Perfecting a packing list for the Galapagos can be difficult — even for the most seasoned traveler. The close proximity of these small islands to their home country of Ecuador mean that domestic flights will likely be utilized at some point during the trip — so packing light is a must for individuals who wish to make weight limits for their flights! Individuals who will be flying from Quito should dress appropriately for the cool weather in the Ecuadorian town — a waterproof jacket is ideal and can be used several times throughout your trip.
The fewer things you actually bring on your trip to the Galapagos, the better — but tours often begin or end in other destinations that might require more substantial luggage arrangements. Packing a small, lightweight backpack that can act as a weekend bag is a great way to make sure you aren’t stuck with a ton of luggage on your trip. The Island’s proximity to the equator make them a prime target for harsh sun rays, so a high UV blocking sunscreen is absolutely essential for any traveler who visits during the day.
Water shoes can be useful in protecting feet from coral and plant life so plan on packing an already-broken-in pair of comfortable sandals. If you’re heading out on a Galapagos cruise or chartered boat, make sure to speak with the captain to learn more about the luggage storage options available during your trip!