What to Bring

Be Prepared

Critical Items:

  • Passport
  • Vaccination record
  • Prescription drugs
  • backup prescription glasses or contacts

Tip:  Pack Lightly! Think of everything you might want to bring, then cut that list in half, then cut it in half again.

Disclaimer:  The program is not responsible for any items that are lost or stolen during the trip. Bring any expensive electronics or gear at your own risk.

  • one or two sweaters (Quito and other cities in the Andes get quite cool at night (45 F)
  • one set of “dressy” clothing for visits to hospitals and other institutions and for events and meetings.
  • Clothing for long hikes and vehicular travel (long sleeve shirts recommended for field work; fast dry trousers & shirts recommended)
  • T-shirts
  • Hat (a good wide rim hat is a must!)
  • Rain gear (light poncho)
  • Hiking boots (comfortable, break them in before the trip)
  • Bathing suit
  • Flip flop sandals (to use around a pool or in the shower)
  • For participants doing the clinical components: Clothing appropriate for a hospital/clinic setting including scrubs, and lab coat.
  • For Biologists, lab techs and microbiologists, bring a lab coat.
  • For medical students and professionals, bring your own examination kit and stethoscope.
  • One flashlight plus extra batteries
  • Personal first aid kit (antifungal powder, Neosporin, Band-Aids, Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol, prescription medicines (copies of critical prescriptions with generic composition)
  • Water bottle - Big enough to serve your needs, but not too big, so it will be difficult to handle. Label bottle clearly with your name.
  • Insect repellent (~20% DEET recommended; 100% DEET is NOT recommended)
  • Pocket knife (in checked luggage)
  • Small notebook to keep as journal
  • Ziploc bags (mix of sizes, e.g. large one to keep journal in)
  • Please limit luggage to one medium piece that can be locked to take to the field. A larger suitcase could be stored in our lab in Quito.
  • Small backpack for vehicular travel and hikes.
  • Ecuador guidebook
  • Spanish language guide (calculator-type useful too)
  • Sun block (High PF recommended)
  • Hand sanitizer gel (in checked luggage)
  • Large garbage bags for dirty/wet clothes.
  • Travel Kleenex (can be good back-up toilet paper!)
  • An emergency pair of glasses/contacts and a copy of your eye prescription
  • Drivers License (just in case)
  • Money belt and/or concealed money/passport bag (A must!)
  • MONEY for personal use- bring mostly low denomination bills ($1 to $20) in good condition (no tears, not too wrinkled, no writing on them
  • Laptop - at your own risk.
  • MP3 Player --  do not bring anything that you are not willing to lose. 
  • Camera & extra memory and extra batteries and/or charger -- do not bring anything that you are not willing to lose.
  • Binoculars (for bird watching)

page updated: March 18, 2016