Packing List


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(As opposed to the Nicaragua guides above)

We realize that people have different approaches to life and travel. This packlist is an attempt to indicate the sorts of things most people will need. Naturally, everyone will customize a list that reflects his/her particular needs and preferences. You can buy at least part of your equipage in Ecuador. Asterisks (*) indicate such items.

Personal First Aid Kit /Medications


  • Amphibian hikers or river/reef sandals
  • Hiking/walking shoes
  • Dressy sandals* or light-weight dress shoes*


  • 3 everyday shirts*, (one long sleeved for bushwhacking, insect barrier, and sunburn protection).
  • 1 dress shirts* or blouse*
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts. One or two pairs of quick drying nylon and one or two pairs of dressy cotton shorts or tropical weight/length skirts.
  • Belt(s)* that fit your pants/shorts
  • Active/sports swimsuit
  • 2-3 pairs of long pants. Something dressy and something for everyday. Convertible pants (zip-off legs) can serve as shorts and long pants.
  • 5-8 pairs of underwear (nylon washes easily by hand and dries quickly)
  • 2-8 pairs of socks.
  • PJs or a long T-shirt*
  • Jacket or vest - We will be traveling throughout Ecuador through various climates and different elevations, you will need something to keep you warm in some circumstances (cloud forests, sea breezes at the beach, etc.)
  • Bandana*
  • Baseball cap* or brimmed hat*
  • Mesh bag for wet clothes
  • Rain gear* (you may need this immediately on arrival)


  • Razor*
  • Toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Brush or comb*
  • Deodorant/Antiperspirant*
  • Towel
  • Washcloth
  • Tampons
  • Toilet paper*
  • Cosmetics*

Books & Maps:

  • Besides a good map and guidebook you might want to pick up a bird book.


  • Money belt or passport pendant-somewhere to carry your documents.
  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Money, credit/debit card, traveler’s checks.
  • Insurance card and contact information.
  • Copies of your documents. Minimally a Xerox of your passport, drivers license, credit cards, airline tickets, and any reservations that you've prepaid. You need to leave a set at home in case of emergency.


  • Plastic bags – zip locks of several sizes - lots
  • A photo of your home or family
  • Your Internet log-on information
  • Address book
  • Clothesline*
  • Mosquito Netting head-cover and/or bed cover
  • Water bottle or bag*
  • Small flashlight*
  • Binoculars
  • Croakies® or other glasses retainer system for your prescription or sunglasses.
  • Pocket knife* (need not be expensive or fancy)
  • Gifts, especially small school supply type items* and small toys

Unpacking List – Things to NOT take

  • Cell phone, it does not work. Bring it if you have your addresses on it.
  • There is no point in carrying all of your keys.
  • Wallet contents- If you're going to carry your wallet, you can probably remove ¾ths of the contents.
  • Purse-Look at what's in yours to decide if you want to lug it around, and if there is anything you don't need to risk losing.
  • Sheets/Sleep sack-great for hostels in Europe, but not necessary in Central America.
  • You can leave the electric converters and plug adapters at home. The current and plugs are the same and your appliances should work just fine.