Packing List for Galapagos

Packing List for Galapagos

What is on my packing list for my visit to the Galapagos Islands?

It’s important to pack the right things for the most comfort and the best experience. We have created a general Galapagos Islands packing list for your trip.

When planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands luggage restrictions for the flights are an important consideration. Keep it light. Most airlines limit checked luggage to one piece, with a maximum weight of 23 kilogram and one hand luggage with a maximum weight of 10 kilogram.

We recommend not to take any food with you. After arrival on the Galapagos Islands, your hand luggage will be checked for anything edible by the customer service.

The weather in the Galapagos Islands stays fairly stable 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 from December to May and the cooler season from June to November.

The atmosphere aboard of the Galapagos cruise boats and in the hotels is casual.

We recommend you next packing list for your trip to the Galapagos:

  • A Valid Passport
  • To check in for the flight to Galapagos, from Quito or Guayaquil you will pass by the costumer services and here the Migration Card will be made. This one will cost $ 20 p.p. This can only be paid in cash.
  • Ones arriving on the Galapagos Islands you have to pay for the Entrance Fee National Park Galapagos. For foreigners its $ 100 p.p. and for children younger than 12 years old its $ 50 p.p. This can only be paid in cash.
    Ecuadorian persons with an Ecuadorian Identity Card will pay $ 6 for the entrance fee.


  • Hiking Shoes; most of the activities on the islands include hiking. Make sure that your shoes are comfortable and support your feet during the walks.
  • Sandals or water shoes for the wet landings.
  • Flip flops to walk around on the boat or in the hotel-


  • Hiking socks; its recommendable to take for every day a pair of light socks
  • A couple pairs of light weight pants or jeans for chilly nights or hiking
  • Hiking shorts or convertible trekking pants
  • Two swim suits (wear one while the other is drying)
  • Undergarments
  • Lightweight or wicking shirts (one per day)
  • One or two long-sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Sleeping clothes
  • One or two towels extra; on the boat or in the hotel you will be provided with one towel for one week
  • A cap or hat for sun protection

Other items you need to pack for during the trip:

  • Camera / underwater camera, memory cards, batteries, battery charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellant
  • Small, light weight daypack or backpack for the visits on the islands
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
  • A small flashlight
  • Cash Money
  • Credit Card


Seasickness medication or alternatives

Wet suites are for rent on the boats for the cruise or in the hotels for an Island Hopping Tour. If you have your own wet suites you can bring these with you.

General Information for your Galapagos visit during Covid time:

It is the responsibility of each passenger for their well-being and personal care, for which we recommend bringing your biosecurity kit (mask and alcohol gel). You must use a mask during the trip on a mandatory basis.


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