You’ll want comfortable shoes, a couple of swimsuits and, of course, plenty of sunscreen. But to really get the most out of your Galápagos trip, the editors at The Wirecutter, a product review website owned by The New York Times Company, recommend a few extras:
Snorkeling gear: Some tours provide snorkeling sets, but the U.S. Divers Lux Snorkel Set is a high-quality budget pick that’s compact enough to pack.
Day pack: Tucking a packable day pack like the L.L. Bean Stowaway into your larger luggage takes up almost no space, yet insures you have comfortable backpack to carry water, snacks and gear on day trips.
Sun hat: The Galápagos are notoriously sunny, so you’ll want protection beyond a regular dose of sunscreen. A proper sun hat, like the Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Hat will protect your neck and shoulders in addition to your face.
Camera: If you want to upgrade from your phone, the Nikon Coolpix B700 superzoom camera offers 60x zoom so you can get close up shots of creatures without scaring them away. For those who want to capture the action of diving, hiking and snorkeling, try the waterproof GoPro Hero5 Black action camera
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