What To Pack For A Trip To The Galapagos Islands
One of the most important ways to prepare your trip is to know what to pack. Here is my top list of what to pack for a trip to the Galapagos Islands.
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11 Apr What To Pack For A Trip To The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador


It is so important to be prepared for the Galapagos Islands. One of the most important things is to know what to pack. Here is my top list of what to pack for a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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GoPro HERO5 Black

You will regret not having an underwater camera if you don’t bring one. The newest Go Pro Hero 5 is the best on the market. I still regret today not getting the newest one when I was in Galapagos. I had a Go Pro 2 and it is so bad compared to the newest Go Pro. You have a screen so you will see the photos you take. You can shoot 4k videos and the photo quality is better than ever. It also automatically adds the photos to GoPro plus cloud so you can access the photos from your phone right away. Don’t forget to add at least a 64 GB memory card. You don’t want to have a full memory when you are already underwater


Soft Digits 50 in 1 Action Camera Accessories Kit for GoPro Hero 5 4 3+ 3 2 1 with Carrying Case/Chest Strap/Octopus Tripod

A Go Pro itself is not enough. You want to use kits like a selfie-stick, head strap and a floaty. Wouldnt it sucks to lose your Go Pro underwater and not being able to get it ever? 

Ikelite eTTL Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 7D SLR Camera

If you are more serious about your photography you might as well buy an underwater housing for your DSLR camera. Starting from $400 Makes it also cheaper than a Go Pro! Make sure you choose the one for your camera.




SealBuddy FIJI Panoramic Snorkel set + Premium Travel Gear Bag ( Aqua/Blue, S/M Size 4 to 7.5)

Even though many of the day tours and cruises provide snorkels I recommend bringing your own. I spent lots of time fiddling with my snorkel because the ones they give out are not the best. With almost 500 positive reviews on Amazon, this will sure give you a great snorkel experience. 


KastKing Dry Bag Waterproof Roll Top Sack for Beach, Hiking, Kayak, Fishing, Camping, and Other Outdoor Activities

Being on a cruise in the Galapagos Islands means you can get wet and when you get wet, your stuff can get wet.  Unique water-tight DOUBLE overlap roll top provides the best-in-class waterproof performance. You can use it for your camera, phone or a travel bag without being worried if it will get wet.

Foldable Nylon Rated 20L Lightweight Waterproof Small Camping Backpack(Purple)

If you are travelling by land in the Galapagos a smaller backpack for day trips is essential. This bag is comfy, lightweight and best of all, it’s waterproof!

Nomader BPA Free Collapsible Sports Water Bottle – Foldable with Reusable Leak Proof Twist Cap for Gym Travel Hiking Camping and Outdoors – 22 Ounce (Aqua) 

I strongly recommend this usable water bottle. You will drink a lot of water in Galapagos because it is insanely hot. When you go to a place like that you should also have the environment in mind, and not buying 5 plastic bottles a day that you will not use again.


Microfiber Travel Towel by ECOdept – Large 52″ x 32″ with Free Hand Towel in Gift Box – Super Absorbent and Quick Dry – Antibacterial – Best for Backpacking, Beach, Camping, Gym, Swimming & Sports

This towel is ideal for The Galapagos because it is dark and it dries easily. The fact that a dark towel is basically perfect because the ground on The Galapagos can be muddy, red sand that doesn’t look good on a regular white towel.  

6 Set Packing Cubes,3 Various Sizes Travel Luggage Packing Organizers (Pink)

Packing cubes are essential. You want to separate your wet clothes and the dirty especially when you are packing to leave the Galapagos. Stuff will get wet and sandy.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 100, 3 Fl. Oz 

Is the best sunscreen for the Galapagos. Be aware you need to put it on every 80 mins, this is advised for all sunscreens. 

The Sun is strong on the equator, especially when you are also swimming or snorkelling. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry is the best sunscreen for the Galapagos. Be aware you need to put it on every 80 mins, this is advised for all sunscreens. 

Is the best sunscreen for the Galapagos. Be aware you need to put it on every 80 mins, this is advised for all sunscreens. e


Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent, 4-Ounce Pump Spray

You might think that it isn’t mosquitos in the Galapagos, but it is. This natural insect repellent is perfect for you if you also care about the environment around you and want to avoid spraying toxins around the island. 

Bonine Motion Sickness Tablets, Raspberry, 16 Count

You will most likely be on a boat when you go to the Galapagos. And it is far out on the Pacific Ocean. The boat rides can get quite bumpy and you don’t want to ruin your trip by puking and feeling sick. I recommend taking this one hour before the boat trip, especially if you go to the Islands farther out.

CIOR Men and Women’s Barefoot Quick-Dry Water Sports Aqua Shoes with 14 Drainage Holes for Swim, Walking, Yoga, Lake, Beach, Garden, Park, Driving, Boating,SYY04,w.black,41

Oh, how I wished I used this. You might not only- swim or snorkel from a soft sanded beach, The Galapagos has a lot of volcanic rock and it hurts so much to step on that, trust me. This will save you.  


Clorts Women’s Suede Leather Waterproof Hiking Shoe Outdoor Backpacking Trekking Shoes Grey HKL-831C

These great hiking shoes are perfect for the Galapagos. They are waterproof and perfect for hiking on the volcanic rocks on the Galapagos Islands. 


summer straw hats ladies big classic beach cap wide brim hat for women Khaki

You must use a hat when you are in  Galapagos, the sun is so strong and a small cap is not enough, it should cover your face and neck. This one is perfect where it doesn’t fly away if it gets windy on the boat.

Women’s Polarized Sunglasses from EYE LOVE, Designer, 100% UV Block + 5 BONUSES, Brown

As said, the sun is incredibly strong and bright on the Galapagos Islands. And you need good UV protection. I love these stylish sunglasses. 


DRST TM-WT71-DGTZ_X-Small j-S Tesla Surfista Women’s Performance Long Sleeve Athletic UPF 50+ Rashguard WT71

You will get sunburned while you snorkel or swim, putting on sunscreen is not enough. I strongly recommend using a surf sweater to cover your shoulders and top back, especially when you are in the water or sitting on the deck.


Cynthia Rowley Women’s Engineered Striped Wetsuit, Olive Multi, Large

This stylish wetsuit by Cynthia Rowley is perfect for snorkelling and diving on The Galapagos Islands. If you will be in the water a lot you should cover your arms and shoulders to prevent getting very sunburned.  

Cupshe Fashion Women’s Solid Color Lace Up Padding Bikini Set Beach Bathing Suit, Burgundy 

There are beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. And you should definitely check out Tortuga Bay. This bikini set is hot and lace ups are quite in this year.


Cupshe Fashion Women’s Petal Printing Plunging Halter Padding Swimsuit 

If you want more fashionable swimsuit while swimming or snorkelling this is the one. It will really make you stand out.

Choies Women’s Chiffon Deep V Neck Floral Back Cross Tie Waist Playsuit 

Playsuits are great for the Galapagos, especially if you are on a boat. It might get quite windy and also if you walk up the ladder to top deck, you don’t want everyone to see your undies. Playsuits are comfy and this chiffon is perfect where it feels light and doesn’t get sticky when you sweat and have sunscreen on.


Yonala Womens Printed Beachwear Summer Chiffon Swimsuit Cover Up Kimono Cardigan

A cover-up is essential in the Galapagos Islands, not only when you are on the beach but when you are on the cruise and walking around the Islands as well. The sun is strong and it is hot so this will cover you and it won’t feel too hot to wear.


Tori Wear Women’s Smocked Waist Baggy Bohemian Harem Pants

Airy pants are nice to use in the Galapagos but forget about sweaty jeans. This will not feel hot while you wear this and you are more protected against the sun.


Lonely Planet Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands (Travel Guide)

I recommend buying this book some weeks before going to the Galapagos. It is so important to be prepared so you get most out of your trip. You can read about the different islands so you can figure out which one you want to visit. It is also recommendations on where to stay, cruises and where to eat. 

Lonely Planet Latin American Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary (Lonely Planet Phrasebook and Dictionary)

This book is essential if you want to travel to the Galapagos Islands on a budget. You might end up booking tours in the last minute and you will get local guides. Most of them speak basic English, but if most of the travellers on the tours are Spanish speaking they will prefer speaking that. 



  • Bring a dark towel(s), the ground can be muddy and volcanic rock, you don’t want to ruin your pretty white towels.
  • Skip the jeans and warm clothes, you don’t need it.
  • Use something to cover your shoulders when you snorkel and swim, the wetsuit/surf sweater is ideal for this. You will get sunburned even though you use SPF 50+, so sun cream itself it is not enough, especially if you have fair skin as me.
  • Bring a small trip backpack for the daily trips, even better if it is waterproof.
  • You don’t need many sweaters, it is hot, but a thin rain jacket is good.
  • Don’t forget an underwater camera, if you can’t afford a go pro, you can hire at tour operators or hotels, but ask in advance.
  • It is better to bring your own snorkel equipment. The tours and boats usually lend them to you but they can be very bad. 
  • Bring seasick tablets and you should take it whenever you are on a boat trip to the Islands, especially the ones that are farther away.

Have you been to the Galapagos Islands or would you go? What else would you pack? 

Related: 30 Photos That Will Make You Pack Your Bags For And Visit The Galapagos Islands

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  • Rachel
    Posted at 16:30h, 17 April Reply

    I love that wetsuit!

  • jean
    Posted at 09:37h, 18 April Reply

    Ikelite eTTL Underwater Housing for Canon EOS 7D SLR Camera < I'd never even heard of something like this! How cool is that?

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:47h, 18 April Reply

      Yeah it is so handy to have 😀 Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Cori
    Posted at 10:25h, 18 April Reply

    Whenever I’m taking a little boat it’s such a relief to have a waterproof bag with me. So far I’ve been lucky, but you just need one wave or wrong move to ruin all of your electronics!

    I’ll also second the importance of bringing proper shoes any time you’re going somewhere with rocky beaches, especially volcanic rock or coral! No matter how careful you are, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll hurt yourself if you go barefoot or in sandals.

  • LaiAriel R. Samangka ( Thelittlelai: Beyond limits)
    Posted at 11:12h, 18 April Reply

    What a perfect tips on what to bring if you visit Galapagos Island. I like how you gather all the necessary stuff when you visit this Island at least we know what to expect and we will surely enjoy the place if we get to bring all what you have shared to us. Thank you so much for sharing. This is so kind of you. I truly appreciate it.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:15h, 18 April Reply

      So glad to help 😀 Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting 😀

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 12:09h, 18 April Reply

    I’ve never been there but I really wish to! I hope one day!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 12:41h, 18 April Reply

      You definitely should go the at some point. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog 😀

  • Candy
    Posted at 14:12h, 18 April Reply

    This is a fabulous list. I’m actually planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands soon and this will really come in handy. The Kastking bag and the Lonely Planet book are on my list now!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 15:14h, 18 April Reply

      That is fantastic ;D you will love it! The Lonely Planet book is so handy 😀

  • Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    Posted at 17:59h, 18 April Reply

    On my bucket list! And packing cubes are AMAZING! I did not think I would need or like them, but they are the best for organizing suitcases.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 18:01h, 18 April Reply

      That is amazing. I know it make it so much easier 😀

  • Izzy
    Posted at 20:20h, 18 April Reply

    Yesssss I 100% endorse this list! My top travel gear of choice are collapsible waterbottles and microfibre towels. They just make life sooo much easier! And especially when traveling to beach destinations and/or islands, you cannot forget those drybags! That’s just an essential! Haha and there’s always motion sickness pills in my bag! Excellent list! 😀

  • Hallie
    Posted at 22:23h, 18 April Reply

    I love that wetsuit and bathing suit. Very lovely. I’d love to prepare anything if I were headed to the Galapagos Islands. What a place to take a trip to.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:10h, 19 April Reply

      they are gorgeous 😀 You would love it 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and commenting 😀

  • Kandja Sylla
    Posted at 23:12h, 18 April Reply

    These are awesome selection for a trip to Galapagos Island. I’ll definitely keep in mind about the dark towels. Thanks for the share. xx


  • Chantell Collins
    Posted at 04:32h, 19 April Reply

    What a dream trip! And luck you. This is one of those places that seems so expensive and out of the way but totally worth it! There are some good general beach options on here. And I have friends who get bad motion sickness so those tablets are a great idea.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:09h, 19 April Reply

      Yeah it is quite expensive, but totally possible on a budget if you book the tours or cruise when you are there 😀 Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting 😀

  • Sally E
    Posted at 05:36h, 19 April Reply

    Great packing list! I am with you on bringing water shoes for the beach…rocky beaches are not fun to step on! Also, I love collapsible water bottles – I bring mine everywhere!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:08h, 19 April Reply

      Thank you. Yeah it is perfect for the Galapagos 😀

  • Sandy N Vyjay
    Posted at 13:43h, 19 April Reply

    Galapagos Islands seem to be a pretty interesting place to go and visit and do snorkeling and many such stuff then is that your given is pretty helpful I think for a many people the fact that the clothes as well as the pictures are provided and everything is so clearly explain is what I like the most I would like to say that the idea of taking GoPro 2 was pretty bad because GoPro 5 is amazing.!!. The packing tips I mentioned at the end were are also really helpful I think.

  • Aubrie
    Posted at 03:02h, 20 April Reply

    Thank you for such an informative and helpful post. I would love to go to the Galapagos so I will definitely book mark this. The dry bag would be especially useful and a waterproof camera too!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:39h, 20 April Reply

      Glad you liked it 🙂 sure is. Thank you for stopping by 😀

  • Mimi and Mitch
    Posted at 09:45h, 20 April Reply

    This is certainly one place we want to go soon. This is a very detailed list and I would have totally forgot to bring things like Water Shoesnand motion sickness tablets. Thanks so much for the information!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:49h, 20 April Reply

      Happy to help 😀 Thank you for stopping by 🙂

  • Robert
    Posted at 15:40h, 27 April Reply

    Wow, quite a creative list of recommendations to pack. My son has one of the microfibre towels, they are excellent and great for backpacking!

  • Deal Man
    Posted at 10:39h, 20 May Reply

    wow amazing pack and lovely post. No matter how careful you are, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll hurt yourself if you go barefoot or in sandals.

  • Agness of aTukTuk
    Posted at 15:12h, 29 June Reply

    I love your tips! Very detailed and useful packing list!

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