Travel light! Our experience tells us the lighter you pack, the happier you will be. Following are some packing guidelines and a checklist to help you determine the right amount of gear to bring with you.

Packing list

The detailed checklist below is designed as a packing guideline for your trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Having checked all (or most) of the items on this checklist will ensure that you are well prepared for your trip.

Documents and Documentation

Please allow enough time in advance of your trip to check all your travel documents against this checklist.

  • Passport

  • Credit Cards

  • International Air Tickets

  • Copy of Travel Documents

  • Travel Itinerary

  • Emergency Contact Information

  • Galapagos Flight Itinerary

  • Travel Insurance

  • ID (such as drivers license) / Proof of Citizenship

Luggage

Please take into account the luggage suggestions below:

  • Regular Duffle Bag Small Padlocks

  • Spare Duffle Bag

  • Strong Ziploc Plastic Bags or Daypack or Fanny Pack Dry Bags

Travel Accesories

Please take into account the suggestions for travel accessories below.

  • Photo Camera

  • Video Camera

  • Additional Memory or Film for Your Camera

  • Tripod (Optional)

  • Alarm Clock or Watch

  • Flashlight or Headlamp (For Amazon Trips)

  • Binoculars

  • Insect Repellent (For Amazon Trips)

  • Spare Batteries / Charger

  • A/C Adaptors if Your Chargers Are Not 110v, 2 Flat Prongs

  • Spanish/English dictionary or translation device

Clothing

Before you pack, please check your clothing and equipment against the list below.

Footwear

  • Walking or Hiking Shoes

  • Teva Style Sandals

  • Comfortable Shoes or Sandals to Wear on Deck

Outerwear

  • Wind Shell

  • Medium to Light Fleece Jacket

  • Medium to Thick Jacket for Andes Programs

  • Cotton Sweat Shirts

Shirts & Blouses

  • T-Shirts

  • Polo Shirts

  • Light Blouses (W)

  • Long Sleeve Shirts or Blouses

Outerwear

  • Wind Shell

  • Medium to Light Fleece Jacket

  • Medium to Thick Jacket for Andes Programs

  • Cotton Sweat Shirts

Head Gear

  • Sun Hat or Cap

  • Bandana

  • Sunglasses

Swimwear

  • Two or Three Swimsuits

  • Swim Suit Wraps

  • Mask and Snorkel (Optional)

  • Fins (Optional)

Trousers & Skirts

  • Hiking Shorts

  • Lightweight Full Length

  • Pants

  • Pair of Dressier Shorts and Pants

  • Casual Dress or Skirt (W)

Underwear

  • Regular underwear

Socks

  • Socks for Walking and Hiking

  • Regular socks

Health & Medical Information

We recommend that you contact your physician before the start of your trip if you have any questions about the information found on the “Health & Medical” section of this document. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Traveler’s Health website section is an excellent resource. Go to http://www.cdc.gov, select Traveler’s Health, then choose Destinations from the drop down and choose Ecuador.

Consult with your physician about:

  • Your Physical Condition

  • Efforts

  • Altitude when Visiting the Andes

  • Immunizations

  • Gastro- Intestinal Disorders

What to bring:

  • Personal Medications and Vitamins

  • Personal First Aid Kit

  • Sea Sickness Medication or Patches (as a Precaution)

  • Toiletry Kit

  • Sunscreen (spf 15 or Higher) Aloe Vera Gel

  • Hand Sanitizers

Galapagos books: ( Optional)

  • GALAPAGOS, A NATURAL HISTORY, Michael Jackson 1990

  • REEF FISH Identification GALAPAGOS, Paul Human, 1993 (Perhaps out of print)

  • MARINE LIFE OF THE GALAPAGOS, Pierre Constant, 1992

  • THE BEAK OF THE FINCH (Jonathan Weiner)

  • FLOREANA, Margareth Wittmer 1989

  • MY FATHER`S ISLAND, A Galapagos Quest, Johanna Angermeyer, 1989

  • THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE, Charles Darwin, 1860

  • A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF THE GALAPAGOS, Castro and Phillips