Travel Essentials When Visiting the Islands in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

You certainly don’t want to be traveling with a lot of luggage to the islands. It’s always best to pack lightly so that you can travel faster and more efficiently when going around your destination. Keep in mind that it’s also very hot and humid so you’d want to dress as comfortably as you can. Here are some tips on what to bring as travel essentials when visiting traveling the islands in Belize! 

1. Swimwear and Sunscreen

Woman in hat rubbing sunscreen onto skin.

Of course, if you’re going to the islands you’d want to swim so bring a couple of swimwear that is comfortable for you. At the same time, you wouldn’t want to look like a lobster so make sure to bring your sunscreen or you can buy it at any store. If you prefer not to use sunscreen then rashguards or long sleeves would work best, anything that wouldn’t take long to get dry.

2. Hats!


A nice beach hat to protect your skin from the sun. It also adds a touch to your outfit!

3. Shoes!

Heading out for a day on the water. Image by Sunbreeze Hotel/Duarte Dellarole

Of course, you’d want something on your feet but what is the best footwear? You may ask. It all depends where exactly you’ll be but if you’re traveling on a boat, then it would be a must to have shoes with good grip. Flip-flops are good when taking a walk in the sand but if you’re walking long distances then a good pair of soft shoes would be better. You’d also want to bring more than one pair of each just in case it gets dirty or falls apart.

4. Sunglasses


You’ll definitely need a pair of sunglasses as a travel essential in Belize, especially if you’ll be in the direct sun. It does get really bright. So to protect your eyes a pair of sunglasses would be perfect. A suggestion would be to get sunglasses straps just in case you are in a boat or on a dock trying to look down. You wouldn’t want your sunglasses falling off into the sea.

5. Backpack

Photography by Quilz Tamay

Backpack for your personal belongings and a different bag to place your wet clothes in. When you’re out on the island you would want to have a backpack or a purse to keep your personal things so that you don’t have a lot in your hands. After your swim, it would be best to have another bag to put your wet clothes in so that it doesn’t wet your other things.

6. Money and Credit Card

The question that a lot of visitors ask is what is the currency in Belize. You can always exchange money at the bank but it is much easier if you bring U.S dollars because mostly all places in Belize accept it. As many may know, credit cards are always the safest way to carry money. Most major credit cards are used in Belize and sometimes MasterCards and Visas are the ones that are accepted the most.

Note: If you plan on snorkeling or diving, you can always rent gear or buy the needed items at a gift shop or dive shop.

Written by CC+L editorial team
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