Packing List: What to Bring on your Travel

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Documents

  • plane ticket
  • passport (+ 1 copy, which is valid to travel INSIDE Costa Rica)
  • Dollars, Traveller’s Cheques
  • Credit Card (mandatory for car rental!)
  • driver’s license (for car rental)
  • emergency telephone list

Basics

  • shorts
  • long pants
  • t-shirts
  • long-sleeved shirts
  • light sweater
  • underwear
  • socks
  • rain jacket
  • fancy dress or shirt for romantic dinners
  • swimming trunks/bikini
  • beach towel
  • flip flops
  • sun hat
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • plastic bags (to keep various items – books, camera – dry)
  • or dry bag
  • toothbrush and paste
  • dental floss
  • deodorant
  • tampons
  • razor
  • shower gel
  • bath towel
  • toilet paper (you never know when it’ll hit you…)
  • condoms

First-Aid Kit

  • adhesive strips
  • diarrheal medication (charcoal)
  • disinfectant/iodine
  • Aspirin / Ponstan

Accessories

  • camera, charger, films, memory card
  • plug adaptor (110 V, American standard)
  • binoculars
  • flashlight
  • books
  • travel guide
  • musica!
  • alarm clock
  • addresses to send a postcard with palms
  • Spanish dictionary
  • games (cards, chess, etc.)

Highlands

  • good sweater
  • long underwear
  • warm hat
  • hiking shoes
  • windbreaker
  • sleeping bag

Optional Outdoor Equipment

  • hiking boots
  • a good old Swiss Army Knife
  • first-aid kit
  • flashlight or headlamp
  • binoculars
  • snorkelling gear
  • maps, compass
  • matches
  • sleeping bag (a warm one for high altitudes!)
  • tent
  • water purification (tablets or filter)
  • cookware
 

Remember that Costa Rica’s climate is very varied! Bring raingear for the rainforest and pack warm clothes if you spend time in the Central Valley.

 

Buen Viaje!

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