Packing list suggestions

Where to begin

Where do you start when packing? This guide will give you the basics on important items, prohibited items, clothing, personal gear and surf gear. With these basics in place, consider where you are going and how much is actually required. Lastly, don't forget to respect the local environment and culture by using eco-friendly products and being mindful of your impact on the region.


Important stuff

  • Valid Passport (Please note that Passport Cards are not accepted for international air travel)
  • Proof of return flight to leave Costa Rica
  • Travel insurance information
  • Driver’s License (if you plant to rent a car or motorbike during your trip, this is essential).
  • Any necessary prescription medications. They need to be in their originally prescribed containers (with YOUR name on the bottle) and kept in your carry-on luggage.

Prohibited items

  • Food like fruits, meats, seeds, grains, animal products. Most tropical countries do not allow these items.
  • Slingshots or other weapons.
  • Recreational drugs are not legal and not advised.

Clothes and shoes

  • Rash guards or surf shirts
  • Board shorts or swimsuits (at least 2-3 pairs)
  • Light, breathable T-shirts and tank tops
  • Lightweight long-sleeve shirts for sun protection
  • Comfortable shorts or skirts for casual wear
  • Flip-flops or sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sneakers (waterproof shoes are helpful for any waterfall hikes)
  • Hat with a wide brim for sun protection
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Light rain jacket or poncho (in case of showers)

Personal care

  • Toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, dental care, soap, lotion.
  • REEF-SAFE sunscreen with at least 30SPF to protect your skin and the planet. We like this brand *NO CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS*.
  • Mosquito repellent.-We like this natural version.
  • Hair care products and styling tools.
  • Personal hygiene products.
  • The hotel provides beach towels
  • The hotel provides yoga mats, blocks, and straps. Bring your own mat if you prefer!

Surf gear

  • Surf boards. Educate yourself on the surfboard travel fees so you can plan ahead and avoid surprises. Here is a great resource:
  • Leash(es) for your surfboard(s)
  • Wax for your surfboard(s)
  • Surfboard repair kit (ding repair materials, fin keys, etc.)
  • Fins and fin key
  • Sunscreen (water-resistant and reef-safe)
  • Waterproof phone case or pouch
  • Earplugs, surf hat, eyedrops

Other recommendations

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Lightweight daypack for exploring/hiking
  • A good book or entertainment for downtime
  • Phone, charger, and power bank
  • Camera, extra batteries, and charger
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker