- Sunscreen. Because the Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator, the sun is very strong. You will most likely be spending a lot of time outside on land tours and beaches so your skin will be exposed on a daily basis. We highly recommend you bring a sunscreen with a high SPF, especially for those people who are not accustomed to being exposed to such intense sunrays. You do not want to get burned on the first day and not enjoy the rest of the trip!
- Camera with lots of film or memory space, batteries and charger. The beauty of the Galapagos Islands and the abundance of wildlife will have you snapping photos at every turn. However many photographs you expect to take, multiply that by ten. There will be photograph opportunities that you may never have again so be sure you are prepared.
- Travel documents. You definitely do not want to forget your passport (and visa, if it is required). Your passport must be valid for six months after your return, i.e. your expiration date must be at least six months later than your travel dates. You should also bring a color copy of your passport to carry with you at all times. Check with your embassy for questions regarding visas, passports, and other travel documents.
- Extra cash. There may be costs that you will have to pay in cash, such as the Galapagos Park Entrance Fee, Transit Control Card fee, and an airport exit fee (leaving Ecuador). You will also need cash for tipping your guide and crew at the end of your cruise and for buying souvenirs on the islands. You will have access to ATM machines but as a backup we also recommend bringing a debit card, some extra cash and a credit card.
- Hiking/water shoes. For land excursions during your Galapagos cruise you will be transferred from the cruise ship to the islands by panga ride (dinghy boats). Often this requires a wet landing, so we recommend dry/wet strap on sandals (Tiva style) that you would also feel comfortable walking in. Some excursions are dry landings with hikes, so you should also bring hiking or tennis shoes. Keep in mind that you will be exposed to sand, dirt, and salt water that may damage footwear, so you may not want to bring new shoes.
- Sweater or jacket. The Galapagos Islands are located on the Equator and therefore the weather can be quite warm during the day. However, nights can be chilly, especially aboard on the sundeck while the boat is moving, causing a slight breeze. You will definitely want a jacket or sweater to wear in the evenings.
- Motion sickness medication. Many people experience motion sickness aboard the yachts. Bigger boats and catamarans tend to be more stable, however, much of the navigation on any cruise takes place at night and some people are quite susceptible to this motion. There are medications to avoid this miserable feeling; if you believe you will experience sea sickness we recommend talking with your doctor before the trip to determine what kind of remedy suits you.