You are allowed 3 pieces of luggage:

  1. PERSONAL ITEM.  This can be a purse or a backpack that can fit under the seat.

  2. CARRY ON.  Be sure to check with your carrier for specific dimensions. 

  3. CHECKED BAG.  Please note that the vast majority of the space in you checked bag will be occupied with Idaho Condor medical and dental supplies.  Plan on only placing 1 gallon size Ziplock bag full of any necessary liquids in your checked bag.  Your team coordinator will send you instructions for supply pick up a week or two before the trip. Please contact your team coordinator at with any questions regarding supply pick-up.




  • Lightweight hiking boots or sneakers

  • Shower shoes

  • Plenty of good socks

  • Hat for rain and sun protection. The sun is very strong at this high of an elevation and it is very easy to burn.

  • Rain jacket or poncho

  • Lightweight jacket or sweatshirt for cooler days and nights.

  • Underwear

  • 2-3 Scrub bottoms for clinical work

  • 1 T-shirt and 2 scrub tops for clinical work.  These will be provided prior to the trip.

  • 1 Set of nice clothes for our end-of-trip dinner.  A pair of jeans and a button-up or polo shirt will do.

  • If you would like to change out of you work clothes when we return to Cuzco at night, we advise bringing some t-shirts and lightweight long pants (as it is cool in the evenings).  We also advise bringing shorts for hiking Machu Picchu and for our time in Lima.

  • Sleeping clothes



  • Personal medications

  • Pain reliever

  • Immodium AD

  • Pepto Bismol. Tablets are best.

  • Cold medication

  • Allergy medication

  • Kleenex or a package of flushable wipes to be used in lieu of toilet paper.  This may be needed on clinic days.

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Chapstick

  • Sunscreen.  You will burn at this high elevation.

  • Insect repellant

  • Toiletries.  Deodorant, toothbrush, etc.  These can be purchased in country if desired (although not recommended).



  • Headlamp and batteries

  • Candy or small toys to hand out to children.  They will love you. 

  • 5 pens and 3 permanent markers

  • Sunglasses

  • Inexpensive watch

  • Camera



  • Backpack, weekend size for a day excursion to Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu.  It should be just big enough to carry enough gear for a 2 night trip.             

  • Laundry bag.  Laundry services are available and inexpensive. 

  • Plug adapter for 110V USA.  If you use an iPhone, Apple chargers are designed to handle the different voltage so an adapter will not be necessary (please click here for more information).

  • Passport.  Please bring the original as well as 2 copies.  We will collect 1 of the copies from you.

  • Emergency contact information

  • Inconspicuous wallet

  • Credit and ATM Cards.  Notify your bank that you will be traveling in Peru March 18-28 so they will authorize purchases.

  • Some sort of alarm

  • Spending money.  We recommend bringing $250 in cash.  Make sure that all bills you bring are crisp, clean, and in denominations no larger than $20s.  You will encounter difficulty exchanging money if you do not follow these instructions.



  • The lighter you pack, the happier you will be.  Do not pack as you normally would for a 10 day trip.  Be streamlined and prepare to do laundry or wear certain items twice. 

  • Please make sure you have luggage tags on all luggage.

  • Bring an old, beat-up checked bag.  These bags will be loaded in a van or bus each day full of clinical supplies.  They are prone to get damaged.  Also, for identification purposes, these bags will be marked with colored duct tape.  Most participants buy cheap bags at local thrift stores such as Deseret Industries.

  • We suggest NOT bringing laptops with you on the expedition.


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