Nothing ruins a highly-anticipated trip like unexpected nausea, vomiting, headaches and severe fatigue. Talk to your travel health specialist about the option that’s best for you, and be mindful of children complaining of flu-like symptoms when climbing or resting at high altitudes.
7. Anti-Diarrhea Medication.
Exposure to unclean water can happen quickly in Peru, especially if you are going to take advantage of rafting opportunities in Cuzco. While pharmacies are available, hours of operation may be limited, and you may have difficulty explaining what you need. Having access to your own medication will put your mind as ease and allow you to remedy your situation quickly.