Packing for your trip to Belize can be both fun and stressful at the same time. Though you may enjoy imaging every situation in which you may wear the clothes you'll pack as you do so, you may worry that you've packed too much – or haven't packed enough.
Luckily, if you plan in advance, packing will be a much easier process. Just take the time to map out each activity you will be participating in, and follow the guidelines listed below.
In order to enter Belize, travelers must present a valid passport upon arrival. It is important that you keep your passport close to you, and in an easily accessible location. On top of that, a copy of your passport and any other form of identification you bring with you to Belize should be kept in a separate location to protect you in the event you lose these items, or they are stolen.
You also want to make sure you have enough money on your person to at least get you from your home to your hotel in Belize, where you can then assess your situation and head to a bank to take out more money.
The official currency of Belize is the Belizean Dollar, but so many establishments accept the U.S. Dollar that you should fine carrying your money into the country while you wait for a time when you can exchange your money. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Remember, also, to bring your prescription slip or a note from your doctor with you if you bring medication with your in your carry on luggage. A list of emergency contacts, hotel and rental vehicle information, and paperwork confirming your planned activities is a good idea to have on you as well, for your own protection.
Find out more when you view our checklist on Important Documents and Money.
Packing for Belize is all about knowing what you'll be doing while you are there. Most travelers will find themselves outdoors, exploring for the most part, and the hot, humid temperatures will leave many wanting for comfortable, cool clothing. The best option for most vacationers is going to be light-weight, light-colored cotton and linen t-shirts paired with linen shorts or khakis. Shoes should provide comfort when walking, so stick to sandals, hiking boots and athletic shoes. Dresses and heels are rarely needed in Belize.
Don't forget to pack enough socks, undergarments, and pajamas to make it through your trip. Click here to see a checklist
It is rare that you will need anything more than a shirt and shorts, but if you are going to make it a point to plan a nice dinner out, or have an event to attend, you can choose to bring something a little more formal to wear. Men should bring collared shirts and slacks, paired with a sports coat, and women can bring a wide range of options from a sun dress to a cocktail dress, or a pair of slacks and a blouse. If you dress in formal wear, make sure to bring appropriate shoes – hiking boots coupled with your nicest outfit is probably a fashion statement you want to avoid.
Snorkeling and diving are popular activities in Belize, but even if you just want to take a swim or lay out in the sun, you will need a swim suit. Many expert travelers would suggest that not only do you bring one swim suit, but two or more. This will give you options and allow you to wear one suit while your other remains in the hotel drying from use the day before.
The pressing heat in Belize often has visitors feeling as though walking around in as little as possible is the only option to keep them cool. If you want to walk around in just your swimsuit, make sure you are aware of your surroundings. In many of the coastal towns such as San Pedro, locals have no qualms about tourists who live in their swimsuits the whole time (it is not uncommon to walk into a restaurant and not see a single person fully dressed), while the further you move inland, the less casual dress gets.
Sun hats, sandals or flip-flops, sunglasses, and a cover up of some sort are all essential beach items, so make sure to include them in your luggage.
When traveling to Belize, it is smart to pack your toiletries in your checked bag and bring them with you. You can get nearly everything you need, from toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, soap, and hair products in travel sizes so that they don't take up too much space. Read our checklist to make sure you have all of your Toiletries and Personal Items.
Belize is known as the “Mosquito Coast” for good reason, and when you travel through the forest you welcome a host of other bugs and parasites. It is absolutely essential that you bring a strong bug repellent with you when you travel to the country. If you have been bit by mosquitoes, Benadryl or hyrocordisone cream can be a great relief. If you are bit by an unidentifiable bug, keep an eye on it's development.
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Cool nights and wet days are issues that must be considered when traveling to Belize. Tourists who pack a sweater or a throw to put on during chilly evenings, as well as a rain jacket, poncho, or umbrella to have available during those torrential downfalls, will be happy that they did so.
You'll also be much happier if you bring along a few activities to occupy your time when you are in transit to Belize, and maybe even when you have some downtime. A book or e-reader, a laptop, hand held video game, an mp3 player, DVD player, personal journal, or a deck of cards are all entertainment options you can choose to pack.
Of everything you pack, one thing you won't want to forget is your camera, and all of the accessories you need to keep your camera up and running so that you won't miss a single shot. Make sure to see our checklist of Gadgets and Electronics to make sure you remember everything.
Other Miscellaneous Items can be important too, follow the link for another checklist.
One of the biggest concerns people have when packing for their Belize vacation is over-packing or under-packing. You can avoid both of these when you choose which clothes to bring with you. Picking a collection of options that are interchangeable will both save space, but ensure that you have a new outfit for every day of your trip. A pair of solid-colored shorts will go well with a number of different shirts, and a grouping of colored tanks of t-shirts can be layered in a different way will give you a fresh look every day.
If you're worried about the airline losing your luggage, you can take a few steps to protect yourself from being stranded with nothing to wear. Your carry-on bag should be packed with one full outfit, a swimsuit, and any medications that you cannot go a day without. This should get you through until the airline locates your luggage, or you have the opportunity to go out and purchase a few other items.
Don't stress over what you'll pack for your Belize vacation. Just remember to keep both your luggage and your clothing light-weight, and you'll be good to go!
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