What to Pack

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an adventure junkies dream destination, the most popular spot for having the best outdoor adventures is the La Fortuna and Arenal area. From hiking what was once Costa Rica’s most active volcano, relaxing in hot springs, swimming at the base of a 75ft waterfall, to exploring underground caves, there is no shortage of activities. A tropical climate with significant rainfall even during “dry months,” with average temperatures in the 80’s, be prepared for a few outfit changes to adapt to your day.

Pack the Right Stuff for your Trip to Costa Rica

Hiking around Arenal Volcano

The lava rocks along these trails are jagged and often slippery from the frequent rain showers, so be sure to wear grippy hiking shoes with protective toe coverage that allow your feet to breathe. The trails are mostly unshaded so a water resistant full coverage hat with UPF protection is a must.

Stay dry in unpredictable rain storms with rain gear

The rain season, aka “green season” is the most popular time to travel to Costa Rica but let’s be real, when is it ever not rain season? Pack a light weight rain coat and a waterproof backpack to keep additional layers of clothes dry even in the worst rain shower.

Packing Tip


Use colored packing cubes to organize your clothes.

Navigating La Fortuna waterfall

The hike down to the base of La Fortuna waterfall consists of 500 slippery steep steps - pack sandals that provide solid footing and grip. If you plan to swim at the base, which you must, opt for quick dry swimwear and make sure to pack a towel.

Wear layers to stay comfortable in changing weather conditions

Costa Rica is not far from the equator so protection from the sun should be top of mind at all times. Pack light layers with UPF sun protection even when the sun is not visible, and quick dry clothing to stay comfortable and dry even when the rain is pouring down on you.

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