Galápagos Islands What to Pack
DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER AND...
DIGITAL CAMERA BATTERY CHARGER AND...
NECCESARY TOILETRIES THAT I ALWAYS CARRY
A RELIABLE COMPACT PONCHO
A RELIABLE INSECT AND MOSQUITOE...
A SMALL RELIABLE TORCH
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What to bring?
There are weight restrictions on flights from the mainland, so check before you travel. Most Quito hotels will let you store baggage there so you can take only what you will need on the islands, but as we were touring elsewhere in Ecuador immediately before the cruise that was of less use to us, though we did leave in Quito everything we had already dirtied by that point, and a change of clean clothes for our final day there and journey home. The general advice is to take soft bags as you will need to store your bags in your (small) cabin but we used our usual hard ones (we prefer these when flying as they are more robust) and managed to fit them in a corner quite easily. You’ll also want a day bag for landings, and one you can carry on your back is best as you’ll be climbing in and out of dinghies. Make sure it’s waterproof if you think there’s any risk you’ll drop it in the sea on wet...
MAKE SURE YOUR CAMERA BATTERIES ARE FULLY CHARGED
I usually carry a little backpack that carries my camera gear and neccesary daily toilet items .Never be without bottled fresh water. ORA good reliable insect and mosquito repellant
A good pair of hiking boots/shoes is a must here as you will do a lot of walking and climbing. I ALWAYS carry with me a small compact poncho that can cover me and my small backpack, as rainstorms are so unpredictable in the tropics
I carry a small packet of wet ones mainly for the heat.A small packet of tissues in case you have to go.A tube of lip balmA tube of sunscreenA tube of moisturiser as the sun can be very severe here on the Equator A couple of band aid strips
When travelling through these Islands make sure that everynight to charge your digital camera batteries. that way, everyday when you set out you will be able to take full advantage of the photo opportunities that are on offer everywhere here...
Don't get seasick
Backpack for day hikes
Sun hat, thongs for the boat, lightweight hiking shoes. You really don't need Keens. We were there the end of May and first couple of days in June. Sunny and warm every day. Shorts or skorts, good sunglasses. Light jacket or sweatshirt. It never really got cold, even at night. We brought ponchos in case it rained but we didn't need them.
Bonine is a great over the counter med to prevent seasickness. I took it before I got on the boat, and every morning after. No side effects at all. The first couple of nights were really rough and I was glad I had taken it. Motrin/Advil for sore muscles - you will hike and swim a lot. If you like having a wash cloth, bring one because none of the hotels and boats have them. Cortisone cream is good to take along. We didn't have any problem with insects.
REI makes a reloadable underwater camera that takes 35mm film. I got a few...
I brought Keens which I really didn't need. They are heavy and I had to pack them around with me when I went on to Peru. For the wet landings, people took off their shoes and just waded to shore. It was smooth and sandy and people didn't want to wear wet Keens for the hike. The hiking trails on the islands are sandy and rocky so closed shoes are better. You just need thongs for on the boat, and a good pair of lightweight walking shoes like the Salomons that are shown in the photo.
Don't forget the bug spray!!
Although you won't need it for all the islands, some beaches and trails do have annoyinh flies that bite...so bring the DEET!!! Also, remember to bring a high number SPF Sunscreen, since the sun is so strong. Reapply often.
An underwater camera is a great idea also!
Thanks! We just returned from the islands and had a fantastic trip on La Pinta. The ship and crew were amazing! The water was indeed warm enough to go into without wet suits and the wildlife was incredible.
My thoughts on what to take
Soft-sided luggage and as little as possible. There is not a whole lot of storage space in most rooms on the boats and soft-sided is easier to fit into small, odd-shaped places. Check to see if there is a size or weight limit for your particular cruise.
2 to 3 pairs of shoes/sandals are needed. A good pair of light hikers/walkers for hiking on the rocky paths - give your ankles some needed support. A sport sandal with toe protection & heel strap, such as Keen, could take the place of hiking shoes & is good on wet landings. Another pair of sandals is needed for the boat because you are not allowed to wear your land shoes on the boat. This prevents messing the boat up with sea lion poop but also stops tracking seeds from island to island. A breathable sun hat with a brim that covers the face, ears & back of neck is handy. The sun is intense! A long sleeve shirt is helpful with the sun. A...
the sun is hot, the sea is cold...
Average temperatures are 24C between July and November and 28C October to June. So bring the appropriate clothes. A light waterproof jacket might be necessary in the rainy season. The sun is very strong even in cloudy days, so a hat and sunscreen is absolutely necessary. Light long trousers and shorts or capri.You will need walking shoes such as tennis shoes because you will be walking on rocks, or hard lava rocks. Bathing suit. Wet suit. Snorkeling equipment except if you are in a cruise. Sun glasses. Camera and a lot of films or an extra card. Seasickness medication if you get seasick.
go wide, go long
A backpack comes in handy if you want to walk from the dock to town in places like Villamil, Isabella. In general, it frees you up and you don't have to depend on a ride. If you can't carry it on your back, don't bring it. ;)
You'll need layers in the Galapagos. The weather changes without much warning. It can be hot one minute and cold the next. And wet too so bring rain gear. Good walking shoes are a must and good walking sandals maybe even more so for doing the rocky bits that seem to surround many of the nicest watering holes.
A wide angle lets you capture to big expanses that are the Galapagos archipelago hallmark. While the wildlife does come up close and you can get good shots without one, a good zoom is the difference between close and in that baby's head.
The water here is COOOOOOOLD!
It's worth bringing your own snorkel gear whether you're snorkeling or diving. The gear on the ships (both cruise ships and dive ships) isn't warm enough for the Humboldt current and isn't stocked in enough sizes to take care of everyone. Bring a mask, booties, fins, a hood, and a warm dive shirt. If you want to bring a full wetsuit, bring 5mm for snorkeling or 7mm for diving. The water is coooooooold during the dry season, but you'll see more animals.
Some boats have electricity some don´t
Medium sized weather proof backpack
board shorts, tshirts, waterproof sandals, walking shoes, sunglasses, wind cheater
Sea sickness pills, lots of sun cream 30+ Toilet Paper, soap, good water proof bandages (not bandaids)
heaps of batteries especially if your digital. Some boats have 12V power and some have 110V The boat with 110V power outlets made recharging easy
Sun hat, torch, wetsuit
Take your own alcohol from Ecuador as it costs a bit more on the Islands and even more on the boat. The boat i was on was charging US$2 per small lite beer.There is a fairly well stocked bottle shop on the wharf where most of the tours depart from.
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