In a few weeks my daughter and I will be boarding the plane for Peru. Well, I say for Peru. I mean a 30 hour trip via London Heathrow, Madrid, Lima and then onto Cusco.
So, looking down the Global Volunteer Network check list, that means it's time to get packing!
According to GVN the key to packing for a trip to Peru, and Cusco more specifically, is to pack for a variety of conditions. Cusco is truly a land of extremes with intense sun during the day and cold mountain nights to remind you that you are 11,200 ft/3,400 mtrs.
We intend to travel outside of Cusco to Machu Picchu so we need to be ready for the heat and humidity there too. I'm hoping our experience of seven summers in Dubai will give us a head start.
Apparently, dressing in layers is the answer. Here is the suggested packing list:
- 7 Pair of underwear
- 7 Pairs of socks
- Water Bottle
- 5 T‐shirts
- Sun block
- 3 Long‐sleeved shirts
- Laptop (optional)
- 4 Pairs of pants
- 2 Pairs of shorts
- Swim wear
- Rain gear
- Athletic/walking shoes
- Hiking Boots
Doesn't seem much, does it? I notice there is no mention of chargers!
Well, the aim is to travel light (background noise: husband choking on a cup of tea) with only one rucksack and a small day backpack. Accordingly, I'm expecting my daughter to treat me as her walking coat hanger and so I'm staying one step ahead of her and limiting the day bag to one.
The return luggage will be a different story altogether...