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Insider Tips - What to Pack For Your Costa Rica Vacation

When planning your Costa Rican vacation, choosing what to pack and what to leave at home is essential - especially if you are going to travel by place within Costa Rica. The intra-Costa Rica Airlines only allow you to bring on a minimal amount of baggage. (The baggage allowance for Sansa Airlines is 1 piece with maximum weight of 30 lbs. /14 kgs and up to 45 linear inches / 114 cm. (length + height + width).


Don't despair - we've got your back!


We've put together the ultimate and essential packing list for your Costa Rica vacation at Casa Arenosa.


CASA ARENOSA | PACKING LIST


Here is your guide to packing for your stay at Casa Arenosa. Since it is tropical weather, aka hot and humid, you donโ€™t need much in the way of clothing. You will most likely wear a bathing suit and sarong most of the day.


CLOTHING

๐Ÿ—น 1 pair of lightweight pants โ€“ Avoid jeans.

๐Ÿ—น 1 long-sleeved shirt โ€“ loose and lightweight, in light colors

๐Ÿ—น Tank-tops / T-shirts

๐Ÿ—น Shorts and/or skirts

๐Ÿ—น Simple, light-weight dress

๐Ÿ—น Lightweight raincoat (waterproof/breathable)

๐Ÿ—น 1 warm synthetic top (e.g. โ€“ fleece) - only if you are going to the mountains

๐Ÿ—น Underwear/bras

๐Ÿ—น Yoga wear - optional

๐Ÿ—น Bathing suits

๐Ÿ—น Sun hat / baseball cap

๐Ÿ—น Rash guards

๐Ÿ—น Board shorts

๐Ÿ—น Water shoes / surf booties

๐Ÿ—น Sunglasses



FOOTWEAR

Youโ€™ll be walking almost every day on-course, sometimes along muddy trails. Your shoes will likely get sandy, wet, and muddy!

๐Ÿ—น Closed-toed hiking or tennis shoes โ€“ go for comfort with these!

๐Ÿ—น Sport sandals (Teva/Chaco-type with a heel strap or light weight tennis shoes).

๐Ÿ—น Socks

๐Ÿ—น Water shoes! (ie: surf booties)

๐Ÿ—น Flip-flops



DAILY NECESSITIES

๐Ÿ—น 1-qt. water bottle

๐Ÿ—น Headlamp or flashlight



PRO TIP: ALWAYS use a flashlight at night!

๐Ÿ—น Extra sets of flashlight batteries



PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

๐Ÿ—น Passport: must be valid for at least 6 months after your arrival date

๐Ÿ—น Money - Cash is king on the Osa, and you can use US dollars to purchase items.

๐Ÿ—น Watch

๐Ÿ—น Toiletry articles (biodegradable soap and shampoo, toothbrush, paste, etc.)

๐Ÿ—น Small first aid kit

Itโ€™s nice to have your own supply of fresh Bandaids, Neosporin, Tylenol, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, and Swimmerโ€™s Ear Drops, Itching remedy

๐Ÿ—น Personal Medications (over the counter and prescribed) โ€“ leave in original packaging with dosage instructions

๐Ÿ—น 2 inhalers / Epipens (if you have a prescription for an inhaler)

๐Ÿ—น Prescription glasses or contact lenses: Bring a pair of glasses even if you prefer to wear contacts, and a spare set (of contacts or glasses), if you have them

๐Ÿ—น Sunglasses: polarized with 100% UV protection

๐Ÿ—น Sunscreen: 30 SPF minimum, water-resistant, natural water-based; bring enough to cover you for the length of your vacation!

๐Ÿ—น Lip balm with sunscreen

๐Ÿ—น Insect repellent: We recommend a natural or organic repellent

๐Ÿ—น Umbrella (If it is rainy season)

๐Ÿ—น Aloe for sunburns



OPTIONAL SPORTS / ACTIVITY GEAR

We are unable to provide sports gear for guests because of the difficulty of maintaining them in high quality condition. If you know you want to surf or boogie board, we suggest bringing these things with you. They are also available for rent from Encanta la Vida, an eco-lodge across the road from us. Thank you.


OPTIONAL

๐Ÿ—น Surf board

๐Ÿ—น Boogie board

๐Ÿ—น Snorkeling gear

๐Ÿ—น Swim goggles

๐Ÿ—น Yoga mat

๐Ÿ—น Art supplies, for example a watercolor journal and watercolors

๐Ÿ—น Writing journal and pens

๐Ÿ—น A good book!

๐Ÿ—น Movies

*PRO TIP: Download your movies on your devices at home before departure.

๐Ÿ—น A day bag/pack

๐Ÿ—น Spanish dictionary/ phrasebook

๐Ÿ—น Sarongs

๐Ÿ—น Waterproof phone case

๐Ÿ—น Digital Devices - We invite you to unplug and relax! This is your vacation!

๐Ÿ—น Camera

PRO TIP: Pack your camera in a plastic bag for protection against moisture and sand, or bring an underwater camera

๐Ÿ—น Film or memory cards & extra camera batteries

๐Ÿ—น Binoculars

๐Ÿ—น Deck of cards, hacky sack, other small games


NOTE:

Please do not bring a blow dryer. Our solar power system is minimal and can not generate enough power for blow dryers. Thank you for understanding!


PRO TIPS:

๐Ÿ—น Ear plugs - Bring ear plugs for use on the airplane! Especially the small puddle jumper airplanes from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez.

๐Ÿ—น Foldable cooler bag - This will come in handy for grocery shopping.

๐Ÿ—น Fly below the radar! Donโ€™t call extra attention to yourself and your wealth. Leave the diamonds and Rolexes at home and opt for inexpensive jewelry.

๐Ÿ—น Bring cash. Cash is king in Costa Rica. While more and more places are accepting credit cards, you will mostly use cash. Also, Costa Rica vendors accept payment in US Dollars.







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