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Travel in Ecuador Packing Tips

Are you getting ready to travel in Ecuador?  Deciding what clothes to pack and what bags to bring may seem trivial, but choosing the right travel bags makes all the difference in the world.  We came to Ecuador in January of 2011 and planned to travel around the country for six months. We never did anything like that before and  we needed the right gear!  In our opinion, these bags  and travel clothing proved to be the best for travel in Ecuador and exceeded our expectations.  Keeping it light and simple helped us to be mobile, ready to move out and catch that plane or that bus! We eventually settled in Bahia de Caraquez and have been living in Ecuador full time since we made that first trek.

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Demonstrating the computer sleeve

Best Bags for travel

Miriam wearing the back pack/rolling bag

Easy Travel In Ecuador

We didn’t want to chance having luggage lost or misplaced.  We also wanted to keep an eye on everything because safety is an issue so we chose a two part luggage system from REI.  When flying, one piece goes in the overhead and the backpack fits under the seat in front of you.   It’s a combination back pack and rolling suitcase.  They zipper together as one piece or can be separated.  The brand we chose was Osprey.  You can wear the backpack and pull the suitcase behind you.  It has a strong collapsible handle for easy maneuvering, even on escalators. I can’t say enough about how well these bags served us….we were more than pleased with the super functionality and quality of these travel bags.

Travel Packing Tips

Only two bags or 6 months? Yes, we only had the 2 piece backpack/carry-on for each of us and yes, we got all our stuff in these two bags!    Once on the ground, we truly only needed a few changes of clothing.  For the cooler temperatures in cities like Cuenca, Cotacachi and Quito, we did the layering thing, adding layers and wool socks to stay warm. Then we peeled them off as we came to the coast! We went with light weight quick drying clothes especially designed for travel. We could not have done it with regular jeans and T-shirts. We can’t say enough good things about these Osprey bags.  They are the bomb!  They’re expensive but worth every penny.  Like everything else from REI, they carry a full, no questions asked, money back guarantee. Our bags even had a built in computer sleeve, and because we both planned to carry our laptops, that was a big deal.

Travel In Ecuador Accessories

You should pack a flashlight.  I chose a small 6’’ metal, high powered LED flashlight that has a strobe feature.  The strobe can be used for personal protection as a deterrent to disorient an attacker.  Get a good map of Ecuador while you’re in the states.  Good maps are hard to come by here and are usually found only in the larger cities of Ecuador.  You can also buy portable, hand held GPS devices.   A lightweight rain jacket or poncho is also recommended.  Don’t forget sunscreen.  You are much closer to the sun here and a terrible sunburn can ruin your fun!  Sunscreen tends to be expensive here, so bring some with you.

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Take the Plunge! Buy your tickets, pack your bags and travel in Ecuador to see for yourself!  We have only scratched the surface on planning for the big trip but I hope this is inspirational and encouraging.  We chose REI  for our travel gear for several reasons.  They have great stuff and their customer service policies are the best in the business.  We are both big fans!   We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Dave & I connect your dream to the reality of living in Ecuador by helping you find the perfect property for sale in Ecuador or Ecuador properties for rent.

You can book an appointment to talk directly with us one on one, or call toll free from the US 804-858-4289. Within Ecuador Contact Dave at 098-285-6951 or Miriam at 098-289-6208.

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Dave & Miriam moved to Ecuador in January of 2011 & have been helping expats make the transition to living abroad as smooth as possible ever since. If you are looking to rent or buy in Ecuador be sure to contact us. We promise to tell it all...the good, the bad and the ugly! Call from the US 804-858-4289; from Ecuador 098-289-6208 for Miriam or 098-285-6951 for Dave. Email us at info@EcuadorPropertyConsultants.com.

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3 Responses to Travel in Ecuador Packing Tips & More

  1. Angie says:

    Loving the blog. Thanks for all the great advice.

  2. Marty Tondreau says:

    Hello Dave and Miriam
    I have been getting your news letters for about a year now and I think my wife and I are ready to come to Equador to look for a possible ocean front home any recommendations as to travel or stay we will out of Los Angeles. I would prefer not to book blind. Thank you

    • Dave & Miriam says:

      Yes, come on down! Where are you from? Here is a list of lodging possibilities.Here are some suggestions for Hotels/hostels in Bahia:

      1.)Buenavista Place-recently renovated and nicely appointed with private spacious bath. Rooms run about $40-80 depending on high season rates. Centrally located.
      land line 05-269-1723 or 05-269-2400
      Vladir owner/manager 098-876-8848 He speaks English.
      Jose Cox owner/manager 099-491-4100. He speaks English.

      2.) Hotel Patricios- contact Elisa Mora elisamora77@hotmail.com (Elisa cell 099-517-5052) This is a brand new hotel…runs about $100- $125 per night. Here is a video….from our Face Book site.

      3.) La Peidra-ocean front, restaurant, http://www.hotellapiedra.com.ec 052-690-780 Cell phone 098-073[-427. Rooms run about $70-120.
      Reservations: operaciones@hotellapiedra.com.ec

      4.) La Heradurra Hotel -ocean front, we stayed here for two nights when arriving to Bahia….loved it’s old fashioned charm. hotelherradura@hotmail.com 052-690-446-local land line. Some rooms run $40…some $120, depending on the season.

      5.)Bahia B & B- make reservations through ecuavacation.com. Contact David or Sophie at (593) 5 269 1880 This is a new and clean B & B near the shopping mall…a 5 minute walk into the center of Bahia, or take a $2 taxi. Rooms run $20-$40.

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