What to Pack

What to bring and pack for the El Camino de Costa Rica

El Camino de Costa Rica Packing List

Below is what we consider the necessities for the El Camino de Costa Rica. Many people have done it with less. Many bring more. With our support vehicle, the weight or the amount of gear is not a big issue.
Tennis shoes work too, whatever you are comfortable walking and hiking in over long distances.
Hiking Shoes
A mix of comfortable long and short-sleeved shirts.
Quick Dry Shirts
A mix of comfortable, athletic/quick dry underwear.
Quick Dry Underwear
A few pairs of quick dry shorts.
Quick Dry Shorts
Zip-off for extra functionality.
Quick Dry Pants
A hat and sunglasses are a must-have for on the trail.
Hat and Sunglasses
Bug spray is recommended for the days we explore forested areas.
Insect Repellant
Sunscreen is considered a must-have.
Enough for 2-3 liters per day. Some opt for two single-liter bottles instead of a large 2-liter bottle.
For showers and drying off after any creek crossings.
Quick Dry Towel
Chacos or water shoes for river crossings. After hiking, flip-flops or Crocs are nice to have.
Sandals/Water Shoes
The water we use is considered safe to drink, however, having this option as a backup is recommended.
Water Filter / Tablets
You’ll have access to small stores along the route, but bring your favorite snacks to get started.
Primarily used for any stream or river crossings, trekking poles are also nice to have on the indigenous land day.
Trekking Poles
Our guides carry first aid kits, but a personal one is nice to have as well. Extra moleskin, and traveling medication (sleep aid, anti-diarrhea, anti-histamine), etc.
Personal First Aid
Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
The weather changes fast in Costa Rica!
Light Rain Jacket
For cooler nights at our mountain lodgings.
Warm Clothing

What to Pack FAQs

Common El Camino de Costa Rica lodging questions

You’ll need them on the day we cross the indigenous land. And of course they are great support for crossing streams too.

Below is a short list of outdoor gear shops in Costa Rica.

Stone Mountain Outdoors
San Jose, CR | Website | Google Maps

Outdoor Adventure
San Jose, CR | Website | Google Maps