Packing for this trip was tricky because I wanted to pack light while ALSO bringing enough toiletries and various clothes to survive three months. Needless to say, I probably didn’t pack as light as I could’ve and should’ve, but I planned on bringing some stuff that I knew I could jettison along the way.
38 pound backpackers’ backpack
10 pound Camelbak daypack
A rundown of what I brought:
- Roughly 15 tops; 10 skirts and pairs of shorts; 4 dresses; 2 bikinis; 1 long sleeve button down
- 4 pairs of sandals; 1 pair of running shoes; 2 pairs of sneakers
- Necklaces, plugs and ornate earrings, rings, bracelets (all costume jewelry)
- Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, hair product, body wash, toothbrush/paste, razors, bug spray, vitamins, ibuprofen)
- A fanny pack, 2 small purses, and a lightweight backpack
- Beach stuff (visor, 2 pairs of sunglasses, and sarong)
- My homemade collapsible travel hula hoop
- Miscellaneous (travel sewing kit, bandanas, earplugs, earbuds)
The things I’ve been happiest that I brought:
- Lightweight, patterned tank tops and skirts. Lightweight because they’re cooler and dry more easily, and patterned so they don’t show dirt. 😉
- Thrifted clothes and old clothes that I won’t feel bad about getting rid of as I travel.
- Bug spray. Although I never use it at home, the DEET-free lemon eucalyptus stuff I packed has been a life saver.
- Sunscreen. If you wait to buy it here in Costa Rica, expect to pay twice as much.
- A cotton beach sarong. I’ve used it as a towel, a skirt, and a beach blanket.
- As much underwear as possible.
- Sample sized vials of perfume. I shower three times a day here and perfume is still more necessary than you’d think.
- A lightweight satchel for going to the beach or walking around town with.
- Travel sized, individually packaged packets of coconut oil from Trader Joe’s. You can buy coconut oil here, but having it in packets is awesome if you want to take some with you to the beach for light sunscreen, or if you want to cook with it.
The things I brought but could’ve lived without:
- Two pairs of sneakers. 90% of the time I’m rocking flipflops or sandals.
- T-shirts. Seriously, I know it’s just sleeves we’re talking about, but you’ll want to wear the least amount of clothes possible here. Do yourself a favor and stick to tank tops or crop tops whenever possible.
Things I wish I’d brought:
- More clothes for going out. Although it’s casual, everyone steps it up a notch to go out.
- A small quick-dry towel.
In conclusion, I’m happy enough with the options I brought but I’ll probably be getting rid of clothes as I go, and maybe I’ll leave my hoop behind. MAYBE.
Until next time!
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