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January 17, 2017


Costa Rica is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Everyone should visit the country, which is located in Central America, at least once in their life if they can do so. If you are one of the lucky ones who is already planning a trip to Costa Rica, you will probably want to know what to pack, which is where this guide to packing for Costa Rica comes in.

Of course, no packing list will be entirely suitable for every traveler. After all, if you are going to be a volunteer in Costa Rica you’re probably going to want to pack a different wardrobe than someone who is traveling to the country to attend a luxury wedding. However, you should still get a good idea of what may and may not be suitable for a trip to Costa Rica. So, without further ado, here is your guide to packing for your Costa Rican adventure:

Washing
If you’re like most world travelers, you never know how much clothing is enough for anyone destination. When it comes to traveling in Costa Rica, before you decide how much or little to bring along, you may want to consider the fact that there are very few laundromats in Costa Rica, so washing clothes on the go may not be an option.

If you are staying in a hotel, however, you will find that the more upmarket building typically has laundry services costing a dollar or two per piece of clothing. So, depending on where you’ll be staying, you may need to pack more than you usually would.

Warm Clothing
With so many pristine beaches in the country, you will want to pack plenty of beachwear. However, you will not want to neglect pacing a few pieces of warm clothing too because many of the best destinations, such as Monteverde cloud forest, are located at high altitudes, where it can get cold enough for scarves and gloves at certain times!


Quick-dry Clothing
Depending on when you visit Costa Rica, you may experience no rainfall at all, but you are very likely to experience extreme humidity, so having a few pieces of quick-drying clothing, is essential.

Long Sleeves and Long Pants
Although you will certainly want to pack 2-3 short-sleeved T-shirts and a couple of dressy tops, you should also bring along a couple of long-sleeved garments, which will help to prevent sunburn and protect you when hiking in the wilderness, too.

Long pants are also essential for hiking, and for those dressier occasions (if you are a man at least. So, along with a few pairs of shorts, be prepared to pack a couple of pairs of cargo pants and a pair of dress pants too.

Hiking Boots and Socks
Finally, you absolutely must pack some comfortable, sturdy hiking boots along with your sandals and ballet flats, so that you can participate in nature hikes, volcano visits and anything else that takes your fancy during your stay in this diverse country.