Belize is an English speaking country located on the western Caribbean Sea in Central America and it is therefore in the tropics and can become very hot. To Belize’s east is the Caribbean, to its north is Mexico and to its west and south is Guatemala.
Just off the coast of Belize lies the world’s second largest barrier reef which is renowned for its great diving and snorkeling opportunities. In the northern half of Belize, the coastal area has low lying mangrove swamps that lead further inland to tropical pine savannas and hardwood forests.
In the southern half of Belize the scattered mangrove swamps near the coast run into the heavily forested Maya Mountains. The mountains are limestone and therefore are peppered with sink holes, many of which are yet to be explored. Keep these things in mind when deciding what to bring when traveling to Belize.
When traveling to Belize, you will have to pack for the climate which is hot most of the year and can experience monsoon type rains during the rainy season although most of the rain falls inland whilst along the coast, much of the rain falls at night. For during the day you will need to pack shorts and t-shirts, plus have a good supply of Sunscreen — high SPF.
You may also want to pack long comfortable pants and long sleeve shirts in case the sun gets too much for your skin. If you are intending to go inland you may also want to pack a light sweater.
As for footwear, a pair of sandals is ideal for most places but don’t forget to pack socks as the sun can also reach the feet. Although not necessary, many people prefer to wear some type of water shoes whilst on the beach but you will certainly need a pair of sturdy walking shoes if you intend to partake in any of the inland excursions.
Of course though, do not forget your swimsuit, sunglasses and hat as they will probably be what you will wear most of the time if you are at one of the coastal resorts or on one of the cayes. Optional extras but very useful to have are an Insect repellent with high DEET concentration, Benedryl Tablets, Hydrocortisone cream and Baby oil for additional protection against sand flies. For the occasions when it does rain, you may want to bring a wind breaker or rain slick, plus a good book.
If you intend to snorkel and do not want to have to rent gear, bring your own snorkel gear with you. Toiletries can be expensive in Belize and in Hopkins, perhaps hard to find and so you may want to bring a minimal supply with you along with any medicines you may be taking. There is a lot to explore and see in Belize and so it is advisable to bring a camera, binoculars and a torch complete with additional batteries so you can make the most of any sights that may arise.
As with any other destination, for Belize you will also have to ensure that you have your passport, valid for 6 months after your expected exit date, plus a visa if n required. You will of course also need any tickets you may have, your credit and debit cards, cash and insurance documents. In Belize you must be a qualified diver and so if you have a dive card, bring it otherwise you will be required to take a course. The final things that you should remember to bring are any travel guides you may have and an attitude for adventure.
In case of lost or delayed luggage, you should always try and pack one change of clothes, flip-flops, and a bathing suit in your carry-on.