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Frequently Asked Questions: What to Pack for the Galapagos

Written by  Catherine

Frequently Asked Questions: What to Pack for the Galapagos

You've been dreaming about visiting the Galapagos and now your flights are finally booked. Your departure date is looming and packing remains on your to do list. What exactly do you need for a trip to the Galapagos? This is a common question we receive, and although each traveller's needs may be slightly different, there are a few staple items which will make anyone's Galapagos visit more pleasant and convenient. Here's what you should pack for a trip to the Galapagos. 

1. Swimming costume – snorkelling is one of the Galapagos highlights, as the marine wildlife is just as relaxed and curious as the land wildlife is. At some times of the year the water can be chilly, in which case wetsuits are available for hire. Alternatively you can brave the chilly water. It is on the equator after all so it never gets too cold.

2. Sandals and trainers – even if exploring the Galapagos on a cruise, you will regularly be getting off the boat to explore the islands by foot. You will be walking over uneven volcanic rock, dirt paths, and beach sand, so comfortable footwear is important.

3. Lightweight clothing – while the temperature and weather in the Galapagos is rarely extreme, it can be warm walking around the islands in the sun, and cool sitting in an air-conditioned boat dining area. The temperature drops in the evenings too.

4. Sun hat and sun cream – be aware that you will be spending a good few hours outdoors each day, and the sun’s UV rays can be harshest during overcast days.

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5. Insect repellent - sand flies and other bugs can be real little biters, so repellent will come in handy.

6. Waterproofs – a poncho can be useful as it will cover your backpack and camera equipment.

7. Camera – you are definitely going to want to capture your experiences on the Galapagos.

8. Day pack and water bottle – again, you will be out on excursions twice a day and it’s useful to have somewhere to put your extra layers, towel and sun block.

9. Ear plugs – if you’re a light sleeper and planning on going on a cruise, you may benefit from a pair of ear plugs. The boats often sail at night and the engine sound could disturb particularly sensitive sleepers.

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