A Foolproof Galapagos Packing List

by | Aug 23, 2023 | Ecuador, Travel

Planning a trip to the Galapagos, but you’re not sure what to pack?

In this packing list guide, I’m going to share with you EXACTLY what you need to pack for the Galapagos for all seasons. This includes BOTH land-based AND cruise-based itineraries. I did both types while on the islands. I did a 12-day cruise with Anahi and I spent a few days before and after my boat tour in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal.

My packing philosophy is to keep it simple! Don’t overpack. Keep your wardrobe casual. The Galapagos is a very laid-back place. You’ll be spending most of your time doing outdoorsy kinds of things like hiking and snorkeling, You generally don’t need to worry about dressing up to impress your neighbors or fellow passengers.

So let’s check out my packing list for the Galapagos Islands!

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This Galapagos packing list guide is divided into 13 sections. Just jump to the one that interests you the most:

Galapagos Packing List – Luggage

The first thing to consider when packing for your Galapagos trip is what kind of luggage to bring. To decide this, you’re faced with two questions:

  • Backpack or suitcase?
  • How big?

Backpack v. Suitcase: What’s Better for the Galapagos?

The first question—backpack vs suitcase—depends on what kind of tour you’re doing: a cruise or land-based. And your preference.

Cruising Around the Galapagos

If you’re doing a cruise around the Galapagos islands, you can get by easily with either a backpack or a suitcase. You won’t have to worry about carrying your luggage around yourself anyway. The boat crew will transport your bags on and off the boat.

If you’re visiting other destinations in Ecuador independently, then a backpack is more suitable than a suitcase. It’ll be easier to carry on and off buses and up and down stairs.

Land-Based Itinerary

I would choose a backpack over a suitcase for an independent land-based itinerary. Most hotels in the Galapagos don’t have elevators, so you’ll have to carry your bags up and down stairs. It’s easier to do that with a backpack than a suitcase. But that’s the ONLY reason you’d need a backpack.

Whichever one you go with, you won’t be carrying your luggage around much. There are 4 islands to base yourself on and on each island there’s only one major town to stay in. The only times you’ll move your luggage is when you’re going from island to island.

How big of a suitcase or backpack?

The airlines that fly to the Galapagos, LATAM and Avianca, have strict requirements for checked and carry-on luggage. You’re allowed to check one bag no more than 50 pounds (23 kilos) and bring one carry-on no more than 22 pounds (10 kilos) and one personal item like a purse.

You also don’t need to bring that much stuff to the Galapagos. It’s a casual place, so you don’t need fancy dress clothes, and it’s hot so you don’t need heavy pants and tops. I’ll talk more about what clothing to pack in the Clothing section below. But if you choose lightweight simple clothes, you can limit the size of your backpack to 40L and your suitcase to 20-inches along with a day pack and/or dry bag.

Travel Backpack

One of the most popular backpacks is the Osprey Fairview 40L. Osprey has a bigger version at 55L, but if you pack no more than 7 days’ worth of clothes and 1 extra pair of shoes, then you don’t need anything bigger than 40L.

The male version of the Fairview is the Osprey Fairpoint 40L.

I used a Kelty Redwing 40L when I was in the Galapagos. I like this backpack. Sadly, Kelty no longer makes that size. They now just have a 36L and 50L.

Either of these bags is great for visiting other places in Ecuador.


If you want to do a suitcase, make sure it’s not heavy. Airlines to the Galapagos have strict weight restrictions. Checked luggage is 50 pounds (23 kilos) and carry-on is 22 pounds (10 kilos).

Get this highly-rated Samsonite Hardsided luggage. It’s lightweight and durable with good wheels and zippers. You’ll need good wheels as Galapagos and Ecuador in general don’t have the best streets or sidewalks.

If you use compression cubes and don’t bring so many shoes, you can probably get by with a 20-inch one. For a suitcase a bit bigger, there’s also a 24-inch and 28-inch Samsonite.

Backpack Rain Cover

It might rain while you’re in the Galapagos, so you’ll want to pack two rain covers for your (1) big backpack and (2) small daypack.

Ideally, get rain covers that have their own little pouch that you can store them in. It’s also good to get ones with reflective strips in case you’re walking along the road at night (there are VERY few sidewalks in the Galapagos, so you’ll be walking on the street). You’re thus more visible to drivers.

Compression Packing Cubes

To save space in your backpack or suitcase, get compression packing cubes. I personally hate regular packing cubes, but I love compression cubes. They compress your clothes, thus, saving you lots of space.

I’ve been using these cubes from Tripped for the past 2 years of full-time continuous travel, and they are still in good condition. No rips or tears. After 2 years, the zippers on one cube fall off sometimes when I’m trying to close it and I’ve got a lot of stuff in it, but I can easily reattach it in a second.

You get a set of 4 cubes: 2 large and 2 small. The cubes are narrow, which is the perfect shape for backpacks. They also come with a bag for shoes and a laundry bag.


Along with your larger backpack or suitcase, bring a small backpack (daypack) no bigger than 20L as your carry-on. This will come in handy when you’re out and about during the day like on a hiking excursion. You can use it to carry your water bottle, phone, sunscreen, insect repellent, a pack of tissues, a small first-aid kit that contains bandaids, antiseptic spray, antibiotic ointment, and wallet. If you want to bring your laptop to the Galapagos, you’ll most likely need a backpack to carry it in.

For those not carrying around heavy camera gear, I’d go with something from Osprey. They have one that I’ve used in the past and that I felt was quite comfortableOsprey Daylite and the Osprey Daylite Plus Daypack. The straps give you good support and the back panel has good ventilation.

The Daylite Plus is 20L and has got 2 side pockets for water bottles and an inside pocket for a 15” laptop. Ratings on Amazon are high—4.7/5 (over 1,000 reviews)—can’t beat that! For those on a land-based tour, I’d go with the Plus.

The Daylite is 13L and is just as highly rated as the Plus version at 4.7/5 with over 1,000 reviews. It fits a 13” laptop and has side pockets for a water bottle. I bought this one but couldn’t use it because the body of the backpack is too narrow for holding a camera case. The 13L is good enough for those on a Galapagos cruise.

Fanny (Crossbody) Pack

Remember fanny packs (bum packs as the Brits call them)? They used to be so out-of-fashion.

But NOW they’re back. In the past year, I’ve seen lots of European travelers using fanny packs. But they aren’t wearing them around their waists Instead, they wear them across their body. The packs look so much more fashionable and they’re more secure when they’re worn this way.

An alternative or an addition to an Osprey daypack is a crossbody fanny pack. This is useful for storing your phone, money, cards, wallet, and passport.

 I like this fanny pack from Entchin. It’s got 4 pockets including an interior one that goes against your body. Good for storing a passport and money. It’s also water resistant. You can wear it over your shoulder, around your waist, or across your body.

Galapagos Packing List – Water Sports

You’re going to most likely be doing a lot of swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the Galapagos, so you’ll want to make sure you’ve packed the right stuff.

Based on my 2 weeks in the Galapagos, here are the things I think are ESSENTIAL:


One of the best things to do in the Galapagos is to go snorkeling. My ship, the Anahi, had us snorkeling twice a day: once in the morning and once in the afternoon! So, of course, you’re going to want to pack a swimsuit for the Galapagos for not just snorkeling but also swimming and spending time at the beach. The islands have some amazing beaches!

I just brought one swimsuit to the Galapagos and one was enough for me. After snorkeling in the morning, I’d hang it outside to dry. By the time we went out again in the afternoon, it was already dry.

 However, if you plan to snorkel a lot and you don’t have the luxury of having someplace to dry your suit outside in the wind, I recommend packing two swimsuits. The Galapagos can be humid and thus, it takes a while for things to dry.

Which swimsuit do I recommend?

It’s a personal choice. I don’t have a beach body, so I like to wear a tankini. I like the one from Yonique because the straps aren’t going to slip off your shoulders and the top doesn’t billow when you’re in the water. The built-in bra part could be better though. Another kind of swimwear I prefer is swim shorts over bikini bottoms.

Rash Guard

Along with a swimsuit, a rash guard is another essential item for your Galapagos packing list. Everyone on my cruise who snorkeled without a wet suit or rash guard got severely sunburned.

Rash guards are short-sleeved or more commonly long-sleeved shirts that give you an added layer of protection against harmful rays of the sun when surfing, snorkeling, and swimming. They are thin and lightweight, and the material (spandex, polyester, or nylon) is perfect for getting wet as they dry quickly. You can wear them over your swimsuit or in place of it.

Some rash guards come with a built-in bra. Those you wear in place of your swimsuit. The problems are that the built-in bra doesn’t always fit as well as the swimsuit one AND that when you’re back on the boat and you’re hot, you can’t take off your rash guard to change into a short-sleeved shirt. For these reasons, I recommend getting ones without a built-in bra so you can wear it over your swimsuit.

Rash guards have other benefits: They give you protection against jellyfish (I didn’t see any in the Galapagos, though) and give you an added layer of warmth in cold water.

Here are the different kinds of rash guards you can get:

If you don’t have a rash guard, you can also often rent a wet suit. A wet suit is not necessary from January to May, but it is from June to December when the water gets cold. On my boat, the Anahi, you could rent a wet suit for $40 a week. I did that because I didn’t have a rash guard. I regret not having a rash guard.

Water Shoes

Whenever I go to the beach or on a boat trip, I pack water shoes, and this was no different when I was in the Galapagos. They can protect your feet from stepping on sharp and painful rocks on the beach and in the water.

When you do excursions or day trips, you’ll often do wet landings. This means the boat doesn’t land at a dock. Instead, you need to hop off the dinghy into the water and walk through the water to the beach. Sometimes the rocks can be really rough and painful. Water shoes protect your feet.

Water shoes are also good for protecting your feet from parasites and hookworms on the beach.

Instead of water shoes, wear Tevas or Chacos sandals for wet landings. You can get them wet and continue hiking with them on. I used to always pack a pair of Tevas, but I found that packing both the sandals and walking shoes took up too much space in my luggage and were just too heavy, so I no longer bring them on trips.

Snorkel and Mask Set

You can rent a snorkel and mask in the Galapagos, but if you want to ensure that yours fits perfectly, you might want to consider packing your own.

I’ve been on tons of boat tours throughout Asia and South America, and about half the time I have to return the first snorkel and mask set for a new one because the first leaked. The last time I went on a snorkeling trip (Isla de la Plata in Ecuador), I was told I had to use the first one they gave me or not use any.

If you’re doing a cruise, you can usually rent them for free. When I was on the Anahi, I used the boat’s snorkel and fin set and I always used the same one every time I went out snorkeling. It fit perfectly for me, but ideally, it would have been nice to have my own.

If you want to pack your own snorkel set for the Galapagos, the New York Times Wirecutter product reviewers recommend this Cressi Palau Snorkel set. They test out products before choosing the best one. According to Wirecutter, the mask doesn’t leak and water doesn’t get into the breathing tube. You can get a set with short fins. Ideal for travel. There’s a set with longer fins as well.

If you’re new to snorkeling, I recommend getting a full face mask. I used this type of mask when I first started snorkeling. It was easier to control my breathing, which made snorkeling more relaxing and fun.


One of the most important things to pack for the Galapagos Islands is sunscreen. The equator runs through the islands. That means the sun is going to be extra strong and those UV rays are powerful.

Lots of bloggers recommend getting reef-safe sunscreen. That’s great. However, according to Consumer Reports, the science is contradictory and unclear about what sunscreen ingredients are actually safe for reefs. Save the Reef also says that you can’t really trust brands that say they’re reef safe as there’s no regulation over what constitutes “reef safe.”

Consumer Reports writes that the only two ingredients that are conclusively shown to be harmful to reefs are oxybenzone or octinoxate, so look for sunscreen that doesn’t contain those two chemicals.

However, you also need to be careful that you’re not sacrificing protection from the sun for saving the ocean reefs. Ideally, you want to do both.

According to Consumer Reports, these are the sunscreens that give you BOTH sun protection AND don’t contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.

Microfiber Towel

For those of you doing an independent tour, you’ll want to pack your own towel. However, towels can take up a lot of room. That’s why I recommend getting a microfiber towel. They not only save you packing space but they also dry quickly. Plus, sand doesn’t stick to them as much as traditional towels.

I like the Rainleaf microfiber towels. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. I have a small one for my face and a large one for the beach. They’re also compact so they don’t take up much space in your luggage.

Plus, you get a pouch with a handle to store your towel in—great for keeping the wet towel away from your dry clothes in your luggage and for keeping dirt away from the towel.

If you’re on a cruise, your boat will most likely provide towels for you. I don’t believe I ever used my microfiber towel once during my Anahi cruise.

Anti-Fog Spray

One of the most irritating things that can happen to you when snorkeling is that your mask gets fogged up. My cruise always helped us by putting shampoo on our masks to prevent fogging. However, not all tours are going to be that helpful or responsible. And sometimes it’s just better to take care of things yourself, so it’s a good idea, especially for those on independent tours, to pack your own anti-fog spray.

Dry Bag

You’ll want a bag to keep your things dry when you go out on snorkeling excursions. Expect the bottom of the boat to get wet and anything you lay on the floor is going to also get wet. On my Anahi Galapagos cruise, we went on two snorkeling trips a day! Every day! The best way to keep our things dry was with a dry bag.

I also used my dry bag when we went on excursions where there were wet landings and I wanted to keep my camera dry. Sometimes when I got out of the boat, the water would go up to my waist.

Make sure to get a dry bag with backpack straps. Earthpak dry bags are VERY highly-rated with a 4.8/5 rating on Amazon (27,000 reviews)!

Waterproof Phone Case

If you don’t have a GoPro or other type of underwater camera, a waterproof phone case is a must. It will allow you to take underwater photos with your phone.

However, not all cases are made equally good. You have to be careful which one you buy! Some leak and others make it hard to press the buttons on the phone through the case. The latter is what happened to a friend of mine—she kept on missing the shot because she couldn’t press the button through her phone case.

The phone cases from Pelican have a good record of not leaking and pressing the buttons through the case is fairly easy. It takes decent photos as well. The other reason I like it so much is that it floats! Imagine your phone falling into the ocean. With the Pelican case, it won’t sink.

Galapagos Packing List – Clothing

There are 5 rules you should follow for what clothes to pack for the Galapagos:

  1. Pack casual clothes
  2. Pack lightweight and fast-drying clothes
  3. Pack up to 7-8 days worth of clothing
  4. Pack pants, capris, and shorts with lots of pockets and at least one pocket with a zipper.
  5. Pack for hot weather

The Galapagos is a casual place. You’ll be spending most of your time doing outdoorsy things like hiking and snorkeling. You don’t need high heels or clothes for clubbing.

It’s hot and humid in the Galapagos and you’ll be sweating a lot. Leave your jeans at home. Pack lightweight hiking pants and/or shorts and shirts made of synthetic fibers so they’ll dry quickly, won’t soak up too much sweat, and will keep you cooler.

To prevent yourself from taking too much, pack no more for 7-8 days of travel. If you’re on a boat longer than 8 days, wash your clothes in the sink or shower and hang them outside. They’ll dry in 3 – 4 hours. For those staying in the Galapagos for 5 days or less, pack 5 days’ worth of clothes.

If you’re doing a land-based tour, you can wash your clothes at a lavanderia (laundromat) in the major towns. You can get a load of laundry washed and dried for around US$4 – $5. If you do it through your hotel, expect to pay US$8 – $10. Not sure where a lavanderia is? Just search on Google Maps for “lavanderia” and one will appear on your map.

Basically, it doesn’t matter what season it is when you visit the Galapagos. It’s still going to be hot—just maybe degrees of heat and humidity is what is different—and you’re still going to go around in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt.

Jan72-84 F (22-29 C)Some rain
Feb72-86 F  (22-30 C)More rain
Mar75-88 F (24-31 C)More rain
Apr75-88 F  (24-31 C)Some rain
May71-82 F (22-28 C)Little rain
June66-79 F (22-26 C)Little rain
July66-79 F (19-26 C)Dry
Aug66-79 F (19-26 C)Dry
Sep66-79 F (19-26 C)Dry
Oct68-81 F (20-27 C)Dry
Nov70-82 F (21-28 C)Dry
Dec72-84 F (21-29 C)Little rain

This is a packing list of clothes for a trip of at least 7-8 days in the Galapagos. If you’re staying for fewer days, pack less. The packing list is suitable for both land-based and cruise-based itineraries. In some situations, one piece of clothing is more suitable for land tours than cruises, but I’ll tell you when.

  • Up to 7 shirts (mostly short-sleeved but you can also pack at least 1 long-sleeved UV sun protection shirt – good for hiking or cool night or air-conditioned cabins.
  • Up to 7 pairs of shorts, capris, and/or pants (combination depends on the season)
  • 1 sleepwear
  • 1-2 swimsuit(s)
  • 1-2 rash guard(s) for snorkeling
  • 10 pairs of underwear
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • 2-3 bras
  • 1 rip skirt or sarong
  • 1 hat
  • 1 lightweight jacket

Here’s some more information about some of the key items from the above list:


Pack 7 thin lightweight shirts that can dry quickly. If you’re in the Galapagos for only 5 days, then pack 5 shirts.

Get shirts whose material has good moisture-wicking qualities. This means that the shirt will dry fast and won’t get saturated with your sweat. In the end, you won’t feel so hot. Ideally, you want synthetic fabrics like polyester. Avoid cotton shirts. These Under Armour shirts are good ones for hiking.

Some people on my cruise wore long-sleeved UV Sun protection shirts when they were out hiking. On my cruise, we were in the water when the sun was at its brightest and out hiking only in the early morning from 8:00 to 10:00 and late afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00.

If you’re going to the Galapagos from June to December, still expect it to be hot enough to walk around in a short-sleeved shirt. It’ll be cooler at night and that is when you might want to wear a long-sleeved shirt.

Shorts, Capris and Pants (Trousers)

Pack up to 57 pairs of shorts, capris, leggings, and pants (trousers). If you’re going to be in the Galapagos for less time than 7 days, pack less.

Whatever combination you pack, make sure they come with pockets, especially at least one pocket with a zipper. It’s a great place to stash your phone when you’re out on a hike. You can easily grab it to snap a photo but a zipper will make sure your phone doesn’t fall out of your pocket.

You’ll want to pack at least one pair of pants for the plane ride to and from Quito and the Galapagos, and if you’re spending any time in Quito or other places in Ecuador.

For hiking, bring a pair of pants or capris in case you’ll be hiking on narrow trails where your legs might come in contact with tall grass and brush.

These North Face Aphrodite Capris are my absolute favorite trousers to wear. I’ve had them for 10 years and they’re still in really good condition. They’ve got an elastic waistband with a drawstring. The material wicks away moisture so they dry quickly and don’t soak up sweat, keeping you cool. They have two pockets with no zipper and one pocket with a zipper.

Libin Women’s Cargo Hiking Pants are my second favorite pair. They’re lightweight, slightly elastic, quick dry, breathable, and comfortable. There are 4 zippered pockets!


One of the BEST items I took with me to the Galapagos was my RipSkirt. Made by a company from Hawaii, RipSkirts are simply wrap skirts.

However, they’re very versatile. You can wear them BOTH to the beach as well as out to dinner. They’re lightweight, quick-drying, and comfortable. The skirts take up very little space in your luggage and they don’t wrinkle! I also love that they come in a variety of colors, stylish patterns, and four different lengths:


You’ll be at the equator, so another must-have piece of clothing to bring to the Galapagos is a hat. It doesn’t matter what kind of hat: a safari hat or baseball cap. Just something to protect your scalp against the sun.


It doesn’t really get so cold in the Galapagos that you need to pack a fleece. I think I wore it once when the air-conditioning was too cold on the boat.

However, I always travel with a fleece jacket no matter where I’m going. This is even if the destination is hot and humid.

A fleece is also perfect for on a plane, in an air-conditioned bus, in the mountains, or on a chilly night. It’s an ideal clothing item to pack in case you get sick and you’ve got the chills and you need to warm up.

However, if you don’t have room in your luggage, keep the fleece at home.

Some people spend loads of money on a fleece, but you really just need an inexpensive Columbia fleece. It’ll keep you warm in the Galapagos.


A lightweight rain jacket is an optional item to pack. I packed one for the Galapagos but I didn’t wear it. In April and May, it was just too hot and humid even when raining. When it rained, which it did three times during my trip, I used an umbrella that I had bought for us$1 in Quito or rented a poncho when I visited El Chaco Ranch.

If you’re going from June to December, there’s usually no rain but it will be windier and cooler, so a lightweight jacket and layering will still come in handy. This Columbia Switchback III Jacket over a fleece is a good combination.

Galapagos Packing List – Footwear

You’re going to want to include some good footwear on your Galapagos packing list as you’ll most likely be doing lots of walking and hiking on uneven terrain.

In addition to a shoe for hiking, you’ll want to also pack something to wear on the beach and in your hotel room.

However, shoes take up lots of space and tend to be heavy, so pack shoes that are versatile.

Plus, the Galapagos is a casual place. You’re NOT going to need to pack high-heeled shoes.

I have been traveling for over 2 years and so I pack really light. For the Galapagos, I had the following footwear:

  • Brook’s Adrenaline GTS22 sneakers or Sports Sandals like Tevas or Chacos
  • Flip Flops – for beach and hotel room
  • Swim shoes – please see the section for Swimming and Snorkeling

Was that enough for the Galapagos? Definitely. I didn’t need to pack any more than these shoes. If you’re not a fashionista, you don’t either.

Walking Shoes

You don’t need to pack hiking boots. Instead, just get a good pair of sneakers with good support and grip that you can wear on the hiking trail, in town, and on the plane.

I always wear Brook’s Adrenaline GTS shoes because I have bad feet and knees and they give me lots of support. Plus, they come in wide and extra-wide sizes and as someone with bunions, the shoe’s material doesn’t rub against them. You can read more about why I like them so much in my article on the best travel shoes for bunions and plantar fasciitis.

Sport Sandals

Two alternatives to sneakers are Teva or Chaco sandals. You can wear them on the hiking trail, around town, and to the beach. You can do wet landings with them on as well. After you get to shore, you don’t need to worry about changing into your sneakers.

I used to pack both Tevas and sneakers when I traveled. Now I don’t. I found that bringing both took up too much space and added too much weight to my luggage.

If you do go with sandals over walking shoes, here are the ones I recommend:


Havaianas Women's Top Flip Flop Sandal,Pink, 37/38 BR(7-8 M US Women's / 6-7 M US Men's)

If you’re on an independent tour, you’ll want to pack a pair of flip-flops to wear around your hotel room and to the beach. They’re lightweight and thin.

However, on my cruise with Anahi, I never wore my flip-flops because we weren’t allowed to wear shoes on the boat.

Galapagos Packing List – Toiletries

For those of you doing a land-based tour, you’ll probably be able to find toothpaste and mouthwash in the towns of the Galapagos. But due to the high cost of shipping goods to the isolated islands, toiletries are more expensive than on the mainland of Ecuador. Bring your own.

Now if you’re on a cruise, it’s going to be nearly impossible to buy toothpaste or dental floss.

On my Anahi cruise, the ship provided shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel.

However, here’s a typical list of toiletry items:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Dental Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Soap for face
  • Soap for body
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Styling gel or cream
  • Brush / Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Razor

Toiletry Bag

You’ll of course need to pack a toiletry bag for the Galapagos. Get one that comes with a hook that will allow you to hang the bag up from something like a towel rack in the bathroom. Also, get a bag with zippered compartments to keep out bugs, especially if you’re staying in one of the towns on the islands.

I have had good luck with the brand Tripped with other travel gear. They have a toiletry kit that comes with 3 bags:

  • Hanging toiletry bag with multiple pockets
  • Transparent bag for liquids – great for getting past TSA
  • Pouch organizer for cosmetics

Soap Container

I love this Japanese-brand soap box. Sadly, I left mine in Costa Rica and I have to make do with a cheap one that leaks.

The Kiasona Soap Box has a sponge that soaks up the extra water, which keeps the soap dry and helps it last longer. The container also has a band that goes around it, preventing it from opening up in our toiletry bag and spilling all the contents out.

Washcloth Towel

These exfoliating washcloth towels for the shower are another one of my favorite packing items. They’re quick-drying and lightweight, and they lather up nicely! Plus, they don’t take up much space in my backpack.

They come in a package of three, but you only really need to pack one for the Galapagos.

Toothbrush Protector

Another must-have packing item for the Galapagos is something to hold your toothbrush. But which kind do you get? One that just covers the brush part or one for the brush and handle.

After trying many toothbrush holders over the years of international travel, I’ve settled on these steripod clip-on holders that just cover the brush part of my toothbrush. The ones from Steripod also use this ingredient in mouthwash that releases vapors to keep my brush smelling clean and fresh. They also don’t get filled gunk and if gunk gets on them, I can still clean them easily.

Just remember to throw yours out after 3 months of use.

Galapagos Packing List – First-Aid

You’ll want to bring along a small first-aid kit for the Galapagos. A few rules to keep in mind when packing your kit.

  • Bring enough of an item like sunscreen that it will last you through your whole cruise
  • Check the expiration dates before packing. I can’t tell you how many times I didn’t check before packing only to find in the middle of the trip that my anti-biotic ointment had expired months ago
  • Check expiration dates in the store before buying a first-aid item. For example, if you’re shopping for anti-diarrhea pills, you’ll find that the box that’s about to expire has been shelved at the front while the pills that are expiring in two years have been shelved at the back. Who uses more than one or two anti-diarrhea pills a year?
  • If you don’t do much international travel, you might want to visit a travel clinic before your trip to make sure your vaccines are up to snuff and for any other advice. Before going to Myanmar, the doctor at the travel clinic gave me a round of antibiotics to take in case I got sick. It was a lifesaver!
  • If you’re on a cruise, you won’t have access to a pharmacy. You’ll be in the middle of nowhere days away from any pharmacy. Bring a good first-aid kit.

If you happen to forget to bring something, you can usually find it at the pharmacy in the big towns on the islands. However, if you’re on a cruise, you’ll often be too far away from a pharmacy to buy anything.

Based on my experience traveling full-time for over 2 years, this is what I pack in my first-aid kit. All of the following fits into one of these clear plastic toiletry bags. Some people may find my kit excessive, but I’ve needed every item on this list at one time during my travels. and when you’re sick or injured and you travel alone, it’s not easy always wandering around a new city looking for a pharmacy.

  • Seasickness pills – Most important item on this list especially if you’re traveling between islands by public ferry. I took Dramamine before going to bed when the captain told us the sea would be rough. Never got seasick.
  • Lip Balm – My lips got very dry and chapped when I was in the Galapagos, so bring a tube of lip balm
  • Insect repellent – I didn’t experience many mosquitoes in the Galapagos, but just in case, bring some insect repellant with you.
  • Sunscreen – See the section on Swimming and Snorkeling packing list items
  • Aloe vera gelAloe vera gel is great for soothing your skin in case you get sunburned
  • Anti-itch creamHydrocortisone cream is great to use to stop insect bites from itching, sunburn, or a rash
  • Vitamins – Traveling can lower the immune system at times and sometimes it’s difficult to eat well, so I always pack multi-vitamins.
  • ZicamZicam tastes awful, but it’s great for shortening colds and you do NOT want a cold to ruin your Galapagos trip.
  • Pain-relief medicine like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol – You can find local brands for paracetamol and ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Anti-diarrhea medicine – I always have a stash of Imodium with me in case I get sick and I need to take a long boat or bus ride.
  • Cold-relief medicine – Just in case you get a cold or the flu on your trip. It’s impossible to find cold-relief medicine in Ecuador. But I will say that this is probably the least useful item on this list.
  • Throat lozenges (cough drops) – I always pack throat lozenges in case I get a cough or sore throat. You won’t be able to find these in the Galapagos.
  • Band-aids – These are good to have just in case.
  • Neosporin antibiotic cream – Make sure your tube of antibiotic cream hasn’t expired like mine was once!
  • Antiseptic first-aid spray – Get a small spray bottle of antiseptic spray or wipes to clean wounds.
  • Eye dropsVisine is good to have for dry eyes and other eye issues, especially after swimming
  • Debrox ear cleaning solution – 99% of you won’t need ear cleaning solution, but I ended up without hearing in the Philippines after trying a local brand and going to a doctor who flushed my ears out with unsanitary water, so I always carry my favorite brand for my narrow ear canals
  • Thermometer –After getting a very high fever in the Philippines, I never travel anywhere without a thermometer. It doesn’t take up much room either.
  • Oxygen reader – I know you’re probably thinking it’s crazy to pack an oxygen reader, but I had low oxygen when I first got COVID so I carry one in case. They’re super lightweight and small.
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips) – Always good to have with you.
  • Cotton balls – Good for putting alcohol on to clean wounds.
  • Extra pair of glasses – If you wear glasses, bring an extra pair in case yours break
  • Glass cleaner and microfiber cloth – It’s good to bring a small cloth and spray bottle of lens cleaner for your glasses; if you run out, stop by an optometrist store to buy more
  • Nail clippers – You don’t think you won’t need nail clippers until you do.
  • Tweezers – Always good to have a tweezer in case!
  • Tiny scissors – My SECRET packing item; a pair of tiny scissors are very useful—opening packages to cutting bandages
  • Hand sanitizer – Good to have a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you when you can’t wash your hands or there’s no soap
  • Contact solution – If you have contacts, don’t forget to bring a bottle of contact solution

Galapagos Packing List – Tech Gear

Besides your smartphone, what other tech gear do you need in the Galapagos?

Here are my recommendations on what tech gear to pack:

Power Bank

For those doing a land-based independent tour, packing a power bank is a must. You’re out on an excursion and your phone battery dies. No problem! You can recharge it with your power bank.

For those doing a cruise, a power bank is NOT essential. Excursions usually last 2 hours and then you’re back on the boat where you can recharge your phone. However, if you’re taking lots of videos with your phone, it might run out of batteries. Then a portable power bank will come in handy.

If your phone uses USB-A ports, you’ve got to get a power bank that does both input and output for USB-A. The Mophie power bank was the only one I could find in 2023 that does that.

Power Plug Adapter

Power plug adapters allow you to plug in your electronics that use a different type of outlet from what you have in your home country.

If you’re from North or South America, you probably don’t need a power plug adapter because Ecuador uses the same type of outlet for electronics that Canada, the United States, and the rest of the Americas use.

For people from Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world, you’ll probably need a power plug adapter so that your electronic gadgets plug fits into Ecuador outlets.

The one reason North and South Americans might also need a plug adapter is for tech gear using 3-prongs. I usually just saw 2-prong outlets in Ecuador.

I’ve been in Ecuador for over four months and I have yet to use my power plug adapter.

Item Tracker

The best tech gear for travel that’s come out recently has been item trackers. Most people call them Air Tags, but those are just the trackers used for Apple products. If you use Android gear like a Samsung phone, you’ll need to get a Tile Mate or a Tile Slim.

Tile trackers will give you peace of mind when you’re flying to Ecuador and then to the Galapagos. Just attach them to your checked luggage and you’ll be able to track your bags, so you’ll know if they don’t make it with you to your next destination.

Another time your bags might be out of sight is for those on cruises when the crew is bringing your bags on and off the ship. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing that they’re following you to the airport. When I was on my Anahi cruise, there was some confusion about which pile of bags was going to the airport and which one was for people staying in the Galapagos.

I also like to put a Tile Mate in my purse and daypack when I travel. However, the Galapagos is pretty safe and I don’t think you need to worry about crime, especially theft in the islands.

Kindle or Kindle Fire

Pack a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Fire to read a book during your free time, on the plane, or on a ferry between islands. If you’re on a cruise, you’re going to have a few hours of downtime during your day. We had a 2.5-hour siesta from 12:00 to 2:30 pm every day and then we had our evenings after 6:00 pm free.

I would get a Kindle Fire so that you can read the Galapagos wildlife guides in color and you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows.

Galapagos Packing List – Camera

The Galapagos is one of those places where you want to have a really good camera. The Galapagos is one of the top places to visit in Ecuador if not the world so you’ll want a really good camera. A smartphone just won’t capture the Blue Footed Boobies or the giant tortoises fully. You’ll also want to get a GoPro or some kind of underwater camera for taking shots of unforgettable marine life.

But don’t get just any camera and don’t bring ONLY the camera. You’ll need a few extra gadgets for your photos to turn out perfect.

You can read this COMPLETE guide to what camera and camera gear to get for the Galapagos.

Here is a brief list of some camera gear that I recommend:


If you can afford it, get a good camera for the Galapagos. However, BEFORE you arrive take a class on how to use it. You will thank me afterward.

You want a camera that has good autofocus—meaning it’s good at focusing on moving or suddenly appearing objects like birds. The BEST camera for that is the Sony a7 III. This was the one most people on my tour had, and it really does take the BEST photos—sharp images in low light

I actually don’t use a Sony. Instead, I have the Fuji XT-4. The colors are nice but the autofocus isn’t as good as the Sony.

Camera Lenses

What camera lenses do you need for the Galapagos?

  • Telephoto Lens – Essential for shots of animals
  • Wide-angel Lens – Essential for shots of landscapes
  • Average focal length lens – Not essential

Most people take photos of animals. To do that, you’ll need a telephoto lens. That’s what I used most of the time when I was in the Galapagos. Get a lens that can shoot at least 300 mm.

The other lens you’ll need is one for landscapes. For that, you’ll want a wide-angle lens (10-18 mm or 10-24 mm). I don’t have one, so I was unable to get the whole landscape into one photo and had to use my phone instead.

If you want to add a third lens to your Galapagos trip, bring an average focal length one—this is usually the kit lens that you get when you buy your camera. Focal length is usually 24-70 mm or 16-80 mm. But you could easily leave this lens at home or back in your hotel room and not miss it.

Sony LensesFuji Lenses
70-350 mm Telephoto  70-300 mm Telephoto
10-18 mm Wide Angle  10 – 24 mm Wide Angle
24 – 70 mm Average Focal Length  16 – 80 mm Average Focal Length

Before going out on an excursion, ask your guide which lens to take: wide (landscape) or wildlife (telephoto).

2 Memory Cards

Another packing list essential for the Galapagos is at least 2 memory cards. Most cameras have two memory card slots, so you can use 2 memory cards at the same time. In case one card fails, you have a backup. And yes, cards fail.

Get cards with at least 128 GB of memory. I like the SanDisk brand and the Extreme Pro memory cards.

Camera Strap

If you need a camera strap for your trip to the Galapagos, I cannot recommend this Peak Design one enough. I love it!

It’s supposed to work with any camera brand, so it’s quite versatile. I have found the strap easy to adjust, durable, and comfortable.

Just watch several videos first on how to attach it to your camera before attempting to do it yourself. It’s a little different for each camera. And some videos teach you a way that’s more complicated than it needs to be.

Lens Cleaning Kit

Don’t go to the Galapagos with your nice camera and lenses but NO lens cleaning kit. Dust, dirt, and water drops can easily get on your lenses or your sensor and ruin your photos of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds.

Bring a good kit with you that has a spray bottle, a brush, a microfiber cloth, sensor cleaning cloths and brushes, and most important of all a lens pen.

Don’t use your shirt to wipe your lens clean no matter how dirty your lens gets.

Silicone Gel Packs

Humidity can destroy a camera and lenses. It can get really humid in the Galapagos from January to May. So, bring some silicone gel packets with you to keep the moisture out of your camera and lenses.

I destroyed my camera and a lens while traveling through Central America because the moisture from the humidity got into my lens and camera.

Laptop & External Hard Drive

You’ll want to store your photos somewhere while traveling around the Galapagos. Pack your laptop and/or an external hard drive. I recommend downloading your photos at the end of every day onto your laptop. Then erase all the photos on your memory card by reformatting it so that the next day you start with an empty memory card.

Make sure your laptop or hard drive has plenty of storage space, preferably 3 – 4 TB. You won’t need that much for only the Galapagos, but you probably will in the future.

The external hard drive has also got to be durable enough so that if you drop it, it doesn’t break. You’ll also want one that transfers photos quickly. The Transcend Hard Drive is what I’ve used for many years. The other one that many travelers use is the LaCie brand rugged hard drive.

Camera Bag

The PERFECT camera bag is the Wandrd Prvke Lite. It’s 11L that can expand to 16L. The bag has got four compartments as well as smaller internal ones. It’s sturdy, durable, and comfortable to wear on your back. There’s a laptop sleeve. I also like that the camera compartment opens from the back instead of the front. Plus, the bag is water resistant.

GoPro Camera

If you’re doing a lot of snorkeling and/or diving, you’ll want to be able to take photos of what you see underwater. A good GoPro camera is perfect for that. Get a GoPro Hero 11.

GoPro Underwater Case

You’ll also need a Go Pro Waterproof Case for when you use the camera underwater. Make sure the one you get is well-built so that water doesn’t leak into it and ruin the camera.

GoPro Hand Grip

If you’re using your GoPro underwater, you’ll want to use a hand grip. This hand grip has a strap and it floats. It’s also lightweight and comfortable to hold onto. Great for snorkeling with your GoPro.

Galapagos Packing List – Miscellaneous

Don’t let the vaguely named category fool you! The things in this part of this Galapagos Packing List are just as important as all the other categories. They in fact have some of my most useful hard-to-travel-without items.

Laundry Bag

Let’s start out this section with my favorite packing item: a laundry bag.

You will thank me for bringing this!

 I used to just use a plastic bag to store my dirty clothes. Then the bag would get holes or rip, and I’d have to search for another one but I could never find a big enough replacement. Eventually, my dirty clothes would just get mixed up with my clean clothes, and my whole backpack would start to smell.

Then I got a laundry bag. Problem solved!

It also helps to keep your laundry bag with your dirty clothes in your compression cubes.

The compression cubes that I use come with a laundry bag that’s the perfect size for 3 kg of clothes (one week’s worth of clothes).

Moleskin Journal

I ALWAYS recommend that people keep a journal when they travel. You think you’ll never forget your experiences. But trust me! You will! And worse you’ll get things mixed up and months or years later you’re not sure whether you saw something or not. You’ll look at your photos but you won’t know what you’re looking at because you simply forgot.

I love these Moleskin Journals. They’re lightweight, thin, and durable. I’ve never had one fall apart on me on a trip. And the smoothness of the paper gives you a nice writing experience. They are perfect for the Galapagos!

Hiking Poles

The other thing I would NOT visit the Galapagos without packing is a pair of hiking poles. You’ll be hiking on a lot of unstable volcanic rock. It’s easy to slip and fall. This happened to one person on my Anahi cruise. He slipped, fell, and hit his head on the rocks. Hiking poles are also useful when climbing out of boats onto a rocky shore.

If you’re on a cruise, the boat might provide you with poles. However, the ones my cruise had weren’t that good. I also found that our guide and captain would often forget to provide poles for us and when we got to shore, some of us would be struggling to walk over the unstable ground.

Make sure the poles are collapsible so you can pack them inside your bag!


It gets hot and humid in the Galapagos, so you don’t really want to put a jacket on when it rains. I found an umbrella to be more useful than my rain jacket. I bought one for US$1 in Quito and I used it twice in the Galapagos when I was staying in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

However, don’t buy a fancy, big, and expensive umbrella. Keep it small, collapsible, and inexpensive. Something that will fit into your daypack. If you lose it, you won’t be too sad.

Document Folder Case

If you like to have printed copies of things when you travel like your passport, cruise voucher, airline and hotel reservations, or tour bookings, you’ll need something to store them in.

Pack a document holder that you can store your papers in. Make sure it has some way to close like a zipper or a snap button to prevent papers from falling out.

Water Bottle

To avoid contributing to the trash on the islands, It’s essential to bring your own water bottle to the islands. It’s not safe to drink the water from the tap in the Galapagos, but most hotels and boats will have filtered water for you to fill up your water bottle.

I like this bottle from Opard—it’s tall and skinny so it easily fits in the side pocket of your backpack. It’s got a handy strap to carry it. My favorite part is that there are measurements on the outside so you can see how much you’ve drunk that day.


Sunglasses make it onto every Galapagos packing list that I’ve read. I don’t wear them because I now wear glasses. However, I do think they’re a good thing to take with you to the Galapagos as the sun is pretty harsh. The equator does run through the islands.

Get sunglasses with polarized lenses and UV protection.


Bring a flashlight or a headlamp with you to the Galapagos. On a couple of our hikes, it was getting dark and it was hard to see the trail and the rocks we had to climb on. It would have been nice to have a better flashlight than my phone’s. We also went down a dark tunnel on our first day and it would have been nice to have a good flashlight to see things better.

Make sure the light is strong but the flashlight is not big. A headlamp will allow your hand to be free so might be a better option for you.

One of the passengers on my cruise had a really strong flashlight. He would point it at the ocean at night and the sea lions and fish would come to the light. We could watch the sea lions trying to catch the fish.

Ziploc Bags

Another item I can’t travel without is a set of plastic Ziploc baggies. Get two to three different sizes and bring as many as your luggage will take.

They will come in sooooo handy. You can use them for storing wet clothes, shampoo bottles (because they always leak at least once on a trip), camera and camera lenses to protect against humidity, passport (keep from getting wet), money, and snacks.

Once when I was in Thailand, I got caught in a downpour and my passport got wet. The ink from my country stamps ran and you could no longer read them. Don’t let that happen to you! After that, I never traveled anywhere without storing my passport in a Ziploc bag.

By the way, I have been able to find good quality plastic bags like the Ziploc brand in Ecuador.

Reading Material for the Galapagos

For the most memorable experience in the Galapagos, bring some reading material with you–some good books on Ecuador that introduce the wildlife on the islands or that help you relax. The internet is pretty bad to nonexistent on the islands and you’ll want some kind of entertainment when you’re not hiking or snorkeling.

To save space, get them in ebook format.

This is what I would bring with me to the Galapagos:

Travel and Wildlife Guides to the Galapagos

If you’re doing a land-based tour, definitely bring a good travel and wildlife guide to the Galapagos. There are so many places to see and excursions to go on that it can be overwhelming to choose which one. A good guide will help you sort it out all out so you’ll make the best decision for you.

A good guide will also help you identify what mammals, reptiles, fish, and birds you’re looking at.

Here are some guides that I recommend:

  • Traveler’s Guide to the Galapagos – My cruise had a copy of this book and the section on animals was so useful. Too bad there’s no Kindle version.
  • Wildlife of the Galapagos – This is an amazing wildlife AND travel guide to the Galapagos. ESSENTIAL for independent travelers. Lots of practical information on where to go, what animals to see there, what activities to do, and how to get there.
  • Reef Fish Identification Guide for the Galapagos – I spent a lot of my free time on my cruise with my nose in this book looking up the fish I had seen while snorkeling.

Novels Set in the Galapagos

Another way to immerse yourself completely in the archipelago is to take a couple of novels set in Ecuador and the Galapagos. Here are my favorites:

  • Wish You Were Here – Jodi Picoult – A FUN book set on Isla Isabela. Reading it while traveling in the Galapagos was a hoot! She visits some of the SAME places that I went to!
  • Galapágos – Kurt Vonnegut – Another FUN book to read while in the Galapagos. It gives you some good background to the islands.
  • Enchanted Islands – Allison Amend – Interesting book but be forewarned that the story doesn’t get to the Galapagos until halfway through the book.

Non-Fiction Books Set in the Galapagos

If non-fiction is your thing, then there are some great ones about the environment and history of the Galapagos.

Galapagos Packing List – Documents

Here’s a list of what documents to bring to the Galapagos. They can all be stored on your phone. You don’t actually need a paper copy of them except your passport of course.


Of course, you need to pack your passport with you when you visit Ecuador and you need it also for the Galapagos.

Most people do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. Instead, you’ll get an entry stamp for 90 days in your passport. When you enter the Galapagos, make sure those 90 days haven’t expired. Galapagos officials will check to make sure you’re in the country legally. You can actually get an extension on those 90 days in Ecuador for a fee.

Digital copy of your passport

I recommend scanning or taking a photo of your passport and emailing it to yourself, downloading it to your phone, and uploading it to the Cloud. When you’re asked to show your passport, sometimes you’re able to get away with a digital copy in Ecuador.

The other more important reason is if your passport is lost or stolen, you have a copy of it even if it’s digital.

Voucher for your cruise

Bring your voucher for your cruise in case you need to show at immigration.

Contact information for your tour or cruise

Make sure to have the WhatsApp number of your tour company representative or the cruise company or travel agency that you booked your tour with. You’ll have to download the app onto your phone and get a WhatsApp #, which can be the same number as your cell phone. WhatsApp is the way many people outside of the U.S. communicate with each other.

Proof of Your Flight out of the Galapagos

You need to show Galapagos officials at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil that you have a flight to and out of the Galapagos. They’ll put arrival and departure dates on a card that you need to keep with you and show when you leave the islands.

Travel Insurance

Make sure you bring proof of travel insurance. If you need to see a doctor, you might need to pay out of pocket while in the Galapagos and then get reimbursed when you return to your home country.

Galapagos Packing List – Money

You might be tempted to skip this part. Don’t! You must know what bills to bring to the Galapagos or else you might end up trying to pay a bill with the wrong dollar bills and be out of luck.


Cash is king in the Galapagos. Even if a business takes a credit or debit card, they’ll probably charge you a transaction fee from 3% to 13%.

Ecuador’s currency is the U.S. dollar. They use the same bills as the United States but some of their coins are different. You can still use coins from the U.S. but you cannot use the coins that Panama or El Salvador makes even though those countries also use the U.S. dollar as their currencies.

There’s one more VERY important piece of information you need to know about concerning cash in Ecuador: They don’t like to accept any bills larger than a US$20 bill. Don’t bring $50 and $100 bills to Ecuador.

Let me repeat that: Bring US$1, $5, $10 and $20 bills but NO $50 and $100 bills.

Many businesses will simply NOT accept $50 and $100 bills.

Debit Cards

Even though cash is king, you’ll need to get the cash out of an ATM. I recommend bringing two with you from 2 separate banks or accounts. One of the cards should reimburse you for international transaction fees like the Charles Schwab card. On average it’ll cost you $10 a withdrawal from an ATM in fees.

The reason you should have 2 cards is that (1) many ATMs in Ecuador just won’t accept your ATM card, so it’s good to have a backup. I tried 4 ATMs in Puerto Aroya and only 1 ATM worked. (2) if your card or even card number is stolen and your card canceled, at least you have a backup. Getting a card sent to you in the Galapagos will cost you at least $90 in express mailing fees and will take at least 5 to 14 days.

In addition, be careful when using ATMs. I didn’t receive any money from one ATM, BUT my bank said I did and charged me $200 for money I never received.

Credit Cards

Bring at least 2 credit cards from 2 different banks as well. Let’s say you want to buy tickets or a tour online, it’s very common for banks to reject the transaction even if you’ve put a travel notice on your account. This has happened to me many times. Banks are suspicious of overseas transactions done online. In those situations, you can try another card and maybe that will work.

Galapagos Packing List – Phone Apps

Here’s a list of important apps to have on your phone.


Americans may be the only people on the planet that have never heard of WhatsApp. This is crazy since it’s such a useful app to have and it’s used all over the world.

It’s an app that allows you to call or text anyone anywhere in the world for FREE. Yes! For free! So, instead of having your daughter back in the U.S. call you on your Verizon phone number, she can call you via WhatsApp.

My WhatsApp # is the same as my old AT&T phone number. When you want to call or text someone, you need to add +(country code) before the rest of the number.

Google Translate

Lots of people who work in the tourism industry in the Galapagos speak English. However, not everyone and you shouldn’t always expect everyone to speak it. So in case you’re having trouble communicating in English, you at least have Google Translate on your phone.


Make sure to download Google Maps for the Galapagos on your phone so that you don’t need to use data from your phone. Google Maps is good for cities but it’s not so good for hiking trails.

Maps.Me is a better app to use for hiking trails. However, they now charge you after using 10 maps. You need to download the map to your phone.

What Not to Pack for the Galapagos?

There are a few things you’re NOT allowed to bring to the Galapagos:

  • When I entered the Galapagos, I had to declare that I wasn’t bringing any camping equipment like a tent, sleeping bag and even hiking shoes onto the islands. I have not seen this stated anywhere else.
  • Agricultural or plant products processed that NOT processed – You can bring packaged processed food to the Galapagos like chocolate bars or a bag of chips. There are plenty of restaurants on the islands and lots of good seafood. It’ll also give you a chance to try Ecuadorian cuisine while in the archipelago—the ceviche is REALLY good!

Your bags will be inspected before you leave the mainland of Ecuador and when you arrive in the Galapagos.

Final Thoughts

I hope you have found this Galapagos packing list useful. Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below or have anything to add to the list.

Check out this post for more ideas on the best camera for the Galapagos and what camera gear to pack for the Galapagos.

If I had to choose 5 things that are a must to bring to the Galapagos, I would choose seasickness pills, a rash guard, sunscreen, good walking shoes, and a good camera with a telephoto lens.

If you’re interested in any other destinations in Ecuador, you can visit my Ecuador Travel Guide. You’ll find loads of other information and useful tips about traveling in Ecuador—Ecuador visa extensions, info on the food in Ecuador, tours in Quito, a list of the best destinations in Ecuador, and much more.

Plus! I have a DETAILED review of the cruise I took with Anahi – it includes all the DRAMA that happened on board! You can also check out my Anahi cruise to the Eastern Islands that had less drama.


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