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What to Pack for Costa Rica: Our Recommended Essential Items You MUST bring!

OUR FULL COSTA RICA PACKING LIST POST: The ultimate packing guide for Costa Rica!

Mentioned items in the video (affiliate links)

Hydroflask 40 oz insulated water bottle:
Battery pack:
North Face Venture 2 Rainjacket:
Sun Bum Sunscreen:




Hey guys,

It’s Samantha and welcome back to another Mytanfeet video. In this video we are going to talk about packing for Costa Rica and this is going to be the essential items we recommend to bring and why we recommend them.

So the first item on our list is sunscreen. So Costa Rica you may not know this but it is only 8-12 degrees from the Equator and being a tropical country here it is hot and the sun is strong even when you’re up in the mountains.
You definitely want to bring sunscreen. So there are a couple of sunscreens that we really like and usually we’ll bring them back from the US, actually so we really really like sun bum this brand is awesome and then Trader Joe’s actually makes some really good sunscreen, especially this mineral stick if you’re a surfer and plan to be out in the ocean for a couple hours catching waves, this is great for your face.

Now you can also buy sunscreen here in Costa Rica but a little tip is that it’s expensive here so if you can, bring your own and we also recommend you to bring reef safe sunscreen.

Then the next item on our list is mosquito repellent so being a tropical country again, there are mosquitoes here all year round. For me personally I like to use something with DEET which is a little stronger but if you don’t want to use DEET you can find DEET free mosquito repellent here in Costa Rica but again this is an item a little bit more expensive here so if you can bring it we highly recommend you to bring it from your home country instead.

The next item on this list well are sunglasses, obviously if you’re going to the beach you’re going to need sunglasses and then a hat or a visor or something to protect yourself from the sun because as I mentioned earlier Costa Rica is very close to the equator so the sun here is super strong.

Something else that we definitely recommend to bring is a battery pack, that way you can also something to charge your phone with as you know nowadays we use our phone for almost everything, pretty much everything even GPS so defintiely a battery pack if you’re going to be driving this is suepr useful on those long drives.

And the next item we recommend you to bring is an insulated water bottle. Now this is for a couple of reasons, I love this one this is my Hydroflask and it’s insulated so I always have cold water wherever we go which is amazing if we’re out at the beach or hiking or something, to always have cold water to drink but also Costa Rica in the national parks and protected areas they are not allowing single use plastics anymore which includes bottled water so bring your water bottle so you can have water on those hikes.

For those of you who are sensitive to the sun and may burn easily something else to help you to protect yourself besides sunscreen is a rash guard or any type of clothing that has sun protection. This is super important if you plan to be out like on the boat fishing all day, like I keep saying the sun here is really strong and we always see tourists very burnt and very red here so protect yourself and bring some sun protective clothing.

Now these last few items are really useful if you’re going to visit Costa Rica in the rainy season or more rainforest areas. So I always love to bring with me a micro fiber towel because we do carry around a lot of camera equipment so this is great for covering the camera really quick just in case it starts raining. Also though if we’re hiking in the jungle, this is great for wiping your sweat off because it is super humid. So super useful, they dry fast and it’s small as you can see, definitely recommend it.

And the last one is a must for rainy season, a waterproof rain jacket. I love my NOrth Face this has been a savior for me for many years and in many places in Costa Rica so if you’re visiting in the rainy season which is around May to November, or even in the more rainforest and humid areas like the Caribbean coast or Osa Peninsula, definitely bring a waterproof rainjacket and always have it with you when you’re out.

So these were our essential items to bring to Costa Rica, if you guys want to learn more about things you need to bring we actually have a dedicated post on our blog with a free packing checklist that you can download, print and use for yourself. So we hope you have found this video useful and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for more Costa Rica content. Thanks for watching.


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