Belize Packing List

You don't need much in Belize since it's not cold. There's no snow here, but the UV index is high and there can be rain.

Here's what I personally recommend you bring:

  1. Eco-friendly sunscreen - even though vitamin D is important, UV levels are high during the dry season so apply sunscreen regularly.
  2. Deet-free eco-friendly mosquito repellent - rainy season brings mosquitos and sand flies. If you can, buy a natural repellent made for Belize bugs.
  3. Basic flip flops - it's hot here, so give your toes some breathing room and let it feel the soil, the sand and salt water.

🔥 Pro Tip: If you're visiting Caye Caulker, buy a natural bug repellent from Red Flower Gallery. My partner swears it's the best repellent for Belize, and it saved her legs from looking like she has chicken pox.

It's as simple as that! You don't need a fancy backpack or anything expensive. Just bring breathable and light-colored clothing to counter the sun and heat. Less is more.

Backpacking Belize on a budget

  1. Use public wifi - most local banks offer complimentary wifi and water. Certain parks also offer public wifi.
  2. Travel during low season - most hotels/hostels have two rates: high and low season rates with low season slashing prices by 30% to 50%.
  3. Fly to Cancun instead - flying directly to Belize can be very expensive. Try flying to Cancun and then going down to Belize by bus to save a cash.
  4. Ask before paying - before entering a taxi, ask how much they charge before accepting the ride.
  5. Travel with a friend - renting cabins or guest houses also lower prices so travel with a friend. Tour companies give discounts for larger groups so bring hostel friends along.
  6. Ask locals to buy your ticket - most services and park entrances have cheaper prices for locals so ask someone to buy your ticket for half the price.
  7. Hitchhike around the country - the locals are friendly and the roads are friendlier which makes hitchhiking in Belize so bloody easy.
  8. Couchsurf with locals - after couchsurfing for four years, I can confirm that it's the cheapest and one of the most authentic ways to travel.

How to stay safe in Belize

  1. Blend in and dress humbly - locals perceive flashy people as wealthy people so try not to stand out.
  2. Don't show too much skin - women are often catcalled, so it's best to cover up in non-touristy places.
  3. Ask a local for help - if you're unsure about a location, ask a local for help and make a new friend.
  4. Follow your instincts - if you don't feel comfortable in a situation, just say no and walk away.

Random Tips from a Belizean local

  1. Watch out for speed bumps - unfortunately they aren't labelled properly here, so keep your eyes peeled.
  2. Drive with caution - being a 3rd world country means we have a lot of potholes and dirt roads.
  3. Avoid travelling on Sundays - public transport is not the best and even worse on Sundays.