Costa Rica – What to Bring

Our list of what to bring to Costa Rica. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge. We advise bringing a photocopy of your passport and carrying it with you, as it is a legal requirement in Latin America and you may need it when using credit cards.


  • Shorts to wear, good to wear when rafting
  • T-shirt or light cotton long-sleeved shirt
  • Light shirts; cotton, long sleeved for lodge
  • Light cotton hiking trousers; jeans okay, but not recommended, because of weight and drying time
  • Sweater or sweatshirt for cooler evenings


  • Outdoor supportive shoes for hiking and for use on the lodge grounds
  • Sandals, Flip Flops, if you are rafting please include some water shoes or waterproof sandals

Useful Extras

  • Spare pair of glasses, if you wear prescription lenses
  • Sunscreen or sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • Toiletry kit; no aerosols
  • Medications for personal prescriptions
  • Refillable bottle – You may drink water directly from the tap at some hotels please check there
  • Light cap with wide brim or visor for sun
  • Windbreaker; unlined Anorak, shell type, which can be tied around your waist
  • Waterproof camera (for rafting) or regular camera (with waterproof case, for hiking and lodge)
  • Plastic bags of various sizes (heavy-duty ziplock for film, books and small items), protect from rain and water
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Head Lamp – Please note that in some lodges after 5pm it is dark and rooms operate without electricity