Galapagos Packing List

The Galapagos islands are famous for being giant sea tortoise havens and the home to other endemic species such as the flightless cormorant. It’s one of those unbelievable “bucket list” places that you binge watch on TV anytime a special comes on. If you’re an avid traveler and animal lover, it’s likely the word “Galapagos” is written down somewhere or pinned to your dream board. I thought that visiting this special archipelago would cost an arm and a leg, so I brushed the idea off as something I’d do in the distant future. Boy, was I wrong. I discovered that the Galapagos can be done within a budget without skimping on a single activity, seafood feast, or having to sleep in awful accommodations. I broke it all down in my guide on traveling to the Galapagos on a budget so you can do it too.

While you are in the Galapagos, I recommend mixing up your daily itinerary. Spend some days in the water snorkeling or diving and other days on land exploring tortoise reserves, hiking, or enjoying the islands on a bicycle. If possible, alternate your water and land activities so you can enjoy each island at different times of the day (most tours leave early in the morning and don’t return until afternoon). Many places of interest are also within walking distance of the main town. Plan for a little extra time to get each destination because you are sure to see interesting things such as brown pelican birds plunge diving over the waters or red sally lightfoot crabs scuttling among the lava rocks that you’re going to want to take pictures of.

Don’t forget a thing for your Galapagos trip with this complete packing list. This spectacular archipelago is full of marine iguanas, giant sea tortoises, and blue-footed booby birds. It’s a true paradise for any marine-life and rare species lover. Plan the bucket list adventure of your dreams! Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
I could watch these giant sea tortoises chomp on grass all day long at El Chato Dos reserve on Santa Cruz.

Galapagos Weather

The weather in the Galapagos stays fairly stable between 69 – 84°F, which makes it a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. There are slight differences between the seasons, with the warm “peak” season which runs from December to May and the cooler season (preferred condition for divers and marine-life viewing) which runs from June to November. Unlike other islands you may be accustomed to visiting, the Galapagos does not have a tropical atmosphere with high humidity. Evenings can get cool and you’ll want a jacket or warm layer to wear.

The water is also colder because three main ocean currents pass through the islands– the cold Peru Current from Chile and Antarctica, the chilly Cromwell Undercurrent, and the warm Panama Current. These currents bring special nutrients which contribute to the special ecosystem found in the Galapagos.

Don’t forget a thing for your Galapagos trip with this complete packing list. This spectacular archipelago is full of marine iguanas, giant sea tortoises, and blue-footed booby birds. It’s a true paradise for any marine-life and rare species lover. Plan the bucket list adventure of your dreams! Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
There were a lot of moments I felt like I was channeling my inner “national geographic photographer” vibes to snap shots of these animals in their natural habitat.

Quick tips for travel to the Galapagos

  • Sunscreen is extremely expensive. Bring what you’re going to need from home.
  • Tap water is not safe to consume. There are plenty of filtered water jugs available at most tourist offices and your accommodation, so you should always be able to refill your water bottle.
  • The waters can get chilly, even close to the shore. Wear a rashguard for extra warmth and negotiate a full-length wetsuit even for snorkeling.
  • Wifi can be painfully slow in many areas. Save yourself some connectivity rage by downloading offline maps, having a printed (or screenshot) itinerary, and all of your research done before you go.
  • Many of the boat rides (especially the ferries) are bumpy. Arm yourself with motion-sickness medicines if you’re prone to nausea.
  • Of course, you’re going to want to capture photos of these amazing animals! Just remember to keep a respectful distance from them, do not disturb their habitats, step on coral, and dispose of all your trash in the right place.
Don’t forget a thing for your Galapagos trip with this complete packing list. This spectacular archipelago is full of marine iguanas, giant sea tortoises, and blue-footed booby birds. It’s a true paradise for any marine-life and rare species lover. Plan the bucket list adventure of your dreams! Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
Using refillable bottles helps to save your money and the environment by minimizing plastic impact.

The packing list below is for the Galapagos traveler who plans on doing a range of sporty and low-key activities, including snorkeling and dive tours. Local island attire is casual– one of our friends on Isabela island preferred to walk without shoes most of the day. I pretty much lived in shorts, sandals, and a tank top during the daytime and put on pants and a light jacket at night.

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Travel Necessities

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Cash (US Dollar), as there is only an ATM on Santa Cruz Island; keep in mind there is a $120.00 visitor entrance fee upon arrival to the airport

Electronics

Clothing

You will want clothing that can dry quickly or is easy to change into after a day in the water.

  • Underwear
  • Sports bra (women)
  • Sleeping clothes
  • Long sleeve shirts for sun protection
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Athletic tops
  • Jacket
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Athletic bottoms (shorts are helpful after diving)
  • 1 hat with brim or bill for sun protection
  • 2 swimsuits (alternate every day)
  • Rashguard (extra warmth in the waters; women’s and men’s)
  • Sandals (ankle straps are helpful; women’s and men’s)
  • Close-toed walking shoes (women’s and men’s)

Gear

Toiletries (travel-friendly)

Don’t forget a thing for your Galapagos trip with this complete packing list. This spectacular archipelago is full of marine iguanas, giant sea tortoises, and blue-footed booby birds. It’s a true paradise for any marine-life and rare species lover. Plan the bucket list adventure of your dreams! Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com
Can you believe how big the blue-footed booby baby birds are? This chick (the white and fluffy awkward one) is almost as big as her mom!

You should be well-equipped for your trip to the Galapagos with these items. Don’t worry if you happen to forget anything though, as there are little shops in San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela in case you need additional supplies. If you’re considering day-to-day logistics for your trip, check out my 6-day itinerary for the Galapagos. I’m thrilled that you’ll be seeing this magical place for yourself. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments below.

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Don’t forget a thing for your Galapagos trip with this complete packing list. This spectacular archipelago is full of marine iguanas, giant sea tortoises, and blue-footed booby birds. It’s a true paradise for any marine-life and rare species lover. Plan the bucket list adventure of your dreams! Click the following link to learn more about how you can pursue outdoor adventure and transformative travel: www.thepetiteadventurer.com

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