Once you have planned the logistics of your trip, next comes the need to figure out what to pack!!! These are our tried and tested packing tips for Peru with kids!
Don’t forget to apply for the little people’s passports early!!! Also keep in mind that each country has different regulations in regards to the travel of minors. For example, in Australia permission to travel is given by both parents when you apply for the passport. However, in Peru if you are travelling without the child’s other parent, you need a specific letter giving you permission to take the child out of the country.
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In 2015 Australian parents are in the grip of an enormous vaccination debate as it’s increasingly popular to NOT vaccinate one’s children against basic childhood diseases. It is such a big issue the government has even proposed removing family benefits from those parents who don’t vaccinate! I am aware of the arguments against vaccination and question my decision to inject my gorgeous little 5-year-old with a number of extra vaccines. But then, on the other hand, the idea that Master L, with his propensity to eat dirt and whatever he encounters on the path, won’t be vaccinated, is just as alarming.
I realise that I don’t plan to go un-vaccinated so book in Miss M for her extra travelers’ shots. My final piece of advice – do it plenty of time prior to travel so the child’s body has time to recuperate.
This is the easiest on the list – layers, layers and more layers! Of course, there are plenty of alpaca beanies, mittens and jumpers in Peru so don’t go overboard with bulky jackets and the like, as you will be able to stock up while there. Or shop the beautiful selection of Baby Wear at Threads of Peru!
I’m packing just enough nappies to get to Lima! Peru has everything that you might need for a baby or small toddler including disposable nappies, dummies (pacifiers), teething rings and lots of baby food. There is a good range of baby creams /shampoo in large supermarkets but not too many of the eco or earth-friendly variety, so if it’s important to you to use eco products, then best to bring them from home. In Australia we have teething rusks – these are not available in Peru.
- Stroller or Pram – pictured is our Bob Motion stroller… We would also recommend the Britax BOB Revolution Pro.
- Car seat
- Baby cot
- carrier – we love our Ergo Baby carrier
- Trek Carrier
Babies/toddlers need a lot of paraphernalia, and international airlines include a stroller/pram, a car seat and a baby cot in the price of an infant plane ticket!!! (Note that domestic airlines do not). I have a specially purchased stroller, which is lightweight (10kg) and has big wheels that are good for negotiating cobblestone streets. Having strong wheels is an important consideration for a pram in Peru! Also be aware that outside of Lima and the better suburbs of Cusco, there are not too many pavements.
Car-seats are not commonly used by children in Peru and pretty much everyone I know thinks I’m a little odd for wanting to use one – however given that traffic is quite inconsistent and traffic accidents (even little prangs) are more common than in other countries – I’m insistent on a car seat for my kids’ protection. ** Note – we are going to explore “how to carry your baby” in a separate blog!
Most better hotels have a cot that they won’t charge for, but if you are on a budget then bringing your own portacot might be a good idea. Or – do as many Peruvians do and co-sleep.
Hungry kids are no fun. Hungry kids who are screwing their nose up at some food that they aren’t familiar with are extremely frustrating. I’m taking enough of their favorite snacks to get us through the first 3-5 days when the world will be disorienting – and we will all be tired. Then, we can begin the culinary adventure that is Peru, including the fun of shopping in foreign supermarkets!
Bag of Toys and Books
We carry a bag of goodies to be brought out at opportune moments – small toys (My Little Pony for the Little Miss, and Matchbox toys for the boy) and lightweight books. That said, planes hand out coloring books and once you get to Peru it’s a great adventure getting a range of different toys we have never seen before!
With a bit of patience, and a willingness to slow your pace, traveling to Peru with children can be a relatively stress-free, and yes, even enjoyable, experience.
Need help with packing tips for Peru with kids?
consider asking a travel agent for help for some of the logistics. Apus Peru Adventure Travel Specialists have plenty of experience in offering treks with young people!
This post was originally published on the Apus Peru Blog, and has been adapted by the author, Ariana Svenson, coincidentally a CoFounder of Apus Peru!
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