Packing List

Making a list and checking it twice . . .


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Dear Visitor,

Because you will be heading off to a remote location, it’s important to pack carefully. Please bring everything 
in the first two categories below. This list is essential. Please do not leave items behind, as they are for your
safety, and for the activities planned during your stay in Campanario. Once in Campanario, there is no place
to purchase additional items.

WEAR OR CARRY WITH YOU TO KEEP HANDY (in small day pack for boat trip)

  • footwear for boat, walking in water, on rocks (something which straps onto your feet, not flipflops)
  • old shorts and T-shirt (guaranteed to get wet on the journey)
  • lightweight rain poncho/jacket
  • sun hat/cap which cannot be blown off easily, sunscreen, and UV protective sunglasses
  • copy of passport, cash in small bills (no larger than $10), and credit cards
  • reusable water bottle (to not create more trash)
  • whistle for emergencies
  • prescriptions and medications for motion sickness, diarrhea, headaches, colds, etc.
  • insect repellent
  • plastic coated card carrying name, address, contacts and telephone numbers, insurance company and
    policy number, in case of an emergency, and any special medical information, allergies, etc.


  • comfortable and sturdy high-topped hiking boots with good “tread” on the soles
  • 2 pairs of knee high socks (soccer socks ) to wear with high rubber boots
  • flashlight and head lamp with extra batteries (old batteries must be taken back out)
  • toiletries, lip balm, lotions (including Aloe for sunburn)
  • biodegradable soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent (we are protecting our drainage fields)
  • small personal first aid kit (please find list of necessary items at end of this packing list)
  • 2 small lightweight towels
  • lightweight long pants and shorts for hiking and snorkeling (preferably dark colors)
  • T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and snorkeling (preferably dark colors)
  • windbreaker and/or lightweight jacket
  • quick-drying underwear and socks
  • swim suit
  • plastic bags in a variety of sizes, at least 2 should be large enough to cover your bag/backpack during
    the boat trips. We recommend zip-lock style for all other uses, especially for packing out wet and/or dirty clothes.

WORTHWHILE TO PACK, BUT NOT ESSENTIAL (best to pack in watertight casings)

  • camera and extra batteries
  • binoculars
  • special research and study equipment and supplies, including: clipboard; field guides, bird books,
    waterproof notebooks and writing equipment (several pens)
  • water resistant watch
  • small umbrella (for rain and sun)
  • compass
  • fishing equipment
  • writing and drawing materials, books, cards, games

IMPRACTICAL, NOT RECOMMENDED (remember you are in a remote location with high humitity and corrosive salty air)

  • electrical equipment (radios, razors, etc.)
  • electronic games, i-pods, computers, mini TV's, etc.
  • jewelry, cosmetics
  • anything of great monetary or sentimental value


  • illegal drugs/substances
  • firearms and all types of hunting equipment
  • firecrackers or other explosives
  • hair dryers and/or other electrical gizmos requiring a lot of electricity
  • pets


  • band aids
  • gauze pads
  • adhesive tape
  • mole skin
  • irst aid ointment
  • aloe for sunburns
  • anti-itch cream, hydrocortizone cream
  • sunblock
  • alcohol cleaning pads
  • ibuprofen and/or acetominafen
  • dramamine (if get seasick)
  • Immodium and/or Pepto Bismol
    (just in case)
  • sunscreen
  • Benadryl (if have any allergies)

Please Note:

Do not bring anything over which you would get upset
if it were lost or ruined.

All items taken to Campanario are likely to get wet
and dirty. During the rainy season wet items,
especially clothing, frequently stay wet. City clothes
and extra gear may be stored in San José. Please
make arrangements with the San José office.

ADDITIONAL PACKING LIST FOR TALAMANCAS (should your trip include this)

* Sweater or jacket suitable for very cold weather (It gets down to freezing at night)
* warm hat, gloves

ADDITIONAL PACKING LIST FOR SAN JOSE (should your trip include this)

* Casual clothing appropriate for the city (long pants, no skimpy / revealing clothing)
* Dress shoes and clothing (for any special event)

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Costa Rican Network
of Private  Reserves,
Organization of Biological Field Stations

Call Us

CR Tel: +506 - 2289 - 8694
CR Fax: +506 - 2289 - 8708

Mail Us

Proyecto Campanario
Apdo. 232-1260, Plaza Colonial, Escazú,
Costa Rica

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