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Packing for your Epic Belize Trip

Essential Information that you need to review prior to your departure

Essential Information that you need to review prior to your departure

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The evening on the day you arrive your guide will provide a large waterproof backpack for you (one dry bag per couple) and will be instruct you on what to do and how to arrange your gear for the river portion of this trip. On route to the river we drop our stay-behind luggage at the lodge we return to after the river. On the motor charter to Glover’s Reef we recommend you pack your clothing in garbage bags INSIDE your duffle bag as an added waterproofing precaution as the boat rides can sometime be wet. 

Secure storage is provided at our operations base in Dangriga while you are at Glover Reef. Please ensure your name is clearly marked on your bag and that you do not leave any passports, money, electronics, or other valuables in your bag - these items should travel with you to take care of.

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. 

We advise you bring a small personal dry bag (5-10 liter) 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 when on the water.

Sleeping Linens while camping on the river

We provide you with a thermorest While you are in the jungle you will need to have your own sleeping linens,  light-weight sleeping bag or a cotton sheet and light weight fleece blanket preferably in a waterproofed nylon stuff sac. A pillow case stuffed with your fleece makes a good head cushion.

A few tips …

  • A pillow case stuffed with your fleece makes a good head cushion.
  • Bring some colour ribbon to tie to your dry bags so you are quickly able to identify your bags from others. 
  • Consider bringing some ziplock and larger plastic bags to line these dry bags and to separate wet from dry in the same bag. 
  • Each day you should be managing two sets of clothing; one wet for the sea and one dry for the evening. 
  • A sturdy pair of sport sandals or water shoes is very important. 

Personal Packing List

  • 1 pair light running shoes or hikers
  • 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
  • 3-4 pairs of socks
  • 2 pair quick-dry nylon shorts and/or loose skirt or sarong
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 4 t-shirts
  • 2 long sleeve shirts preferably with a collar (for protection from the sun & bugs).  
  • 1 fleece jacket (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 or buff (handy for sun protection)
  • 1 headlamp and spare batteries 
  • Small (10L) dry bag for camera, wallet, phone, snacks, etc
  • Small day-pack
  • Mask, fins, snorkel *IMPORTANT*.  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 other synthetic long underwear (great for snorkeling)
  • 1 liter water bottle
  • 1 or 2 Beach/Bath Towels
  • 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
  • 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 

Optional Packing List

  • Earplugs - there can be noise from the ocean, wind, wildlife and more, particularly noticeable at night & in the morning. 
  • Camera equipment – with waterproofing.
  • Binoculars 
  • Fishing rod and tackle 
  • 1 pair light cotton gloves/bike gloves (for protection from the sun/blisters when paddling)
  • Foot powder
  • Anti-Nausea medication if susceptible to motion sickness