(As recommended by our seasoned Galapagos Experts)
Our very own Destination Travel Experts have worked hard to prepare this Ultimate Galapagos Packing List. Our travel team has 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
We 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 medication
Even though Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise features an onboard medical officer, available 24/7, please remember to pack any specific and essential prescription medication.
This 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 pouch
This 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:
It’s a good idea to use these with a neck strap so you won’t misplace them.
This is a great item for protecting your neck when it gets too sunny or while traveling aboard the dinghy.
It can get a little windy out at sea, particularly during the Galapagos dry season.
Warm sweater or fleece
It 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 skirt
Back on board the ship, you may want to change into something a little more comfortable.
It’s a good idea to bring two (2), in case you want to change suits between aquatic activities
You’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 shoes
When 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-shirts
These 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 soles
Hop 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
Keep 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.
Our 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 batteries
If you have a nice camera you want to use on this trip, bring it!
Device chargers and adaptors if necessary
Electrical outlets in Ecuador are 110-120V, 60Hz, types A & B.
Prescription snorkeling mask or specialized snorkel equipment
All regular snorkeling equipment is available aboard. Some charges may apply**. Consult your Destination Travel 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.