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With the Pacific Ocean at the west and the Caribbean Sea at the east, Costa Rica offers a very diverse tourist experience : you can literally see, without a real rush, a volcano, rainforest, wildlife and beach in the same day. From one province to another, you can experience several microclimates (Costa Rica count more than 21).

So, to enjoy the Happiest place on Earth, it's recommended taking a couple more pieces than normal. If you are not prepared for its weather and circumstances you may end up having real trouble throughout your trip.

We suggest the packing list below. It is not exhaustive. The real formula is to «Be practical» and, of course to «Use your common sense».


  • Light and comfortable clothing, preferably light colored ... so as not to attract mosquitoes ... and by the same token ... malaria and dengue fever!
  • Jeans or long pants
  • Long Sleeve Sweater
  • Compact rain coat ... just in case!
  • Underwear ... obviously!
  • Women's Sandals
  • Comfortable closed shoes for hiking in the forest or on volcanoes ... it avoids getting burned by molten lava!
  • Bas ... but not to put with his sandals ...!
  • Crocs ... it's always practical!
  • Flip-flops, thongs, savates, thongs of the feet ... for the public showers ... it avoids the plantar warts!
  • Cap or hat
  • Pajamas
  • Phew! Almost forgotten ... a swimsuit and a beach towel.


  • Soaps for face and body, shampoo and conditioner ecological ...
  • Moisturizing cream (face and body)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Antiperspirant ... because it's hot!
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss
  • Shaving cream and shaving cream
  • Ear Cleaners
  • Nail clippers and nail files
  • Contact lens products
  • Tissue paper
  • Sunscreen with SPF of at least 15
  • Mosquito repellent with a DEET percentage of at least 25% ... to keep mosquitoes away ... and by the same token ... malaria and dengue fever!
  • Antibacterial gel ... to clean your hands often, anywhere, anytime!
  • Aloe vera in gel or special balm against ... the sunburn!
  • Prescription Drugs with Original Prescription
  • Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) ... against headaches!
  • Gravol ... against transport sickness and heart ailment!
  • Immodium ... without comments!
  • Gastrolyte ... to rehydrate having had to take Gravol and Immodium
  • Disinfectant, antibiotic ointment (Polysporin) and dressings to relieve the blisters and all that is finished in ures (cuts, punctures, scratches, ...)!
  • Decongestant (Sudafed) ... sometimes effective against ears plugged by airplane.
  • Antihistaminic ... against allergy, of course!
  • Contraceptives and condoms ... if ...
  • Sanitary towels and tampons
  • Tweezers ... to remove unwanted hair or a splinter!
  • Washcloth and bath towel (prefer a compact size) as they are not always provided!
  • Inn sheet ... ideal to ensure its comfort and avoid bites in any circumstances!
  • Other


  • Photo ID
  • Passport ... very handy for traveling!
  • Airline ticket ... also very convenient for traveling!
  • Vaccination notebook
  • Travel Insurance
  • US dollars and colones ... not too much, just enough to get by the first few days
  • Credit card and debit card
  • Traveler's checks (if you opted for this method of payment)
  • Camera ... to keep hundreds of unforgettable moments and participate in the photo contest!
  • Reusable water bottle with filter or water purification system
  • Small backpack
  • Wallet / passport belt and / or waist belt (banana type)
  • Cup / glass, dish and reusable utensils ... to reduce waste at destination *


  • Phosphate-free laundry soap ... so as not to pollute the water and the water table
  • Small flashlight (hand or front) ... very practical when it's dark ... it happens more often than you think!
  • Sunglasses
  • English-Spanish Dictionary ... it's easy to communicate with Ticos!
  • Alarm clock ... not to miss the bus!
  • Ear plugs ... practical against noise and sleep ... especially when there is one snoring!
  • Padlock for luggage and daypack
  • Padlocks for lockers in youth hostels.
  • Swiss knife, multifunction tool ... you never know!
  • Rechargeable batteries and charger
  • Binoculars ... to observe birds, howler monkeys and sloths in their natural habitat!
  • Calculator ... if you are not good at mental math and want to know how much is worth this beautiful memory in USD $!
  • Card game, novel (in pocket format), iPod ... sometimes it passes the time!
  • Waterproof plastic bag ... to keep certain documents intact.
  • Waterproof purse.
  • Matches or lighter.
  • Sewing set.
  • Whistle.
  • Inflatable pillow.
  • Elastic to close the bottoms of pants ... it can prevent the small critters to come to discover the sweetness of your legs!
  • Rope and small brooch ... only an adventure can tell us what it will serve!
  • Notebook and pencils ... to complete your logbook ... and to keep memories of your life, observations and reflections.
  • Reusable Grocery Bag
  • Gifts to give ... because we are really very nice and we want the Ticos to think the same about us!


  • Copy of passport, airline ticket, travel insurance and itinerary
  • Copy prescription drug prescriptions
  • Numbers of traveler's checks, credit card and debit card.
  • Address and telephone number of the Embassy of your country of residence in Costa Rica
  • Travel Insurance Number
  • Travel Insurance Phone Number of Insurance Company
  • Name, phone number and e-mail address of the emergency contact person

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