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Galapagos Packing List and Boutique

What to pack for a Galapagos Yacht?

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We’ve prepared the following handy information for your next adventure in the Galapagos Islands! Download our packing checklist or keep scrolling to reach our amazing boutique catalog!

Hand luggage cannot exceed 17 lb (8 kg).

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

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 ever 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 at 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

We recommend you bring one that is waterproof.

Water bottle

By the way, you’ll receive a reusable water bottle when you arrive on board Yacht Isabela II.

Ziploc-style baggie with your medication

Even though Yacht Isabela II features an onboard medical officer, available 24/7, please remember to pack any specific and essential prescription medication.

Dry bag

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!)

Top 5 Wearable Items

Wide-brimmed hat or cap with strap *

Hats with a neck strap are a good idea for keeping 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 clothes 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.

Additional Recommended Items

Sunglasses

It’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 jacket

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 onboard the ship, you may want to change into something a little more comfortable.

Bathing suits

It’s a good idea to bring two (2), in case you want to change suits between aquatic activities

Socks

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.

Portables and Gear

Toiletry kit

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.

Binoculars

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 Expert.

Yacht Isabela II's Boutique

Don’t worry about searching for the perfect souvenir on the mainland, we have everything you are looking for right on-board!

Here you’ll find beautiful decorative ornaments, clothing items, and even essentials you might need during your journey aboard Yacht Isabela II.