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General Rule of Thumb :  Take twice the money and half the clothes

You are our Ambassador

As you embark on this opportunity to enhance cross-cultural attitudes

Luggage

  • 2 checked bags (first bag = $25, 2nd = $40)
    • Maximum of 50 lbs each
    • Maximum L+W+H is 62 inches
    • Hefty fines if other weight ($100)
    • Do not lock – can use zip ties
  • 1 carry on (must fit overhead or under your seat)
  • 1 Personal Item (purse, briefcase, laptop Or camera)
  • Be sure to all bags (checked and carry-on) have your name/address/phone number both inside and out.

Clothes – Comfortable / Conservative

  • Layers
  • Polo Shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Long sleeve shirt or jacket
  • Long Pants (4 pairs)
  • Conservative Shorts (2 pairs)
  • Rain Gear (Umbrella, Jacket)
  • Sun Hat
  • Shoes that can be worn in wet places
  • Hiking Boots
  • Rubber Boots
  • Bathing Suit (one piece or tankini)

Money

  • 1 Credit Card (Master Card, or Visa)
  • 1 Debit Card
  • NO Travelers Checks
  • Notify your bank that you will be traveling in Costa Rica so they do not put a stop on your card when charges show up that are outside your normal range.
  • Save $40 cash export tax you will pay when you leave.

Documents

  • Passport
    • Leave a copy with a roommate or with family
    • Email a copy to Patricia Holoman, CALS International Programs Office (plholoma[at]ncsu[dot]edu)
    • Bring your passport and a xerox copy of your passport
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Consider Travel Insurance

Miscellaneous

  • Day Pack (to carry rain gear, water, snacks, camera, etc.)
  • Waterproof sleeve for phone and/or camera
  • Duplicates (eyeglasses, contacts, prescription other essential items)
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Medicine (In the original labeled container, know the generic name)
    • Prescription as well as medication
    • Over the county medicine for headache, cold, diarrhea
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Lip Balm
  • Women should pack monthly sanitary items if needed
  • Shammy Towel – small portable
  • Photos of home, family, pets, etc. to help you share your story.
  • Small gifts from North Carolina for hosts
  • Fabric scraps, yarn, ribbon, buttons, etc. for People First Tourism Artists.

What to Leave Home

  • Jewelry
  • Valuables

Written By

Lucy Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Lucy BradleyConsumer and Community Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Call Dr. Lucy Email Dr. Lucy Horticultural Science
NC State Extension, NC State University
Page Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
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