There’s a million packing lists floating around the internet on what you need to bring to Costa Rica, but this is the ultimate packing list.

It requires no extra bags, and is easy to lift.

And it’s completely free.

This list is not long, but it’s super important.

So, without further ado, the ultimate Costa Rica packing list.

1. Patience


Costa Rica is NOT New York City and it’s certainly not like anywhere you’ve ever travelled. This is a good thing. You came here to experience a different culture, different people, and a different way of life. Don’t try to fit the square peg into the round hole.

2. Alertness


Most Ticos here are friendly, but there are some people who try to take advantage of tourists. Just because you’re in the land of the “Pura Vida” does not mean you can let your guard down. It has the same problems other countries have. Costa Rica just happens to look a lot prettier!

3. An Open Mind


You’ll try new food, zipline through a cloudforest, maybe even take a surf lesson! Most things you will like, some things will push your limits. Be open to new experiences.

4. Realistic Expectations


Yes, Costa Rica is a wonderful place, but if you’re coming here on vacation thinking a place will suddenly transform you into a peaceful, good vibes, unstressed person, think again. A trip to Costa Rica will take your mind off the day to day routines of home, but who you are as a person deep down will not change because of one place.

If you have anything else for the packing list add it to the comments below. 

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