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Moving Packing List for Costa Rica

Important Papers

When it comes to any of your important papers such as identification, social security cards, passports and the like, you should have copies of them. Make multiple copies of each. If possible, give a family member a set of copies to hold onto. This way, should any thing happen to yours, you will have backups.

  • Identification Cards
  • Passports
  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Banking Information
  • Legal Papers – such as leases and property rights for purchased properties overseas


This is one of those personal choices. I wouldn’t bring more than a weeks worth of clothes. After all, you can always buy more clothes their.

  • 7 Shirts
  • 7 Shorts
  • 2 Pants
  • 5 Pairs of Socks
  • Bathing Suits
  • 1 Long Sleeve Shirt
  • 1 Jacket
  • 1 Rain Coat
  • 2 Dress Shirts or Blouses
  • 3 Dress/Skirts/Sarongs
  • 7 Pairs of Underwear
  • Warm Hat
  • Baseball Cap
  • Bandana
  • 1 Pair Shoes
  • 1 Pair Sandals

House Hold Items


Optional “Must Haves”

  • Books – Books in English are few and far between here.
  • Rare Music – You can find burned copies of many popular cd’s around town. Local bands from home and other rare bands may be hard to come across.
  • Quality Power Tools – These are hard to come by. If you plan on doing a lot of home restoration or building, you may want to think about bringing your own tools.