Saturday, July 25

Making lists and checking them a bunch of times

In preparation for the Big Scary Trip to Ecuador, I am checking and double-quadruple checking my lists. When doing my "travel research", I learned a few things about what to pack for my Ecuador journey. I discovered a great website called, Women on the Road . So far I have a Clothing List,  Travel First Aid Kit List, and a Travel Documents/Miscellaneous List. I visited the Goodwill and found a pair of cargo pants and scored a Lucky Brand red hoodie. The lodge at the Amazon will provide the rubber boots and ponchos. 

  • 2 Long sleeved cotton t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve blouses for traveling
  • 2 pair of long pants that aren't jeans
  • 1 pair cute jeans (for Andes, or town)
  • Cargo pants, 2 pair two short, one long
  • 4-5 T-shirts
  • Cotton socks, a pair per day
  • Cotton underwear 
  • Comfortable walking shoes and sandals
  • 1 Comfy hoodie (Goodwill has great stuff)
  • 1 knit beanie for the Andes (brrr..)
  • Towel (really?)
  • Small day pack - other than backpack or suitcase
  • 2 tank tops
  • 1 sweater (for layering in the Andes)
travel first aid kit, including water tablets, deet, and selfie stick
I went to the Goodwill and found a great Lucky Brand hoodie, the olive purse with zippers inside and out, and the awesome red shoulder bag. I will use the red bag as a carry on purse, in which I'll stash my REAL purse. I want to avoid checking in luggage if possible. Traveling as light as I can. 

the hoodie will be my jacket for the Andes, which
I can also layer with a sweater and long sleeve t shirt.

To the right is my collection pile. When I think of something I might need, I add it to my "pile area". Notice the beige money belt, the olive light weight day pack, and my water-proof sketcher sandals with the anti-smell and bacteria feature. The purple make-up bag will carry the first aid stuff. And my malaria pills, extreme-traveling-diarrhea pills (god I hope I won't need those!)and altitude sickness pills. I have a waterproof map of Ecuador in my pile, too. And I won't forget my Moon travel guide to Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, by Ben Westwood. It's been my bible lately. Lots of good info, and it was published more recently than other books I've seen. He lives there and I think he knows what he's talking about. I discovered his book on a website about traveling in Ecuador, listing the top 13 travel guidebooks. Click here to check it out.

Happy Gringo Travel is a great website for booking tours to the Amazon and various tours around the city of Quito. Our trip to the Amazon was booked through them. I will wrap up this session with the disclaimer posted on Happy Gringo's website:

NOTE - an unavoidable element of any visit to the rainforest is contact with bugs and creepy crawlies - this applies to both simple and luxury lodges alike, and may involve insects inside your room. If this does not sound like something you would like to sign up for then a trip to the rainforest is probably not for you.

What the bloody hell did I sign up for?


Laura Moe said...

Can't wait to read about the journey.

deborah said...

thanks for your comment. I'm putting together a travel art kit type thing too.