Costa Rica Travel Tips: Packing Camping Gear
Camping is very popular in Costa Rica amongst the tourists as well as the locals, and young at heart. Especially if your on a budget.
These are things that you might need in addition to the obvious from the general packing lists.
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mosquito net (if you're staying in National Park ranger stations or refugios)
*The "sleep system" will vary a lot with personal preference and which altitudes you're visiting. Our actual sleep setup is sort of like a bed and blanket(s).
If we're at lower elevations a sheet or light blanket is usually all that's needed. If we're headed to higher elevations carry a single lightweight polyfill rectagular bag (I think it's rate about +40 degrees F) and use as a blanket over the top.
When we climbed Chirripó we wore every stitch of clothing we had, covered up with our single bag, and still rented out 7 blankets each. I've heard the "new" Chirripó refugio, since we've been there in 2000, provides much better shelter.
water filter & chemical purification systems
stove and cook set—The best camping cook set available is also the cheapest. Go to WalMart and buy the $US 9.99, 7 piece Teflon coated aluminum cook set
fire-bic lighter & waterproof matches
nylon line-100 lb. test 30 feet.
garbage disposal bags-Plastic bags made for garbage disposals are about ten times tougher than any other type—great for covering packs, stuffing dirty clothes, or making an emergency poncho.
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