Panama’s climate is hot and humid (especially in the lowlands), so it’s best to bring comfortable, light clothes. Breathable, moisture-wicking clothing works best, but thin cotton or athletic gear will work too. Panama’s mountainous regions can, however, get downright chilly. If you plan on visiting these areas (including Boquete), bring a warm sweater, jacket, or fleece. It’s also a good idea to bring a rain jacket. Aside from the rainy season on the Pacific (generally mid-April to mid-December), Panama’s Caribbean coast can see rain throughout much of the year.
If you plan on hiking and spending time outdoors, bring a pair of good close-toed shoes, several pairs of socks, shorts, long-sleeved shirts, a hat, sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, water bottle, binoculars, and flashlight. If you’re bringing a camera, it’s a good idea to have a protective case. Those that plan on spending more time along the coast will want to bring a swimsuit, towel, sandals, and goggles.
Laundry can be done at your hotel or in town, so try not to bring more than you need. It is especially important to pack light if your trip will include domestic flights, as these can often have a weight limit on luggage.
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