Costa Rica Corporate Incentive Travel Packing List: 5 Essentials

Time is ticking and your corporate incentive trip to Costa Rica is right around the corner. That means it’s time to think about packing your belongings. So – what exactly should you be packing? An important thing to keep in mind is that Costa Rica has around 27 distinct micro-climates, so packing more than just shorts and flip-flops is essential. Costa Rica DMC has come up with a detailed packing list that will help you identify and pack all the necessary items for your Costa Rica trip.

A Comfortable Wardrobe

The general dress code in Costa Rica is quite relaxed, favoring comfort and casual attire throughout the country. When you’re at the beach, where daytime temperatures can soar up to 95°F (35°C), and the air is often humid, we recommend shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, and flip-flops. If you’re exploring the urban parts of the city where daytime temperatures typically hover around 78°F (25°C), it’s advisable to wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and carry a light jacket or sweater.

Mosquito Repellent

In Costa Rica, it’s crucial to have mosquito repellent with you because mosquitoes tend to have a year-round presence. The coastal regions are known to have a high mosquito population, and there’s a risk of contracting diseases such as dengue fever from their bites. There are other bothersome insects like gnats that can also leave itchy bites. If your employer has planned outdoor excursions such as hikes, mosquito repellent is an essential item on your packing list.

Comfortable Shoes

Having the right footwear for varying activities is important. You’ll need hiking shoes, hiking sandals with secure straps, sneakers, trail running shoes, or hiking boots for certain activities. On the other hand, flip-flops are a must for beach outings. Typically, when traveling around Costa Rica, it’s a good idea to pack a pair of flip-flops and another pair of sneakers or closed-toed hiking sandals, depending on the specific activities you plan to do with your staff.

A Waterproof Rain Jacket

If your corporate incentive trip to Costa Rica is planned for the rainy season, May to early December, it’s crucial to have a raincoat in hand. It’s recommended to opt for a waterproof one to keep you dry. Alternatively, a quality poncho can also serve the purpose, but it’s wise to invest in a durable one rather than disposable, dollar-store versions that contribute to unnecessary waste.

Even during the dry season, it’s advisable to carry a light raincoat if you intend to explore the rainforest or mountainous areas, as unexpected rain showers can still occur.

Sunscreen and After-Sun Care

Sunscreen is an essential item, and it’s crucial to have at least SPF 30 in hand. If you tend to sunburn easily, it’s even better to opt for SPF 50-70 and remember to reapply it regularly. Given that Costa Rica is situated just 8-12 degrees from the equator, the sun’s intensity is significant. In addition to that, don’t underestimate the importance of after-sun care, especially since some degree of sunburn is quite likely to occur.

Ask Us for More Tips on Your Corporate Incentive Trip to Costa Rica!

Do you already have your corporate incentive trip booked with Costa Rica DMC? Do you have questions on how to make your trip go as smoothly as possible? We’re happy to offer you any further tips or information. Just reach out to us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.