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9 Things You Need in Your Backpack Travelling Peru

There are a few things you need in your backpack travelling Peru, some that you may not think about until it’s too late! Luckily you have found this comprehensive list of what to bring to Peru.

Quick Tip: If travelling to or from Lima Airport, it is strongly recommended to use the luxury Airport Express Lima bus to get to or from your hotel. Safer and cheaper than a taxi with no baggage limit as well as free Wi-Fi and USB chargers onboard, it is ideal for travellers.

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1. Roll of Toilet Paper

You don’t miss it until you need it..! Number one is number one for a reason. Toilet paper apart from the obvious usage is – tissue paper, a mop, a wipe, make shift ear plugs, a notepad. Indispensable and in absentia in many toilets all over the world.

2. Plastic Bags

Wet clothes, smelly socks, precious goods, boot bag. The ultimate compartment. You will definitely use these over and over.

3. Headlamp

Crowded dorm…trying to find your bunk, trip hazards everywhere and all you want is your toothbrush but your head is in the wrong bag!! A flashlight solves all this stress!

4. External power source

Sockets in dorm rooms can be like gold dust, sockets on buses like unicorns. When you get your hands on one it is best to charge up a device that can give you 3-4 full charges on the go.

5. Insect Repellent

‘Mosquito bites’ the bane of backpackers the world over. DEET designed by the US army is your best friend for fighting of hordes of nasty disease carrying insects.

6. Earplugs

Coughing, snoring, sneezing, and… are all unwelcome noises in a dorm room. The key to a good night’s sleep, silicone ear plugs are best.

7. Small Padlocks

For your backpack, for your lockers in your hostel. Best to pack two or three different sizes to ensure you can secure your valuables in any hostel regardless of different lockers.

8. Small First-aid Kit

Emphasis on small – don’t go overboard! There is no need to bring the whole medicine cabinet but a few essentials – sticky plasters, small bandage, disinfectant and anti-diarrhea pills, are all a must-have.

9. Sense of Humor

Not literally in your backpack – but the true secret to enjoying your trip is not taking it all too seriously. Laugh a lot, and at yourself more than anything. We are all learning and all at different paces. Be happy and share that with others.

what to pack in your back for peru

These are the things you need in your backpack travelling Peru. Make sure to have a great trip!


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