Galapagos Packing List
The Galapagos Islands are among the planet’s premiere nature and wildlife destinations. The fascinating volcanic geology, unique flora and fauna, and isolated nature of the islands have pushed them to the forefront of scientific inquiry since the mid-1800s, and research on the 13 major islands continues to play a vital role in our understanding of evolution.
When it comes to visiting the Galapagos Islands, the options can seem endless. Should you do a cruise, or a land-based trip? An island-hopping non-cruise, or a combination of a short cruise with a land-based exploration? This Galapagos Islands Introduction/Guide was produced by Global Basecamps, a sustainable travel company specializing in eco travel all over the world, and it is truly a worthwhile resource for planning your Galapagos adventure!
GALAPAGOS PACKING LIST:
Good walking shoes for short/long day hikes
Flip flops/sandals that can get wet for wet landings
Light socks for walking/hiking
T-shirts/long-sleeved shirts for hiking
Shorts for walking and/or relaxing
Lightweight/comfortable walking/hiking pants
Clothes for relaxing during downtime onboard
Nicer clothes (if desired) for dinners/evenings on
Sweatshirt/sweater for mornings/nights (it gets cool)
Light rain jacket/windbreaker
Snorkeling gear (most boats provide this)
Camera and related gear
Underwater camera (disposable or other)
Lots of extra film and/or plenty of USB/flash memory
Batteries for electronics if needed
Waterproof camera bag
Extra plastic bags
* Some of the above can be obtained in Galapagos, but are generally more expensive there. Supplies are generally not available once you’re on a cruise.
Ginger chews (to prevent motion sickness)
Other motion sickness remedies if needed
Extra set of eye glasses/contacts if used
Personal medications/drugs if needed
Basic first-aid items like band aids
Aloe vera in case of sun burns
Pepto Bismol or similar in case of upset stomach
Immodium or similar in case of diarrhea
Copy of passport
Cash for InGala transit fee ($10 but subject to change)
Cash for Galapagos entrance fee ($100 but subject to change)
Cash for tips to guide and other staff (best to carry $5, $10, and $20 bills)
Copy of travel insurance policy and details
* Most boats accept only cash for bar tabs and other extras. Be sure to have enough cash, as ATMs are not always available (there are ATMs at Quito’s airport).
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Global Basecamps is a specialty travel company that helps independent travelers research and book locally owned boutique hotels, off-the-beaten path lodges and multi-day excursions all over the world. Whether cruising around the Galapagos, hiking the Inca Trail, experiencing a traditional Japanese Ryokan, or relaxing on the beaches of Thailand, we specialize in designing you a completely customized itinerary to meet your specific trip priorities and match your travel style.