I have read about 128137439 blogs about what to pack for Costa Rica. So I compiled my own list of things I am bringing, kind of meshing all those suggestions together with some stuff I know I love to pack when I travel that weren’t on those lists. I thought it would be fun to do a post about what I am packing, and then when we get back post about what was most useful, what we shouldn’t have brought, and stuff we wish we would have packed.
First it is helpful to know that we are going to Costa Rica during the rainy season. Costa Rica has two main seasons, the dry season (January through April) and the rainy season (May-September).
It’s also helpful to know this is just a list of the top ten things I think are important to pack for specifically Costa Rica. This list is not comprehensive, I am definitely still packing underwear 😉 Later on I can do a post of my traveling must haves that will consist of all of the things I always pack with me while I travel.
I have linked everything so you guys can find them if you want to scoop them up. Just click the image!
1. My Teva’s– Hands down the best sandals I have ever hiked in. I usually wear them in my day to day life, but nothing competes with how these function both in wet and dry conditions. They also dry very quickly, I’ve worn them straight into lakes and they have done great! They will be perfect for the rainforest, beach, and the local markets. All around I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for a good sandal to travel with since they are multifunctional. Like I said, I’m a light packer.
2. Hiking Pack- We love the Outdoor Products hiking packs, and it looks like the Skyline is even on sale right now! Marked down from $60 to $36. The best thing about these packs is they are just the right size for day hikes, but I also use mine as my carry-on. Its 28.9 liters with an internal frame that makes it perfect for daily use. They don’t come with a hydration bladder but it is set up to easily add your own. Outdoor Products are also warrantied for life.
3. Lush Shampoo Bar- These things are like little magic disks. Each shampoo bar is the equivalent of two to three bottles of shampoo, 80 washes! I have the Seanik bar and love it. You can either put them in a travel soap container or get a metal tin from Lush to keep it in. Perfect to pack and takes up minimal room. Instead of conditioner when I travel to humid places, I just bring a small bottle of Moroccan oil for my ends. Plus, its all natural. So if you find yourself in a pinch and need to wash your hair in any body of water, the stuff in this bar wont harm anything!
4. Waterproof Phone Case- Since we are traveling during the wet season in Costa Rica this is an absolute must. The amount of options for these on Amazon are overwhelming. These are the cases we ended up ordering and I have tested them and so far, so good! The lanyards do seem a bit flimsy but we will probably just add our own.
5. One Piece Swim Suits- this goes back to my light packing obsession. I do also bring two piece suits with me, and they take up very little room. But, what I love about a good one piece is it is multi-functional. You can throw on shorts with one and boom, tank top. I plan to use mine a ton for hiking to waterfalls as well. Less stuff to take with you and you can just jump right in when you get there. Plus, they are damn cute. I discovered Cupshe when we went to Mexico last Novemeber. High quality and affordable. They have a ton of different styles but definitely read reviews and size charts. The ladies who review those suits are the real MVPs. So helpful. I would recommend if you are buying to wear with shorts, to think about how the pattern and cut will work with some jean shorts over them! The suit I linked in the picture above is my favorite suit I own right now! Plus, its only $26!
6. Chapstick- Everyone remembers sunscreen, but sometimes your lips get forgotten. Literally nothing worse than chapped sunburned lips, especially on vacation. The Green Tea ones are my favorite! If anyone has any tips on magically keeping your chapstick from melting while traveling to tropical locations, just let me know 🙂
7. Hydroflask- Most of the water is safe to drink in Costa Rica, so bringing your own water bottle is a must. Unless you want to pay a bazillion dollars for bottled water throughout your whole trip. I also find that if I have my own bottle with me, I drink more water. Which is always important. Plus Hydroflasks seriously keep your water cold for forever. It’s not a gimmick people, worth every penny.
8. Packable Rain Jacket- Unfortunately I can’t find my Nike Packable jacket anywhere, I am assuming its been discontinued. Linked above the Colombia jacket that my husband used. It is so thin that it may as well be packable! He loves it and wears it as a light jacket all the time. It is 100% waterproof and also cuts the wind well. The issue you run into with waterproof jackets is most of the time they are either ponchos or made for cold weather. When searching for a jacket to use in Costa Rica you really want something that is waterproof but also will not be too warm. A thin jacket is the way to go. If it gets chilly you can layer clothing underneath it. This also saves you quite a bit of packing space!
9. Quick Dry Clothing- I think half my suitcase at this point is probably these Under Armor shirts. They are my favorite for working out and hiking. They aren’t tight and dry quickly. Also, the wash very well and come in a ton of colors. Sometimes with quick dry fabrics if you don’t move them our of the washer immediately after the wash cycle ends and dry them they get a funk smell very quickly. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, it’s important to have stuff that dries quickly when in places with high humidity. If you get caught in a rainstorm, you want your clothes to be able to dry. In high humidity fabrics like cotton and denim take en exceptionally long time to dry.
10. Sarong- I’m not a huge fan or cover-ups like sarongs. I much prefer throwing on a light sundress over a suit when leaving the beach. The thing I do love about sarongs though is that they absorb water and dry quickly, so you can use them as a very packable towel. Also, they are great to use as a barrier to lay on if the beach you are visiting doesn’t have chairs or benches, or you just prefer to lay on the sand. I suppose you can also use them as they are intended as well 🙂 This tie-die version comes in a bunch of colors and is only $14, cheaper than most beach towels and wayyyy easier to pack and dry!
Any suggestions you would add this list? Let me know!