Costa Rica: What to bring

Here’s a list of what to brings, just in case you are not a experienced tropical traveler.

I built this list through out the years of working in the Costa Rican [more specifically Manuel Antonio] tourism industry. I sincerely hope that it was not a waist of time, and that some visitors may really need it. Thinking that you are going to stay an average of 10 days in Costa Rica, and 4 in Manuel Antonio, these are items that I suggest you to bring along.
Of course, any suggestions are welcome; also it must be said that 100 % of any item listed here below, can be easily purchased – with no pain – in Costa Rica, and Manuel Antonio.



1 – Amphibian hikers.

1 – Hiking or walking shoes.

1 – Beach sandals, or flip-flops.

1 – Dressy sandals or light-weight dress shoes. {These are not really necessary}


10 – T-shirts.

2 – Long sleeved T-shirts, if you go hiking to protect you from sunburn, or if you go fishing.

2 dress shirts or blouses.

5 pairs of shorts. Hopefully cotton shorts or tropical weight/length skirts.

2 swimsuits and a sarong or other casual beach cover-up.

2 pairs of long pants. Something dressy and something for the bush. If it’s your style, zip-off legs pants can serve as shorts and long pants.

10 pairs of underwear.

10 pairs of socks.

1 Light weight Jacket or raincoat (poncho style will do) – you may need something to keep you warm at higher elevations, or on the open ocean.

1 Bandana.

1 Baseball cap.

1 Mesh bag for wet clothes.



Toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste.

Shampoo and conditioner.

Brush or comb.


Beach towel .

Tampons (if you have any kind of allergy, or if you are actually traveling in your period time).



A good map and guidebook.

Spanish/English Phrase book.

Bird book, if you like birds.

Whatever you are currently reading.



Money belt or passport pendant-somewhere to carry your documents.

Passport (also fotocopies).

Drivers license (also fotocopies).

Money, credit/debit card.

Insurance card and contact information.


Personal prescriptions should be filled before you leave home.


Contact lenses and cleaning solutions.

If you wear prescription glasses, pack a spare pair.


Band aids®, and butterfly closures to close deep cuts.

Eye drops – artificial tears.

Dramamine® or other motion sickness prevention.

Neosporin® (over the counter) to prevent infection of small cuts, scrapes, and insect bites.

Insect repellent for mosquitoes.

Pain relievers/fever reducers (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and/or just simple Aspirins)

Sun screen – at least SPF 20, waterproof.

Micro led flashlight. If emergency happens during night time, it might come useful.

$ US 20 bill as per emergency cash carry. $ US 100 are not accepted in some places.

Vitamins- what ever you normally take.



Plastic bags.

A photo of your home, and family.

Your Internet logon information .

Address book.



Croakies® or other glasses retainer system for your prescription or sunglasses.

Pocket knife.


Mp3 player.

Laptop, or tablet.

Eyeglass screws, with little screwdriver.

100 lb. test braided nylon line

Spare contacts

Emergency contact information (names, addresses and phone numbers – in case of unconsciousness – of your parents, and physicians in your country of origin).


There is no point in carrying all of your keys.

Wallet contents- If you’re going to carry your wallet, you can probably remove ½ or more of its contents.

Copies of your documents. Minimally a Xerox of your passport, drivers license, credit cards, airline tickets, and any reservations that you’ve prepaid. You need to leave a set at home in case of emergency.

If you’re visiting from the U.S. or Canada you can leave the electric converters and plug adapters at home. The current and plugs are the same and your appliances should work just fine.

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