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

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.