My Costa Rica Packing List
Updated: Feb 19, 2020
I know I have already sent several lists that tell you the different things you should be packing for Costa Rica. But since I have already packed, I'll tell you what I have packed and what you should (just in case). Here are my bags--and yes, everything mentioned below fit inside the two bags (with room to spare in my backpack):
Clothing: - Undergarments for the total amount of days Tops: - Three athletic tanks - Two everyday tees - One rain-jacket - One zip-up hoodie (in my backpack-- I'm always cold on planes) Bottoms: - One pair of athletic shorts (for hiking/post swimming in waterfalls) - One pair of athletic pants (literally anything to save me from getting bug bites while hiking) - One pair of capri pants (for around towns) - One pair of jean shorts Dress: - One T-shirt style dress for our folklore dinner Swimsuits: - Two swimsuits - One beach cover-up Shoes: - One pair of dressy-ish Volcom sandals-- very packable!
- My favorite Birkenstocks
- Salomon cross-amphibian water shoes (could bring Chacos instead, but my feet are prone to bug bites, so I went with shoes that cover my whole foot)
Toiletries (all TSA compliant): - Shampoo and conditioner - Facial cleanser wipes - SPF 30 Reef safe sunscreen - SPF 30 Chapstick - SPF 50 Face sunscreen - 100% Deet mosquito repellent - Toothbrush & toothpaste - Deodorant
The "Emergency" Kit (I probably wouldn't have this much for a solo trip-- but just in case one of my travelers is having an emergency): - Activated Charcoal - Imodium, Pepto, and holistic anti-diarrhea chewables - Bandaids - Cortisone cream - Essential oils: peppermint, tea tree, lavender - Holistic motion sickness chewables - Headlamp (you never know when the power will go out-- super common in Costa Rica)
Everything Else: - Cell phone charger - One beach towel - One reusable Hydro Flask water bottle - One reusable stainless steel straw - One pair of polarized sunglasses - One wide-brimmed sun hat - One baseball cap - One waterproof camera and charger - One packable duffle (in case we buy a bunch of souvenirs-- also great for a beach bag)
My "Airplane Kit" (I put these in a small pouch that fits in the backseat pocket in front of me): - My Passport with wallet - One silk eye mask - One pair of earbuds - One pen and small notebook - One pack of "no jet lag"
- One neck pillow - One book