Hiking in Galapagos

Galapagos Islands Packing Guide

Putting together the right equipment for your trip to the Galapagos will ensure that you have the best experience possible. Packing light is definitely encouraged, but don’t scrimp on the essentials – once you’re on the islands, you won’t be able to simply pick up whatever you need as many items are either impossible to find or very expensive. Be aware that Galapagos-bound airlines generally have a weight limit for hold luggage of 44 pounds (approximately 20 kg) per person. This can vary though, so check with your airline in advance.

The ultimate packing list

After careful consideration, we have put together a list of the items we think are indispensable in order to make the most of your Galapagos Islands trip:


  • Light long-sleeved pants and shirts
  • Light rain jacket / poncho
  • Clothes that dry quickly (for wet landings)
  • Sweater for cooler nights
  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Swimwear (2 pairs)
  • Walking shoes
  • Sturdy sandals that can be used both for wet landings and hiking

Everyday equipment:

  • Passport and a photocopy (by Ecuadorean law, you must have a copy of your ID at all times)
  • Books to read
  • Small day pack
  • Sun hat with wide brim – as you’ll be under the hot equatorial sun, this is a must! 
  • Lots of sun block (it’s expensive to buy in Ecuador, and particularly in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Plastic bags for transporting wet clothes
  • Cash! Bring enough for the whole trip. Find out more about using cash and cards in the Galapagos here
  • Alarm clock for those early starts
  • Lightweight towel (hotels and cruise ships will provide them, but it’s handy to have a small one with you)

Camera equipment:

  • Underwater camera
  • Extra batteries / camera charger
  • Extra memory cards (you’ll take more photos than you could ever imagine!)
  • Binoculars
  • Travel adapter. Ecuador has type A power sockets with two flat prongs – North American outlets will work fine. Electricity is 110 volts. 


  • After-sun cream
  • Motion sickness tablets, band aids, medicine for diarrhea, pain relief medicine
  • Toiletries in travel sizes

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