Packing Suggestions for Nicaragua
- Weather: a good wesite for current weather is Weather Underground. Click here to access the León, Nicaragua page.
- Electricity: outlets in Nicaragua are 120volt/60Hz, the same as in the U.S., with two- and three-prong outlets.
- Water: in some parts of Nicaragua visitors must drink bottled water, but in León the tap water is safe for delegates to drink.
- Clothing: León will seem hot to Minnesotan delegates. No need to bring multiple sweatshirts, but you should bring a warm outer layer for cool nighttime temperatures. Also bring cooler layers for the hotter parts of the day. Please refrain from bringing delicate clothing as clothing will be washed by hand against a cement washboard.
- Money: banks and ATM machines are common in Managua but limited in León. If you plan to bring money with you rather than withdraw money in Managua or León, it is best to bring both large and small denominations.
- Telephones: standard cell phones will not work in Nicaragua.
- TSA Requirements: remember that any liquids or gels in your carry-on luggage must be in containters of three ounces or less and packed in only one quart-size Ziploc bag in order to clear security in the U.S.
- Map: click here for a map of Nicaragua from Lonely Planet. There are also links on this site to maps of León, Managua, and other sites in Nicaragua.
¨ flight documents (ticket/e-ticket) ¨ insect repellent
¨ passport (no visa req. for US citizens) ¨ sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
¨ $10 for tourist fee upon arrival ¨ camera & extra batteries, memory card, charger
¨ prescriptions (in original containers) ¨ raincoat, poncho, or small umbrella
¨ OTC medication for diarrhea ¨ one pair of closed-toe shoes (for walking and rain)
¨ hand sanitizer ¨ sweater, shawl
¨ small flashlight, extra batteries ¨ night clothes suitable for shared bathrooms
¨ refillable water bottles(s) ¨ small backpack or daypack
¨ cash for tips during transit ¨ plastic bags to protect items from humidity
¨ travel alarm ¨ ATM card, credit cards (for cash, emergencies)
¨ toiletries ¨ small gift for host family
¨ journal, diary, reading materials
Do not bring anything that you are not willing to lose – expensive jewelry, watches, etc.