Belize: Things to bring:

 

General:

  1. Passport (current!). Please make sure that both Study Abroad and Dr. Malcolm have a photocopy of your passport.
  2. Airline ticket.
  3. Spending money (at least $100 US, note: $1 US = $2 BZ).  Small denomination bills are recommended and there is a US$35.00 departure tax from Belize.
  4. Water bottle (easily portable).
  5. 2 flashlights with 3 sets of batteries for each flashlight (these are expensive to buy in Belize): 1 small and 1 larger for spotting wildlife at night.  Also bring spare bulbs.
  6. 2 bottles of sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher and waterproof).
  7. 2 bottles of insect repellent (squeeze bottles not pre-pressurized) with high proportion of active ingredient (such as "deep woods OFF").
  8. Personal mosquito net in case mosquitoes at night are troublesome.
  9. Light backpack for carrying notebook, food and light equipment.
  10. Laboratory notebook (bound with lines or grid).
  11. Course text and any other books you wish to bring.
  12. Pencils (permanent ink), pens, eraser and small ruler (metric).
  13. Binoculars (if you have them; we will also bring some extra pairs).
  14. Camera (either digital or film; if you have access to a waterproof camera that would also be very useful).
  15. Snorkelling equipment: mask, snorkel and fins.

 

Personal:

  1. Washing kit (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, one towel, washcloth).
  2. Small ziploc bag of laundry detergent for hand-washing clothing.
  3. Personal medication (plus motion sickness medication or pressure pads if susceptible to aircraft or boat motion, and anti-malarial medication (chloroquine) of prescribed by your doctor).
  4. Large plastic trash bag (for bringing home wet or dirty clothing).
  5. Bedding sheets (2) and pillow case.

 

Clothing:

  1. 3 pairs of shorts.
  2. Long pair of field pants and long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt.
  3. Hat or cap with protection for your neck and face from the sun.
  4. Sunglasses.
  5. 3 T-shirts.
  6. Light jacket or poncho as rain gear.
  7. Socks and underwear (easily washable).
  8. Swimsuit (plus a spare swimsuit).
  9. 1 pair strong sneakers or light hiking shoes.
  10. 1 pair sandals.
  11. Foot protection while wading in rivers and on reefs (scuba booties, aqua socks etc.).

 

Each person can carry two pieces of checked baggage, but you may or may not be allowed carry-on baggage by the airline.  Make sure that you pack as lightly as possible and only take what you really need.  If you can't carry it all easily then you've packed too much!

 

Please do not bring radios and note that you cannot travel by air with any kind of cigarette lighter in either your checked or carry-on luggage.

 

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