PACKING LIST FOR COSTA RICA

PACKING LIST FOR COSTA RICA

 

JUMPING FOR JOY! SO EXCITED TO BE BACK IN COSTA RICA!
Hola Amigos!

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about packing for long-term travel.  That post was geared towards cooler climates and trips that involve trekking.  On May 31st I'm jetting off to Costa Rica for 24 days and my packing list will be quite different than the first one.  I wanted to share with you every little thing I'll be lugging around Central America so that when it's your turn, you'll know what to do!  Upon my return I'll write a follow-up post detailing the things I definitely needed and those I could have left at home.

I generally begin the packing process around 10 days before I go traveling.  I neatly lay out all of the items I think are necessary and slowly curate the pile over the following days, convincing myself that I don't REALLY need to bring that much stuff.  Is this drawn-out process necessary?  Absolutely not.  But hey, you all know by now that I'm a tad obsessive.

A few details about my trip so you know what's on my mind while packing:  The temperatures will be between 65-90 degrees.  I'll be doing farm work, lounging on the beach, and visiting the cool cloud forest climate of Monteverde.

Thumbs up for Costa Rica

Packing List for 24 days in Costa Rica

TOPS
Shirts
3 t-shirts
2 tank tops
Jackets
1 raincoat
1 ultra-light windbreaker
1 wool-blend half-zip pullover
1 chambray long-sleeve shirt
Dresses
1 versatile dress
Bras
1 sports bra
1 regular bra
1 bralette

BOTTOMS
Pants/Shorts

1 pair casual pants
1 pair baggie hippie pants
1 pair athletic shorts
2 pairs cute shorts
Underwear
9 pairs
Socks
3 pairs low-cut running socks
1 pairs wool hiking socks

SHOES
1 pair trail running shoes
1 pair hiking sandals (trying out this new brand, I'll let you know what I think!)
1 pair flip flops

MISC  CLOTHING  ITEMS
1 hat
1 swimsuit

IN  MY  WALLET
Charles Schwab debit card (the traveler's best friend, this card refunds ALL of your ATM fees)
credit card with no foreign transaction fees
drivers license
health insurance card
PADI Scuba certification card
cash for first few days of travel

DOCUMENTS
passport
photocopy of passport
print out of flight reservation

ELECTRONICS
1 pair headphones
1 camera and charger
1 phone and charger
1 phone power bank

TOILETRIES

2 contact cases/2 oz. bottle contact solution
1 pair extra contact lenses
compact toothbrush
travel-sized toothpaste
mini hairbrush (bonus if it has a mirror on it!)
obi tampons 
pads
2 oz. bottle Dr. Bronner's soap
2 oz. bottle hand sanitizer
face lotion
body lotion
tweezers
nail clippers
band-aids
blister band-aids
2 sticks chapstick
deodorant
mascara
eyebrow pencil
floss
sunscreen lotion
sunscreen stick
bug spray
Q-tips
tissues
2 handkerchiefs 
2 headbands
4 hair ties
8 bobby pins
2 small hair clips

 MISC  NON - CLOTHING  ITEMS/ GEAR
1 48 liter backpacking pack 
1 small day pack (approx. 20 liters)
1 purse
1 headlamp
1 deck of cards
1 quick-dry towel
2 pairs sunglasses (1 expensive pair and 1 inexpensive pair)
1 pair eye glasses
1 waterproof backpack cover
1 whistle
1 dry sack 
1 silk sleeping liner
1 pair ear plugs
1 eye cover
2 reusable water bottles
1 diary
2 pens
1 leisure book
snacks

PACKING PHOTOS

All of these goodies combined weigh 20 pounds.  Both packs feel super light!

What do you think... Am I taking too much?  Too little?  Hopefully it's just the right amount but only time will tell.  I'll let you guys know with a follow-up post when I get back.  

PURA VIDA!!!

Tooch


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