Having the right clothes and gear with you on any vacation is important—it’s pretty crucial in Panama. This is my very own Panama packing list, compiled during my first several trips here. It’s pretty specific to Panama City and Playa Venao as these are the two spots I frequent the most.

I want your trip to be as perfect as possible, so I’ve included links to specific items that are tried, true, and loved.

Before I begin listing what you should bring to Panama, let me quickly tell you what you do not need to bring. You can leave long sleeved shirts, fancy clothes and wetsuits at home. Even when it rains here, the temps AND ocean are WARM!

Here are all of the items that should be in your suitcase for your Panama vacation (scroll down to download a printable PDF of this Panama Packing List):


general items

🔲 Travel pillow

🔲 Sunglasses

🔲 Reading glasses or contacts (plus supplies)

🔲 Hydration daypack  

🔲 Headlamp

🔲 Travel Binoculars

🔲 Empty water bottle

🔲 Travel towel

🔲 Journal & pen

🔲 Ziploc baggies (to store items that can’t get wet like your phone, camera, etc.)

🔲 Book(s)


travel docs, money, etc.

🔲 Driver’s license & photocopy of license (for all drivers)

🔲 Passport & photocopy of passport

🔲 ALL travel docs (itinerary, plane ticket, car rental and hotel info, etc.)

🔲 Maps & directions to your hotels and activities (printed or saved as note on your mobile device)

🔲 Credit card(s) / Debit cards

🔲 Cash (U.S. dollars)

🔲 Health insurance card

🔲 Travel insurance documents (click to read the FAQ on this necessary item!)

🔲 Panama guidebook



🔲 Electric converters & plug adaptors (IF you’re not from the U.S.—click to read the FAQ on this item)

🔲 Mobile phone and chargers (wall AND car)

🔲 Camera (AND charger, extra memory card and several batteries)

🔲 Portable travel charger

🔲 Bluetooth speaker & charger

🔲 Earbuds

🔲 Travel apps (for language, directions, money conversion, etc.)

🔲 Kindle (and charger)



🔲 Hairbrush/comb

🔲 Sunscreen and facial sunscreen (please make sure it’s SAFE for our reefs and your body!)

🔲 Toothbrush & toothpaste

🔲 Body lotion (I recommend Skin So Soft by Avon with bug repellent)

🔲 Deodorant (everyone will appreciate if you bring the strong stuff 😂)

🔲 Hair ties and/or headbands

🔲 Face cleanser & face wipes

🔲 Lip balm (with SPF)

🔲 Bug repellent (the strong stuff during the wet season)

🔲 Feminine hygiene products

🔲 Prescription meds (keep in original containers & put in carry on)

🔲 Hand sanitizer

🔲 Bandaids & blister protection

🔲 First aid ointment

🔲 Anti-itch cream

🔲 Pain reliever

🔲 Sunburn relief

🔲 Nail clippers

🔲 Shaving stuff

🔲 Motion sickness medication or motion sickness bands

🔲 Antacid AND anti-diarrheal medication



🔲 Underwear

🔲 Shorts (for most days)

🔲 Lightweight long pants (1-2 pairs is generally enough)

🔲 Short sleeve t-shirts/tank tops (ONE for each day unless you plan to do laundry)

🔲 Bathing suits (at least two)

🔲 Comfortable waterproof shoes (good for daily use AND hiking)

🔲 Flip flops

🔲 Water shoes (for wearing in the ocean, rivers, etc.)

🔲 Hats (at least two)

🔲 Socks

🔲 Lightweight rain jacket



🔲 Healthy snacks

Here are a few of my favorites—both for their deliciousness and healthiness:

🔲 Gluten-free items (if needed)

download & print your panamá packing list pdf


Note: We are an Amazon affiliate so that we can continue to help you for FREE!

We hope this Panama Packing List is a huge help to you! If you think we missed something, please shoot us a message so we can update it for the benefit of all.