Packing for Your Paradise Islands Trip
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.
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.
Please note, many airlines now charge for checked baggage - be sure to check with your airline for baggage allowances.
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. 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.
On your first evening at the Tropical Education Center your inland guides will talk to you about packing for the trip. You will be given two 20 liter and one 10 liter dry bags to pack your clothes in for the kayaking portion of your trip. When you arrive in Dangriga at the boat dock your gear packed in the waterproof bags will go on the boat with you. Your luggage will be stored in our office in Dangriga until you return at the end of your trip. 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. As we load from our vehicle to the boat on Saturday evening you can leave your stay-behind bag(s) with your driver and they will be kept in a locked storage area at our Operations Base.
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 on the boat ride to and from the reef.
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.
Sleeping linens will be provided at all of the accommodations throughout the trip.
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.