Packing List

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  1. You will be visiting Costa Rica’s Central Valley and Central Pacific coast during the dry season. You can expect the weather to be warm and dry most afternoons. In San Jose, the temperatures range from the upper 70s during the day to the low 60s during the night. In Quebrada Arroyo, the temperatures are warmer with daytime highs in the upper 80s and it is rainier than the central valley

    Note – Shoulders must be covered at all times. All females must have shorts/skirts/dresses that go past fingertips, cover cleavage, and have 3 inch wide shoulders.

    Some days you will be changing several times (working, tours, swimming, etc.) Don’t count on being able to do laundry. Pack wisely to avoid wearing dirty clothes.

    • 5 shirts for working (no tank tops, lightweight and light colors)
    • 2-3 for sleeping
    • Another for each day (12, pack a variety including one nice button down shirt/dress)
    • A hoodie/ jacket/ cardigan for cooler nights

    • 2 or 3 loose and long pants for working (not yoga pants or jeans, more like track pants, old khakis or light hiking pants - shorts not permitted)
    • 3-4 non work pants variety including nice jeans/khakis/shorts/skirts/capris etc. won’t get too dirty or wet so can be worn more than once
    • 1 pair of sport shorts for soccer
    • 2 pairs of pants/shorts for sleeping

    • 1 pair Flip flops/water shoes
    • 1 pair Hiking boots
    • 1 pair Flats or nice sneakers (comfortable, can be dressed up or down)
    • 12 pairs of socks – variety of work and casual socks

    • Underwear 12-16 pairs
    o Ladies bring 3-4 sport bras and 3-4 regular bras


    • Yellow Rite in the Rain Journal
    • Toothpaste
    • Toothbrush
    • Soap
    • Shampoo/conditioner
    • Razor
    • Brush
    • Deodorant

    • Bathing suit – 1 piece for the ladies
    • Towel/washcloth
    • Work Gloves
    • 20 gallon garbage bags for storing dirty
    clothes/protecting dry clothes
    • 2 water bottles
    • Flashlight w/ extra batteries
    • Bug spray
    • Sunscreen (SPF 30 minimum)
    • Work hat w/ brim to protect yourself from sun/heat
    • Light plastic rain poncho or rain jacket
    • Personal medication – MUST be given to Ms. Howison at Airport in Pittsburgh
    • Items for downtime (books, cards, etc.)

    Bring at own risk
    • Souvenir Money -$50-100 is plenty to buy snacks/jewelry/etc.
    • Phone/Camera w/ charger (school will provide some cameras)

    Suggestions for packing
    • Wear your bulkiest pair of shoes on the plane – keeps suitcase light and provides more space
    • Invest in 3-4 pairs wool socks for working/hiking if possible.
    • 2 large travel compression bags – great for organizing and keeping clothes dry
    o One bag for San Jose
    o One bag for Rain Forest
    • Roll items when packing as opposed to folding them

    Please DO NOT bring:
    o Anything you would be upset about if it is broken or lost
    o Food! You will be well fed. Food in suitcases attracts critters into your shared sleeping area. (You could bring a couple packets of dry Gatorade or PowerAde to add to your water.)
    o Hairdryers, curling irons, straightening irons, or any other hairstyling tools.