Things to wear and pack for a day tour

A guide on what to wear and pack 

Andes – Galapagos – Amazon

You will have a lot these days in Latin America.

Days where you leave your Hotel, Lodge, or Hacienda, do loads of activities, and return exhausted and happy in the evening.

You want to travel light on the excursions, so here are a few tips to stay flexible and efficient. We tell you what is an absolute must-have in your backpack.

So, here is what you definitely need to wear and pack!

In general


  • A backpackWith a volume of around 20 litres, light-weight and simple
  • Small waterproof bagFor everything that shouldn’t get wet
  • A water bottle Filled
  • Some kind of identificationID, passport
  • MoneyFor those in-between beers, souvenirs or tips
  • Tissues
  • Band-Aids For blisters and cuts
  • Sunscreen We would always carry SPF 50, reef-friendly
  • HatWith a wide brim
  • Phone / Camera
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket knifeOr Multitool
  • Raincoat


Dress in order to change as fast as the weather up here. Long pants, and layers for sunny, cloudy, and rainy days. Wear and pack wisely!

A windbreaker and raincoat/poncho. Good hiking shoes.

For higher altitudes also gloves and a woolly hat, maybe trekking poles.


Here it depends on where you go for the day: activities at the sea, the highlands, or both.

A bathing suit, a small towel, and easy-drying clothes are necessary for the sea. 

Water shoes, for wearing on the boat, and for those rocky seabeds really come in handy. A waterproof camera or case for your phone.

On longer hikes, a raincoat is useful in the highlands, especially on Isabela island.

When it comes to photographing wildlife, a camera with a wide-range zoom lens is an excellent tool.


Rubber boots and a rain poncho are usually provided by the lodges, so two things less you have to think about.

Long pants are suggested here, stuffed in your boots for walks in the rainforest.

Mosquito repellent is a must throughout the day, especially at dawn or dusk.

Also, spray the mosquito net above your bed with repellent to avoid visitors slipping through holes during the night. There are even special repellents for textiles that function longer.


…we really can’t stress this enough: Wear and pack sunscreen!

The sun is powerful around the equator, combined with high altitudes or the open sea. Even if it’s cloudy, you can get burned! 

Use a high SPF (we suggest 50), apply it in the morning, and repeat during the day. You won’t regret that, but you would definitely regret a sunburn!

“Just in case” is the curse of packing. 

– Alexandra Potter / Author

Disclaimer: This is all from personal experience by your trusted travel advisors at Terra Sur Travels. The list is not complete, but we are doing our very best!

If you feel like we are missing something essential, please let us know at [email protected].

Thank you and safe travels!!!


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