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What to Pack for Your Belize Vacation

Belize Coco Plum Island Resort

Whether you plan to spend your Belize vacation relaxing by the beach, ziplining through the jungle, or exploring ancient Maya ruins, you’ll want to make sure you come fully prepared. Check out this detailed packing guide to make sure you pack everything you need for your trip to Belize.

What to Pack for a Trip to Belize

Belize Coco Plum Island Resort

Essentials to Pack for Visiting Belize

The essentials you’ll want to pack for your trip to Belize are the same essentials you’ll want for any vacation (toiletries and medications) as well as for any beach vacation (sunscreen and aloe). Here’s the full list of the essentials we packed for Belize:

Belize Coco Plum Island Resort

What Clothes to Pack for Belize

The weather in Belize is hot in the summer, warm in the winter, and always humid. Even if you live somewhere hot and humid and are used to it, just remember that during your Belize vacation you’ll be spending a lot more time outside than you probably do at home. You’ll want to pack clothing that is comfortable in hot weather all day long.

The rainy season in Belize is June to November, and hurricanes are likely between August and October. That means December through May is the high season when you can expect an increase in tourism. We visited in late August, early September and had wonderful weather and rain only at night, so you never know what you’ll get.

It’s also worth mentioning that most weather apps are getting their forecasts for Belize from Belize City, so the information isn’t entirely accurate across the whole country. The weather can also vary greatly from the coast to inland areas. At the island we stayed on, we could watch the rain blow in on the mainland every evening and not see a single drop of rain all night long. Weather is just one of those things it’s not easy to plan for.

Here’s the full list of clothing we packed for Belize to give you an idea of what to expect:

  • Cool tops — You’ll want short sleeve shirts, tank tops, loose fitting shirts, t-shirts, or crop tops to keep cool.
  • Shorts — Shorts should be made of a breathable fabric, and you’ll want something good for hiking and being active for your adventure tours.
  • Light dresses — For dresses, go for breathable fabric and not too short and flowy because it can get very windy and you don’t want to flash everyone at the pool-side bar like I did.
  • Loose-fitting long pants — These are a great option if you want extra sun and mosquito protection.
  • Loose-fitting long sleeve shirts — These are also a great option if you want extra sun and mosquito protection.
  • Swim suits — I recommend bringing at least 2 swim suits so if one doesn’t dry fully, you can have a dry one for that day’s activities.
  • Swim suit cover up
  • Rash guard — These swim shirts are great for sun protection while swimming. I definitely recommend one for snorkeling while in Belize.
  • Flip flops and sandals — Your footwear doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just bring along some casual flip flops that are good for walking on sand.
  • Water shoes — You’ll want water shoes to protect your feet during activities like cave tubing, kayaking, and more. These are also great for swimming in the ocean if you don’t like the feeling of walking over seaweed.
  • Sturdy tennis shoes — You’ll need some sturdy footwear for activities like hiking, climbing Maya ruins, and ziplining
  • Hats — Bring along a floppy sun hat, baseball cap, or anything wide brimmed, and consider something with string to keep it on your head and protecting you from the sun even in the wind.
  • Sunglasses — Sunglasses are a must! And if you wear prescriptions, I highly recommend investing in prescription sunglasses.
  • Silicone rings — Swap your expensive wedding ring for a silicone wedding ring for this trip. You don’t have to worry about losing your diamond in the ocean if you’re wearing a silicone engagement ring!
  • Underwear — It needs to be said because sometimes people forget it (I am people).
  • Socks — Even if you’ll mostly be barefoot on the beach, you’ll need socks for any hiking, Maya ruin climbing, or other adventurous activities.
  • Pajamas — Keep your sleepwear loose, breezy, and cool.
  • One nice outfit — Nothing too fancy. Unless you’re staying at a super luxury resort, most places don’t have a dress code, but you may want to dress up a little for a romantic dinner one night. Still, you won’t want to sacrifice comfort so pack something cool and light.
  • Light-weight jacket or rain coat — You’ll want a light jacket or rain coat for wet boat rides, chilly evenings, and the rainy season.
Belize Beach

Fun Things to Pack for Belize’s Beaches

Belize is a great tropical destination, so it’s no surprise that many people visit hoping for some beach time. If you’re planning on visiting the beach while in Belize, these are the beach essentials you’ll want to pack:

Belize Xunantunich Mayan Ruins

Important Things to Pack for Your Belize Jungle Adventure

The Belize jungles and rainforests are a huge attraction for adventure travelers. You can participate in activities like hiking, exploring Maya ruins, cave tubing, and ziplining. If you’re planning on visiting the jungle while in Belize, these are the jungle essentials you’ll want to pack:

Belize Sunset

Health and Safety Packing List

Stay safe and healthy while you travel!

Belize does not have any COVID restrictions or requirements for travel, so it’s not technically necessary that you bring any of these things. This is just to help you remember to pack the items you’re most comfortable with.

So here’s all the health and safety items you may want to consider packing for Belize:

  • Face mask and filtersFace masks are no longer required in Belize, but it’s still a good idea to travel with a mask. If you like to use filters with your masks, be sure to pack those as well.
  • Hand sanitizer — Businesses in Belize are very vigilant about having hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer stations at their entrances, but it’s always nice to have your own just in case you feel you need it.
  • Disinfecting wipes — Most travelers like wiping down their airplane seats and other high-touch points while they travel. These can also be used to wipe anything down in your hotel room that you want to make sure if sanitized.
  • Travel health insurance — Belize Travel Health Insurance is no longer required, but it is highly encouraged. Be sure to bring along any necessary documents and proof of insurance.
  • Vaccine card — Visitors to Belize are no longer required to be vaccinated. But if you are vaccinated, it’s always a good thing bring along your vaccine card or at least a photo of it just in case.

Find more Belize COVID safety information here.

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  1. Very thorough guide. I’ve only ever passed through Belize (when I was going from Guatemala to Mexico) and it was humid. So, I completely agree with what you suggested…I still can’t believe how strong the sun was there! 🙂

  2. Thank you for putting this together. This is an extremely helpful and thorough guide. I never knew it was windy on the beaches so ponytails would definitely be something I’d forget to bring.

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