||Packing for Ecuador
will get more detailed and specific information a few weeks before your
program. However, here is some general advice to get you thinking.
- Backpacks are more useful than suitcases
- Never ever leave your passport or money in your check-in luggage.
program alumni. If you wish to speak to one, please get in touch with
us and we can provide you with the contact information of a past
(No Cheesy Crap!!!!, No Dollar Shop Stuff)
- ESL INFO (learning English sets).
- Maps / atlas.
- Stuffed animals (in a can).
- Multicolored leaves.
- Coin sets.
- Stamp sets.
- Maple syrup / maple sugar / candies.
- Canadian music / Susin Aglullark, Ashley Macisaak).
- Roots Canadian articles (scarf).
- Native articles (totem poles, dolls).
- Books of Canadian Photography.
- Books by Canadian Authors (children).
- TY Canadian Bears.
for 7 days is a good guide (7 pairs of underwear, socks, shirts, 3
pairs of pants). But a note, it might be difficult to find large size
clothing in Ecuador.
1 dressy outfit, be it for an invitation to a wedding or your country's
consulate. Sleeveless is not appropriate everywhere.
your passport, it is handy to bring your citizenship card or birth
certificate. These will be extremely useful should you lose your
some US cash on hand with you. It is very useful to have some in small
denominations such as $1 or $5. In Ecuador, it is very hard to find
change for denominations larger than a $5 in small restaurants, buses
and corner stores.
sure you have emergency contact numbers and addresses on a handy sheet
or small phone book that you carry with you at all times. It should
include the Ecuadorian support staff, host family, your local
consulate, health insurance, credit card companies, parents, and your
country's contact staff.
- Sun block is expensive in Ecuador and can be hard to find, especially in rural areas.
- Easy dry towel
First Aid Kit
is often better to make up your own kit and put in exactly what you
need. You can carry everything is a small waterproof case such as
- Disinfectant/antibiotic cream
repellant (in Quito or other large urban centers in the Andes, this is
not needed. However, if you are on the coast, in the orient or in rural
areas, you will need it)
- A swiss army knife is always useful (preferably with a small flashlight)
- A dictionary!
- We do not recommend that you bring your own cell phone. It is relatively cheap to purchase
a cell phone in Ecuador
||Packing for Machilla National Park
coming to Ecuador, you will probably spend some time in the beautiful
Machalilla National Park. Here is a list of suggestions of what to
- Bathing Suit
- Good Walking Shoes
- Mosquito Repellent
- Sun Screen
- A sweater... yes, a sweater, the night can get cold
- Water Bottle(s) (1 litre minimum content)
- Rain Jacket or Umbrella
- Long Sleeve Shirt (protection from the sun)
- Compact Luggage
- Extra Film and Batteries
- Binoculars (optional)
- Snorkelling equipment (if you have it)
- Your passport
- Money in small denominations bills plus coins (it is a bit difficult to get change)
Please, DO NOT bring a cellular phone from your country, it is too expensive to use it in Ecuador, you will be charged for an international phone call each time you use it even though it could be a local phone call; it is better to buy a cellular phone in Ecuador; you can easily find a cellular phone for US $ 50.oo or less.