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RE: BuzzFeed LIFESTYLE WRITER 10 Things You Need For Your Trip To Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s kindhearted people, rich culture and beautiful landscape make it a top contender for vacation destination. Here are a few must-haves you need to pack before embarking on your Central American adventure. Pura Vida!

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1. Mosquito repellent bands

Uh ... because, duh — Zika.
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Uh ... because, duh — Zika.

2. Hiking boots

Exploring Costa Rica’s rainforests and mountains are some of the best things to do there. Be sure your feet are protected by packing some high-quality hiking boots.
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Exploring Costa Rica’s rainforests and mountains are some of the best things to do there. Be sure your feet are protected by packing some high-quality hiking boots.

3. Visor

When sunscreen isn’t enough, a visor is a great backup. It still allows you to get a little sun without all of that harmful damage to your skin. The great thing about this visor (besides the price) is that it rolls up nicely to fit into your carry-on without getting crushed.
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When sunscreen isn’t enough, a visor is a great backup. It still allows you to get a little sun without all of that harmful damage to your skin. The great thing about this visor (besides the price) is that it rolls up nicely to fit into your carry-on without getting crushed.

4. First Aid kit

This should be a travel staple in anyone’s luggage, but especially when going someplace tropical. The compact design is small enough to take anywhere, but it also comes with a number of emergency essentials like Band-Aids, ibuprofen and gauze.
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This should be a travel staple in anyone’s luggage, but especially when going someplace tropical. The compact design is small enough to take anywhere, but it also comes with a number of emergency essentials like Band-Aids, ibuprofen and gauze.

5. Sunscreen

Sun exposure is the biggest foe to youthful and wrinkle-free skin. Besides using it daily, you should remember to reapply frequently when you’re at the pool or beach.
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Sun exposure is the biggest foe to youthful and wrinkle-free skin. Besides using it daily, you should remember to reapply frequently when you’re at the pool or beach.

6. Poncho

Certain months of the year can be especially rainy. You don’t want to pack layers, so a handy pullover poncho can make all the difference.
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Certain months of the year can be especially rainy. You don’t want to pack layers, so a handy pullover poncho can make all the difference.

7. Spanish-English pocket dictionary

Please get this. You don’t want to accidentally ask someone something awkward (or rude).
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Please get this. You don’t want to accidentally ask someone something awkward (or rude).

8. Antibacterial hand wipes

Many rural areas lack reliable indoor plumbing so washing your hands could be difficult.
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Many rural areas lack reliable indoor plumbing so washing your hands could be difficult.

9. Watershoes

Perfect for the beach — especially Costa Rica's beach make up of conch shells (La Playa Conchal). You don't want to cut your feet or step on anything sharp.
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Perfect for the beach — especially Costa Rica's beach make up of conch shells (La Playa Conchal). You don't want to cut your feet or step on anything sharp.

10. Water resistant fanny pack

Not only is a fanny pack convenient when running through the airport, but when you're hiking or on the beach, having your important stuff attached to you is convenient.

Not only is a fanny pack convenient when running through the airport, but when you're hiking or on the beach, having your important stuff attached to you is convenient.

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