Adventure in Ecuador: Travel Light, but Wander Far
Packing can be a daunting task, especially when traveling to a country that experiences all four seasons in one day.
On my recent week-long trek to Ecuador, Athleta covered all of my travel needs and prepared me for the rainy mornings, blazin’ hot afternoons, and chilly evenings.
Packing light is key. Whether you’re staying in a 5-star hotel or a hostel, having less to haul around keeps you mobile and ready for anything, especially in an adventurous country like Ecuador. Athleta has easily become my favorite athleisure brand for travel, because their apparel can be worn more and washed less. Who wants to do laundry on vacay anyways? #Nobody
Here’s a snapshot of what I packed:
Pack the Essentials
Everything I packed was quick-drying, light, and easy to mix-and-match. I wore my Chambray Button Down for nice evenings out. I lived in my Trekkie Joggers for sport hiking and mountain biking. The stylish Merida Jacket kept me warm, and rolled up well into my backpack when the sun came out. In addition, I packed a variety of sports bras, yoga pants (of course), and breezy shorts to keep on hand for the afternoons.
Keep it Real
While I fantasized about looking like an ultra-cool voyager, I came back to Earth to make sure what I wore was also practical.
It’s important to keep three things in mind while traveling: culture, weather and safety.
I made sure to be respectful of the locals’ culture and not wear revealing clothing out on the town. The Trekkie Shortie was the perfect fit, especially when paired with the Stripe Madison Ave top. I felt cool, comfortable and appropriate.
The majority of my trip was spent exploring the Northern Highlands of Quito. Up in the mountains, you tend to experience unpredictable weather. Jeans would have failed me when it down-poured. I was lucky to wear light pieces that dried quickly, especially when the sun shined beautifully after the short-spurts of rain.
Zipper pockets are sooo underrated. A few backpackers I met told me to avoid carrying a purse in a big city like Quito. I took their advice and stored my money in the zipper pockets, which are easily accessible. In turn, I had free hands to explore, taste and touch everything Ecuador had to offer.
Wishing each and everyone of you the best on your future travels! If you love delicious fair-trade coffee, artisan markets, adventure sports, and practicing Spanish with the lovely (and patient) locals, then you will love Ecuador. Words from the wise… “Travel is the the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.”