What should I pack?

Here’s a basic packing list:

  • Passport (don’t forget your passport)
  • Some US cash in small-denomination bills (remember you’ll need $10 for your tourist visa on arrival at the airport)
  • Hat with ample brim or visor
  • Swimwear
  • Comfortable walking shoes. Running shoes will suffice for most purposes
  • Flip flops
  • At least one lightweight, long-sleeved top and pants, for sun and insect bite protection
  • A rain jacket if you travel during rainy season
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Ear plugs to help you sleep among noisy neighbors
  • Insect repellent and anti-itch cream if you are susceptible
  • Any prescription medication (make a note of active ingredients in addition to brand name in case of loss. A copy of your prescription will also come in handy)
  • Flashlight or a head lamp
  • Not just your camera but also your charger – in fact all your chargers
  • First-aid kit
  • Waterproof bag to protect electronics at the beach
  • Rash guard if you plan to surf
  • A copy of the Insider Guide to San Juan del Sur 😉 (It’s electronic, so won’t take up room)
  • Don’t bring anything that you can’t afford to loose (emotionally or financially)
  • Laundry services are cheap, so you can get away with fewer clothes. Try to stick to lightweight and easy-care pieces that don’t need ironing.
  • Remember that you can always buy the essentials (toothpaste, shampoo & conditioners, etc.) locally.

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