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Top 10 Packing Tips for your Costa Rica Adventure

SummitCosta Rica’s varied array of attractions, landscapes and eco-systems have cemented its position as one of the most enticing and adventurous holiday destinations in the world. Discerning adventurers know that if you wish to savor a kaleidoscope of adrenalin-pumping sports, romantic eco-resorts and wildlife spotting, there’s no better place to be. Beaches, jungles, forests and vertiginous mountain tops…travel to Costa Rica and you’ll have the best of Mother Nature at your feet.

Yet when the vacation’s set in stone, flight tickets booked and an array of activities organized, a question of logistics creeps up.

How on earth does one pack for such a varied destination?

With our help, that’s how!

Follow our best insider’s packing tips for Costa Rica Adventures and we guarantee you’ll be prepared for all eventualities.

1.     Causal Trumps Dressy

The pure essence of Costa Rica, the pura vida philosophy and the closeness to nature exudes casualness. Even if you’ve booked a few nights in an exclusive 5* resort, do note that, at most, you’ll probably get dressed up just once. For that super special night out. Most of the time you’ll want to be in easy-to-wear clothes and (perhaps more importantly) comfortable shoes.

After you spend a full day hiking, horse riding, white water rafting, volcano climbing, waterfall hiking, snorkeling or SCUBA diving, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is donning a pair of heels or dressy shoes. Trust us on this. Pack one special dressy outfit for that night out in San Jose or that anniversary dinner you’ve got lined up, and make sure the rest of your suitcase is filled up with practical clothing.

2.     Make ‘Quick Dry’ your Mantra

Quick dry fabrics and tropical countries go hand in hand. When humidity is high, activities aplenty and rain quite common, you need clothing which is easy to wash and super-fast to dry. Your pants, T-shirts and travel towel should all be made out of quick dry fabrics.

3.     Ain’t No Place for Jeans

Many a visitor has regretted bringing a pair of jeans to Costa Rica. If you’re visiting for a week, rest assured your vacation will be over before a single pair of jeans has the chance to dry. For the reasons stated above, denim is just not a convenient material to bring to Costa Rica. Make sure you clothing is lightweight and go for cargo pants (zipped up at the knee!) for forest hikes and evenings out. For best breathability in hot and sticky climates, choose cotton as much as possible, especially for your undergarments.

4.     Expect a Chill in the Air…

One zip up fleece is absolutely essentially, as you’ll be surprised at the times you can experience a definite drop in temperatures. In certain areas, Costa Rica can get downright cold at night, and even a boat ride on a windy overcast day can chill you to the bone.

5.     Bring the Right Shoes

Water sneakers (like Keens) are incredibly useful in Costa Rica, especially if you’re planning to hike, visit waterfalls or enjoy some white-water rafting. We suggest a pair of flip flops for relaxing evenings in your eco-lodge, and a pair of flats for nights out in town.

6.     Sarongs are Heaven-Sent

Sarongs are your best friend – they work as a dress, a towel, a bikini cover-all and a shawl in times when culture dictates (when visiting churches, for example) and when the temperature drops unexpectedly.

7.     Prepare for Rain, but…

The reason Costa Rica is so luscious is because it receives a healthy amount of rainfall, all year long. Although you should always expect rain – or at the very least, to get wet at some point, waterfall hiking for example – we suggest you don’t bring a thick raincoat but purchase a cheap and cheerful poncho-in-a-pouch as soon as you arrive. They’re available everywhere, are cheap and you can donate them on your last day in the country.

8.     Don’t Forget the Hardware

A pair of small travel binoculars, a flashlight and Ziploc bags of all sizes are never wasted; and neither is a compact Spanish dictionary or phrasebook.

9.     Invaluable Toiletries

Along with your essentials, pack some strong insect repellent (cream or spray) and plenty of SPF30+ sunscreen. In Costa Rica, this is exorbitantly expensive, so bring as much as you think you’ll need for the duration of your trip. Don’t forget to pack a hat and sunglasses too, the sun can get quite fierce here, at any time of year.

10.    Travel-Size 1st Aid Kit

Having a compact 1st aid kit in your day pack is always a great idea. At the very least, it should include band-aids and blister packs, rehydration sachets and motion sickness tablets.

Bonus #11 Leave Room in your Suitcase!

The most invaluable thing you’ll want to include in your suitcase, when visiting Costa Rica, is empty space. You’ll no doubt want to stock up on delectable coffee and lots of amazing handmade jewellery and souvenirs of all sorts. So don’t fall into the trap of over packing! Bring just a couple of changes of clothes and make sure you leave enough room to take home a little piece of Costa Rica.


Why Costa Rica Rios Excels At Vacations

Costa Rica Rios AdventuresYou might be surprised to know that Costa Rica Rios isn’t just in the vacation travel business. They take their role in your adventure much more seriously than that. Costa Rica Rios is raising the stakes by offering breathing room, well deserved time off, family bonding time, courage, confidence and long lasting memories.

When you book with Costa Rica Rios, get ready to choose your own adventure amidst breathtaking scenery and heart pounding activities. Turn your next vacation into the trip of a lifetime including luxurious lodging, thrilling activities and delicious local flavor. They’ve put together the perfect team, the best tours and the most exciting adventure imaginable. But what is it that really sets them apart from any other exotic vacation destination?

Dedicated Staff
Costa Rica Rios receives more compliments regarding their staff than anything else. All staff are English-speaking customer service professionals with a passion for adventure and putting smiles on people’s faces. With a strong emphasis on training, on-going education and a positive company culture, Costa Rica Rios can confidently say they have world-class employees who put safety first.

Choices, Choices and More Choices
There are many types of vacation packages available, including an option to customize every aspect to your personal taste. With an abundance of exhilarating activities available, you are sure to find something that appeals to everyone in your group. If you like to relax, soak up the sun and gaze on the gorgeous tropical landscape, you can enjoy an afternoon at the beach, horseback riding, guided tours and more. If adventure runs through your veins then try zip lining, white water rafting or kayaking. Make your vacation the perfect blend of thrills and chills.

Sustainable Travel
Costa Rica Rios wants to make sure that future generations get to enjoy this land and all of its majestic beauty just as you are about to. That is why they have dedicated themselves to the idea of sustainable travel. This dedication includes not only supporting the environment but the local residents as well. Providing a share of their profits to 1% for the planet is just one way Costa Rica Rios gives back. They also have many processes put in place to reduce, reuse and recycle in everything they do. This includes staff training as well. In doing so, they are ensuring the your great grandchildren can come vacation in Costa Rica someday.


How To Easily Document Your Amazing Adventure

Personal journal entryWhen you travel to Costa Rica for the adventure vacation of a lifetime, you’ll want to easily document every thrill seeking moment along the way!  With social media making it easier than ever to follow your family and friends’ adventures, you’ll be amazed at how many people will be eagerly awaiting your updates as well!

Since you’ll be doing a lot more physical activity than the normal vacationer, a simple digital camera won’t give you all the flexibility you need on your travels. Luckily, there are some great products on the market that will help you capture every moment and give you the ability to share your adventures in one or two clicks.

Journals, Pictures and Videos: Adventure Style
Simple things first; don’t forget to keep a detailed journal during your vacation. Each night or every morning write down everything that you did, what you saw and most importantly, how you felt doing it. Record as much detail as possible while it is fresh in your mind. You can write notes in a journal, type your notes into an electronic device or even dictate your stories using the record feature on your smart phone.

Using a GoPro during your adventuresTaking stunning photos of the beautiful scenery in Costa Ricas is easy with a GoPro camera. The GoPro Hero4 for example is a small, lightweight camera that can easily be mounted on your body or on your equipment to take amazing POV (point of view) shots and video. You can also try a Nikon CoolPix AW110 which is lightweight, waterproof and shockproof. Both also have WiFi capability to share direct to social media. There are several adventure cameras to choose from but these are two are industry favorites.

Easy Ways To Share Your Adventure Online

As for the social media side, you can document your entire Costa Rica Adventure vacation of a lifetime with an app called Trip Journal. Trip Journal makes it easy to share your location, routes, photos, videos and more. It even has Google Earth integration to really show off your exotic locations.

Furthermore, you can blog (WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr, etc) as you go or wait until you get home to create posts full of memories, pictures and video. To save space in your luggage, think about bringing and iPad Mini or other tablet device to quickly share your exciting adventure vacation with the world!

Sharing your once in a lifetime adventure is easy with our tips!


More Than A Week Away From It All

In this down-sized economy, companies are running leaner and offering new employees less vacation benefits. In turn, as our work schedules get more demanding and e-tools make us more likely to be “plugged in” to work 24/7, our stress levels are through the roof!

Costa Rica Rios Adventure Vacation with Cliff Jumping.

We are living in a “time is money” generation and have lost sight of why we really need time away from the office. A vacation isn’t just a job perk, it is medicine for the body, mind and soul that cleanses us from stress and increases our productivity in the long run. Thinking that we have to much to do and are too needed at the office keeps us from the main event in our lives – living!

Think of it this way, your job is a means to an end. The goal of working should be to fund your perfect life. Life is all about experience and adventure, that’s why getting away from it all by taking a Costa Rica Adventure Vacation can help enhance your life in ways you never even thought of before. Did you know that when Forbes Magazine polled 400 of the richest business people in the US, that they weren’t really any happier than the average American? That’s because status and money doesn’t bring you life satisfaction. Experience, adventure and relationships with family do.

Stress and anxiety are bigger risk factors for heart attacks than hamburgers and genetics combined. Did you know that people who take an annual vacation of one week or more at a time are significantly less likely to have heart attacks? Not only can a vacation help your heart, but it can improve your sleep habits and help clear your mind so that you are super productive when you return!

Costa Rica Rios Adventure Vacation White Water Rafting in Costa Rico Rapids.

For families the benefits of a Costa Rica Adventure Vacation are double! Spending one to two weeks of quality time (that would be time uninterrupted with cell phone calls and e-mails) with your children helps them to become more resilient adults with higher self-esteem. Husbands and wives, parents and children and even siblings need that extra stress-free time to bond and build relationships. So this year, try to plan your work schedule around your vacation time and not the other way around!