General Style Tips
- When you're traveling around in Ecuador, it's best to dress in layers that can be shed as the day really heats up. light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours – even after prolonged wear.
- Ensure you bring a versatile travel jacket. We love the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket because it has over 23 pockets, removable sleeves and RFID protection.
- Due to its location Quito can be cooler than surrounding areas and again layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.
- If you plan on visiting an upscale restaurant in Quito, then pack a smarter outfit – it's not essential but you will fit in and feel more comfortable.
- Once you are outside of large cities like Quito and Guayaquil you really have to be sure you take everything you need including sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), insect/mosquito repellent, adapter plugs and converters for electrical appliances.
What Shoes To Pack
- Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime as there are loads of cobbled streets, plus religious sites and museums with wooden floors (try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
Clothing Tips for Women
- Leave your valuables at home, you really won't need them. Some simple costume jewelry can add interest if you need it.
- A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.
Clothing Tips for Men
- For versatile and stylish casual wear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts and polos.
- For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack for the Weather
- The rainy season is January, February, March, April and May; pack a lightweight raincoat. It only needs to be light as the temperature will still be warm. A travel umbrella can be handy too.
- The dry season runs through June, July, August and September – pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes for these times.
- 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
- Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle.
- A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, 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.
- Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee – it protects against loss, theft and damage and is especially useful in busy cities or when trekking.
- A microfiber travel towel is another great item to pack – these are designed specifically for travel: they fold really small so don't take up much room, and they dry really quickly too.
- 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 (120V).
- 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! An alpaca hoodie or alpaca socks are beautifully soft and warm, and come in a range of Andean designs. Look too for coffee and chocolate. But do not buy anything made with animal parts, including bird feathers, as this supports the killing of wildlife for souvenirs.