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 cream, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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