Getting Ready

Your suitcase? Remember, try to pack as light as possible. A lightweight suitcase and small backpack is your best option. Your baggage is always your responsibility and unless it is on the Distinctive Expedition bus, it should never be left unattended.

Always have on you:

Passport (take a photocopy of it before your departure)
Your plane ticket and Travel Insurance information
Wallet or special belt for your money

Two pair of comfortable shoes – good hiking shoes and/or tennis shoes
Sandals – Teva or Keens and/or water shoes if White Water Rafting
Light, easy dry polyester clothing for Tortuguero, Arenal and Guanacaste
Jacket or sweater for cooler evening temperatures in San Jose and Monteverde
Comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight pants
Night wear, underwear
Swimming suit
Rain gear
Hat or cap for the sun
Other Things to Bring:

Good quality Sun Lotion and lip balm
Insect Repellent.
Binoculars (If you have a pair)
Camera, memory cards, batteries and/or charger.

There are excellent photo opportunities at each destination in Costa Rica and we don’t want you to be disappointed in the quality of your photos. Bring a camera that you are comfortable in travelling with to capture those special moments. For some people, it will be a quality point and shoot type camera; others will want to bring their DSLR camera with several lens choices. The choice is yours.

Hygiene products packed in a zipped waterproof bag: Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, Contact lenses solution (if you have contacts), feminine hygiene products, razors, hairbrush or comb, anti-bacterial soap.
Any necessary medications (include allergies, asthma and any other ailments)
Flash Light.
A good book (or 2)
A deck of cards
What not to bring

There is no need to bring expensive jewelry or expensive personal belongings.
We recommend that you don’t bring large amounts of cash.

Special Note on Cell Phones and Internet

Coverage is excellent in most locations in Costa Rica and many people will decide to travel with their phone. It is important to know that roaming charges and long-distance fees can be shockingly expensive. Please check with your cell phone provider regarding how these charges will be applied to your individual account. You may want to consider using apps such as Skype, Viber and Whatssap to make calls and avoid roaming charges.
Email is the best way to communicate when you are abroad, and the hotels that Distinctive Expeditions work with will have free Internet access in their lobbies.