Dress in Costa Rica is very casual. Ticos rarely dress up. Packing soft-sided luggage will make traveling much easier. Most hotels have laundry service available for guests. You can store excess luggage in San Jose hotels. Please make photocopies of passports, credit cards, etc, and keep in a separate place from the originals. Also emailing yourself a copy can be helpful if you lose them. Expensive electronics are not recommended because Costa Rica is very humid and damp.
Hiking boots or tennis shoes**
Long sleeve shirt – cotton or light synthetics
Socks – bring extras for wet feet
Long pants – cotton or synthetic**
Sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt
Sport-type sandals (similar to Teva, Chaco or Keens)
Water resistant jacket or poncho (May to November)
**Fast-drying or bring an extra pair.
Traveler’s checks/credit cards
Backup prescription eye-wear
Sunscreen or sunblock
Lip balm with sun protection
Camera with batteries/charger
Waterproof disposable camera.
Umbrella (May to November)
Day pack or backpack
Ziploc bags in assorted sizes
Travel Health Kit:
Insect repellent with DEET