What to bring to Manuel Antonio? 11 Packing tips and tricks

As a frequent traveler, I’ve found that there are items that can make life easier, especially if you are moving from destination to destination. Beyond your favorite shoes or t-shirt, this list will help you keep your stuff safe, dry, and in good condition throughout your stay in Manuel Antonio National Park region and Costa Rica.

manuel antonio park packing tips and tricksThis Manuel Antonio Park packing tips and tricks list will help you not only on your Costa Rica vacation but in general when you travel to tropical areas in the world.

In this list you will find:


1. Create your own travel lists.

A packing list for Costa Rica and a packing list for what to take on the different trips and activities

manuel antonio park packing tips and tricks

Usually, a travel list includes things in these three categories:

What the government needs

Passport yes. But also a blue or black pen to write on official documents; issues about money; which cards are you going to take? Have you checked the latest balance? Have you already told your bank your travel dates? Have you checked on your documents’ expiration dates? drivers’ license, etc.

What is needed


When you arrive in Costa Rica, there are lots of things that you may want to buy while you are already here: toothpaste, sunscreen, repellent, etc. Some may be significantly more expensive in a Costa Rican supermarket. Specifically, creams, lotions, and the like.

manuel antonio park packing tips and tricksMedicines

You’ll also want to have your prescription medicines on hand. Some of them will be available in Costa Rica, but most likely you will need a doctor’s prescription to get them.

Think about allergies, insect bites, and minor infections. You are going to Adventure



I always recommend doubling the number of socks you use regularly. If it is the rainy season, they will be soggy after a day out. If, in the sunny season, hiking boots and tennis shoes turn out to be hot and socks end up as soggy as they do in the rainy season,

I also suggest buying either: very cheap socks (so you can leave them behind). or very expensive, good-quality socks that can take all the use without scratching.

2. Sweater:  Manuel Antonio is never cold. But! The mountain regions in Costa Rica can get down to 40 °F (10 °C) and lower. A good sweater is a good idea, so don’t limit yourself.

manuel antonio park packing tips and tricks

3. Crocks. Even if you go to the supermarket here and get some $5 crocks, they are a great option for flip-flops. First, there are so many bugs in the rainforest. Crocks will protect you from mosquitoes and other bugs. Second, they usually have some sort of tracking system that will come in handy when you walk from your room to the hotel restaurant or on the trail to the beach. They will protect your toes from roots and branches on the trails. And they are comfy!


What I need

Your personal likes and dislikes For instance, I like to wake up and have coffee almost immediately. What do I need for that to be fulfilled? Is there a coffee maker in all the rooms we book? Cups? sugar? Cream or milk?

Personal details that make YOUR life more comfortable may differ from those that make others feel cozy and safe.What are yours?

2. Bottled water

To avoid contributing to pollution caused by single-use plastic water bottles, it is recommended that you bring your own and refill it as needed (most hotels have drinkable water refilling possibilities).

3. Rearrange the contents of the bags:

If you and your spouse, significant other, or best friend are taking a trip together… Keep things interesting by jumbling the bags. Put your day clothes, your evening clothes, your underwear, and your shoes in both bags, just in case one of the bags goes missing.

manuel antonio park packing tips and tricks4. Your Footwear:

Put shower caps on the soles of your shoes so that you can safely place them over your clothes without worrying about any stains.

5. Inflatable travel pillows

They’re preferable to stuffed pillows (since you can adjust their size to meet your needs), so you can sleep more soundly (even on long flights).

6. Pack some bubble wrap.

The smaller the bubbles, the better, to protect any fragile souvenirs you may find on your travels. There’s no way to tell how many valuables I’ve brought home safely thanks to it, and yet it doesn’t take up any room.

7. Used Garments

Those who have a shopping addiction will appreciate this. If you’re going on a trip, wear old clothes that you don’t mind throwing away, like t-shirts and pants. Throw away your worn clothing at the end of your trip and replace it with new souvenirs.
Packing your clothes in a suitcase by rolling them instead of folding them will not only save you space but also keep your clothes wrinkle-free.

8. Useful carry-on stuff

Pack a carry-on containing the essentials for an overnight stay in the airport in case your checked bag is lost or you miss your connecting flight.

To be safe, separate a bit of cash (a couple of hundred dollars). You’ll be thankful you did if something happens to your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of cash. Socks, shoe insoles, a toiletry bag, the perimeter of a backpack, and even the back of a patch are all good places to hide it.

9. Aromatic colognes and fragrant perfumes

We do not recommend the use of perfume when you are in the rainforest. You will attract bees, wasps, and flies.

However, we also understand that if you want to go on a romantic dinner, good perfume seems to be indispensable. Then our recommendation would be to have your favorite perfume in cotton and in a zip-top bag or pill bottle. That way you don’t have to risk the bottle, and they’ll be easy to take and use when you want to.

10. Alcohol in gel

After the pandemic, we all realized how important it was to have that at hand and use it as much as possible.

Protect Your Data: It’s a good idea to have backups of your passport, visa, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and emergency contact information stored in both digital and physical formats.

You should utilize both an external hard drive and cloud storage via a program like Backblaze to ensure the safety of your files and photographs.

11. Plastic storage bags:

Use it to store and keep dry, clean clothes or to conceal dirty laundry (for instance, when traveling in the rainy season with the luggage on the roof of a car or microbus).


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