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1. Posted by mpolaski (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

mpolaski has indicated that this thread is about Costa Rica

Hi travelers- I am planning to backpack in Nicaragua, Costa and Panama and would like to know of anyone who has made a similar trip and what you didn't pack but wished you would have. I'm trying to pack light but haven't left the country before, so can't be too careful... any help would be appreciated.

2. Posted by fraluchi (Full Member 129 posts) 8y

The only thing important enough is insect repellent. For the rest, not more than what you would backpack elsewhere.:)

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 8y

You'll get a repellant there....Keep a good hat in mind....A good poncho.

Dude...My list of small stuff folks miss....

Calculator
Compass
Gaffer Tape
Loose Line
Band Aids
A RAIN HAT!!!

You can live a solid life if'n the rain ain't fallin' on your head...let the rain (warm, baby, warm!) hit you! Just get a rain hat.

4. Posted by mpolaski (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Thanks much, fraluchi and Piecar... I'm not afraid of the rain but will definately invest in some quality dry gear.

5. Posted by explore184 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

I backpacked through Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama a couple winters ago. AMAZING.
I would have cut what I brought with me in half.

Important items to remember:
good hiking shoes
rain jacket
long pants
shorts
SWIM SUIT
thats about it!

Go to San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua and Ometepe. Try stying at Finca Magdalena (2.50 a night) and hike Volcan Maderas.

In Panama, head to bocos tel toro, and red from beach on Bastimentos. Very pretty.

If you want more info let me know!
Have a great time!