If you are thinking of travelling to Central America during the rainy season you will need to adapt your packing and add in a few extra things. Although many people may be put off, it is actually a great time to travel for a few reasons, the main one being it’s much quieter! But if you want to survive the rainy season in Central America, you need to know what to pack!
Central America has 2 seasons: Dry season (around November to April) and Wet (The Rainy) season (around May to October). This differs slightly depending on the country. Many people avoid travelling to Central America during the rainy season but if you don’t mind getting a bit it is a great time to visit.
I wrote a whole article on why you should travel to Central America in the rainy season that you can read here.
Cotton may be cooler but synthetic material dries quickly. Leave your jeans at home and pack some quick drying pants and tops.
This will keep you warm at night and not take up too much room.
Rainproof Shell/ Poncho
I would advise getting a slightly longer one so that it covers almost to your knees, this will save you having to bother with waterproof pants. Make sure it’s lightweight and compact. Keep it on you at all times so you can put it on quickly if it does rain.
If you have the space pack an umbrella. This is especially relevant if you are going to be at a lower elevation as it will be hot and you might not want to put on a rain coat. Rain jackets in the jungle guarantee you will sweat, so you get wet anyway.
Mini Micro Towel
I keep a small one attached to my day pack to wipe myself dry if I get caught out. Really handy to have and it doesn’t take up too any room in my bag.
Large Micro Towel
I love a fluffy towel as much as the next person but they take up space and they take too long to dry so swap your normal towel for a micro towel.
Extra Quick dry socks
If you are hiking your feet will get wet. Your hiking boots will get wet. Wet feet are no one’s friend. Make sure you pack 2-3 pairs of quick drying socks, just in case!
In the dry season, you might get away with flip flops and sneakers. In the wet season, if you want to do anything adventurous, you are going to need waterproof hiking boots, hiking sandals and some flip flops (at least).
Top Tip: If your boots get wet make sure you pack a newspaper and stuff your boots with it. It will draw out the water quicker.
Other packing essentials:
Height deet spray/ Mosquito bracelets
Power breaker plug
Bing bags and ziplock bags to keep things dry
A dry bag
Waterproof cover for your backpack
The golden rule is to plan for the worst, hope for the best! Central America has a lot of cities at high elevation. This means that when the sun goes down it’s is going to be cool. For that reason, you are going to need some warmer clothes especially if you are thinking of hiking any volcanos!
Not sure if you should book a hiking tour during the rainy season? Take a read of this article first.