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Packing for Your Glover's Getaway & Kayak Rental Combo

General Tips

As a general rule, don't bring more then you can carry.  This will help ensure smooth and efficient transfers in airports, Customs, hotels, and loading vans.  Please follow the Personal Equipment & Packing List as closely as possible.  When traveling in Belize, luggage is placed on the roof racks of our vehicles.  Soft luggage is preferred over hard-cased luggage.  This allows for easier transport onto roof racks or into stowage compartments on boats.  Try to keep your gear in one main bag, preferably a backpack or duffle bag.  Also, carry a daypack to keep things handy that you will need during each day.

Carry-on Luggage

With heightened security and busy airports it pays to pack wisely to make your airport travel run smoothly.  For a complete list of important packing tips please visit www.tsa.gov.

Make sure everything you have is labeled, don’t put any metal objects in your carry-on baggage or wear metal jewelry, clothing, etc., and have your entire luggage unlocked for inspection.  Recent changes to carry-on baggage restrictions may disallow carrying any liquids on the plane with you - check your airport authority for the most recent updates.  If you purchase any duty-free liquids previous to your trip into Belize, please check those into your main luggage or you will have to surrender them to the airport authority.
When packing your carry-on, try to include what you would need to be comfortable in Belize your first few days in case your checked baggage is misrouted by the airline.

Packing for your Trip
 
When traveling to Belize it is best to travel with one larger check-in bag and one carry-on bag.  We recommend a medium duffle bag and a medium day pack as a carry-on.  These bags are easy to move around, can be toted easily, fit in boats, small planes, and van/bus roof racks.  Backpacks can work too; do try to avoid large suitcases.  While on tour with Island Expeditions, our staff will instruct you on how to prepare for travel between locations and we will provide storage for extra bags in our Dangriga office when necessary.  Most airlines have reduced the weight maximums for each bag to 50 pounds.  Be sure to check with your airline for weight restrictions and carry-on allowances.  
 
It is recommended you have one small waterproof bag for your documents, camera, etc., that you can carry in the cockpit of your kayak and have handy on motorboat trips.  It is especially important that electronic equipment such as digital cameras, video cameras, etc. is fully waterproofed, especially on the boat ride to and from the atoll.  For the motor charter to Glover's Reef we recommend you pack your clothing in garbage bags INSIDE your duffle bag/packsack/suitcase since the boat ride out to Glover's can be wet.  Our luggage is stored in a water resistant area in the boat but it is not 100% waterproof and thus we recommend this extra waterproofing precaution for your luggage.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot be deemed responsible for people’s personal property while travelling. There are a variety of luggage and personal property insurance policies available to purchase.

Packing for a Sea Kayak Trip
 
The objective of packing for a sea kayak trip is to have all equipment in small, narrow, waterproof bags.  THE SMALLER YOUR BAGS THE EASIER YOU WILL FIND IT TO PACK YOUR BOAT.  With this in mind it is best to keep your personal gear to a minimum. All your clothing and personal gear should fit into your dry bags with the exception of perhaps your sleeping pad and sleeping bag/blanket.  You may want to consider bringing a small 5 litre waterproof bag to put items in that you want close at hand while on the water.  

It is advisable to bring an additional set of clean clothes for your trip back home.  You can leave your extra baggage and clothes at our base in Dangriga.  PLEASE NOTE: while every precaution is taken and our Operations Base storage facility is locked, we still cannot take any responsibility for people’s personal property.  Electronics, passports, money, and other valuables should travel with you to take care of.
 
Sleeping Linens                 
   
Sleeping linens will be provided at Glover's Reef Basecamp only.