It has been 2 loonnnnnggg years since my last vacation – but alas, in less than a week I will be embracing my inner tropical vibes in Costa Rica for 5 whole glorious days!

Jungle hikes, marine tours, hot spring baths, ocean view massages, unlimited food and drinks (hello all inclusive resorts) – here I come! The excitement is overwhelming, and I think it has a lot to do with the fact that this is my first true adult vacation (unless you want to count the ol’ college spring break trip to Mexico?). You see, I laid out all of our plans, myself, and it feels surprisingly good to have a real itinerary rather than just going in blind – which would probably leave us lounging by the pool the whole time (though I can’t say that’s a bad thing…).

The thing is, planning like an adult, means preparing like one. And that’s why I’m freaking out. I haven’t even begun to think about what I am going to pack. What toiletries do I need, how many outfits do I bring (in particular – what kind), and makeup, do I need it at all??? Ahhh so many questions! It’s daunting when your list of activities includes all of the above.

That’s why I am calling all experienced travelers – I need your help. Have any of you been to Costa Rica? What should I expect? Do I keep it simple? What are the necessities for a trip like this?