The Ultimate Packing List For Belize
Everything you need to pack whether you are going to Belize for 2 weeks or 2 months
A few of us Kosan’ers have been to Belize and let us tell you, this tiny Central American country is one of our favourites. With its mix of jungles, the Caribbean sea, and Mayan ruins, this place is packed with adventure, culture and beautiful scenery. The best part is—everyone speaks English! We love the country so much we made it one of our Hidden Gems features.
What is the Weather Like in Belize
Like most of the countries surrounding the Carribean, Belize doesn’t really get cold. Sure, at night by the sea, you may wish to have a lightweight sweater or jacket.
During September, the temperature averages around 81°F(27°C), with highs of 86°F (30°C) and lows of 77°F (25°C). So that gives you a good idea
Belize’s Rainy Season
The rainy season runs from June to November which, given its geographical location, can also mean hurricanes.
Best Time to Go to Belize:
Dry season, however, is Late November to mid-April in Belize, which means less rain but also more tourists and higher price.
If you are looking to save some money, try going from May to June, when the tourist rush isn’t yet in full swing, hotel rates are lower, and the rainfall is just beginning; it can be a lovely time to visit.
Pro Tip: Waterproof phone case with a flotation strap. You’ll be in, on, or near water most of your trip … so you can see why we’d encourage this!
Backpacking in Belize
Just like the size of the country itself, all you really need to pack could probably fit into an under-the-airplane-seat-size knapsack. But just in case you decide to head to other parts of Central America, we recommend you bring a tad more, and try a more complete travel pack system!
Don’t bring roller luggage. Your trip will be full of natural and nautical adventures. You’ll be hopping on and off buses, boats and jeeps. You might even be bushwacking through the jungle. This is definitely a country where you want to bring a travel backpack.
We recommend a very water-resistant one. As we’ve seen bags topple off the boat into the Carribean blue.
Pro-Tip: Use packing cubes and 1-3 different sizes of waterproof dry bags. This way you can keep all your essential stuff organized inside the dry bags (inside the bags) and choose which size you need for day trips, boat trips, snorkelling adventures.
What should go in the dry sack?
- Passport (if you’re travelling from destination to destination)
- Credit Cards & Cash
What to Wear in Belize
Chances are you’ll be spending more time underwater, on the water, or at least beside it, than in the cities. That’s because Belize City and the nation’s capital, Belmopan, aren’t exactly on anyone’s list of top tourist destinations. Why? Because they both have a terrible reputation for crime. The Belize government is trying to change that and, with that said, we do think it’s worth spending a day or two checking out the exciting city vibe. Just be safe.
Although the pace of towns and cities is less relaxed than that of the rural areas, you can keep your attire just about as casual as you like. But, don’t go wearing your bikini in town.
We recommend that women wear more conservative attire, with dresses below the knees and shoulders covered, so as not to attract unwanted attention.
For guys, shorts and T-shirts are A-Okay.
Should you need to head into the interior to the capital, say, to extend your visa, attire is equally as casual as on the coast.
Pro-Tip: Although we were never robbed during our time in Belize, it’s good practice to carry only the money you need. Split it up and hide it in a secret pocket or money belt. Have just a few dollars in the pocket of your shorts, or in your purse, to (hopefully) appease any potential thief. Leave jewelry at home and keep your phone out of sight.
In Caye Caulker, there are signs at beach bars, restaurant patios and local shops that say “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem.” This sums up Belize’s laid-back rules for attire in a nutshell. Even so, we recommend you always carry a cover-up, such as a sarong, just in case you plan to head straight from the beach to the bar. Whether it’s shorts, T-shirts, tank tops or dresses, choose fabrics that are natural, lightweight and quick-drying.
Pro Tip: Reef-friendly sunscreen. Protect your skin, protect the natural wonders of the world. Select a non-toxic sunscreen so as not to harm the coral, the sea life, or … yourself!
Fun Fact: After Australia ’s Great Barrier Reed, The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world. There are more than 100 types of coral and some 500 species of tropical fish. It’s one of the best places in the world for snorkelling.
Jungles and Other Adventures
Once in the wilderness, you’ll have the hauntingly beautiful sound of the howler monkeys, parades of cutter ants, mosquitoes and other buzzing and crawling friends to say hello. If ever you’re going to wear pants and long sleeves, it’s on these Indiana Jones-style expeditions to uncover the ancient Maya civilizations. Here is where looser-fitting, lightweight anti-stink, clothing is good. Unless you plan to spend more than a few days in the jungle, you literally need one long-sleeved shirt and one pair of pants for Belize.
Pro-Tip: Okay, there is one more group of activities you may want to “cover up” for. Wear a long-sleeved water-shirt with UPF 50 for kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddling.
Ultimate Belize Packing List
Whether you’re going for two weeks or two months, our packing recommendation is the same just do some laundry in between stays!
What to Bring To Belize
What to Pack for Belize
Shirts / Tops
- 2-3 T-Shirts
- 1-2 Tank Tops
- 1-2 Button Down Short Sleeve Shirts
- 1 Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt
- 1 Long Sleeve UPF50 Water Shirt
- 1 lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt and/or Sweater (wear on the Airplane as well)
- 1-2 Pair of Casual Shorts
- 1-2 Swimsuits (For Men Hybrid Swim Short / Casual Active Shorts)
- 1-2 Skirts
- 1-2 Dresses
- 1 Pair of Pants (wear on the plane as well)
- Water Shoes
- Flip Flops / Sandals
- Casual Shoes / Hiking Boots
- Lightweight Pashmina or Cover Up Scarf
- Workout Wear – 1 pant / short + 1 top
- Socks – 1-2 pairs No Show Socks + 1-2 pairs hiking socks
- 4-5 pairs of underwear (you may be in swim shorts more than you think)
- Hat or Bandana or both
- Lightweight Rain Jacket.
- Activated Charcoal – It removes toxins from that potentially questionable meal you had which helps limit the effects of a bad meal. Your stomach will thank you!
- Water Bottle Filter – Because you really shouldn’t drink or even brush your teeth with tap water almost anywhere in the country.
- Electrical travel adaptor/plug-in. Belize’s Local Voltage is around 110V
And that’s it, that is our ultimate packing guide for Belize! Let us know if we forgot any of your must-haves down in a comment below and we will be sure to update the post accordingly!