Before moving to Belize, it doesn’t matter how much research you do, there’s always a few items that you can only know you need once you get here. Here’s a list of 5 things my husband and I can’t live without.
Sturdy Flip Flops
I do a LOT of walking, and it’s way too hot to wear runners and socks, so I ordered a few of these Women’s Breeze Sea Flip Flops in a variety of colours. They are super-comfortable and have an adjustable upper, so they always fit well (sometimes my feel swell a bit if I don’t drink enough water).
This one might seem pretty obvious, but I’ve always bought cheap sunglasses and they never seemed to fit properly and, of course, they would break after a few short months.
You know what they say: Once you go polarized, you never go back. It’s soooo true and I just learned it a few weeks ago, when I bought my first pair of Ray-Ban Women’s Erika POLARIZED Aviator Sunglasses. If you hem or haw at spending over $100US on sunglasses, consider that in Belize, I wear them about 360 days a year. And with the glare from the water and the sand – they’re practically a medical necessity.
I fought this one for years! I LOVE the feel of a real book – and the smell of it – I still do but when there is no real book store (though we do have a great used book place at Literary Lizard), I found that if you love to read, like I do, a Kindle is critical.
It rains mainly at night here in Placencia, but when it rains during the day, I always seem to be out and about! So it’s good to have a little waterproof jacket with the hood tucked in my bag. This one is great, doesn’t look like I’m wearing a trashbag, and it comes in lots of cute colors.
Travel Laptop Backpack
This wasn’t something we ever thought we’d need until hubby started travelling between Canada and Belize every two months for work. He already had a backpack, but soon realized that it was totally inadequate for his needs.
This expandable travel laptop backpack is a flight approved, carry-on luggage backpack and has a waterproof compartment, laptop pocket, hidden anti-theft pocket, and anti-theft design with locking latches on both sides. It even has a USB charging port and headphone jack, and built-in charging cable and headphone cable inside. When you’re waiting around in airports, these are invaluable features.