Suggested Packing List

To make your adventure as awesome as possible, please consider bringing the following:


Essentials (for one week visit)

  • Suitcase or backpacking pack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Reliable flashlight, headlamp (rechargeable, if possible, or bring extra batteries)
  • ZIP LOCK Bags for electronics and important items – It can always rain in the tropics
  • Sufficient clothes for one week of humid warm days and cool nights.

○ Swimsuit

○ Travel towel for river, waterfall, and beach (We provide shower towels)

○ Lightweight long-sleeve shirts (2)

○ Short-sleeve shirts or tank tops (2)

○ Lightweight outdoor pants and shorts

○ Underwear, socks, sleepwear

  • Good trail shoes and loafers, flip-flops, or other slip-ons
  • Umbrella / Poncho (especially during rainy season)
  • Sun hat and shades (if needed)
  • Prescription glasses or contact lenses (if needed)
  • Earplugs (if needed for sleeping in shared room)
  • Biodegradable toiletries (please, no synthetic chemicals or bug sprays containing DEET)

○ Eco friendly big sprays

○ Toothbrush and natural paste, floss

○ Organic soap and hair care

○ Other hygiene and personal products

  • Cash and credit/debit cards

○ Cash will be needed to pay for any local shopping or optional extras you may wish to book such as special tours or body work

○ Plan ahead! ATMs are only available for withdrawing less than $200 cash in Dominical    or San Isidro which is 30+ minutes from many centers.

○ Call your bank or Credit Card Company and let them know where you will be traveling so that they don’t deactivate the card when they see a foreign transaction.

  • Passport, travel itinerary, tickets, maps, important phone numbers (Because of the humidity, keep passports in ziplock back)
  • Photocopies of passport, credit cards, travel docs, and any important medical information (Costa Rica accepts a photo copy of your passport in most locations except banks)
  • Guide to Costa Rica Spanish (if needed)


Optional Ideas

  • Light day bag for day trips (a MUST if you have excursions planned)
  • Hiking poles / sticks
  • Binoculars
  • Rain jacket (especially during rainy season)
  • Money belt
  • Cell phone and camera
  • Laptop (Turn on at least once daily to minimize effect of humidity and keep in waterproof bag when not in use)
  • Flash drive, headphones, chargers
  • Timepiece with alarm
  • Waterproof backpack or day bag
  • Prepaid phone cards (either for your international plan or local Kolbi SIM card)
  • Notebook, journal, and pens
  • Art supplies and/or your favorite musical instrument
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Any particular yoga mat or other fitness props
  • Drivers license, if you intend to rent a car or drive at all before or after your trip

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