hello,hello to all , so your going to south america yes and you’re wondering what you should do, bring , or maybe not bring? Here are a few tips I think might be useful if you’re planing on coming to Ecuador specifically
But before we get started lets assume your coming to appreciate the nature, and general beauty of the country , and that you are neither too high maintenance or annoying so as to creat any stereotypes that might make traveling difficult for the rest of us ,ok? good, let’s get started
WHAT TO BRING
¿First of how much roughing will you be doing?, if your camping or back packing hopefully your looking for some one with more first hand knowledge than me , i´m a hostel conosuer , on that note hostels¨take on new light in south america the price may range from 7-31 dollars usd. and may or may not include towels, soap, hot water or private bath usually though the higher price ¨hostels¨ now include amenities that would make a hotel blush in inadequacy, so before anything ask, or at least read amenities should be listed outside near the name of the hostel
1. a small towel, preferably thin and very absorbent ,i´m a big fan of the sham wow but whatever, whether you’re at the beach or you just need to absolutely know who dried what, with what, a personal towel is a is a must
2.pack light , most hotels , or hostels will not have an elevator, and you should be able to carry all , or at least most of your luggage , generally I would say, pack half of what you think you need and bring twice the money you were going to bring.
cotton is your friend,
- a coat for misty or wet weather is helpful as well as galoshes if your going to be needing to be walking around much, although they are fairly cheap( 6-10 usd) plastic flip-flops work as well at keeping the cuties off if your shower floor seems suspect
- bring smaller bills , and gold dollars they are more durable and change is hard to come by , not to mention annoying if you’re in line and the clerk has to run next door to break a twenty … stinking capitalist
- for those with longer hair a scrunchy, or boby pins
3. There are a few things here that are more expensive due to import costs, that you would be better off bringing from home in a small travel size container, if traveling with friends I would recommend that 1, you each only bring a suite case small enough to be considered ¨carry on¨ not so much for the planes but the buses that you usually need to take getting wherever there are no flights ,
2. Use the buddy system to your advantage and pack all the things that you need that are cheaper, back home , but wont make it through customs as a carry on * and pack it in one suitecase, and check that in,as well as any bags you don’t want to carry on the first leg of your flight ,I just like to have my stuff with me at all times .
3. keep your passport with you at all times , you want to be able to get back home and if you have no papers that becomes very difficult
4, ask for the prices of taxis, before you get in , and if possible have the hostel call a driver they know and trust
5. food prices vary, anywhere from .50 for an empanadas, to 10.00-20.00 usd for a three coarse meal , mostly though i can get a breakfast(desayuno) for about 2usd and lunch or even a full lunch (almuerso; a set menu) for about 2.50usd at a local comedore although street food is a personal fave and for the price can’t be beat, people with germ issues should avoid, i´ve never had any issues but they are selling food that tha occasionally may be touched with human hands so you know use common sense.
* I have found this stuff a little more expensive here than in the states so you might just as well bring your own
- contact solution, hard to find as well
lotion,although the weather improves your skin
clothes,sweaters, pants , swim wear
-shoes, especially dressy shoes or boots, even pay less is up here
-tampons ,since they’re so rough on the septic ´systems and pose a health risk to water systems ,they are generally not sold in stores , women are asked not to flush them ever .
-any kind of toner, or face wash that has been imported or anything that helps control acne
-anything for a baby
- coffee, most is instant unless you ask for cafe tinto, or you at a coffee specialty store, most of the countries beans are exported the rest are burned to a crisp,a few brands are pretty good though but if you don´t have time to shop around bring your own grind and ask if the hostel will let you make it there
6. minimize the amount of jewelry you bring if any
7. be sure to bring a water bottle you can fill up, avoid plastic if you can
8. a pillow case girls know why( keeps your skin fresher jic), but you can also carry dirty clothes in it if you need
9. good socks , girls might even want to bring some tights, the footless kind,as they are th thin and help with soo many things
10. a book, an i pod, and a digital camera, if you can , I prefer the kind you can charge as opposed to batteries, but i take about 500 pics a week, if you have a batteries camera get good lithium batteries wich should last you about 600pics and in here they run about 10.usd shop accordingly