Items one must bring when traveling to The Galapagos Islands

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Items one must bring when traveling to The Galapagos Islands Reviews

aswold aswold
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Items one must bring when traveling to The Galapagos Islands Apr 20, 2009
These items are necessary to take with you when you decide to visit the Galapagos Islands. This place is isolated and not everything you need will be available to you. Most likely, you will be out on a boat, a day trip or hiking. You will be more happy if you are prepared for the strong equatorial sun, the rough terrain of the lava rocks and the sea sickness you may encounter during your trip of a lifetime.

Pay attention, bring these things:

-high SPF sunscreen

-lip balm with SPF

-hat with a wide brim to protect your head, face and the back of your neck


-beach clothes

-water sandals with a good tread so that you can also hike on lava rocks with that pair

-flip flops and flat girly shoes are for evenings on shore or on the boat. They are not for excursions

-small USD bills ($1,$5 and $10's and some quarters)

-alarm clock

-anti vertigo & anti nausea pills, Tylenol, hydrocortisone cream, Imodium AD

-regular size deodorant (for the sake of everyone, keep it in your day pack)

-2 bathing suits and a cover-up for the ladies

-disposable underwater camera

-a good bit of toilet paper stored in a baggie (TP is not always supplied in public rest rooms, trust me)

-bandanna or scarf to wipe off the pouring sweat from your body

-keep bottled water in your bag at all times

-keep snacks in your day pack at all times

-small flash light for the lava tunnels or for a night walk to your room. Sunset begins at 6pm.

-small pocket sized English/Spanish dictionary

****do not wear travel/adventure clothes from REI. That's ok for the jungle but it looks absolutely ridiculous in the Galapagos Islands****

Be serious about the shoes. Sometimes you'll have to transfer to a smaller boat or dingy from your yacht. Flip flops don't work for this and also, you may walk quite a bit to get to your destination from the boat. The islands I visited has a lot of lava rock and uneven terrain. For excursions, I wore sandals by Keen (Newport H2). They are not cute by any means, however, they served a dual purpose. They are water proof and they have a good tread for walking on a trail. I kept my flip flops for just hanging out:)

Definitely, get a hat with a brim and a cover-up that will protect your skin. Even I got a bad sunburn and skin damage. I didn't have a cover shirt.
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rossmickel says:
Thank you Aswold for sharing this information. i am planning to visit Galapagos this June for 15 days i am last time i choose to go by flight but this time i am thinking to hire cruise. Is it too expensive? by now I have researched on Their offers seem nice to me, is it good? please help.

Thank you in advance
Posted on: Apr 07, 2014
MyLifeInTravel says:
thanx a lot
Posted on: Nov 20, 2012
MichaelKnight says:
awesome article :)
Posted on: Aug 20, 2012
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