STEP 3: INCREASE POCKET AND POUCH AWARENESS
It’s easy to forget all of your cares when vacationing in beautiful Belize. Despite the country's picturesque, lush surroundings and friendly locals, travelers need to be wary of crime in Belize. Though the high rate of violent crime is generally related to local gang activity in Belize City, pickpocketing and other crimes target unsuspecting tourists. Be “pocket and pouch aware” when packing for Belize by leaving valuable items (like high-end jewelry or watches) at home, bringing smart storage for cash and credit cards, and invest in a TSA-approved luggage lock. Protect your most valuable documents and credit cards in an RFID money belt or neck wallet that sits underneath your clothes and out of sight.
STEP 4: PREPARE YOUR PERSONAL TRAVEL PHARMACY
Unless you want your Belizean souvenirs to be a sunburn, bug bites, motion sickness, and dehydration, get your travel pharmacy ready! Start with a base of your personal prescriptions and commonly used over-the-counter drugs (like decongestants or allergy medications). Bring your highest SPF for the tropical sun, insect repellant to ward off mosquitoes, and After Bite and aloe for times when your mosquito protection falls short. Pack motion sickness pills for the bumpy roads and choppy boat rides, antacids for any dicey meals, and perhaps some ibuprofen for the aftermath of delicious rum drinks. Though it's not necessary for all parts of Belize, consult with your doctor about malaria prevention prior to your trip, and bring any recommended prescriptions.
STEP 5: ASSEMBLE YOUR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE GEAR
Whether you're interested in prime scuba diving, hiking in a rainforest, fishing, or zip-lining over the treetops, Belize boasts excellent outdoor activity options. Pack an SPF-protectant water shirt for snorkeling in Caye Caulker, and don’t forget your scuba diving certification card for a dive in the famous Blue Hole. Hiking boots (and tall socks!) are a must for rainforest treks in the Sibun National Forest Reserve, and binoculars will make bird watching at Crooked Tree a memorable experience.