While You Stay

What to Bring (Suggested Items)
Every traveler is different, as we all have our own unique styles and preferences for how we dress and how little or how much to pack for our adventures.  Nonetheless, some things always seem to be necessary and not having something when you need it can be both irritating and stressful.  The list below is not all-encompassing for how to pack a bag, but will ideally serve as a useful rough guide for a beginning. 

  • Luggage case or backpack:  Your primary carry case per your preference for your vacation experience.  For backpack travelers, a 65L or larger pack is recommended.
  • Smaller backpack:   A smaller pack to carry some snacks, a water bottle, towel, etc… for day trip excursions.  You will not regret having this extra item that will become a seemingly invaluable necessity.
  • Passport:  You cannot travel internationally without this item, so please take care to pack your passport! Buy a decent carry case for your passport that can be strapped to your waste as a belt or something that hangs from the neck.  You’ll be asked for this item frequently, so easy access and safe keeping storage for this document is vitally important.  It is also a good idea to take a photo of your passport with your phone camera and you will then be able to use this photo instead of carrying your passport around with you constantly.
  • Cash money: Cash traveler’s checks, exchange money or use the ATM at Banco de Costa Rica, Dominical’s only bank. You’ll find it across the highway, just past Dominical’s primary entrance after the Baru River. Address – Centro Comercial Plaza Pacífic De La Entrada De Dominical 200 M. Sur, Osa, Puntarenas. More banks can be found in Uvita, ten miles farther south on the Route 34. All have ATMs for cash withdrawals. There is an ATM at the baggage terminal in the San Jose International Airport (SJO).
  • Credit card: American Express, Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted throughout the country, but Visa is generally considered to be the most widely used.
  • Driver License:  You will need this for car rentals.
  • Prescriptions, etc.: i.e. Eyeglasses, medications, vitamins, etc… Those things that you just won’t be the same without.
  • Flashlights and headlamps: (waterproof items recommended)
  • Shoes/Boots/Sandals: Good shoes, boots or sandals that you will be continually comfortable in while on the beach, in the jungle or walking around town.
  • Socks:  Not always necessary for those who prefer to be barefoot, but important.  Find a way to stuff a few socks into your backpack or suitcase.
  • Shower shoes: Recommended – a cheap pair of flip flops to wear in a shower.
  • Water Shoes: Costa Rica is an environment full of waterfalls, rivers, streams and of course the ocean.  Plan accordingly with a reliable and comfortable pair of water shoes and you will not regret stuffing this extra item into your pack.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Quick-Dry Clothing: Lightweight pants, T-Shirts and long-sleeved Shirt (for cooler days or protection against insects).  Warning! cotton clothing will stay wet (seemingly permanently) in a rainy and humid environment. 
  • Rain Gear:  Costa Rica can be a wet environment.  One entire season (the extended six-month kind of season) is pretty much guaranteed to provide a rain shower or two on a daily basis.  The rain is mostly warm during the day, but can be considerably colder in the evening.  If you are bothered by rain, then plan accordingly with your packed bag and find a way to squeeze in some rain gear and maybe a small umbrella.
  • Bathing suits:  You will likely be in or around water constantly.  Be prepared.
  • Towel:  Towels are readily available in local stores, etc… So no big deal if you forget to pack one in the bag.  It is recommended that you bring your own quick-dry towel. Bath towels are provided with your rental.
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellant
  • Hygiene Products:  Toothpaste, toothbrush (and protective travel holder), shampoo, deodorant, comb, soap or body wash, etc…  Everyone is different.  All liquids must be contained in TSA approved bottles at the correct sizes.
  • Water Bottle
  • Carabiner clips:  Useful for so many things
  • Electronic Devices:  Your preferred electronic devices and the battery charger cords for those devices.Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, same as the US. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type so US travelers will not typically need a converter or adapter.
  • Books: Guidebooks for Costa Rica or the Central American Region and any other book(s) to enjoy during moments of relaxation