Planning a trip to Ecuador? Time to start getting ready! One of the most important things is to determine what you'll be taking with you for your journey. We've put together a clear and comprehensive packing list for you. This way, you'll be well-prepared and won't forget anything.
Ecuador has a tropical climate, with consistently high temperatures throughout the year and minimal temperature variations. Ecuador experiences different rainy seasons depending on the region, but for most areas, it falls between November and May. However, rain can occur outside of these periods, especially in the Amazon, where a heavy downpour can happen at any time of the year.
In the Andes, temperatures are significantly lower due to the altitude. It's highly recommended to bring layered clothing for these regions. When traveling through Ecuador, you wouldn't want to miss these areas.
During a journey across Ecuador, you'll definitely encounter rain and experience lower temperatures in high-altitude areas. Therefore, packing rain gear and layered clothing is always advisable for your trip.
The first choice you have to make when you go on a trip is whether you opt for a suitcase or a backpack. There are advantages to both, and the best choice depends on your travel itinerary, the activities you'll be doing, but mostly on your personal preference.
The biggest advantage of a backpack compared to a suitcase is that you can carry it on your back. In Ecuador, you won't always find good sidewalks and paved roads, especially when traveling to more remote places outside of major cities, so a backpack can be the obvious choice. On the other hand, traveling with a suitcase is much more comfortable. You don't have to carry a suitcase on your back, making it more relaxed for longer walks.
An important difference is that a suitcase is heavier than a backpack. With a suitcase, you quickly reach the maximum weight for checked baggage. A backpack can be packed heavier, but it often has less space than a suitcase.
A backpack offers a lot of flexibility, but in most places, you can travel just fine with a suitcase. For example, in locations with only unpaved roads, you can usually take a taxi. It may be challenging to move your suitcase only in places where there are no taxis and no paved roads. So, consider your route carefully and choose what's best for you.
We often travel with our Eastpak travel bags. These have all the benefits of a suitcase, but they are essentially wheeled bags. This results in a lower weight than a suitcase, allowing you to bring more.
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