Hi Clissy, How is the packing going for Costa Rica? The excitement is mounting here!

Hi Sue - are you on the trip that starts on August 4?  Our 11 year old daughter v excited, but her approach to packing somewhat impractical - fashion trumps practicality, comfort, insect repulling qualities!  Am hoping we can shift the dial in the next few weeks....

By the way, I don’t know what possessed me to use my childhood nickname Clissy - would much rather be called my real name which is Clare.

Over and out


Hi Clare, We are actually on the 1st August departure with a 13 year old son and 15 year old daughter. Our packing is still all virtual at the moment, but I think we'll have some interesting conversations ahead! Still have to decide what type of bags are best to take.....

Hello Clare and Sue, we too are on the trip departing 1st August. We also have a 15 year old daughter and 13 year old son. Clare I'm sure it must be the same trip, no? I certainly am not looking forward to the packing challenge! 

Look forward to meetin you.


Hi Alice and Sue - no, sadly, we aren’t on the same trip.  Ours begins three days after yours - they are running twice a week late July/August.  Good luck with the packing.  Have just been buying insect repellent clothing on Purple - good prices, but fashion items they are not!!  Have a great trip.


Hi Clare, Sue and Alice. We are also going on 1st August with our 2 sons age 13 and 15. Trying to work out what luggage to take it says travel light! Boys say I torture them when i take them shopping so haven`t got much for them yet- might just treat all their normal clothes with insect repellant and hope for the best.

Repellant for normal clothes sounds like a good idea. I'm hoping we just need to really worry about when we go on our hikes etc in the forest/jungle!?

I guess/hope we can still wear normal clothes like shorts & dresses when we're in the town/hotel, on the beach and by the pool.  I presume we will just put repellant on our skin then. You can also buy suntan lotion in boots that has mosquito repellant built in. I'm assuming it's the same as going somewhere like the Caribbean where you can give bitten but can still enjoy a beach holiday. I hope so anyway! What do you think? 

Happy shopping!

Best wishes, Alice

i think your probably right. i think some people are more attractive to mosquitoes anyway, my husband for example! I`ve bought some DEET based repellent for skin and will treat the clothes with some permethrin so should be fine.

Are you all taking suitcases? one of the reviews says try to keep it as lightweight as possible as we are in minibus so take smaller wheelie cases.


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