The climate in the Galapagos Islands
is equatorial, cooled by the Humboldt Current, and is characterized by two main seasons: the warm, wet season (January to April) and the cool, dry season (May to December). Keep in mind that between June to November, the weather can be cool and the water quite cold despite its proximity to the Equator.
Suggested Packing List:
Must - Haves:
- Two refillable water bottles (fill up before you leave each day)
- Day bag ( important for carrying sun block, water bottles, snacks and change of shoes)
- Work Gloves. This will come in use when pulling plants for the service project.
- Passport. Must be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date from Ecuador.
- Short-sleeved shirts
- Rain coat (light weight, water resistant)
- A warm sweatshirt / fleece (it can get cool at night especially during the Southern Hemisphere winter)
- Gym / sportswear (for nature walks / service)
- Long pants that dry well (not jeans – for the volunteer project)
- Undergarments & socks
- Bathing suits (we recommend at least two so one is always dry)
- Hat & handkerchief / bandana (lots of sun!)
- One pair of flip flops / closed-toed shoes that can get wet (ideally with a sturdy bottom for disembarking boats on slippery surfaces)
- One pair of tennis shoes (these are for hiking/day-to-day activities)
Bath / Personal:
- Personal medication
- Prescription sea sickness pills or patch (“sea bands” are recommended)
- Dramamine (we spend lots of time on the sea)
- Glasses / contacts / contact solution
- Personal toiletries
- Bug spray
- Snorkel gear is provided during time on boats. If you want to snorkel outside of the scheduled times in the itinerary, you can bring your own gear to snorkel off the beach. For children, an “easy snorkel” may be a good idea to bring.
- Books and/or magazines
- Watch or small alarm clock
- Light day bag or pack (small backpack would be ideal)
- Sunglasses, particularly if you’re sensitive to sunlight
- Personal snacks that you may need or crave (such as granola bars or power bars).
- Disposable camera, film camera or digital camera - and film or memory card(s) for digital camera
- Beach towel
Discover Corps Provides:
- Linens / blankets
- Hand soap
*We advise that you should bring enough lightweight clothes to avoid having to do laundry during the trip.
*You will not need a power adapter in Ecuador. Plugs are the same as in the U.S. with 120V.