You have booked your trip to Belize and are wondering about what to pack and how to dress in Belize. After spending a month backpacking there, visiting the whole country, I’ll share with you my recommendations when it comes to what to pack for Belize. Activities in Belize are varied and there are plenty of things to do, so you should be ready for anything. You should be prepared for a trip to a tropical rainforest, climbing Mayan pyramids, spending a day at the beach, or going on a snorkeling trip.
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Clothes and outfits for Belize
For clothes, you want to take a mix of comfortable outdoor clothing, to go trekking and to explore ruins and the jungle, and light beach clothes for the beach and when you go on boat tours. Overall, prefer light airy clothes that cover you (to avoid unwanted attention and mosquito bites), also avoid black as it attracts mosquitoes. Don’t forget to pack one or two nicer outfits for when you go out at night.
Weather is humid and hot year-round, avoid tight clothes and thick fabric, but make sure to pack a light jacket or sweater for the evening or on rainy days. Also, take something for the rain.
If you are going to stay for more than a week, don’t pack more clothes, you can easily do laundry in Belize.
Suitcase or backpack?
When it comes to luggage, I’ve traveled there with a carry-on backpack (30L) because it’s more practical when you’re moving around, it also saves you money on the plane (read my tips on how to travel lighter). If you are planning a trip where you’ll be moving from place to place, I’ll advise taking a backpack, simply because a suitcase won’t fit on the public buses. I often had to travel with my backpack on my knees. So keep that in mind when deciding what type of luggage you should take.
If you are going to stay in one place and take day trips (you can easily visit the entire country this way, as Belize is pretty small), then you can take a suitcase with you. Whatever luggage you choose to take don’t forget to take a comfortable day pack for when you go trekking and visit the ruins.
For the carry-on backpack, I recommend the Osprey Archeon 30 Backpack, it’s super sturdy, comfortable, and easy to use. For a more budget-friendly option, you can check out the backpacks at Decathlon. You can also check out the Osprey Viva 50 if you want something bigger.
What to pack for Belize – What you’ll need and what you won’t need
The number one travel essential of any trip is travel insurance. A travel insurance will help you in case you get sick, have an accident, get your stuff stolen, and so on. You can check out World Nomad, they’re the leader on the market, or if you are from Europe, you can check out Chapka.
For travel “essentials”, I recommend buying packing cubes, you don’t NEED them, but if you like to keep things organized it’s a great thing to have. Also if you like to read, a Kindle is a great thing to have during a beach vacation, I’ve had mine for years now, and it had allowed me to read hundreds of books without having to carry any of the weight!
In Belize, sockets are the same as in the US, so if you come from Australia or Europe, get a plug adapter. If you travel frequently, buy an international one, that will fit into any sockets and where you can plug in any types of plugs.
Make sure to pack sunscreen, try to get an organic one that’s reef-safe and biodegradable, and mosquito repellent (you’ll need this, trust me), you can also pick an organic one, I’ve found they work better than DEET, and it’s way more eco-friendly and better for your health. For mosquito, you could also get an ultrasonic mosquito repellent, it’s not 100% efficient but it will keep most mosquitoes at bay.
I would say, it’s no need to bother packing a blow drier or curling/flat iron as the weather is super humid. Your hair is going to dry super fast and any hairstyle you’ll be trying to do probably won’t last.
If you don’t already have one, I would recommend getting a GoPro, half of the country’s wonders are underwater, you’ll want to have videos and photos of all the colorful fishes and reef.
What to pack for Belize – Checklist
Clothing for a week:
- 2 pajamas
- 2 Swimsuits
- 3 day-dresses / cover-ups for the beach
- 1 large long-sleeve shirt to protect you from the sun when boating
- 1 nice dress for going out
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 pairs of light pants
- 1 pair of sports leggings
- 6 tank tops/tee-shirts
- 1 light jacket or sweater
- Underwear and bras (one set for every day)
- Accessories/jewelry (tips: choose the ones that will go with everything)
- 1 small purse for going out
- Hat or cap
- Sneakers/trekking shoes;
- Water shoes;
- Lycra (when snorkeling, if you are sensitive to the sun)
- UV filter hair serum;
- Mosquito repellent;
- Shampoo and conditioner (tips: take dry ones to save space and if you’re going to travel with only a carry-on);
- Face and body wash;
- Toner and serums;
- Toothbrush and toothpaste;
- Hair ties and bobby pins;
- A small first-aid kit;
- Feminine hygiene products;
- Aloe vera gel in case you get a sunburn;
- Passport and id (tips: make sure you have a passport cover to protect it);
- Headphones (tips: noise-canceling ones are life saviors on a plane);
- Travel documents (tickets, hotel booking…);
- Wallet with some cash and 2 credit cards (tips: try to never have all your important stuff in one place);
- Medications with prescription if needed;
- Snacks and reusable water bottle (this one is made with eco-friendly materials, and has over 45k positive reviews on Amazon) ;
- Antibacterial gel and moisturizer;
- A magazine or a book;
- Chargers and a plug adapter;
- Power bank;
- Beach towel or sarong (tip: you can get a sand-free towel if you don’t like having sand all over your towel);
- Small backpack for when you go on excursions;
- Ziplock or plastic pouch to put your wet towel and swimsuit;
- Speaker (tips: pick a waterproof and sand-proof one, like this one>>);
- If you are staying in a hostel: quick-dry towel; (read my complete guide for staying at a hostel);
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