Packlist:


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We realize that people have different approaches to life and travel. This packlist is an attempt to indicate the sorts of things most people will need. Naturally, everyone will customize a list that reflects his/her particular needs and preferences. You can buy at least part of your equipage in Nicaragua. Asterisks (*) indicate such items.

Personal First Aid Kit /Medications

Shoes:

  • Amphibian hikers or river/reef sandals
  • Hiking/walking shoes
  • Dressy sandals* or light-weight dress shoes*

Clothes:

  • 3 everyday shirts*, (one long sleeved for bushwhacking, insect barrier, and sunburn protection).
  • 1 dress shirts* or blouse*
  • 3-4 pairs of shorts. One or two pairs of quick drying nylon and one or two pairs of dressy cotton shorts or tropical weight/length skirts.
  • Belt(s)* that fit your pants/shorts
  • Active/sports swimsuit
  • 2 pairs of long pants. Something dressy and something for everyday. Convertible pants (zip-off legs) can serve as shorts and long pants.
  • 5-8 pairs of underwear (nylon washes easily by hand and dries quickly)
  • 2-8 pairs of socks.
  • PJs or a long T-shirt*
  • Jacket or vest - It is the tropics, but you will need something to keep you warm in some circumstances (cloud forests, sea breezes at the beach, etc.)
  • Bandana*
  • Baseball cap* or brimmed hat*
  • Mesh bag for wet clothes
  • Raingear* (you may need this immediately on arrival)

Toiletries:

  • Razor*
  • Toothbrush with cover, and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner*
  • Brush or comb*
  • Deodorant/Antiperspirant*
  • Towel
  • Washcloth
  • Tampons
  • Toilet paper*
  • Cosmetics*

Books & Maps:

  • Besides a good map and guidebook you might want to pick up a bird book.

Documents

  • Money belt or passport pendant-somewhere to carry your documents.
  • Passport
  • Drivers license
  • Money, credit/debit card, traveler’s checks.
  • Insurance card and contact information.
  • Copies of your documents. Minimally a Xerox of your passport, drivers license, credit cards, airline tickets, and any reservations that you've prepaid. You need to leave a set at home in case of emergency.

Miscellaneous

  • Plastic bags – zip locks of several sizes - lots
  • A photo of your home or family
  • Your Internet log-on information
  • Address book
  • Clothesline*
  • Mosquito Netting headcover and/or bed cover
  • Water bottle or bag*
  • Small flashlight*
  • Binoculars
  • Croakies® or other glasses retainer system for your prescription or sunglasses.
  • Pocket knife* (need not be expensive or fancy)
  • Gifts, especially small school supply type items* and small toys

Unpacking List – Things to NOT take

  • Cell phone, it does not work. Bring it if you have your addresses on it.
  • There is no point in carrying all of your keys.
  • Wallet contents- If you're going to carry your wallet, you can probably remove ¾ths of the contents.
  • Purse-Look at what's in yours to decide if you want to lug it around, and if there is anything you don't need to risk losing.
  • Sheets/Sleep sack-great for hostels in Europe, but not necessary in Central America.
  • You can leave the electric converters and plug adapters at home. The current and plugs are the same and your appliances should work just fine.