The Complete Costa Rica Packing List for Men

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Hi! We’re Thomas (the German) and Sarah (the US-er).

We met in Virginia, moved to Germany, and now live in sunny Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica is filled with over a dozen microclimates, which means tons of different weather! The beaches tend to be crazy hot and sticky and the mountains are cool and rainy. Of course, Costa Rica also has a rainy season which is different depending on which coast you are on….Basically packing for Costa Rica means bringing a little of everything. Ugh! Here is a complete Costa Rica packing list for men to help you out. If you would like a packing list for women, head on over here.

Costa Rica Packing List for Men – Clothes:

Swim Shorts

For sure pack a few pairs of swim shorts. We suggest at least two pairs. Costa Rica is sandwiched between the Pacific coast and the Caribbean coast. There are countless beautiful beaches and you’ll definitely want to soak up the sun. Keep in mind that this country is made for action so bring something you can surf, swim, run etc in.

Dry Shirt

If you’re planning on spending most of your trip beach hopping it is always a good idea to have a shirt to swim in. The sun is ridiculous here.

Short Sleeve Shirts or Tank Tops

Bring some shirts that are versatile but not too showy. Bring shirts like ones that you can pair with shorts or pants. Also, pack a few really casual shirts for adventures and a few nicer shirts for going out.

Long Sleeve Shirt

We suggest bringing at least one or two long sleeve shirts or sweatshirts. Having something that you can button or zip up would be helpful. In the rainforest and mountains it can be really cool even during the day.


Costa Rica can also be HOT! Definitely bring some shorts. We also suggest at least one pair of sport shorts. This country is made for adventures, and you’ll definitely want some movable shorts to do them in.


We suggest bringing at least one pair of pants. During the day it is hot, but it can cool off quickly in the evening. If you are planning on hiking in the rainforest or mountains it’s nice to have some comfortable moveable pants.

Rain Jacket

During the rainy season, it rains almost every day here. A lightweight rain jacket for your adventures would be useful.


The sun can get really hot. You pretty much need hat. If you plan on bringing something wide-brimmed just remember you will have to fit it in your suitcase or wear it during your travels.


Bring a few more pairs of socks than days you are planning on staying. Things have a tendency of getting wet here and never drying.


Nuff said.

Don’t forget to also bring something to sleep in! Most hotels have fans or air conditioning, but not heating. If you are in a place where it gets cold at night you may want to bundle up in something warm.

If you need to get your clothes washed there are laundromats located all over the country. They are not always the cheapest and they might not get your clothes as clean as you’re used to, but if you run out of clothes to wear, they will do the trick.

Costa Rica Packing List for Men – Shoes

Flip flops

Bring one pair of flip flops for the beach, but you don’t need more than one pair.

Hiking Shoes

Chacos are great for when you are doing more adventure type activities. They are breathable and offer great support. If you prefer something that is not open, I’d bring some hiking boots.

Everyday Shoes

We are a big fan of Tom’s. They are easy to squish into your suitcase and you can wear them with everything! In the evening when it gets buggy it is nice to have something to slip on. Just note that they tend to smell really bad the second they get wet.

Costa Rica Packing List for Men – Gear

We have a complete post on all the essential gear every Costa Rica traveler needs over here

Costa Rica Packing List for Men – Considerations

-Definitely copy your passport before coming to Costa Rica and store it in a separate place. we also suggest emailing a copy to yourself. If on the off chance your passport is stolen, you really need a backup.

-If you want to stay connected with your cell phone you can check what the rates would be from your regular cell phone provider. The other option is to get a SIM card at the airport in San Jose. There is a stand for the phone provider Kolbi and it is extremely cheap. You can get a prepaid card and will likely pay no more than $5 to make calls for your whole trip. Just note that this won’t be possible with an iPhone unless it is unlocked. We have a full post on the subject here.

-We strongly suggest not bringing anything overly flashy with you. Leave jewelry and fancy technology at home. You don’t NEED them and it’s best to air on the side of caution here.

-Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before heading here. You never know what could happen and we think it’s better to be safe than sorry. We suggest World Nomads. They are the company we use and love while traveling. You can read about our experience using World Nomads

If you have any questions Costa Rica packing please leave them in the comment section below and we’ll help you out. 🙂

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