One of the biggest questions the students asked was, "what should I pack?" Here are some things that I find helpful, since we are limited to the number of bags we can take to the Galapagos Islands (1 40 lb. bag and a carry on):
-light-weight clothes that will dry easily (if it rains or you hand wash clothes)
-good walking/hiking shoes
-rain jacket and/or umbrella
-water bottle; one with a built-in filter is best
-hat and sunglasses
-toiletries (think about sharing with your roommate, to help with space in your bag) - REMEMBER the size limit for your carry-on bag (3 oz size that will fit in a zip-lock bag)
-extra plastic "grocery store" bags to carry wet or dirty clothes (large zip-lock bags work, too)
-sunscreen (at least 50 SPF)
-bug spray (the travel health dr. recommended Ultrathon lotion by 3M)
-prescription medication in the original bottle, including malaria meds
-over the counter medication (ibuprofen, Tylenol, Immodium, etc).
-phone/camera chargers (they use the same outlet plugs as in the US)
-extra memory card (for phone/camera)
-field journal and pencil/pen
-snacks for the bus/plane rides
Those are all of the things that I can think of right now. Below are a couple of pictures of what we might see on our trip (taken from 2012 trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos.
See you Friday!