- Wide-brimmed hat for rain or sun.
- Flashlight for nighttime hikes, to get from your cabin to the dining room in the middle of the forest, and in case the
power goes off in town or the generator is shut off before you're ready for bed at one of the remote reserves.
- Insect repellent
- Pocket calculator-simplifies currency calculations.
- Moist toweletes
- Small mirror-some rustic facilities lack a bedroom mirror.
- Anti-itch ointment-an antihistamine cream for insect bites or even an antihistamine to take orally to reduce discomfort. If
you do find yourself with bites and no ointment, juice from the stem of the impatiens (china) plant, abundant in many parts
of Costa Rica , is an excellent natural remedy.
- Anti-diarrhea medicine-better to have the kind you are comfortable with, just in case.
- Washcloth-many Costa Rican hotels don't supply them.
- Re closable plastic bags-small ones are ideal for keeping a passport or other important papers dry; a larger one is handy
for packing a wet bathing suit, or even for your camera or extra lens.
- Plastic water bottle-or buy bottled water for hikes, bus rides, etc.
- Binoculars, to see the expression on the face of the sloth high in the tree. You'll be sorry if you don't bring a pair.
- Antifogging agent for eyeglasses, especially during the rainy season, when putting binoculars or a camera to your glasses
can result in one big blur. (If you're in the forest with Amos Bien of Rara Avis, he can show you a plant leaf that will do the
trick, but otherwise bring your own stuff.)
- Old tennis or sandals, for climbing over rocks at the beach to explore tide pools.
- Tissues-public rest rooms in Costa Rica may not have toilet paper.
- Coin purse, to accommodate an ever-growing supply of change. (Unfortunately, only the small denominations seem to
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