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Rainforest & Reef Explorer Packing List

To Do List 
  • Check passport expiry date (be sure your passport expiry date is at least three months after date of arrival)
    • Note: Notarized document for any children travelling with you (if one parent or guardian is not accompanying you)
  • Reserve international flights to Belize
  • Each participant must fill out the Travel Information & Medical + Release of Liability & Waiver Form
  • Receive a letter 2-3 weeks before departure with final rendezvous information.  (If you are leaving prior to this, plesae contact our office)
  • Make two photocopies of passport - one to carry with you and one to leave with family or friends
  • Check your required inoculations are up-to-date
  • Gloat as friends and family members look on with envy!
Personal Packing List
  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Air tickets 
  • Favorite snacks for between meals
  • Personal spending and emergency funds 
  • 1 pair good quality walking shoes
  • 1 pair watersport sandals or water shoes (Teva’s or Keens are a good choice) 
  • 1 or 2 pair lightweight quick-dry long pants
  • Underwear
  • 2-3 pairs of socks
  • 2 pair quick-dry nylon shorts and/or loose skirt or sarong
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 3 t-shirts - looking for a great t-shirt to wear on your trip?  Be sure to check out our brand new collection of Island Expeditions’ Tees, which can be viewed and purchased online.
  • 2 long sleeved shirts preferably with a collar (for protection from the sun & bugs).  Silk shirts work well and dry quickly
  • 1 fleece jacket or wool sweater (this will keep you warm even when wet)
  • 1 good quality rain jacket
  • 1 wide brimmed sunhat (to keep the sun off your face and neck)
  • Sunglasses with band (Chums, Croakies, etc.)
  • 1 bandana (handy for sun protection)
  • Spare set of eyeglasses (even if you wear contact lenses) and contact lens solution
  • 1 headlamp and spare batteries 
  • Mask, fins, snorkel - if you are bringing your own.  Please click here for more information on snorkel gear
  • Shortie wet suit, especially for kids (not essential but water temperatures in Dec. and Jan. can be cooler)
  • Capilene or polypropylene, or silk long underwear (great for insulation while snorkeling)
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • 1 Beach Towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal medication and prescriptions
  • Small personal First Aid Kit: i.e. Band-Aids, aspirin/Tylenol, scissors, tweezers, safety pins 
  • Sunscreen - Please click here for more information on biodegradable reef-friendly sunblock & soap.  We do highly recommend the use of environmental products if you are certain the product does work for you
  • Biodegradable soap - Please click here for more information on biodegradable products
  • Vaseline, Aloe Vera lotion, or skin care cream
  • Caladryl/After Bite/Benadryl Cream or lotion to ease itching from bug bites
  • Insect repellent (20 - 100% Deet)
  • 2 to 3 garbage bags - serves as extra waterproofing protection and keeps wet gear separate 
  • Earplugs if you are a light sleeper or sensitive to wave noise and animal/bird sounds
Optional Packing List
  • Camera equipment - waterproof or waterproof throw-away camera 
  • Binoculars 
  • Bug jacket 
  • Skin-So-Soft Avon used as repellent 
  • Handy Wipe moist tissues for hands and face and/or waterless bacterial cleanser
  • Good reading book, log book, and pen
  • Small day-pack (can be handy on any of our trips)
  • Fishing rod and tackle 
  • Art supplies, sketching tools, or water colors 
  • 1 pair light cotton gloves/bike gloves (for protection from the sun/blisters when paddling)
  • Aquasocks
  • Foot powder
  • Waterproof watch

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