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What to pack for Central America

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Lying on the planet’s equator and coated in a lush blanket of jungle canopy, Central America has the potential to throw all manner of conditions at you at any given time. Due to this it can be difficult to know what to bring – will you be going gold on one of the region’s Caribbean beaches or soaked through in seconds by one of its sudden downpours. The real skill is in coming prepared for anything that might be thrown at you whilst avoiding the temptation to overpack. The last thing you want is to have to lug around a stash of equipment without ever actually using it. Here is our general guide to what you should bring on a trip to Central America.

Clothing

Most of your time in Central America will be spent in sweltering heat, so it is important to bring clothes that keep you cool and comfortable. However, bursts of rainfall can appear out of nowhere and in higher altitudes temperatures during night time can become quite chilly, so preparing for all elements is probably your best move.

Trousers/leggings



Athletic shorts/shorts

T-shirts/tops

Waterproof/windproof jacket

Jumper/sweater

Swimwear



Underwear

Socks

Sunhat/warm hat (depending on the season)

Trainers (or walking shoes if you plan on trekking)

Sandals/flip flops

Toiletries

Most toiletries are readily available and affordable in the region’s cities. If you are going to spend the majority of your trip outside the urban sprawl it is probably a good idea to stock up on the basics before diving into the wilderness. It is good practice to bring any necessary medicines with you as they may not be easy to come by in some locations.

Soap

Shampoo & conditioner (an alternative is a combo or shampoo bar. There’s no risk of any leakages and uses less plastic)

Toothbrush & toothpaste

Suncream

Medical kit (pain killers, diarrhoea remedy, rehydration salts, antiseptic cream, plasters, bandages, safety pins etc.)

Deodorant/antiperspirant

Insect repellent & bite cream (we recommend using Deet 35% minimum)

Personal medication or products

Hand sanitiser

Electronics

Downloading entertainment like music and programs is usually a wise move as you never know when wifi won’t be available. Take extra care with your most expensive gadgets.

Mobile phone (with phone case and charger)

Headphones

Plug converter (sockets differ between countries so a universal converter can come in handy)

Torch (a keyring torch is perfect)

Other

Passport

Money

Credit and debit cards

Money belt

Sunglasses

Padlock

Reusable water bottle

Optional

Deck of cards/card game

Laptop, charger & hard drive

Camera & memory cards

Books/kindle

Travel journal/diary

Pen/pencil

Snorkelling kit

Portable mosquito net



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