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Cuba > What to Wear?

Heightened Airport Restrictions

Due to heightened restrictions at all airports, visit for the Transportation Security Administration´s (TSA) recommendations on what to wear to the airport, and make the start of your Vamos Expeditions trip as trouble-free as possible.

Functional Tips: Dressing for the Weather

You will experience a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. Our list suggests several layers of clothing, so you can adjust to warmer and cooler conditions.

You’ll want fairly good-quality rain gear for your jungle visit. Most of your clothing can be made of cotton or cotton-synthetic blends. If you like to hand-wash your clothes, bring socks and underwear made of silk, synthetics, or a cotton-synthetic blend that will dry out overnight. You can buy clothing designed especially for travel.

Style Hints

Dress on our trip is functional and casual. It is not necessary to bring nice dresses.
Your clothes should be somewhat conservative, in respect of South America’s traditional culture. Also, look for clothes that offer adequate sun protection.

Suggested Clothing

The following list was compiled by our Trip Leaders in Ecuador, with many suggestions from past South America travelers. You will need every item, except those listed as optional. You won’t need much else, and you won´t have room for much else in your duffel.

All Season

• Short-sleeved cotton shirts* – 5 or 6. Polo-style shirts are more versatile than T-shirts.
• Long-sleeved cotton shirts* – 3
• Trousers: two or three pairs*, comfortable and loose fitting. Avoid tight-fitting jeans.
• Walking shorts, long-cut for modesty – 2
• Underwear – 7 or 8 changes
• Light rain jacket with hood. A lightweight, waterproof/breathable jacket, such as one made from GoreTex, can do double-duty as a windbreaker
• Light wool or fleece sweater
• Polartec fleece jacket, or heavy wool sweater
• Wide-brim sun hat

Note: For the Amazon especially, it’s recommended to bring earth-colored clothing (shades of greens, browns, and grays). These colors will camouflage our presence in the jungle and afford us a better opportunity to spot monkeys and other wildlife. Use long-sleeved cotton shirts or blouses for the jungle, they protect your arms against mosquito bites.

June – October

• Light wool or fleece sweater
• Polartec jacket
• rain jacket

November – March

Light rain jacket with hood (made of breathable material)


• Light hiking boots are the best footwear for your trip. You need the ankle support of a high-topped shoe and a sole with lots of traction.
• Running or walking shoes (optional). Look for shoes with good arch support.
• Socks — seven pairs. One or two pair should be medium- to heavy-weight hiking socks.
• Sport sandals. Good brands include Tevas, Nike, Merrell, and others. This is the perfect shoe for walking around in Ecuador and for some of the walks in the Galápagos. (Please note: In the Galápagos, the shoes you wear for the water landings cannot be worn on the boat. Therefore, you may want to bring an extra pair if you plan to wear this type of sport sandal while on board.)
• Rubber boots. You need to bring a good pear of rubber boots for walks in the Cloud Forest and the Amazon rainforest.

A Packing Tip

To have a varied travel wardrobe—yet keep your luggage light—we recommend you select a color scheme and pack color-coordinated pants, shirts, skirts, sweaters, etc. that can be mixed to create different outfits.

Use your day bag / backpack as carry-on luggage for your flights. In it pack a change of clothes, camera gear, all medications, several changes of socks and underwear, and other irreplaceable or breakable items.

Visit the What to Pack section for more information on packing tips.