5 Things I Wish I’d Bought Before Moving to Belize

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).

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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.

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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.

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Rain Jacket

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.

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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.

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