The Ultimate Belize Packing List

Hello, friends! Sorry to have been a bit absent last week. I was in a bit of a weird mood, just missing New England and general homesickness, etc. etc. And because of that, I just wasn’t able to get a Friday post out to you all. But, I’m back this week and am trying to pull myself together to resume my normal twice-a-week posting schedule!

Any tips of homesickness would be appreciated, by the way. I went to college about an hour away from where I grew up, and could pretty much head to my parents whenever I felt like it. Now that I live 500+ miles away and honestly don’t really like where we live,  it’s been tough. Let’s move on to a happier topic though, and the one that led you to actually click on this post!

Today, I’m going to be sharing my packing list from our honeymoon in Belize! We stayed on an island, and in the jungle at an eco-lodge, so I’m actually going to give you two different packing lists. The “island” list can be applied to anywhere in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America. A beach is a beach, right? The “jungle” list may be a bit more specific to Belize. We also went in June/July, which is HOT! Belize is fairly close to the equator, so the temperature wouldn’t change that much month-to-month, but you may also want to keep that in mind.

Be sure to catch up on my honeymoon posts if you are planning a trip to Belize! Read about what to pack in your personal-item here and packing tips for your honeymoon here.

Alright, enough chit chat. Here’s the list of items you should pack when you jet off to sunny Central America!

Belize Packing List

Caye Caulker

Okay, let’s start with the island-life first. I’ve divided this into categories of what to pack and what not to pack, and left off the obvious things, like underwear, toiletries, etc, unless there were specifics I recommend.


  • Bathing suits! Lots of bathing suits.
  • Loose-fitting tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Sundresses
  • Casual sweater
  • Pair of long pants (you might not want jeans)
  • Flip flops
  • Water shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Drawstring bag or small backpack to carry necessities around the island
  • Beach towel- may not be provided by your accommodations
  • Cash- small bills preferred. Belize takes the US dollar, but you may get change in Belizean currency.
  • Waterproof bag (dry bag) if you will be going boating.
  • A snorkel if you have your own, otherwise they are provided.
  • A good face wash! I broke out pretty badly from the weather, so make sure you bring a face wash that works for your skin.
  • GoPro with waterproof case.
  • Neosporin, band-aids, etc.
  • Aloe vera.
  • Toilet paper or tissues. A lot of places will charge you for toilet paper if you are out and about.

Don’t Pack

  • Anything that will melt, ie. chocolate, gum, expensive face creams, etc.
  • Generic sunscreen- If you will be snorkeling or diving in the reef, Belize asks that you wear natural sunscreen, or avoid use at all, in order to protect the wildlife. If you will not be diving, 100% wear sunscreen.
  • Makeup- It is very hot! If you are enjoying your vacation to the fullest, you will be sweaty and salty and you don’t need anything melting down your face or clogging your pores.
  • Expensive jewelry. Caye Caulker felt very safe, but it is a low-key, relaxed vibe and nobody really dressed up.
  • Hairstyling tools. Believe me, you’ll throw it up in a ponytail.

San Ignacio Jungle Lodge

Pack- everything above plus

  • Long pants- You may be going horseback riding or just a bit chilly when the sun sets at this location.
  • Long sleeve shirt- We went on a night hike and I really appreciated avoiding the mosquito bites.
  • Insect repellent
  • Raincoat
  • Umbrella
  • Flashlight/head lamp

Hope that helped with your packing for Belize or other Central American countries!

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