What to Pack on a Tropical Adventure?

Judy Hughes jumping from boat in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Platform Jumping
Judy Hughes standing on rocks in Puerto Rico

Exploring Puerto Rico
Judy Hughes standing in Costa Rica near Volcano

Exploring Arenal Volcano Costa Rica
The best part of Tropical adventures is that packing is light! Here are some of my go-to items for a sunny and water sport adventure.


Purchasing gear for adventure travel can add up. Especially when you go from a cold climate to tropical climates. These are the sites that I find amazing deals on when shopping. Although, there is a benefit to shopping at REI . REI allows for returns up to 1 year even if the items are worn or used. It is a nice option when you decide after 3 wears a $200 backpack is not that comfortable, or a pair of hiking boots gives you blisters. They also have a membership for $20 that offers rewards and keeps your purchase history. However, for items that you know the brand, fit etc. these places will save you a good bit of money.
  • Steap and Cheap powered by Backcountry – Basically the bargain bin. Remember to look at multiple sites for reviews if you are purchasing that brand or item for the first time. There is a reason it is in the bargain bin.
  • Ebay I have purchased very expensive brands like Icebreaker, Patagonia and Columbia on Ebay at a fraction of the cost. If they are items you will only wear 1 or 2 times a year it makes sense. I have had great luck and the items arrive in great condition.
  • There are even Facebook groups where people sell gently used clothing & gear. Just use the search function to find a group. 
Going on a cold adventure this winter? Follow the link to a cold weather list for adventure travel .
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Published by Judy Hughes

I am a small group trip leader for 2 travel clubs. We check out cool and off the beaten path places around the World. Adventure is our specialty. I love to take notes and share the travel tips with you in my blog! Hope you check it out!