Saturday, October 11, 2008

What to Bring to Peru

Updated 1 July 2012 

If you’re in one of the big cities: Piura, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Lima, Cusco, or Arequipa, you can probably find everything you need. (Read more about popular Peruvian cities to live in.) Clothing and shoes are cheap. Bring clothes for all weather as it does get cold. Some things that may be difficult to find are English books and some medicines. Check out the lists that guide books on Peru have about packing suggestions. 

One tip to remember is that speaking Spanish will help you greatly. You'll be treated differently than if you speak English all the time, it'll help you assimilate to Peru, and you'll usually get cheaper prices. If you're looking to learn Spanish, check out Fluenz Spanish, Rosetta Stone, and Synergy Spanish.

Don’t over pack, but also remember to bring things that you can’t live without, such as pictures of your family or music. If you’re planning on working legally, you will need your university degree and birth certificate. Get them legalized by the Peruvian embassy/consulate before you arrive. For shipping pets, check with your airline. You will have to go to your vet and get the necessary forms in order for your pet to travel with you. Sunblock and contact solution are expensive here, so you might want to bring your own. Here are some websites that will tell you what you can and cannot bring into Peru.

Useful links

The Ultimate Peru List recommends:


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