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Costa Rica Packing List and General Info

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Your clothing should be lightweight, breathable, hand-washable, and quick-drying.

  • Shorts, mid-thigh or longer
  • Long pants (zip-off pants are very useful)
  • Short-sleeved shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Undergarments & socks
  • Sweater, jacket, windbreaker
  • Rain jacket w/ hood and pants or rain poncho
  • Sun hat with brim and chin strap
  • Bandana (for dust, washing, etc.)
  • Swimsuit


  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes, closed toe, preferably waterproof
  • Hiking shoes OR sneakers¬†
  • Sandals, and/or flip flops
  • Comfortable, breathable socks


  • Suitcase or duffel (20kg/44lb max for internal flights-if applicable)
  • Day pack for daily activities and easy access (rain cover is nice)
  • Waterproof plastic bags for storing clothing and camera gear (Ziplocs)
  • Packing cube, compression bag, clear toiletry bag for airplane
  • Money belt, security pouch, document organizer


Store electronics in sealed water-proof bags (double bagged if possible).

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Camera, lenses, filters, memory cards
    • 18-200 MM Lens OR 18-100 MM Lens (recommended)
    • Telephoto Lens, 300 MM or more (recommended)
  • Tripod
  • Cell phone
  • Extra camera batteries, chargers


  • Soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Shaving supplies
  • Nail clippers, file, brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Moist towelettes (handi-wipes)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lotion (Badger foot balm is also helpful)
  • Hairbrush, comb, mirror
  • Small towel
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Insect repellent


  • Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen
  • Band-Aids/plasters
  • Disinfectant, antiseptic cream, antibiotic ointment
  • Gauze bandages and tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Vitamins
  • Diarrhea medicine (Cyproflaxin works great)
  • Antihistamines
  • Ace bandage
  • Melatonin, Acetazolamide, or other sleep aid
  • Prescription drugs


  • Passport
  • Document organizer
  • Airline tickets, e-tickets (make sure name on ticket matches name on passport)
  • Medical insurance card & travel insurance card
  • Make copies of passport, visas, drivers license, airline tickets/schedule, travel itinerary, credit
    cards (front and back), travel insurance, and emergency contact information. Leave a copy with someone at home and put a copy in a travel companion’s luggage and email them to yourself.


  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Eyeglasses, contacts, solution
  • Binoculars
  • Pencil and pen
  • Energy bars, hard candy, snacks
  • Duct tape
  • Matches or lighter
  • Clothes line, sink stopper, detergent
  • Cash, credit cards (including some small bills, U.S. dollars must be newer than 2002)
  • Guide books, maps, language books
  • Reusable Water bottle and/or Camelback

* April Weather in Costa Rica: https://jameskaiser.com/costa-rica-guide/weather/april/


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