What to Pack for a Trip to Costa Rica
Emily is an editor and marketing specialist based out of Austin, Texas. She’s pays regular visits to Costa at least 3 times a year.
First things first, you need to determine which season you’re going to be traveling in.
TIP #2: Costa Rica is a somewhat formal country. Most people dress in pants. If you want to blend in like a real Tico, avoid wearing shorts in the urban areas. Wearing shorts and tank tops is common in touristy areas, but most people in the city wear pants.
TIP #3: It’s a good idea to line the inside of your suitcase with a trash bag to prevent water damage if it’s raining in Costa Rica when you arrive. Also, pack soaps and other liquids in Ziplock bags to avoid a mess when you unpack!
TIP #4: No room in your suitcase? Wear your clunkiest outfit to the airport to save room in your suitcase!
TIP #5: Before you leave, contact your cell phone provider about international calls. If you’re planning on using your debit card, contact your bank to let them know your travel plan and ask about the international ATM fee. It’s a good idea to keep some cash on you, but have some money on a card in case of emergencies. Many places in Costa Rica take credit/debit cards.
TIP #6: If you’re staying for a month, pack for two weeks and plan on doing laundry. If you’re staying for two weeks, pack for one week and do laundry, etc.
TIP #7: Make copies of your passport, credit cards, and driver’s license.
Okay, enough is enough, let’s get to the list!
• Swim suit
• Tee shirts/casual shirts
• Tank tops
• Nice top
• Light jacket/cardigan
• Comfy shoes for walking
• Hiking boots
• Sandals (Chacos, flip flops)
• Sports bras
• Body wash
• Shaving Cream
• Contacts / contact solution
• Bobby pins
• Rubber bands / hair clips
• Lip Balm
• Sleeping pills
• Allergy medicine
• Hand sanitizer
• Motion sickness pills
Hope that helps guys! Let us know if you think of something we missed!
Emily Maulding | Contributing Editor
October 9, 2015