Nicaragua Series 3 of 5: 11 unusual things you must not forget

Nicaragua Series 3 of 5: 11 unusual things you must not forget
Nicaragua Series 3 of 5: 11 unusual things you must not forget

11 unusual things you must not forget in Nicaragua

1.  Rashguard
For me the purpose of the rash guard is really as a sun guard.  When I am exposing my skin to the sun for the first time in a long time, I choose to wear this shirt 90% of the time for the first 2 days, then 50% of the time for the next 3 days, then about 20% of the time after that, especially if its going to be a long day out on the water.

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2.  Basin plug

Traveling for a long time?  You’ll need to wash your clothes and the easiest way is to just do it yourself.

Bring one of these for your sink, its a couple of bucks and makes a huge difference.

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3.  Padlock

Its nice to have a combo lock with you if and when the opportunity arises for you to place a lock on your valuables.  I recommend combo v. key lock so you don’t have to schlep the key around with you.

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4.  Sunscreen

Don’t get burned when you first arrive otherwise you will have pain for the next few days.  Bring a 50+ spf with you and apply everywhere multiple times per day.  Don’t forget your ears, the part in your hair, and the tops of your feet.


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5. Spibelt or money belt

I love my Spibelt because its made in the USA and it conforms to the shape of whatever you put inside, this minimizes the bouncing and jiggling of items while you go for a walk or run.  When I arrive at the Managua airport, I place my passport, a $10 bill (you will need to pay 10 bucks to enter the country and yes, they take US dollars . . . everywhere) and usually about half my money and then keep it strapped under my shirt.

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6. Ziploc Bags

You will need these for everything.  If you want to bring some money to Playa Hermosa or Playa Maderas, place your cordobas or US dollars in one of these.  Protect your money.  Why?  Nicaraguans do not like damaged money, even a small tear in your cordoba or dollar bill that we would consider normal wear & tear in the US, will not be accepted.

Another main use for ziploc bags, is to place your iphone in a small one and your tablet into a gallon size bag.  With the dust, sand and wind you will thank me for recommending such a simple fix.  And the thing is, you can still manipulate your touch screens with the bag.



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7. Clothespins and wire/string

When you are done hand washing your clothes, you’ll be hanging them in the sky to the let the sun and wind dry them.  Bring at least 6 of these to get you through your time there.

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8. Surge Protector Thingie 

Its not uncommon for the electricity to come off and on throughout the day and night, as they say, its Nicaragua.  BUT, this can wreak havoc aka destroy your gadgets plugged into the wall.  The inconsistent voltage can burn through iPhone cords and zap your laptops.  Protect those pricey gadgets with a surge protector.



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9.  Flashlight

Some cities literally go without electricity once the sun sets.  And since I mention, the number one danger of Nicaragua its at #11, then please bring a cheap small flashlight with you.

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10.  Small bills

How often do you pay with $50 or $100 bills in the US?  Hardly ever, right?  And if you do, don’t you typically preface the purchase with . . . this is all I have . . . are you able to work with me?

Although you can use both Cordobas (Nicaragua money) and US Dollars in Nica, its advisable to keep an abundance of small bills on you.  If you are bringing 20′s from the ATM, take the time to go inside the bank and change those into $5′s and $1′s.  Paying with 20′s (unless its your hotel bill) in Nicaragua is like paying with $100′s in the US.  Not cool.

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Check out these practice Cordobas (perfect for kids or for the person who wants to put extra time into their planning)





11. Good walking shoes.  Like really, really good walking shoes.

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There are the obvious dangers of being in a third world countries BUT the biggest danger are the sidewalks.  Without fail, each day I say multiple people take a plunge, trip, fall onto their face, hands, wrists etc

These are the shoes that I wear because they protect your toes, stay on securely and perfect for water or no-water.  They are called Keens and its one of the best investments I made about 5 years ago.





P.S.  Click here for Part 2 on insider secrets

P.P.S.  Check out my digital nomad coffee shops in Nicaragua in Part 1 






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1 Comment

  1. Kelly @ TastingPage

    Great tips! I always carry ziploc bags with me when I travel. They have so many wonderful uses!

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