Ecuador Winter Break
Packing List 2019
Main Luggage: Backpack or Suitcase
You just need one or the other. Most of your flights come with a free checked bag, so you can bring either. I personally love backpacks because they are easy to lug around. I love the brands Gregory and Osprey, but they are more expensive. They last several years, so, if you plan on taking a trips in the future, I recommend making the investment! Here are my recommendations:
Day Packs are a must! Usually on trips like these, you leave all of your stuff in your main backpack or suitcase at the hostel but use a smaller bag to carry around your phone, money, raincoat, camera, water, and everything else for the day. You can use anything for this including your school backpack, purse, string gym bag, or, if you want something to not hurt your shoulders while exploring all day, here's what I use:
This bag is a little pricey, but is incredible. I can't stress how nice it is to have a good day bag over everything else. You are doing everything with it and I believe it is 100% worth the cost. It can fit so much and feels really nice on your shoulders. It also has a netted back that helps you keep the sweat away!
Here's a few other bags that I think bringing are very necessary and shouldn't cost any money.
Dirty clothes bag (can be any bag from a trash bag to a HEB bag) - needed to separate the clean from dirty clothes while traveling between places.
Ziplock bags help immensely when organizing everything and can come in handy if you ever want to pack a lunch.
This is a very hard thing to recommend, but I will do my best! I want to point that it is very easy to over pack. It's only 10 days, and there are laundry services at the 1st and 3rd hostel. It's smarter to pack less and pay a little to do laundry if you ever need to.
Three pairs of shorts
Mix of nicer shorts, like jean shorts, and athletic shorts
Girls - two pairs of Nike shorts and one pair of jean shorts
This is very important because shoes alone can cause you to over pack and have to lug around a heavy bag. To travel anywhere in world, no matter how long, I always back my Trail Runners (hiking shoes) and Chacos. You can also bring a third pair of shoes that are light and easy to pack.
Sandals or Flip Flops
This is needed for whenever you go to the hot tubs or hot springs or if you want shower shoes.
I'm a huge Chaco advocate! I think they are the best all around shoe you can own. I hike, swim, and use them for normal daily use.
Jess highly recommends bringing a pair of sandals because she always wants shower shoes.
Here is a short list of toiletries that are a must! I recommend bringing the travel size of everything to save yourself some room!
I'm a fan of the three in one, but I understand if you need all three.
This is an example of the where the travel sizes and ziploc bags come in clutch.
Optional toiletries based on what you need:
Jess recommends travel or compact sizes whatever makeup you want. She uses one travel compact that has brows, shadow, and face all in one.
A lot of activities are active, so she also recommends waterproof mascara.
There are small packs of makeup wipes in the travel size section.
Jess doesn't recommend bringing these, as they take up a lot of space.
If you do want a blow dryer, there are very small compact ones that fold up. These are a better option, but the best option is using/borrowing one at the hostel.
There will be lockers for valuable at each hostel, so, if you want to lock those up, then this is needed :)
Not gonna lie, this is a great place for any action cam
I personally use an older version of the Sony Action Cam.
Most places in South America don't take credit or debit cards. Cash is something you must have for everything.
Ecuador uses US Dollars as their currency, so there is no need to get a different currency!
Although you don't want to carry a lot of cash around, it's a hassle and costly to pull money out of an ATM. I recommend bringing more cash than you probably need to be on the safe side.
These are great to assure that no one is going to take your valuables.
Jess uses them, and you can wear them under your shirt. She says it helps her keep track of her IDs, phone, and money.