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Galapagos Packing List

What to pack for a Galapagos Cruise?

Galapagos packing list for Santa Cruz Cruise

Here’s a handy list about what to bring to the Galapagos Islands.

Also, please remember that flights to Galapagos restrict checked luggage to one (1) piece that does not exceed 23 kg (50 lb).
Hand luggage cannot exceed 8 kg (17 lb).

 

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The Ultimate Galapagos Packing List

(As recommended by our seasoned Galapagos Experts)

 

Our very own Destination Experts have worked hard to prepare this Ultimate Galapagos Packing List. These folks have an intimate knowledge and understanding of the Galapagos Islands. They have combed through the advice of several travelers and come up with the only Galapagos Packing List you’ll need. Make sure you check off our Top 5 Essential and Top 5 Wearable Items and check out the Additional Recommended Items to bring. Pack light, pack smart, and don’t worry if you forget something because those items below that are marked with an asterisk (*) are available in our onboard boutique shop.

**Please, be aware that snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of your tour, free of charge. Short-sleeve (shorty) wetsuits are available onboard for rent.

 

Top 5 Essential Items

Small backpack/daypackWe recommend you bring one that is waterproof.
Water bottle *By the way, you’ll receive a reusable water bottle when you arrive onboard Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise.
Ziploc-style baggie with your medicationEven though Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise features an onboard medical officer, available 24/7, please remember to pack any specific and essential prescription medication.
DrybagThis item keeps your valuables dry at all times as you hop on and off the dinghy, or panga, on your way to and from aquatic and land activities.)
Waterproof, see-through phone pouchThis item is useful for taking photos underwater or aboard a panga, as it keeps your phone dry and protected, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to share your memories with friends, family, and followers. (P.S. Feel free to tag us on your social media!)

Additional Recommended Items

Head to Toe: We also recommend bringing the following:

SunglassesIt’s a good idea to use these with a neck strap so you won’t misplace them.
Bandana *This is a great item for protecting your neck when it gets too sunny or while traveling aboard the dinghy.
Windbreaker jacketIt can get a little windy out at sea, particularly during the Galapagos dry season.
Warm sweater or fleeceIt can get a little chilly at night; an extra layer can provide you with just the right amount of comfort and warmth.
Casual pants, shorts, dress, or skirtBack on board the ship, you may want to change into something a little more comfortable.
Bathing suitsIt’s a good idea to bring two (2), in case you want to change suits between aquatic activities
SocksYou’ll be using your feet quite a bit so we recommend treating them right. Bring comfortable socks: some for hiking and some for lounging.
Anti-slip sandals and/or comfortable shoesWhen your sandals are still drying, you’ll be glad you brought some extra footwear.

 

Top 5 Wearable Items

Wide-brimmed hat or cap with strap *A strap keeps your hat from flying off as you travel along in the dinghy.
Short-sleeve cotton T-shirtsThese keep you fresh during activities. By the way, we have a dryer on board!
Long-sleeve expedition-style shirts *Long sleeves will protect you from the strong and direct sunlight along the equator. As an extra layer, being able to roll your sleeves up or down gives you the ability to adjust to the elements and remain comfortable.
Convertible cargo pants *Similar to long-sleeve expedition-style shirts, these lightweight pants with removable lower legs allow you to remain comfortable and cool or warm and dry, whether hiking along the coast or hanging out on one of the ship’s outdoor decks.
Water-resistant, closed-toe sport sandals with non-slippery solesHop on and hop off without changing shoes! Don’t worry about getting wet, or slipping. Use these on expeditions and aboard the ship.

 

Portables and Gear

Toiletry kitKeep in mind that we provide eco-friendly amenities in every cabin.
Waterproof sunblock * and lip balm (SPF 50+)If you’re planning to take part in aquatic activities, make sure your sunblock and lip balm are eco-friendly and not harmful to ocean life.
Insect repellent *You won’t encounter many mosquitos in the Galapagos, but it never hurts to have some on hand.
BinocularsOur Naturalist Guides will be happy to lend you theirs, but you’re welcome to bring you own if you’d like.
Camera, plus extra memory cards and batteriesIf you have a nice camera you want to use on this trip, bring it!
Device chargers and adaptors if necessaryElectrical outlets in Ecuador are 110-120V, 60Hz, types A & B.
Prescription snorkeling mask or specialized snorkel equipmentAll regular snorkeling equipment is available aboard. Some charges may apply**. Consult your Destination Expert.


Santa Cruz II's Boutique

Don’t worry about last-minute gifts, on Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise you can find your perfect souvenir. Take a look at what you’ll find on our onboard boutique.

 

*Please note that we aim to always keep our products in stock.
 In case we run out of any of our options, we do our best to ensure that our guests find what they are looking for.

Buff with Galapagos animals designs
A buff with Galapagos animals designs, great for people of all ages.
Galapagos giant tortoise earrings
Beautiful silver earrings in the shape of the Galapagos' iconic giant tortoise.
Money pouch with Galapagos animals
A small money pouch for coins decorated with some of the Galapagos Islands' most iconic animals.
Long-sleeve cotton shirt
A long-sleeve cotton shirt designed with Galapagos animals, perfect for a cold day.
T-shirt with Galapagos iconic animals
A fun t-shirt with Galapagos iconic animals, great souvenir.

Everything on our onboard boutique

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