What Should I Bring for My Adventure Vacation in Costa Rica?

There are several essentials to pack for an adventure vacation. Most of these items are readily available in many Costa Rican stores.

  • Camera with a durable camera case
  • Water bottle

  • Bug spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Breathable, waterproof shell jacket

  • Small flashlight (for cave tours and nighttime tours of the jungle)

Bring plenty of extra socks, comfortable shorts and pants, and at least two long sleeve t-shirts — especially for Monteverde, where the nights are cool.

For rafting and waterfall rappelling, bring clothes that you don't mind getting completely wet, along with a dry set of clothes. Also pack river sandals or close-toed shoes that can get wet.

If you plan on doing any hiking or adventure activities like rafting, rappelling, zip-lining, or cave tours, you should bring comfortable, durable, close-toed shoes. Your shoes will probably get dirty, so a darker color is preferable.