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1. Hiking Sandals
Waterproof and supportive hiking sandals are a must for Costa Rica! While it is nice to have a good pair of tennis shoes, the on and off rain and humid-hot temperatures make these sandals the best choice of shoe-ware for the majority of your trip. There are so many hiking sandal options to choose from but I ended up going with this pair from Crocs and was super happy I did. Not only were they extremely comfortable and practical, but I love the style of them and they match with every outfit! Use this link to check them out on amazon! —> https://amzn.to/2FYdfMJ
2. Waterproof, Battery Powered Watch
I was about to leave for the trip wearing my apple watch when I was reminded why that may not be the best idea. As handy as an apple watch is, it was not a good option for Costa Rica for 3 reasons- 1. Theft can be an issue there and an apple watch is an easy thing to steal and an expensive thing to loose, 2. The charge only lasts one day and we would be spending very little time by charging ports, and 3. Most versions of the watch (including mine) are not waterproof and our trip included A LOT of water. So last minute I opted to bring my waterproof Shark watch and I am so glad I did! Not only was it durable and useful but I have to admit that I also loved how it looked cute with my vacation outfits. Check out my watch on amazon here! —> https://amzn.to/2G7AqVX
Or take a look at this cute new tropical design Shark watch that I am dying to get —> https://amzn.to/2YXSc5K
3. Lightweight Rain Jacket
Who would have thought that it would RAIN in the RAINforest?? But seriously, my whole group was very happy we packed these jackets. Even if it wasn’t raining, it was nice to be able to throw something light over our outfit as an extra layer of bug protection. Check out these adorable and affordable packable rain jackets that I would recommend for your trip —> https://amzn.to/2Unnvbj
4. Sweat-wicking Leggings
The biggest packing mistake I made for this trip was not bringing more pairs of these leggings. Even thought the weather was warm, like the rain jacket, these leggings offer an extra layer of bug protection and comfort while hiking that is really nice to have. Check out my go-to pair here—> https://amzn.to/2G5ebiy
5. Packable Quick-dry Towel
This was a purchase I made before the trip that I wasn’t sure I would need but ended up using it every day! These ultra thin packable towels were perfect for the beach, when you got sweaty, or even if you just needed a dry place to sit down mid-hike. I found this set for a great deal on amazon and it fit perfectly in my little day-pack—> https://amzn.to/2I9gc0f
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