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)
- A sweater or jacket
- 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.
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
- Quick dry pants
- Sturdy walking shoes
- Hiking boots
- 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?