Clothing, footwear, first aid and cosmetics... Here are some Costa Rica packing essentials that you need when discovering this country in the best conditions.
Back your bags and take-off to Costa Rica ! Ready to discover this beautiful country ? Here are some tips from TripConnexion that may be helpful for you to pack your bags:
Clothing in Costa Rica
The light clothing - but especially comfortable - will be essentials for you to feel more comfortable during your activities. If you plan to practice hiking or horseback riding, take long pants as they are much more practical. You should of course think to your beachwear and your towels for your swim in the waterfalls and the natural pools.
However, the weather and the temperatures change very quickly, especially during the wet season. So remember to bring a raincoat and a warm sweater in case the evening gets chilly. Concerning the footwear, it will mainly depend on your program. For hiking, you should choose hiking shoes. For water sports, you will need rubber soled shoes. For all the other activities, a standard pair of sneakers will be perfect. It will also be a great idea to take sandals with you for those hot days with a less busy agenda.
Necessities for your trip to Costa Rica
Among the neccessary papers to bring, there are the photocopy of your passport, of your insurance certificate and of your driving license if you are travelling by car. An adapter (110 volt, 60 cycle - same as the US. Plugs) will be required to connect your appliances and chargers.
Although English is spoken almost everywhere, it is a great to know some Spanish words to interact with the locals. If this is not your case, a small bilingual pocket dictionary will be a great idea. Costa Rica has many animal species which can be more easily observed with binoculars and a flashlight (for when you will be using them at night). Do not forget your camera to capture your best moments in this beautiful country.
Basic first aid items and medications
In Costa Rica, you will practice most of your activities in a natural and sunny environment but you should take some precautions such as:
- Protect yourself against sun damage with a good sunscreen.
- Get rid of the insects : citronella, mosquito repellent and anti-itching.
- Heal your little injuries : antiseptic, bandages, disinfectant, and band aid.
- Think about the little annoyances – often linked to the time difference and to the change of continent : drugs against headaches and digestion problems.
As a matter of urgent necessity, call 911, the emergency phone number in Costa Rica. Good to know is that you are covered by a repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay if you paid your ticket with a Visa, MasterCard, or Premier or Gold which offer an even more complete protection.
Money in Costa Rica
The official currency of Costa Rica is the Colón (1USD = about 535 colones) but you can also use US dollars that are widely accepted throughout the country.
Remember to keep some cash with you when flying back to Europe. Indeed, you have to pay for a fee of around 29 USD (15 000 colones) when you leave Costa Rica for the international flight. The amount is higher if you pay by card, so keep cash at the end of your trip as far as possible. Also, think about taking your credit card that will perfectly work in Costa Rica and with which you will be able to withdraw local money.