Friday, August 1, 2014

What to pack for your trip to Belize-Not your normal trip!!

Here is an easy list to bookmark for your trip:

-Every bathing suit you own. And buy a couple extra.

-Flip flops for sure!

-Several--at least one for each day you are here, unless you do laundry-pairs of comfortable shorts (you will sweat A LOT and will not want to re-wear).

-The same number of tank tops or tee shirts.

-A sturdy pair of flip flops or Tevas, or whatever really comfortable walking sandal you have. I would bring a back up pair, and also a pair of running shoes you can hike in.Water shoes if you have them. If you are interested in some deep jungle hikes, bring a pair that you can get wet, and a bag to bring them home in.

-Bring a travel umbrella and a poncho--everyone looks like a tourist in a poncho but sometimes, who cares--it really can save a day from being ruined into being salvageable if you can be outside.

-Sunglasses, sunscreen (like 2-3 bottles for a week trip), deep woods off (2-3 bottles for a week trip), Avon Skin So soft or baby oil (the only repellent for sand fleas), benedryl (in case of jellyfish sting).
Sand flea bites....they itch 100x worse than a mosquito bite...
-Bring one long sleeved shirt if you are here in the winter months--don't bother from March-Oct--I have not needed or worn long sleeves since we have been coming here at the end of January. Sometimes people like to snorkel in these too.

-Bring all your scuba diving needs if this is your thing. Bring snorkel gear in case your hotel doesn't have it (we do!!)

-A surge protector is recommended--we have had no problems here, but during a storm the electricity can be erratic, and it can fry your electronics.
-Bring some ziploc bags-- in case of rain you will want to put your cell phone in one, if you go kayaking this serves as a waterproof bag, in your room--you will want to put any food in this as the bugs have food radar that is not of this world.

-For females--seriously, coming from a former high maintenance hair and makeup person---do not bother with a hair dryer, curler, straightener--I have not used one in months and I am seriously high need in this area. you will not do anything but let your hair air dry once you are here, and if you try doing anything fancy with your hair, it will look like frizz in 5 minutes. The more natural the better. A little mousse or gel if you have curly hair and let it air dry looks the best. Straight hair people--not sure what to tell you as this is really foreign to me. But hair doesn't stay straight down here unless it is natural that way. For makeup, some lip gloss with SPF and some waterproof mascara really will be enough. Don't bother with a manicure or pedicure as it will last 2-3 days down here! I'd also leave the perfume at home, it just attracts bugs, and Deep Woods off can be your scent while you are here :)

-Bring a small backpack/athletic bag/tie string bag for your adventures. Always carry a ziploc bag, bathing suit, and towel, along with the SPF, baby oil, and bug spray wherever you go on your trip.

-In Belize you just get used to feeling kind of sticky and dirty, but it is in a fun way!! You do need to keep up on the SPF and the bug spray, and because you are on the coast pretty often, you are frequently on the sand. You just become a dirty mess with all of this. It becomes the new normal and hopefully by the end of the trip it doesn't bother you at all :)

-Maybe bring 1-2 nicer outfits (sundresses, nicer shorts and shirts) for dinners out. Leave the nice jewelry at home, both because it is hot, and a developing country, and no one down here wears a bunch of jewelry outside of maybe some dangly inexpensive earrings.

-We have beach towels here, and all the normal stuff that comes with a hotel, so don't bother with bringing your own!

-We also have a lot of water toys, inner tubes, water weenies, etc., including playing cards and games.

-Bring your kindle or a couple books you want to read (in the hammock is recommended).

-Binoculars if this is your thing....bird watching etc.

-A big beach bag wouldn't hurt if you have one

-All the other normal stuff that we worry about forgetting...) extra hat, watch, phone chargers, passport, 2nd photo ID just in case. No need to worry about exchanging your US dollars, they are accepted widely here. 2:1 Belize to US, and all prices are in Belize dollars. If the charge is, say, $30, just hand them $15 US and they won't bat an eyelash!


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  2. Thank you so much ! I am a woman traveling solo , any tips ?

    1. Hi Katrina, actually that is a fantastic idea for a blog post, we get a lot of single women that stay with us, and they have shown us how to do it right! Check back within the week and I'll post the tips thye have passed on!