An umbrella and disposable plastic ponchos may always come in handy, especially in winter when it rains more.
Ear Plugs might be of help to light sleepers because Rio de Janiro is a noisy city all the year round. There are people on the streets in the early morning hours.
To obtain Brazilian reals in advance is useful for paying for small items, gifts and food in cash, if desired.
Medical Supplies are not needed during the stay in Rio. It is always cheaper to buy local brands. However, all prescription medications for allergies and other diseases of certain brands are a must-bring.
A pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, after-sun cream and hat should be always in hand no matter it comes to a walk around the city or sunbathing on the beach. The sun of Rio is very heavy and it’s easy to get burned, especially in summer months.
Brazilian Sarong or “Kanga” is a better choice than a beach towel. It’s made of a lightweight material and can be multi-functional. It can be a cover-up for girls and worn around the waist, around the back to keep warm, etc.
A good and comfortable handbag for all necessary belongings and documents is a must. It must always be held in front because of the numerous pickpockets everywhere, especially in tourist spots and on the metro. Beach crime still happens on the beaches of Rio. That’s why all belongings must be packed and kept carefully and close at hand. When heading to the ocean for a swim, luggage must be watched out by other tourists.