What to Bring

First I should mention that you will need your passport. You should also have a copy, to have with you at all times, and just in case something happens to the original.  Preferably this copy includes the entry stamp for Costa Rica.  It is often recommended that the original is left in the hotel safe and that travelers just carry the copy, but you cannot get on a local flight without the original.  And if you are driving you should also have the original with you.  Its a good idea to keep your passport in a water proof bag.

The most important and basic needs:

  • Water shoes ( i.e. Tevas, Keens, etc.)
  • Good walking shoes or hiking boots
  • Camera and binoculars
  • Insect repellent, you probably won’t need it ….but just in case
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat with brim to keep the rain and sun off your face
  • Plastic bags for water sensitive things
  • Light weight and fast dry clothing, forget the jeans
  • Good flashlight (very important)
  • Easy to carry water bottle

Additional items it is good to have:

  • Ear plugs, if new noises make it hard to sleep
  • A light-weight wrap for bathroom trips at night
  • Tube of antibiotic cream since our bacteria will be new to you
  • Small pack size umbrella
  • High soccer socks for our rubber boots
  • Easy to slip on sandals for the house or just around the yard
  • Extra batteries for cameras and flashlights
  • Extra charger for camera batteries (if they break they cannot be replaced here.)
  • Extra usb charging equipment since it tends to get lost frequently

Things we have for your use or consumption:

  • Beer and wine
  • Trail snacks
  • Rubber boots up to size 45 EUR.
  • Walking sticks, the rustic type
  • Soap, both liquid and hotel bar size
  • Laundry soap