It’s crazy to think that in less than 48 hours, I will be in Costa Rica. I have so much to do before I leave, which mainly consists of packing. And although it seems easy to pack for tropical destination, I can assure you– it’s not.
Costa Rica is hot. After all, it’s near the equator and it’s NOT an island, as my boyfriend thought. However, Ticos (what Costa Ricans call themselves) do not dress in shorts and tank tops, as you might think. In fact, they’re more conservative than you’d guess.
So here I’ve made a small list about the unexpected things I’m packing for Costa Rica, based off recommendations from friends who are currently abroad:
-jeans: According to a friend who’s been in Costa Rica for the past month, jeans are the typical attire despite the 80 degree weather.
-cold medicine: A good friend of mine recently got a cold while studying abroad in Denmark, and the one thing she recommended I bring was Dayquil and Nyquil. Over-the-counter drugs for allergies and colds are hard to find abroad, so I’m stocking up now!
-medical records: Since I’m bringing 6 months’ worth of medicine into their country, Costa Rican immigration officers need to see my doctor’s prescriptions to ensure the drugs are indeed for medical, and not recreational, use.
-Swiss army knife: The first week of my orientation includes hiking in the cloud forest Monteverde, which my Marine father translated as outdoor camping. So naturally, I have a Swiss army knife with 25 buttons “just in case I need to cut my arm off when I get stuck in the jungle.” Thanks, dad.
-Toilet paper: Another luxury of Costa Rica is that they do not have many public bathrooms. And when they do, they don’t have toilet paper. So yes, I am boarding the plane with a roll of toilet paper in my purse, because I figured it’s better to be prepared than sorry.
Look out for an update next week for funny stories about my first adventures in Costa Rica!