Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Things we think we need to bring....

As I said earlier, I'm a planner and list maker. One of the lists I am making is what we need to bring for our month long trip to Ecuador. Some of it is pretty basic, like computers, cameras, batteries/charegers, and clothes. Clothes that suit the weather and the culture of the area - dark pants, long-sleeved blouses and collared shirts, no shorts, warm jackets and rain gear. But there are other things, things that will come in handy and things that might not be easily available. Here are a few on the list:
  • Reusable shopping bags (My favorite are the little Chicobags that store in their own pouch, clip to your purse or belt and you're always ready. They even come in mesh for fruit and veggies.)
  • Basic OTC medications like Aleve, Pepcid-AC, Benadryl, Suda-fed and Immodium
  • Triple antibiotic cream and band-aids
  • Small pocket flashlight
  • Bug spray with DEET (hopefully we won't need it in Cuenca) and After-Bite sticks (chiggers)
  • Sunscreen and Aloe (just in case)
  • Small power strip for all our chargers (Monster MP OTG400 BK Outlets To Go 4 Outlet Travel Power Strip - This one is the size of a five dollar bill..love it and bought two of them.).
  • Folding hiking sticks (We already had these for hiking while on the motorcycles, will work great.)
  • Disposable panchos (We keep several of these on hand at all times.)
I'm sure we'll think up a few more "essentials" for the list. Can you think of any we might have missed?


  1. FYI, Benadryl, sudafed, bandaids, aleve are all readily available (don't know about Pepcid as I don't have need of that! at any pharmacy and even at the Supermaxi you can get bandaids. Bug spray is not needed in Cuenca, chiggers? only if you are out on the coastal areas, or the rainforest area like in Santo Domingo. Flashlights, sunscreen and reusable bags are a great idea to always have on hand when traveling in Ecuador. As for clothes, in Cuenca you can have chilly cold wet days and nights but also experience hot sunny days where you may want to wear shorts and tshirts. Right now I'm told by friends there that it's been raining quite a bit. Not much sun right now, but it's not always like that.

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. Not having made our first trip, you worry about finding what you need. Will be taking the OTC things off the list (other than Pepcid). And we'll bring one pair of zip-off pants giving us shorts. ;-)

  2. P.S. our countdown is 3 months plus a few weeks til we leave for Cuenca, permanently on June 1. Good luck and fair weather while you are there!

    1. So exciting!! We'll be making our decision after our visit in April. If you have a blog, let me know and I'll add it to our blog list.

  3. from what I have read, also bring a couple or more card readers for digital cameras. Way handier than looking for the appropriate cord to transfer to computer and can read several kinds of cards. I am envious of your trip!

    1. Thanks for a good tip. Fortunately since we have several cameras, we have a TON of flash cards. I wouldn't even know what cable to use. LOL!

  4. Also card to transfer digital pictures from camera to computer. Reads several kinds of cards. My understanding is that electronics in Ecuador is an expensive category. Good luck - I'm envious of your trip.


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