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Packing for Your School Belize Trip

General Tips

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 duffel bag.  Also, carry a day-pack 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.

*Please note many airlines now charge for checked baggage - please check with your airline for information on 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.  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, electronics, 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.  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.

Sleeping Linens                 

Sleeping linens will be provided at all of the accommodations throughout the trip.  The only exception to this will be if your School trip has a Moho River camping component - if so, you will see that a sleeping bag and small pillow are included on your Packing List, we will provide you with your thermorest.