You certainly don’t want to be traveling with a lot of luggage on your vacation. 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 comfortable as you can. Here are some tips on what to bring when traveling to the islands in Belize:

1. Swimwear and Sunscreen

Of course, if you’re going to the islands you’d want to swim so bring a couple of swimwear that are 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. Sunglasses

You’ll definitely need a pair of sunglasses if you’ll be out in the 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’re in a boat, or on a dock trying to look down. You wouldn’t want your sunglasses falling off into the sea!

4. Backpack

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.

5. 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 accepts it. As many may know, credit cards are always the safest way to carry money. Most major credit cards are used in Belize. Master Cards and Visas are the ones that are accepted the most.

6. Certain type of clothing

Belize has a subtropical climate, so it is recommended you wear light and comfortable clothes. For the beach, be sure to pack your swimming attire. A beach cover-up is also perfect for the day time. For the afternoons and evenings, a casual dress will do great or some linen pants. It is very humid and warm on an average day. On holiday, you want to be comfortable, so casual clothing that you’re comfortable in would work best.

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 your traveling on a boat, then it would be a must to have shoes with a 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 tennis or hiking shoes would be better. You’d also want to bring more than one pair of each just in the case of it getting dirty or falls apart.

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