What to Pack
Recommended Travel Gear
To help make your vacation as convenient and pleasant as possible, we will be sending you a list of suggested travel gear for each of the trips you book with us. Review the list and pack accordingly. Here, we suggest certain very useful tips:
--Three of the most important things to bring to Paradise are a pair of good binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.
--An ample supply of your favorite toiletries and health remedies are recommended for your personal comfort. Once on the road, you don't want to waste any of your valuable vacation time shopping for such items should you require them.
--Casual clothing: shirts (cotton or light synthetic, long- and short-sleeved), trousers (cotton or light synthetic pants) Jeans are not recommended (too slow to dry). Hiking shorts. Footwear should be waterproof (light weight hiking boots, river sandals), tennis shoes or running shoes. If you do not bring hiking boots we recommend you bring TWO pairs of tennis shoes. Specially in the rainy season. Check on weather. As soon as one pair gets wet, use that pair any time to you likely to get your feet wet. Go to any length to keep the other pair dry! Socks—bring extra pairs in case feet get wet
--Important things to bring:
Rain gear—poncho, raincoat and umbrella
Hat(s)—with visor for rain and sun protection
Plastic water bottle—especially for hikes
Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb
Camera with spare batteries and plenty of film
Ziplock plastic bags for spillable toiletries
Extra prescription glasses and medication (if applicable)
Small day pack or fanny pack for hikes
Sweater or Jacket (a must for highland explorations)
Plastic garbage bags for wet items
Collapsible luggage to store extra items in San José
--Travel Light: A good rule of thumb is to gather together everything you want to bring; then bring half of that. Eliminate all but the essentials and start packing a few days before you leave. That way, you'll have time to think and not worry about what you might be forgetting. Remember, too, you will probably be buying gifts and souvenirs; leave ample room for them in your luggage.
--Packing Tip: To lighten your luggage, choose a color scheme and pack a small selection of clothes from which you can mix and match to create a varied wardrobe.
--Air Travel Packing Tip
We advise you not to pack aerosol cans; they tend to leak during air travel. Also avoid packing glass bottles; use plastic containers instead. Leave at home checkbooks and any credit cards not essential for your trip, valuable jewelry, and, in general, anything that you would hate to lose.
In spite of the heightened restrictions at all airports, visit www.tsa.dot.gov for the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) recommendations on what to pack, and make the start of your trip as trouble-free as possible.