(The Panama Gringo) If you are planning to take a trip to Panama, it’s important to know what to pack. Some of the larger hotels like Veneto Panama which cater to travelers offer a lot of information on their website about the weather in Panama which will certainly help you to determine what you will need but, in general, it’s always best to pack a variety of clothing options since where you are and what you plan to do can greatly influence what type of clothing you will need to bring.
Panama’s daytime temperatures usually range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s F year round. Therefore, if you are traveling to Panama during the peak tourist season (from December to April), shorts or lightweight pants, light shirts and sandals or light shoes are appropriate. However, if you are visiting any other time during the year, the region can experience moderate to even heavy rains at times, so it would be smart to pack a rain jacket or other waterproof apparel in preparation for the possibility of wet weather.
Dress for the Location
Panama City is generally a fairly casual city. Despite the heat, you will find that most people wear for light pants or jeans during the day and dress up a bit at night for dining out. In the lowland areas, light, loose-fitting shirts and shorts, capris or skirts are essential but, if you plan on hiking or camping while you are in Panama, you should bring warmer clothing, such as sweaters and windproof jackets. Though temperatures are generally warm at sea level, Panama’s mountain ranges can get cold after the sunset. In fact, popular hiking peaks like Boquete and Cerro Punta can sometimes reach the low 30s or 40s F at night. Also, be sure to take into consideration any activities that might require specific attire like jeans for horseback riding, a long sleeve windbreaker for fishing or boat trips and of course a bathing suit for any water activities.
In general, regardless of where you are visiting in Panama and what activities you plan to do, there are certain things that are very important to pack. First and foremost are lots of sun block as well as good sunglasses and a hat to protect you from the sun. Also, good walking shoes that are well broken in are always important as you don’t want to have your trip spoiled by uncomfortable shoes. And don’t forget your camera. Panama is a beautiful place and it would be a shame if you couldn’t capture the breathtaking scenery and fascinating city life. If you will be at the ocean during your trip, consider packing a disposable underwater camera as the views below the ocean are just as stunning as the ones above.
Packing for travel to Panama requires a bit of flexibility but as long as you keep in mind the seasonal Panama weather for the dates you are traveling and the temperature your specific destination, you will have everything you need.