Belize is a country that deserves to be better known. Located in Central America on the Caribbean Sea, this hidden gem has white sand beaches, Mayan temples and fantastic diving. Here’s a handy Belize packing list as well as the essential items that will make your trip a lot easier.
Belize Packing List
The weather in Belize is subtropical, with a dry and a rainy season. The dry season is generally from November to May and the wet season from June to October.
That’s why, when packing for Belize, it’s important to consider the time of your visit. Having said that, it’s always warm, with averages of 75°F from November to January and 81°F from May to September.
The official language spoken in Belize is English, so if that is your main language you won’t need a phrase book. However, all the items below will come in handy.
How to Use this Belize Packing List
We’ve separated the Belize packing list into sections, from clothes for her and him, to beach gear, travel equipment, electronics, documentation and optional items. We’ve even listed items that you can definitely leave behind!
The following list is for a 7 day trip, with clothing and equipment for sunbathing and outdoor activities. If you’re travelling for longer, just increase the amount of clothing in proportion to the length of your stay.
- Anti-mosquito hat with elastic chin strap for jungle hikes and boat rides.
- T-shirts – make sure you bring several that cover your shoulders to protect them from the sun.
- Cotton tops or t-shirts
- Cotton dresses
- Cotton shawl
- Lightweight plimsolls or sneakers
- Lightweight cardigan
- Long-sleeved shirt – ideally mosquito repellent.
- Long pants – choose convertible pants
- Maxi dress
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Sports socks
- Sports tops
- Trekking sandals
In certain areas inland where there are a lot of mosquitoes, a maxi dress and shawl will help to keep you protected. I also recommend a loose hairband to keep hair off your neck.
For men, polo shirts or t-shirts and shorts work well. You can also get some stylish water shoes that are suitable for walking.
- Bikinis or swimsuits
- Flip flops or light sandals
- Kaftan or coverup
- Rash guard shirt
- Water shoes
The dress code in Belize is very relaxed. In places like Caye Caulker, I found myself wearing a kaftan most of the time around town.
- Contact lenses or glasses.
- Dry bag – to keep your valuables dry when near the water.
- Flotation device for phones and other small objects.
- Money belt – spread your cash here and in at least one other place on your body.
- Packing cubes – very handy if you’re changing accommodation frequently, as you won’t have to unpack everything.
- Small lightweight backpack.
- Water bottle – check our recommendation below for one of the best water purifying bottles.
- Ziploc bag for wet clothes.
- Biodegradable wetwipes
- Body wash
- Bug spray
- Cotton pads or Q-Tips
- Hairbrush & hair accessories
- Makeup & makeup remover
- Mosquito repellent
- Prescription medication
- Reef friendly sunscreen – ideally SPF 50+ for face and SPF 30+ for the body
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
On our way up to Mayan King Waterfalls, we stopped to take some photos of the bamboo. There were a lot of mosquitoes, and we wish we’d used bug spray beforehand!
- Camera, battery, lenses
- Cell Phone & charger
- GoPro or DJI Osmo Action camera for filming underwater with a waterproof dome.
- Power bank
- Driving license
- Emergency contact information
- Hotel confirmation
- Travel Insurance policy
- Tour confirmation
- Band aids
- Hand sanitizer
- Microfiber travel towel – handy to have but not essential if staying in a hotel.
- Mini electric fan
- Motion sickness medication for the flight or boat excursions
- Reusable tote bag for shopping or use as a beach bag
- Travel pillow for the flight
- Travel umbrella
20 Belize Packing List Essentials
What Not to Bring to Belize
- Camouflage pattern clothing – it is illegal to wear it in Belize unless you are a member of the Army.
- A drone – only those authorized by the government are allowed to fly a drone.
- Jeans – it’s way too hot to wear these.
- Tight clothing – instead, stick to loose clothing in natural fibers.
- Expensive jewelry – people dress casually in Belize and it’s best to leave luxury watches and jewelry at home.
What to Bring Back From Belize
There are some great Belize souvenirs, so leave a bit of room in your suitcase if you can!
- Belizean chocolate
- Belize rum or rum cake
- Garifuna drum
- Marie Sharp’s hot sauce – it comes in various levels of hotness!
- Wood carvings
- Woven baskets
Traditional Garifuna music is an important part of Belizean culture. You can buy a handmade Garifuna drum to take home.
Garifuna dancers generally wear yellow, black and white. Garifuna fabric also makes a fantastic souvenir.
We hope you’ve found these Belize packing tips helpful.
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