As a general rule, don't bring more than 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.
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.
Please note, many airlines now charge for checked baggage - be sure to check with your airline for baggage allowances.
IE will provide you with 2-3x 20 liter dry bag for the paddling portion of your trip. Since all your gear is being packed into the kayaks, extra plastic bags are useful for waterproofing. All the gear will be divided between everyone’s kayaks. Your guides will assist you in allocating what should go where.
Generally in the field you should have at least two sets of clothing; one wet for the sea and one dry for the evening. Also, a sturdy pair of sport sandals or water shoes is very important.