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Canadianfamily
4/22/2016 15:01 EST

My husband is leaving on Wednesday April 27 until May 7th. Him and his friend were only going to bring a carry on each, but with the devastation there right now they can bring 2 checked bags each. So what supplies can they bring to help out? We have clothing and can bring diapers, hygene supplies, blankets? He's coming form canada. Thanks in advance
Cheers

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kmoriarty45
4/22/2016 17:17 EST

My suggestion would be to concentrate on medical and first aid supplies ( eg topical antiseptics & antibiotics, bandages, dressings, aspirin etc. ) - easier to pack and less bulky. Soap,Baby formula. water-proof plastic tarps, (rather than blankets ), are more utilitarian and can be used in a variety of way.
Things that are desperately needed - ie. water, toilet paper, beds, etc. can be purchased here and take up weight and/or luggage space on a commercial flight. Clothing and shoes , if your do bring them, shorts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, and flip fops - especially, kids sizes are desirable.
I'm sure others will have some good suggestions, as well. It's really about maximizing the amount you bring in a minimum space.

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barbiesimmons
4/22/2016 18:04 EST

Yea!! Fellow Canadians--yea!!!!!
Bring all items that you mentioned and good old Canadian Good will!!!!You rock!!!!If they need a place to stay here in Cuenca--if they are coming this way--I can put them up!

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moodyblue8363
4/22/2016 19:33 EST

Whatever city they are staying in should have places to drop off items needed. From a Google search I found this:

Other items needed, according to Ecuadorian consulate are:

hygiene products: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, Kotex menstrual pads and linings
food: canned food, rice, beans, sugar, easy to open canned food, hydrant beverages, salted and non salted cookies, powdered milk.
survival gear: syringes, first aid items (cotton, disposable gloves, skin tape), battery radios, batteries, candles, mosquito nets, and matches.
baby products: diapers, baby food, baby formula, Pedialyte
tents, beds sheets, mattresses.
miscellany: plastic garbage bags, and, by “special request,” dry food for dogs and cats.

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OceanHideaway
4/23/2016 03:08 EST

Think in terms of what is available in the north in terms of first aid... Kmor is on the right idea.

Latex gloves, masks, gauze, tape, neosporin.
Insect repellent!

There have been a lot of cuts, they need to be kept clean and bandaged, with bandages replaced. Infection and spread of infection is a critical issue.

Large bottles of Tylenol and Advil. Generic is fine.
Large bottles of tums, anti diarrhea meds., etc.

Most of the other stuff is too heavy to be reasonable but these things will help.

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Canadianfamily
4/23/2016 14:22 EST

Hey! Really great feedback from everyone! Thank you so much, that helps. My hubby has a local meeting him at the airport in Quito and they will all be traveling the country. Yes he will end up in cuenca, I'll PM you. Thanks again!

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OceanHideaway
4/26/2016 21:42 EST

You Rock CanadianFamily...

Come visit Montanita on the Coast... Tourism is okay and helps support the recovery and rebuilding of this amazing country!

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Canadianfamily
4/27/2016 06:00 EST

They will be heading to montinia at some point. Watch for 2 big guys with beards! My husband is Jesse and his friend is Jeff. I'm sure they will stick out like a sore thumb lol. They should also be traveling with a local who goes by nacho. Thanks again for positive responses :)

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katherinep
3/2/2020 14:26 EST

Do not forget baby formula! You would not want to be in plane with a crying baby with nothing to feed him/her.

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remoore2001
3/2/2020 19:08 EST

You do realize this post is about 4 years old right?

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windshadow
3/2/2020 22:39 EST

MASK

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DomW
3/3/2020 08:40 EST

Thanks, I went Googling and could not find anything about Ecuador devastation. Oops: ExpatExchange Ecuador Daily Update - March 3, 2020 newsletter.

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GringoinQuito
3/3/2020 11:36 EST

This post had to do with the big earthquake that devastated the coast.

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