Costa Rica Packing List

Less is more. Make sure that all clothing you bring fits comfortably. The following list is suggested for a 7-10 day student trip:


Common Travel Clothing

● 2-3 pairs of pants

● 2-3 pairs of shorts

● 1 long-sleeve shirt

● 3-5 short-sleeve shirts 

● 1 sweatshirt or fleece pullover (May-December)

● Raincoat

● 6-8 pairs of underwear

● 2-4 pairs of socks

● 1 pair of sandals

Adventure Clothing

● 1 pair of quick-dry shorts

● 1-2 quick-dry T-shirts

● 1 quick-dry long-sleeve shirt

● Swim suit/board shorts

○ Two-piece suits are acceptable for women

●  Hiking boots

● Towel for beach


● Toothbrush & Toothpaste

● Travel-sized shampoo  & soap/shower gel

● Bug spray (we recommend mixing your own bug spray with coconut oil and citronella oil)

● Sunscreen

● Razors for entirety of stay

● Eye glasses, eye glass cases, contacts, contact solution

● Feminine products (if you prefer to stick with your common brand)

Other Necessary Items

● Hat and/or sunglasses

● 1-2 plastic bags for storing wet clothes/shoes

● Water bottle

● Compact umbrella

● Basic first aid kit that may include:

○ Bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, antiseptic, tweezers, scissors, disposable gloves, anti-fungal/antibacterial cream, anti-itch cream, 1% hydrocortisone cream, sunburn treatment (aloe vera), blister moleskin

○ Medications for pain, fevers, nausea, diarrhea, respiratory problems, motion sickness, allergies

○ Thermometer

○ Hydrating eye drops

○ First aid quick reference card

● Electronics:

○ Cell phone

○ Camera

○ Chargers 


■ Outlets are the same in Costa Rica as in the United States.

■ Be sure to bring a plastic bag to cover your electronics, as you are likely to get caught in the rain!