Costa Rica is a small country with a wide array of climates, which can be tricky to pack for. It’s important to consider where all you’ll be traveling in Costa Rica when preparing and packing. This packing list will help you remember all the important stuff for your trip to Costa Rica!
Packing for Costa Rica
Casual clothing – You’ll want to keep your clothing casual, comfy, and cool, especially if you’re staying by the beach. Costa Rica has heavy humidity, so you’ll want something lightweight and quick-drying, especially if you plan on exploring the rainforests. If you’re planning on visiting a city, you can pack some nicer outfits. A water-proof jacket may be necessary even during the dry season.
Bathing suit – You’ll have plenty of opportunities to hit the water with all of Costa Rica’s coastline, volcanic hot springs, and adventure excursions of white water rafting and waterslides. Pack something you wouldn’t be afraid to get dirty in a mud bath.
Flip Flops and Water-Friendly Hiking Shoes – Flip flops and sandals are perfect for the beach and the pool. But when you go to the mountains and the rainforests, you’ll want something sturdier, and you wouldn’t want to lose a flip flop ziplining through the trees or riding horseback down the mountain. Hiking shoes and sneakers can keep out Costa Rica’s giant ants and other biting insects. During the rainy season or hiking in muddy areas it’s best to have waterproof shoes.
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Sun Hat – Sunscreen is more expensive in Costa Rica, so you’ll want to pack as much as you’ll need. Since Costa Rica is so close to the equator, the sun is very strong and you’ll want all the protection you can get. You don’t want to be caught without sun protection when you need it.
Bug Spray – Mosquitos are bad year-round and are worse during the rainy season. And now with the added threat of Zika you’ll want to make sure you are always protected. You’ll especially want bug spray when you’re hiking the rainforests and at dusk.
Plastic Bags – Keep your wet and muddy stuff away from the rest of your clothes when you repack to go home. This is great to have for shoes and bathing suites.
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