Costa Rica vacation travel gadgets and gear; making life in the rainforest more fun and easy
Whether it’s your first trip to Costa Rica or you are returning for another visit, you’ll want be sure you’re equipped to comfortably explore, discover, capture and savor the country’s adventure, diverse landscape and wildlife.
Some travel gadgets and gear are just too fun to miss, while many add convenience to our vacation experience, and still others broaden and improve our much loved tech treasures.
Here a short list of our favorite travel gadgets and cool gear that will make your Costa Rica vacation safer, easier, and simply more enjoyable.
Chuck the checked baggage; carry-on is the way to go.
Seasoned travelers know that a sturdy and durable carryon can be the answer to easier, faster, more convenient travel. Tumi’s Frequent Traveler looks good with its nearly indestructible nylon exterior, is light weight, durable, and fits nicely into those overhead bins. It has two front exterior pockets, the largest holds fits a 17" inch laptop snugly while the other is perfect for your tablet, phone and journal. The case zippered-expansion accommodates bag stuffing, as well as cramped overhead bin space; the zippers are nearly indestructible and the telescoping handle clicks firmly into place. Expect to pay a pretty penny for this traveler’s warhorse, but it’s well worth the price tag.
Wrinkle free and elegant; even in the rainforest!
Featuring a 420-watt motor, the Steamfast Home and Away Mini Travel Steam Iron has three fabric heating levels, this tiny travel steam iron is about the size of a computer mouse and can be extremely useful for Costa Rica travelers who want to remove those unavoidable wrinkles from packed clothing.
Build sand castles, not sand sandwiches
The Sandless Beach Tote stands up to the less pleasant, sandy aspects of a day on the beach with its special material, which, due to its two layers of patented woven PVC/PE, prevents it from filling with sand. Additionally, the bag comes equipped with shoulder straps, reinforced box stitch seams, and an internal pocket to fit your wallet or phone.
The Sandless Beach Mat is a groundbreaking beach accessory that’s literally impossible to cover with sand. Initially intended for military uses, this clever sand-free ground sheet is perfect for a fun and mess free beach outing. Forget about sticky sand in everything; now you can make the most of your seaside experience while lounging in the brilliant Costa Rican sunshine, reading a book, or spreading out a picnic.
Safeguard your iPhone or iPad from water damage
Costa Rica is full of damp adventure; even in the dry season! River-rafting, hiking through the rainforest, sunset cruises, beach days, crocodile tours, waterfall exploring, and mud-splashing ATV treks among other adventures. Overboard's waterproof cases mean you can snap pictures, capture videos, and send text messages in the wettest of environments without damaging the iPhone or iPad. The Overboard cases can be submerged in water up to a depth of 6 meters, and are supplied with shoulder straps so you won't lose them if you decide to take to the sea.
Take phenomenal pictures from your iPhone
The OlloClip 4-in-1 clip-on lens gives your iPhone more flexibility in framing those candid photos. The clip-on has fisheye, wide angle, 10X and 15X macro lens options. Lens caps and a carry pouch that does double duty as a lens cleaner are included.
Stay Connected- no matter how wonky your hotel room Wi-Fi is
Let’s face it, no matter how well equipped our hotels are for Wi-Fi, we are in the jungle and sometimes there’s a small price to pay for paradise. Data roaming is without a doubt expensive, so you probably want to avoid using it while traveling in Costa Rica. MiFi lets you share a mobile connection from a single SIM card (you can pick one up for a song at the airport when you land) and connect up to 10 devices.
We love the TP-Link M7350, which has a built-in LCD screen that shows you how much battery remains, how strong is the signal, how much data has been used, how many devices are connected, and so on. It also has a microSD slot, which lets you share up to 32GB of storage across networked devices.
The TP-Link is, of course, unlocked. Not only can you use it with any SIM card from Costa Rica, you can also keep using it after you return home for those short mini- escapes to the beach, mountains or wherever your weekend warrior heart desires.
Walkie-talkie your smart phones and stay connected while hiking in the jungle
Inspired by the disaster rescue and recovery operations, goTenna has been designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service. Made of sturdy materials, this pocket-sized two-way radio and antenna uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. This innovative technology allows users who possess the device to share messages and location info within a range of up to 50 miles.
Stash your stuff- even at the beach
It’s always tricky safeguarding your stuff on the beach; and, people aren’t the only ones you need to worry about! Monkeys and raccoons love to steal too (they always suspect there’s food in that backpack). With Reef Stash sandals, your safe is literally on your feet. The hidden compartments are in the soles. For around $45, your money, keys and documents are safe and you can enjoy your day on the shore.
A good set of headphones are an absolute must for happy travels
If you're looking for the best headphones for travel, you just found them. The Plantronics BackBeat Sense headphones have everything a traveler needs, built right in. Not only are they completely wireless, freeing up your hands to do other important travel-related deeds, they have an amazing 18-hour battery life for continuous streaming.
Other perks include DeepSleep mode, which puts the headphones into hibernation when away from a device, automatic music play/pause when headphones are put on and removed, and passive noise cancelling which blocks external sounds, such as airplane engines or crying babies.
2017 is right around the corner and that means planning your next getaway; your Costa Rica vacation will be extra comfy, memorable and fun when you add some cool new travel gear.