Packing List: Costa Rica Beach Trip in November

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Costa Rica - The land of sunshine, surf, and sand. If you are traveling to the famous beaches of Costa Rica, this is the packing list for you. I've had quite a few trips to this life-changing country and narrowed the list down to the necessities.

Location: Costa Rica (Western Peninsula) 
Month: November
Weather: Sunny and Humid, 78-90 degrees
Trip Style: Backpacking/Beach

Advice: Pack light. You will spend most of your time on the beach. Mosquitos do come out at night, so pack bug spray. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat are a must!

  • Toiletries:
    • Eyes: Glasses, Contacts, Contact Solution/Case, Extra Contacts, Eye Drops, Sunglasses
    • Hair: Shampoo, Conditioner, Brush/Comb, Hair Ties
    • Body: Soap, Lotion, Razor, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Lightweight/Fast-drying towel, Sunscreen, Bug spray
    • Miscellaneous: Vitamins, Medications, Motion sickness medicine
  • Clothing:
    • Bottoms: Shorts, Capris, Skirts, Bathing suit coverup, Comfortable/lightweight pants
    • Tops: Tank Tops, Tees, Lightweight coverup (sweater, jacket, etc.)
    • Outerwear: Lightweight waterproof jacket (if you are planning on hiking), Sun hat, Rash guard (if surfing)
    • Undergarments: Bra, Underwear, Bathing Suits (multiple), Socks
    • Shoes: Comfortable sneakers, Flip Flops/Sandals, Hiking Boots (if necessary)
  • Necessities:
    • Passport and passport copies
    • Drivers license
    • Health insurance card
    • Copy of flights and car rental reservation
    • Money: US cash, Credit Cards
      • Reminder: Check into international exchange fees on your credit cards. Set up travel notification for you bank account(s) and credit card(s). 
    • Phone: Cell Phone, Phone charger, Portable charger
      • Reminder: Check with your phone plan to add international plans. Most places have wi-fi; however, if you need to use your phone for navigation, it will need data.
    • Electronics: Headphones, Selfie stick, Small tripod, Camera, Memory cards, Camera batteries/charger, Power adapter, mini speaker
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Notebook and Pen
    • Small backpack or beach bag, and/or a dry bag if you are hiking or exploring outdoors, as the weather changes quickly.
    • Beach towel and/or beach blanket
    • Collapsible Cooler


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