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  • About trip: Pura Vida! in Costa Rica

    About trip: Pura Vida! in Costa Rica The trip exceeded far my expectations! I’ve taken many organized tours with different companies such as Contiki, Trafalgar and Studiosus. This has been the best organized and most enjoyable tour I’ve taken, due in large part to the efforts and friendliness of Annelies. Great job!!! see more

    Candice Aebi
    United States
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    “If you want to travel in Latin America, I can definitely recommend Vamos Expeditions. I know Annelies as a “colleague”, leading trips for Venture Europe and as a “customer” taking part in a Vamos Expeditions trip through Central America. Annelies is a very warm person,... see more

    Nancy Van Heurck
    United States
  • About trip: Coast to Coast in Costa Rica

    About trip: Coast to Coast in Costa Rica To say it in one word: perfecto! The rainforest in Rara Avis, the boat trip to the north, horse riding around the lake Arenal, seeing the eruption of the Volcano, the hot springs, just all unforgettable! see more

    Carol van Meiracker
  • About trip: Pura Vida! in Costa Rica

    About trip: Pura Vida! in Costa Rica Was a wonderful sampler for a definite return trip to Costa Rica. I thought it was great to have two nights in every place. The locations were very well chosen. Highlights of the trip: fellow travelers, hot springs, animals and vegetation, experienced tour guide, rainbows and falling Stars,... see more

    Hilary Howarth
  • About trip: Coast to Coast in Costa Rica

    About trip: Coast to Coast in Costa Rica Both coasts were fantastic, as well were la Fortuna and Monteverde. The food we had in the ‘Sodas’ was delicious, filling and cheap! I think we couldn’t have been more lucky with our tour leader. She knew so much about the small details about Costa Rican traditions, life and... see more

    Genevieve Lussier
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Costa Rica > What to Pack?


To reduce the risk of damage to your luggage, please do not lock your bags when checking in for flights! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screens every piece of checked luggage at commercial airports throughout the U.S. According to the TSA, baggage handling agents may require access to the contents of your luggage and will break locks as required. Also, remember to pack extra rolls of film in your carry-on bag, as screening equipment will cause film damage. Placing film in a lead-lined bag will only subject luggage to further scrutiny, as baggage handling agents will not be able to see the bag’s contents. For more suggestions from the TSA, visit their website at


Traveling in foreign countries brings you into new and strange situations, and though it´s often fun to do things as the locals do, it can be irritating when simple daily habits, taken for granted at home, are upset. An ample supply of your favorite toiletries and health remedies are crucial for your personal comfort. To help make your vacation as convenient and pleasant as possible, please review our lists of suggested travel gear, and pack accordingly.

We advise you not to pack aerosol cans; they tend to leak during air travel. Also avoid packing glass bottles; use plastic containers instead. Leave at home checkbooks and any credit cards not essential for your trip, valuable jewelry, and, in general, anything that you would hate to lose.


• Camera gear. Include a flash, extra batteries, and plenty of fresh film. Please be aware that some tourist sites may charge you a small fee for a video camera.
• Daypack or waist pack. Either is ideal for carrying your wallet, glasses, tissues, etc. on sightseeing tours and other activities. They free up your hands and are relatively comfortable because, unlike a shoulder bag, they evenly distribute the weight of your belongings onto your back or hips.
• Spare eyeglasses/contact lens. If you wear either, bring a spare pair of glasses and your prescription. For contact lens, include extra cleaning solution.
• Sunglasses. Don’t underestimate how bright the sun can be, even in winter. Protect your eyes from the glare by wearing sunglasses with 100% UV block and a neck strap for “on/off” convenience.
• Sun hat or visor. A wide-brimmed one provides the most protection: it shades the back of your neck as well as your face.
• Sunscreen with SPF 15 or stronger. Oil-free brands feel best on the face.
• Insect repellent. For the best protection against insect bites, choose a brand with a high concentration of DEET (between 30% and 35%).
• Travel money bag. For added security at airports and on sightseeing excursions, carry your cash in a money belt or neck pouch.
• Packets of decaffeinated coffee/sweetener. “Decaf” may not always be available and sweetener brands vary. If you prefer to avoid caffeine, please come prepared.


• Daily essentials: Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss; hairbrush or comb; shaving items; deodorant; cotton ear swabs; shampoo/conditioner; shower cap; body soap; etc. Trial sizes are perfect for travel. You can also buy travel-size plastic bottles, and fill them with your favorite brands from home.
• Moisturizer and chapstick. Soothing after a day in the wind or sun.
• Pocket-size tissues. Handy for a myriad of travel needs.
• Anti bacterial cream. Enable you to easily clean your hands when water and soap are unavailable.
• Hanging toiletry bag.
• Note: We do not recommend you to bring packets of moist towelettes as those are not environmentally friendly.


• Prescription medicines. Bring a sufficient supply of any prescription drugs you are required to regularly take.
• Vitamins. Stay healthy! Count out enough pills to last the duration of your trip.
• Cold remedies. Sudafed, Dristan, Vitamin C, etc.
• Ibuprofen or aspirin. Or whatever you normally take for minor pains.
• Laxatives. Some travelers bring a stash of dried prunes, or rely on common antidotes like Ex-Lax or Correctol.
• Pepto-Bismol or Mylanta. Or other antacid/stomach upset medicine.
• Anti-diarrhea tablets. Imodium and Lomotil are over-the-counter brands.
• Band-Aids. Bring a small assortment of sizes and shapes.
• Moleskin foot pads. These are excellent for relief from blisters.
• Neosporin or bacitracin. Or other anti-bacterial medication.


• Travel alarm. If you´re used to waking up by alarm, you may want to take along a travel-size one with you.
• Basic sewing kit. Black/white threads, needle, safety pins, and extra buttons.
• Hair dryer. A hair dryer is not provided at your hotels.
• Sink stopper & travel-size laundry soap. Useful for hand washables. Some hotel sinks may not feature stoppers.
• Pocket-size calculator. Useful for figuring out foreign exchange rates when you exchange money or shop for souvenirs.
• Reading materials. Perhaps a novel, magazines, guidebook, or Spanish phrasebook.
• Travel journal/note pad. Ideal for jotting down your daily discoveries, thoughts, and personal expenses.
• Home address book. For sending postcards and adding the addresses of other Vamos Expeditions travelers you´re bound to befriend during your trip.
• Lightweight binoculars. Great for spotting wildlife, and seeing the details of monuments and buildings you might view from a distance.


• 6 rolls of film.
• 5 liters of liquor.
• 1.1 pounds of tobacco products (approximately two cartons of cigarettes).