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Packing Advice: What to Bring to Ecuador's Amazon, Coast & Galapagos Islands

December 13, 2017


What do I bring?? Part II


In Ecuador, there are three regions apart from the Sierra that are full of adventures waiting to happen. All three regions are partly defined by being at much lower altitude than the Sierra. That is the big difference we have to pay attention to while packing for those trips. At lower elevations in Ecuador, the heat and abundance of life remind us who live in the Sierra that Ecuador is, indeed, and equatorial country - tropical.


This article will share with you our foundational, funcional packing list for a trip to any of these areas. The goals for the clothes that you want to bring with you are these: sun protection, bug protection, staying cool, staying comfortable, and being able to look decent if you need to -- you never know who you might see on those meandering Amazonian rivers.


*  = Also on the Quito section of our Sierra Packing List





  • Raincoat and small foldable umbrella*

  • 2 - 3 undershirts*

  • 2 - 3 lightweight, long-sleeved button ups

  • One not-so-lightweight long sleeve thing, for the occasional brisk evening.

  • 2 pairs of lightweight pants

  • 1 pair of shorts

  • 1 “going out” outfit

    • These are sweaty areas. Bring some clothes to try to keep un-sweaty, just in case.

  • Swimsuit

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes / Sandals

  • Sandals

    • Flip-flops are great, something more sturdy would be even better. Also consider - both.

  • A lightweight pair of shoes you can dress up (a little bit)*



  • Smart phone or camera*

    • These days smart phones take such good pictures that a full camera isn't necessarily essential. Whichever device your snapping pics with, use extra safety precautions in places you might get distracted – like negotiating with a street vendor – or in crowded places – like the bus

  • Sunhat*

  • Sunglasses*

  • Sunscreen*

  • Insect repellent

    • We have found a winning combination with Tea Tree oil and sunscreen applied generously.

  • A day bag*

    • A small backpack, comfortable purse, sling, or canvas bag

  • A refillable water bottle*

    • While it’s not always advisable to drink the tap water when first arriving, many hostels, hotels, and B&Bs have water jugs. Our tried and true durable recommendations are Nalgene and Klean Kanteen.

  • Towel

  • Binoculars (birds, whales, iguanas!)

  • Headlight


Doubting the functionality of one single list that handles three different regions in such a marvelously diverse country?


Our take: For being a list that covers three different regions, this list is, remarkably, still quite helpful. This is due to the fact that these areas are all simply variations on a theme - warm, sometimes buggy, intense sunlight, and you’ll probably want to swim. The beauty for the traveler is the differences. Luckily, this doesn’t necessarily mean we need to pack much differently for a trip that covers two, or even all three of these regions!




In addition to what to bring, you might be deciding on what to put it in, too. Many travelers choose between a backpacking backpack and a roller bag.


- Will you be taking taxis to and from your home(s) away from home?

- Will you be staying for at least 2 or 3 nights in each location?

- Do you experience back, neck, hip, leg, or arm pain?


Yes? Then a roller bag is for you!


- Will you be taking busses to and from your home(s) away from home?

- Will you be location-hopping frequently?

- Do you love running like a madman through airports or bus terminals?


Yes? Then pack everything in a backpack!



Happy packing, and even happier traveling! Remember: our Sierra packing list is out there too!

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