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A travel guide to Galapagos tours, boats, cruises & yacht charters

Galapagos Islands Pre-trip Planning 

What to Bring

When packing for a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands pack lightly!

The fewer things you bring on your Galapagos family vacation, the more carefree and enjoyable your trip will be. However, there are a great many items that make Galapagos travel enjoyable and those are the things we’ve listed below. You can use the following suggestions as a checklist to ensure you have all of the necessary items you need for your Galapagos travel experience.

It's best to pack your clothes in two bags: one with warmer clothes and city clothes that can be left in your hotel in Quito, and a separate bag for storage of your gear aboard the boat in Galapagos. You should be able to lock all of your luggage regardless of where you are traveling.

The following are a few suggestions of things you may wish to consider bringing on your Galapagos cruise:


Sun Protection
  • Wide-brim hat
  • Light cotton scarf to protect your neck
  • Sunglasses
  • PABA sunscreen (at least #15)
  • Sun block
  • Lip salve or ointment
  • Long-sleeve light cotton shirt
  • Light cotton pants
  • Snorkel, mask (with prescription lenses if you require them) and fins
  • "Shorty" wetsuit (2mm thick is all you will need)

There is plenty of time for snorkeling for those who are interested.  For personal hygiene and to ensure that it will be there when you need it, we recommend that you bring your own gear. Snorkeling gear is provided aboard most of the yachts and ships. Some  offer the equipment (mask, fins and snorkel) at no charge and some charge a nominal rental fee of up to $10 for 8 days. A wetsuit is not necessary, but we suggest that you bring a 2mm "shorty" to help keep you warm in cold water.

Motion Sickness 
  • Salted Crackers
  • Candied Ginger or ginger tablets
  • Pressure wristband
  • Patch
  • Gravol, etc...
  • Plastic Bags
  • Pepto Bismol (or Kaopectate) for stomach upset and mild diarrhea
  • Immodium or Lomotil for more severe diarrhea
  • Band-Aids
  • Anti-biotic cream
  • Aloe Vera cream or gel for sunburn
  • Tylenol or other mild pain relief
Camera Gear
  • Waterproof bag for gear
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Flash
  • Telephoto Lens
  • Tripod
  • Lens Paper and Cleaner
  • Extra batteries
  • Extra Tapes
  • Extra film or memory cards
  • X-Ray proof bag for film
Money & Security
  • Passport
  • Copy of passport
  • Passport Pouch
  • Credit card(s)
  • US Cash
  • Money Belt
Other Gear
  • Travel Alarm Clock
  • Binoculars
  • Spare pair of prescription glasses if you wear them
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Toiletries
  • Shampoo
  • Insect repellant
  • Small day pack
  • Fanny pack
  • Stuff sacks to organize your gear
  • Ear plugs (if you're a light sleeper)
  • 2 pairs of walking shoes (one to keep dry, the other for wet landings)
  • Light cotton socks
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 or 2 pair swimwear
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants or skirt / dress
  • Light short sleeve shirts
  • Light poncho, rain jacket or umbrella
  • Sweatshirt
For Quito & the Andes
  • Raingear
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
Families with Children...
  • Notarized letter from other parent authorizing travel if both parents are not traveling together
  • Snacks
  • Swimsuit that offers protection from sun
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Whistle
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Snorkeling gear for smaller children
  • Life Jacket (PFD) for smaller children
  • Travel Games
  • Journal
  • Pencils for drawing & coloring
  • Books
  • Children's rubber boots for Amazon



Galapagos Cruises and Tours
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Frequently Asked Questions
Galapagos Map
A Brief Introduction
What to Bring
Travel Insurance

Hotels in Quito & Guayaquil


The Galapagos Archipelago
Baltra (Arrival)
Santa Cruz - Caleta Tortuga Negra
San Salvador - Sullivan Bay
San Salvador - James Bay
Fernandina - Punta Espinoza
Isabela - Tagus Cove
Isabela - Urvina Bay
Isabela - Elizabeth Bay
Santa Cruz - CDRS and Highlands
Hood Island - Punta Saurez
Hood Island - Gardner Bay
Santa Fe
Baltra (Departure)


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