What To Wear In Costa Rica
To sum it up - This is function over fashion
- A lot of what you are likely to do in Costa Rica is related to conservation and the rainforest, so lightweight, but rainproof clothing is essential.
- Our advice for men and women alike would be to concentrate on trekking/outdoor clothing and fairly lightweight but sturdy walking shoes.
- As you can imagine, the humidity is very high here so be prepared. Lightweight natural fabrics work best and pack long trousers and long-sleeved shirts to help keep the mosquitos from feasting on you.
- In town when eating out, wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Downtown is very casual, although hotels are more dressy (dependent upon which level of hotel you stay in).
- If you're staying in a hotel, then getting your clothes laundered is easy. Outside of this, it will be almost impossible.
- You really need to be sure you take everything you need including sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection), insect repellent, adapter plugs and converters for electrical appliances as you will find it difficult to buy these items once you are there.
- To avoid taking separate electrical leads, chargers and adaptors for all your phones and devices, try a solar powered charger - this one gadget will charge most devices anywhere at any time.
- Costa Rica is hot all year round but especially so during March, April and May.
- insect/mosquito repellent is really important - you get eaten alive under the rainforest canopy.
- If you are planning on visiting the beaches then remember to take your suncream, a sarong to use with your swim wear or as a lightweight shawl in the evening teamed with a simple sundress or skirt. Avoid revealing clothes and very short shorts.
- Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a waterstraw water purifier or safe water drinking bottle.
- Keep bottled water out of the sun as the plastic bottles can release dioxins when they heat up, which is not healthy. An alternative is to use a 100% BPA-free foldable water bottle. Reusing your water bottle will also help you do your bit for the planet - millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year.
- Whilst taking part in outdoor pursuits, look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - this elasticated strap will secure it to your bag or pocket, so you don't need to worry about dropping it anywhere.
- As in many countries some parts of Costa Rica feel safer than others. Use common sense and don't flash your money or valuables around. You may want to consider a money belt, and leave expensive jewellery at home.
- Whilst enjoying your holiday, you may like to provide help for some of the poorer communities. See the Pack for a Purpose project for ideas of responsible donations which will be gratefully received.
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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