What to Wear in Galapagos

Hiking in the Galapagos

Hiking in the Galapagos

Touring the Galapagos by boat, September

Touring the Galapagos by boat, September

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General Style Tips

  • Leave your glamorous clothes at home, and take casual skirts or pants, t-shirts, and a fleece for the cooler nights.
  • A trip to The Galapagos is likely to involve at least a short cruise by boat, stopping off to enjoy the different islands during the day and sailing to your next site overnight.
  • Swimwear is a must for sunbathing on board as you travel from island to island, and for dips to cool off or swim with turtles, sea lions etc...
  • And wear good sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • There is no need to dress for dinner at the Captain's Table on these boats.

What Shoes To Pack

  • For walking on volcanic sand or scrambling over rocks take sturdy but lightweight shoes that can cope with getting wet - rubber soles will also help to stop you from slipping.
  • The beaches are often stunning but the chances are you will be sharing them with seals and seal poo! So beach or dive shoes are a good idea.
  • We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range of sandals - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • If you do want to add a little sparkle in the evenings, some simple accessories or costume jewelry will be fine.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, or keep you warm when it gets chilly.
  • And a sarong is a great idea - it works as a cover-up during the day or a skirt at night.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • It's going to be hot whatever time of year you visit, although in June, July, August, September and October it is slightly cooler.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • As the boats are all small and have limited space to accommodate luggage, our advice is to pack light. A soft-sided rucksack will be more practical than a hard suitcase, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your bag with a fold away day sack that will carry your essentials on day trips.
  • You will need to ensure that you pack everything you need as you will struggle to buy things there. So remember your sunscreen, insect/mosquito repellent, toiletries, small first aid kit,  electrical chargers, etc.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step up voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (110V).
  • A microfiber travel towel is another great item to pack - these are designed specifically for travel: they fold really small so you can take a larger size and they dry really quickly too.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle to avoid wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage, and gives great peace of mind when you're out on the water. A solar powered charger can be useful too, as a back-up for your battery which may run down quickly if you use your phone to take photos.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Shopping is at a premium in The Galapagos with prices to match, but if you buy gifts from the Charles Darwin Research Station the profits will go back to help fund the research.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.