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Costa Rica & Panamá Packing List

Packing Tips

Every day you’ll have opportunities for active adventure--kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, or riding the skiff. And, the weather is generally hot and humid. The region has two seasons - the rainy season from May-November, and a dry season from December-April. But, here in tropical Central America, that "dry season" does not mean an absence of rain or humidity. And the "rainy season" does not mean you won't see the sun. Expect warm-to-hot and humid conditions, with coastal temps between 72-90°F (22-32°C) and inland temps around 59-77°F (15-25°C).

Download our handy Costa Rica & Panamá packing checklist and review important details below while "gearing up"...

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Footwear

Your choices of footwear are very important in Costa Rica & Panama. Trail conditions (expect roots, rocks, prickly fauna, etc.) and the potential for mud mean you’ll need fully-enclosed, hiking shoes with good tread. And on some trails, fully-enclosed hiking shoes are required. Bring breathable and/or waterproof hiking shoes--either low-hikers or with ankle support, as is your preference. You'll want sandals or reef shoes for wet landings and water activities. You also may want a pair of sandals or shoes with a no-slip sole walking on deck the vessel. For travel during the green season, May-November, rubber boots are good to have for muddy trails.

Clothing & Layers

While adventuring in this hot, humid climate, you're going to sweat. It's the tropics after all! Pack wicking, quick-drying clothes that are lightweight.

The UnCruise style is casual. Shorts, convertible hiking pants/khakis, skirts, plus tank tops, t-shirts, and breathable long-sleeved shirts that layer easily together will be comfortable. A special note on long-sleeved shirts--a long-sleeved top will provide full protection from the sun, helping prevent accidental sunburns. What you wear for activities during the day, will be perfectly acceptable and appropriate for happy hour and dinnertime.

On the Safari Voyager, it can get breezy when underway and on cooler evenings--bring a lightweight, hooded rain jacket, light fleece, or light sweater.

Gear up and get outfitted... Ship to Shore Traveler offers clothing recommendations on an easy-to-purchase platform.

Optional Items

A brimmed hat will provide great sun protection.

For some snorkels, you may want a long-sleeved shirt and full-length pants--along with your swimsuit. Full-body rashguards or dive skins are great, but lycra exercise pants and a long-sleeve polypro shirt work just as well. Snorkel masks and flippers and binoculars are provided on the ship, but you may be more comfortable with your own.

A waterproof case and heavy-gauge resealable plastic bags provide extra protection for your camera and film against water. Check the packing list linked above for suggestions.

Cabin Amenities

We provide each cabin with hair dryer, alarm clock, towels and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash).

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