- Bring 2 camera bodies if you can; that way if one of them fails you’ll still be able to take pictures.
- I also like to bring a point and shoot camera or a cell phone that I carry with me at all times for candids and other snapshots.
- Camera plates for each of your bodies (preferably L plates)
- Your longest lens (minimum 400mm but ideally 500mm or 600mm). The Sigma and Tamron 150-600 lenses are quite good, as is the Nikon 200-500.
- A middle length supertelephoto zoom lens (70-200, 70-300, 80-400, or 100-400)
- A wide angle prime or zoom lens
- A macro lens
- Lens plates for your lenses that accept them (get long plates so that it's easier to balance your gear on a gimbal head)
- A regular flash with a Better Beamer
- A macro flash if you’ve got one
- Plenty of memory cards (500-1000 frames or more per day is about the norm)
- A laptop is handy for image review (make sure your image editing software is installed)
- A backup hard drive
- A card reader
- A sturdy tripod with a gimbal head, flash arm, and flash extension cable
- A ball head is also useful (for landscapes and macro), but it’s no substitute for a gimbal head; I do not recommend trying to do bird photography using a ball head!
- Rain protection for your camera gear
- Extra camera batteries and chargers
- Something to clean your camera sensor
- A cable release
- Tools to tighten lens plates, tripods, etc.
- Polarizing and neutral density filters for landscape work
- Extension tubes
- A small bag or belt system to carry a selection of gear with you during the day (although you will have access to your hotel room most of the time)
- A small towel to clean and dry your gear
- A flashlight
- A headlight
- An electrical extension cord and at least one 3-into-2 prong electrical adapter
- Mosquito repellent (I recommend Repel Sportsmen Max 40% DEET Pump Spray). Non-DEET spray just doesn't work very well.
- Cipro 500 mg tablets in case of GI problems (2 pills per day for 3 days)
- Motion sickness medicine (if you’re prone to getting sick)
clothing (not including what you're wearing)
- 1 or 2 pairs of pants (I prefer those lightweight convertible cargo pants, Greg prefers Capris)
- 5 sets of underwear, socks, and T-shirts (you can have laundry done at the lodges)
- 1 or 2 long-sleeved shirts
- A lightweight rain jacket
- A slightly warmer jacket (one of the places we’re staying at can get chilly at night (40s-50s)
- A layer to wear underneath the warmer jacket
- Gloves (that you can operate a camera while wearing) and a ski cap
- A hat
- Walking shoes, preferably waterproof (hiking boots not necessary)
- Sandals that can get wet are nice to have but not essential
- From the above list take 1-2 changes of clothes in a carry-on
- A Costa Rica bird guide (although we'll also have one for you to use)
- A good book or two