What to Pack for the Galapagos and Bolivia

I am SO excited about our trip to the Galapagos and Bolivia.  They’ve been on the bucket list forever, and I’m thrilled it’s finally time to go.  Since I’m a carry-on only kind of gal, I am always challenged by traveling to both a hot and cold climate in the same trip.  I like having variety and being both comfortable and stylish.

We’re taking a “land trip” in the Galapagos, as opposed to a live aboard or cruise, so I feel like I’ll need more options (versus just lounging around in a swimsuit all day).  Bolivia will have us outside and active–but is a much colder climate.  We’ve got a day or two in Quito, as well, which is in the mountains.


For the Galapagos

Our 5 day trip includes boating, snorkeling, hiking, and visiting some of the conservation areas on a the main island of Santa Cruz.  Here’s what they suggested we bring:

  • Lightweight pants (quick-dry fabric)
  • Shorts
  • Shirts/tanks
  • A sweater or jacket
  • Underwear
  • PJ’s
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat with sun protection
  • Rain Jacket
  • Hiking shoes with traction
  • Waterproof sandals
  • A daypack
  • Camera/video equipment (and a waterproof one if you want)
  • Sunblock SPF 50+
  • Insect repellant
  • Toiletries, medications
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Snacks (except for fruit, nuts, and other fresh produce, as that’s not allowed into the Galapagos ecosystem)

Sounds like a good starter list.  I’ll be adding another swimsuit (or 2) and my snorkel mask, which is THE BEST.  Yes, it’s a pain to carry it, but it makes snorkeling so much better.

For Bolivia/Quito

We signed up for a back-to-back tour for 5 days.  One day in La Paz, 2 days down to Uyuni to see the salt flats, then 2 days up to Lake Titicaca.  Here’s the packing list for these tours.

  • Strong sunglasses
  • Waterproof, lined rain/wind coat with removable lining
  • Heavy waterproof coat (oh man, that’s a lot of coats)
  • Breathable long sleeve shirt
  • Smart dinner attire
  • Socks, underwear
  • Quick-dry t-shirts
  • PJ’s
  • Quick dry pants
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • Sweater
  • Shorts
  • Bathing suit
  • And pretty much the same as above with the “basics” of toiletries, documents, etc.

It looks like there are some good overlaps on these 2 lists.  I’ll have to be creative with the “smart dinner attire” and all the coats.  I’ll dress in layers, much like I did in the RTW trip we did last year (but I didn’t have snorkel gear).


What else have you brought on a cold + warm trip?

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