The Ultimate Packing List for the Galapagos Islands
Packing effectively for the Galapagos Islands doesn't need to be tough. Because of its close relationship to the equator you can count on the temperature being hot - which means packing light!
I will start by saying that if you trust the weather report, you will be packing ALL WRONG for this trip.
I made this mistake myself, which is why I want to share my recommended packing list for the Galapagos Islands trip with you all! Without further ado, here's your guide to packing for the Galapagos Islands like a pro.
You'll be taking all types of transportation on this trip! Think boats, taxis, buses, airplanes, and vans. That being said, make sure you have luggage that you are willing to carry around for a bit and move from place to place. I would suggest a daypack/backpack to carry the necessities for the day as well as a small rolling suitcase or duffel bag to carry the rest of your belongings. I'm partial to Osprey Packs myself - having a reservoir for water is a nice perk in the hot climate. :)
You'll be doing a fair mix of hiking, swimming, beaching, & hanging around town. I'd recommend you pack:
- 1 pair of hiking sandals like Chacos OR a pair of breathable tennis shoes. Leave the hiking boots at home. They're bulky for packing and will be way too hot for the Galapagos Islands' climate.
- Flip-flops OR slip-on sandals. You'll want these for hanging on the beach & for short walks on the boardwalk to snorkel.
- Optional sandals or nice sneakers for evenings in town.
Pack light! It is very hot & humid in the Galapagos Islands. Make sure you pack clothes you feel comfortable sweating in & getting wet. You might not look glamorous during the trip - but I PROMISE you'll have a great time!
- 7 light weight tops. Tank tops are great, but light weight long sleeve shirts will better protect you from the sun.
- 3 pairs on shorts. Athletic shorts are perfect because you can easily throw them over a bathing suit!
- 3 pairs of socks. You'll only need these if you are hiking in tennis shoes.
- 7 pairs of underwear (at least).
- 1 pair of yoga pants or jeans.
- 1 sleep top and bottom.
- 2 swimsuits (just so you always have a dry one on hand).
- 1 light sweatshirt or jacket. You will only need this in Quito.
- 1 raincoat. It doesn't rain for long - but you'll want to have one with you at all times just in case.
- 1 hat. The sun near the equator is no joke people!
- 1 pair of sunglasses.
Other Useful Items for the Galapagos Islands
- Sunscreen! SPF 30 at least!
- Bug Repellent.
- Reusable Water Bottle. There will be filling stations at each hotel.
- Aloe Vera.
- Small Cross Body Purse for going out in town.
- Blister Band-Aids!
- Hair Ties.
- Meds/Vitamins. I recommend counting out how much you will need for the week & putting them in a plastic baggy. Pill bottles can take up a lot of room in a suitcase.
- Toothbrush & toothpaste.
- Face wash & makeup remover.
- Phone charger! No converter needed.
- Cash! No need to convert the currency, they take US dollars. Make sure to have cash on hand on Isabela Island especially. Most places in Quito and Santa Cruz will take credit cards.
Leave at Home
Don't bother packing these items. They'll do nothing but take up space - and the hotels provide some of them for you!
- Converter. No need unless traveling from outside the US.
- Hair Dryer. If you REALLY need one, the hotels will hook you up.
- Beach Towels. These are provided by hotels and/or excursion partners.
- Warm clothing.
- Worries, doubts, & negative attitudes!
If you forget something - no worries! Both Quito & the Galapagos Islands have shops for the necessities at reasonable prices.