Time is flying by at light speed and the departure date for Costa Rica is fast approaching (November 28). This means it is time to start firming up a reasonable packing list. Normally I am quite spontaneous, but for a trip like this I prefer to be organized down to the smallest detail rather than winging it the night before. Perhaps a bit overkill, but it helps me sleep better at night so it is worth it. Besides, it really sucks to forget stuff!
The challenge with this trip is that it is sort of three different trips in one. For the most part we are going to be doing day hikes from a base camp needing only a smaller day pack for the essentials. But for one (or perhaps two) of the longer hikes we will be camping out in the jungle for a few nights, at altitude where it can be quite cold, needless to say requiring a larger pack with more extensive gear. Finally, the last few days will be spent relaxing on a wonderful beach down in Dominical. Civilization!! One might not want to stomp around in muddy hiking boots down there… just saying… As you see, rather different sets of requirements.
So the trick now is to plan for all that while still packing light. I want to be smart about this and not carry a bunch of excess weight, but I also want to be comfortable and have fun. A happy balance somewhere in between ultra light and monster heavy. I have tried to really do some soul searching as to what I really want and need to bring. For one, I have decided to leave the huge DSLR camera at home. Instead I am bringing a quite capable compact. Will I miss some of the features of the Nikon? Perhaps. But for 99 % of what I want the little Sony will be more than adequate, while at the same time being much more flexible and easy to use and keep dry. I am also still debating over how many to take of each (such as socks and t-shirts) but I am getting there.
This is what I have on the list so far, you will notice I am a big fan of merino wool… I definitely welcome input!