When planning any trip, once you have booked time off, your flights, and accommodation, it is always a good idea to forward plan several other essential areas that will allow you to make the most of your getaway. Doing all this in advance will allow you to enjoy the exciting build-up, rather than last-minute stressing or getting there and realizing that you don’t know what to do, where to go, or that you have packed the wrong things. This guide will help you understand what to prepare before you go away.
What do you want to see/do?
As you would do for any trip, you should pre-plan what you want to do while you are away to ensure you thoroughly enjoy your vacation. Think about whether you would prefer to hike or explore famous attractions? Maybe you want to explore the Amazon Rainforest. Decide this all very early on to make the following steps easier to plan.
What clothes to take
A vacation to the Bahamas might require lightweight clothes and swimsuits, but this isn’t the case in Peru. Instead, you need to ensure that you dress modestly and have a good, dependable waterproof jacket, sweaters, lightweight t-shirts that dry fast, and ideally long trekking pants or jeans. This is because, unlike many areas of the world, Peru has just two seasons, and they are not known as summer or winter, but instead as the rainy/wet season and the dry season. However, even in the dry season, it can drizzle with rain. As you are traveling to Cusco, and this is located higher in the mountain region, you need to be prepared for the varying temperatures and rain by packing plenty of layers.
Top Tip: If you are hiking, ensure you purchase solid hiking boots and thick socks.
Where will you eat?
If there is one thing that people struggle with normally in their own home town or country, then it is knowing where to eat out. Knowing where you are eating out when you are vacation, therefore, needs to be something that is pre-prepared. This way, you won’t find yourself conflicted about where to go, getting into arguments, or struggling to make a decision. Instead, you can look at the best restaurants in Cusco online before you leave and discover the ideal places for you, and even pre-book if you wanted to, to truly make it as effortless as possible while on your trip.
How much money will you need?
One thing that many people often overlook is how much money they will need on each given day. Peru is not an expensive country, but you still need to ensure that you bring enough money with you so that you can make the most of your time. As a rough guide, you should aim to have around $25-30 per day, which is roughly 80-95 PEN.
How will you keep safe?
Being in a country that you aren’t familiar with can leave you vulnerable if you don’t prepare yourself. Theft, especially pickpocketing, is a big issue in Peru, and while you don’t need to be in a constant state of worry, you do need to cautious and implement good common sense. If you are traveling across Peru, for example, keep your passport and important documents by your side at all times. Money belts are perfect for keeping all of this safe, so consider investing in one of these before you travel.