Your flight’s booked, your holiday request submitted, and you’ve hit your savings goal for the Belize vacation of a lifetime. The only thing that’s left now is to pack.
While packing for a Belize vacation may seem straightforward, some unassuming items can make a significant difference to a trip. Besides, as the world and environment evolve – whether due to climate change or travel trends – so will travelers’ needs.
When planning the ultimate jungle vacation in Belize, here are items you simply can’t forget.
The Essentials To Pack
In a post-COVID era, travelers should already have a keen awareness of all the necessary documents for entry to Belize. Apart from having an updated passport, vaccinated travelers should have their vaccination cards on their person at all times. Belize’s newly revised entry requirements declare all fully vaccinated persons will be able to enter via airport without testing.
Health & Safety
Belize has also removed mask mandates, meaning you do not have to wear a mask for indoor or outdoor spaces. But it’s still a good idea to have some face masks on hand for places like the airport or a supermarket. We also encourage travelers to continue carrying sanitization kits like hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes for a lower risk of contracting the virus.
Health and safety don’t exclusively apply to COVID-19, either. Travelers gearing up for a Belize jungle vacation should be prepared for any unpredictable health encounter, no matter the source. Make sure to pack Eco-friendly sunscreen, bug repellant, and a small first-aid kit. Because while Belize does have enchanting wonders waiting at every turn, it still is a tropical country. Meaning insects and strong sunshine may deter an unprepared traveler.
If you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors – which we highly encourage in an adventure-tinged place like Belize – don’t forget your reef-friendly sun protection! We care deeply about the health of our visitors. But we care just as deeply about our friends in the sea. So when slathering on sunblock, please make sure it’s safe for swimming alongside docile nurse sharks and spotted Eagle rays.
What to Wear To Belize
It’s quite easy to pack for Belize when it comes to clothing. As a destination that only experiences two seasons – wet and dry – there’s not much to overthink in the garment department. Belize is an extremely casual place as we prefer our clothing to reflect our way of life: fun and carefree.
Some short-sleeved light clothing is a must-have, while linen and cotton can do wonders in the Belize heat. Rash-guards protect when hiking, and long pants make all the difference in the number of bites you receive from overly-friendly mosquitoes. Belize can be quite balmy throughout the year, yet the temperature dips considerably in the mountains, especially in the jungle. Bring a light jacket or cardigan for nighttime wear in case you feel a little chilly.
Packing Swimwear Is A Must
Especially if you plan to take a dip in the meandering Macal River, or jump in the gushing falls of Big Rock Falls. A lightweight raincoat can stave off any slight drizzling in the summer and sturdy tennis shoes can get you to the top of Maya ruins. A couple of pairs of shorts, one or two dressy outfits for fancy dining, and sunglasses and cap should round out your outfits for the trip.
Apart from essential toiletries and hygiene products, we recommend travelers come prepared for action-packed activities. Dry bags or Ziploc bags are great to store electronics in if you want to take photos while canoeing. Belize is a top birding destination, so bring your own binoculars to spot elusive Keel-Billed Toucans. If you forget them at home, not to worry. Chaa Creek loans all guests binoculars for early morning birding walks.
A backpack for holding snacks, repellant, and water is great for long hikes or walking along medicinal trails. Pack power banks for extra juice when no charging outlet is in sight or when spending the entire day exploring rural Caracol. A digital camera and multiple lenses can take you from Instagram-approved selfies to postcard-worthy shots. Toss some noise-canceling headphones for long flights in your backpack and you’re good to go.
Bonus Items To Pack
Now that all your essentials are neatly packed, it’s time to carve out space for items a little more meaningful than a Dopp kit. Items that can change the trajectory of the lives of Belizean children. These items are brought forth by the Pack-A-Pound program, an enterprise Chaa Creek initiated years ago.
With the Pack-A-Pound program, travelers are encouraged to bring one pound’s worth of items they wish to donate to local schools. By encouraging Chaa Creek guests to share one pound of their luggage space for school materials, local classrooms are able to benefit immensely. Should you wish to use that one pound for extra sunscreen, you can always mail the supplies to Chaa Creek at P.O. Box 53, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize.
Need help deciding what to bring to Belize? Let us help you! Email us today at [email protected] or call us toll-free at +1-877-709-8709.