Normally, I am the complete opposite of a minimalist packer. I always seem to somehow bring too much stuff. This time, I was determined to fit everything I need into a carry-on and get rid of everything I didn’t need. Here is my Ecuador Packing List including what I wish I brought, what I didn’t need, and some awesome gear suggestions.
Some things to keep in mind: I would be splitting my time between Guayaquil and Cuenca, two completely different climates. Guayaquil is near the coast, very humid, and VERY hot. There is little to no AC in Guayaquil meaning that the temperature, even inside, was 80-89 degrees Fahrenheit.
On the other hand, Cuenca sits at a minimum of 7000ft in altitude. This, combined with traveling in June (their winter), meant that the average temperature in Cuenca was 65 degrees during the day and could drop into the upper 40’s/low 50’s at night.
Successfully packing for both climates is what made this a tight squeeze. Also, I did laundry once during the trip.
What I Brought
Below is my Ecuador Packing List for everything that I brought. I tried to link as many of the items as possible so that you can find them for yourselves if you want to!
Packing Related Items
- Carry-On Bag: Osprey Far Point 40L – I love this bag specifically because it zips open all the way so that you can open it like a suitcase instead of a backpack, much more efficient for constantly getting things out of it.
- Day Pack: Osprey Collapsible Day Pack
- Compression Packing Cubes (Like packing cubes but they make everything even MORE compact!!!)
Ecuador Packing List: Clothing
- 1 Capri Legging
- 2 Leggings
- 1 Pair of Black Jeans
- 2 Sleep Shorts
- 1 Pair Athletic Shorts
- 9 Pairs of underwear (Always excessive)
- 5 Shirts
- 1 Cardigan
- 2 Over-shirts (For Layering)
- 1 Tank Top
- 1 Sports Bra
- 4 Pairs of Socks
- 1 Bralette
- 1 Jacket
- Doc Martens 🙂 (My go to shoes in Cuenca where it is cold, not in Guayaquil. DO NOT WEAR THESE SHOES IN GUAYAQUIL. It is far too hot.
- 1 Pair running shoes
- 1 pair flip flops
- Hair brush
- Small bottle of Mario Bedascu cream for my skin (game changer)
- Minimum makeup for nights out- concealer, mascara, one eyeshadow single in my favorite color
- Hand sanitizer
- Ibuprofen- Don’t go anywhere without it
- Blister Bandaids (since I always have blisters on my feet) I also ALWAYS take these with me since you never know how much you’ll be walking
- Tooth paste
- Mini-sized shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment (being fake blonde means dead hair if you don’t take care of it)
- Quick Drying towel– Perfect for hostels or packing it on the go
- Tweezers (My eyebrows get out of hand very quickly)
- Makeup Remover
Extras in my Ecuador Packing List:
- Bullet Journal/Pens and Actual Journal- I spend a lot of time thinking about improving my life so having both of these items with me helps me be my best self.
- 1 Book
- Large scarf that Eric brought me from Israel- There are many reasons behind this, it makes a beautiful scarf, it can be used a privacy screen in a hostel when hung from the bunk above you, and it can be used as a blanket
- Deck of Cards
- 2 TSA Locks for Hostels- to keep your stuff safe
- Silk Sleep Liner for Hostel- this means that you will always know that what you are sleeping in is clean
- Charging Tower– honestly a game changer for how quickly I can recharge everything
- Bluetooth Headphones
- Neck Pillow for travel
- Sleeping Mask
- Camera Charger
- Mini Tripod
What Eric Brought to Me Later Because I Wished I Had Brought It
- Hydrocortisone Cream (I got bit by ants, a lot of them)
- The Drone
- The Drone Charger
Things I Dumped Before I Left
- My Second Book
- My Amazon Fire (I wish I had brought it though)
- 3 Extra shirts
- One extra pair of pants
- Some extra skincare products