The more I travel, the more I find packing to be an unfortunate and inconvenient chore. Subsequently, on my trip to the Galapagos Islands, I did a really lousy job packing. I’ll also blame the weather predictions I read about that were WRONG!
I’ll explain the weather first. The weather in Quito was forecast to be in the lower 60s and raining everyday. It NEVER rained and, I think, because of the altitude and dry conditions the temperature felt 5-10 degrees warmer. The forecast in the Galapagos I only got for one island, Santa Cruz, and it would be in the mid 70s and foggy everyday. The temperatures were probably in the mid 70s to lower 80s and really humid with very little fog. Of course the forecast matched the information I read about the weather during September so I thought it would be a good gauge for packing.
So here is what I should have packed for a 7 day Galapagos Cruise:
(some of this I did actually bring and found useful)
2 pairs of shorts (preferably quick drying)
Or 1 pair of shorts and a pair of zip off pants
2-3 short sleeve shirts to wear during the day
2-3 short sleeve shirts to wear at night
LOTS of sunscreen
Bug spray (a small amount)
2 Bathing suits
1 pair confortable pants or jeans
Hat (I didn’t wear one but most people would like a hat)
Camera with zoom lens and lots of memory
A few packaged snacks – you cannot bring organics into the Galapagos Islands and there isn’t much opportunity to purchase once on the islands.
One thing of note is that due to the humidity and the fact that you’re on a boat surrounded by water, nothing fully dries. Most of the boats seemed to have a laundry line on the top and clothing got 95% dry very quickly. But it’s best to bring things that dry quickly, you’ll get wet on the zodiacs and it’s nice for your clothes to dry in minutes. I would not bring jeans to wear during the day, only at night when lounging around. They’ll take too long to dry and aren’t practical if you have a “wet” landing (climbing into the ocean at the beach instead of from the boat to land)