What items should I pack when traveling to Costa Rica with children?

What items should I pack when traveling to Costa Rica with children?

When packing for your trip to Costa Rica with kids, you have to imagine the hard sun and heavy rain with some cold weather in between. Even if you are only going to the beach, you need to prepare for the drive, which could involve driving up and down mountains where it can get cold.

Remember their floaties (or life-vests) and swimsuits with UV protection. If you do plan to go hiking in the jungles, then pack socks and hiking shoes. 

In terms of food for babies, you might want to bring a few jars of puree and yogurt for the flight and stock up at the supermarkets in Costa Rica. You’ll be able to find other baby necessities like diapers and formula there, even those of the same brand as back home

Here are some pointers on what you should not forget to put in your kid’s bag:

  • Good sunblock (SPF 70), hopefully waterproof.
  • Light long-sleeved shirts for more protection from the sun.
  • Good mosquito repellent because there are many areas of Costa Rica that are natural homes for many mosquitoes.
  • Fast-drying clothing. Humidity can be high in many places, and clothes made out of cotton, for example, could take significant time or need strong sunlight to dry.
  • Dry bag for snorkeling/kayaking.
  • Quick-dry towels.
  • Sun hat that covers the neck.
  • UV protection swimsuit for kids.
  • Floaties if your kid can’t swim.
  • SteriPen to sterilize water.
  • Rain jacket or rain poncho.
  • Closed toes shoes for the hikes in the forest.
  • Sandals or shoes that can get wet and dry fast for the beach and river activities.
  • Reusable water bottles to avoid dehydration.
  • Some entertainment for the drives between destinations.

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