If you’re traveling to Costa Rica and you’re trying to decide what to pack, this list has you covered. Keep in mind that in Costa Rica you’re going to spend lots of time in the sunshine and rain, probably both in the same day, therefore clothing that is light weight and dries quickly is your best bet.
We’ve created a specific Costa Rica packing list for your team. You can print it out and check-it off or e-mail this webpage to your team.
- E-tickets for flights
- Credit cards & ATM debit card (don’t forget to set the travel notifications on your bank accounts so that your bank knows your traveling)
Be sure to pack your a full set of volleyball gear in your carry-on luggage in the event that your luggage gets lost so that you can play volleyball on your arrival day if needed.
- Volleyball shoes
- Knee pads
- All sets of team jerseys and spandex
- Reusable water bottle
- Preferred type of energy bars for snacking
- At least 1 pair of long pair pants or leggings for the zip-line canopy tour
- At least 1 light long sleeve shirt
- 1 pair of close-toed comfortable for walking or hiking
- t-shirts and tank tops
- shorts or skirts
- Sports bras
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Hair brush & hair product
- Feminine hygiene products
- Face wash
- Shampoo & conditioner
- Hand sanitizer or handy wipes
- Eye-glasses and/or contacts
- Sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher
- Lip-balm with SPF protection
- Nail clippers & tweezers
- Body lotion
- 2 bathing suits or swim trunks / board shorts
- 1 pair of water resistant sandals
- Long Sleeve Rash Guard if you plan to surf or a dry fit shirt to cover your stomach (surf instructors have limited rash guards to use)
- Beach Towel
Travel Gear for the Rainforest
- Light Right Jacket
- Dry case for your phone (I’ve tried a lot of different types of dry bags and SealLine Dry Cases are by far the most reliable bags for rainy season and water sports.)
- Bug spray with DEET
Medical Kit (1 per team)
- Prescription medicine (make a note of active ingredients in addition to brand in case of loss)
- Motion sickness remedy (if susceptible to car or sea sickness)
- Pain relievers
- Calamine lotion for bug bites
- Aloe Vera for sunburn relief
- Pepto Bismol chewable tablets for upset stomach
- Electrolyte supplements for dehydration
- Allergy medicine (EpipPen if serious)
- Standard first-aid-kit with bandages
- Sleeping aid for travel
*Keep in mind that the pharmacies in Costa Rica are easily accessible and most medication is over the counter.
- Laptop only if you have to stay caught up with work or school
- Cell phone
- Camera if you’re using something other than your phone
- Power cords and chargers for all your electronics
- If you’re coming from the US or Canada you do NOT need a plug adapter for Costa Rica.
Not necessary but fun to have!
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