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___ Passport

___ Malaria medication

___ Rain gear (durable, not a flimsy thin plastic style--bring both a top and bottom or a sturdy poncho is ok)

___ 1-2 Bathing suits

___ 5 T-Shirts (at least two that are loose fitting short sleeved t-shirts)

___ 2 Long-sleeved shirts (quick dry and light weight; cotton is ok)

___ 4-5 Pairs of shorts (quick dry and light weight )

___ 2 Pairs of lightweight long pants (tights are good for sunburn prevention & surgical scrubs are great in the jungle)

___ 1 lightweight sweatshirt, sweater or capilene/fleece longsleeve shirt

___ 1 Pair of hiking shoes (either a sturdy tennis shoe or hiking boot )

___ 1 Pair of old tennis shoes, Aqua socks/ surf bootys or sandals with a back strap for support -- any style is fine but they will get wet;

                   we don't recommend crocs as they offer little support; We do recommend Keens (such as the Newport H2) that provide toe protection

___ 2 Pairs of socks (for hiking and to use with fins if needed)

___ 1 Flannel sheet or sleeping bag liner

___ 2 Bath towels (sarongs are a nice alternative to bulky beach towels)

___ Bandana (very versatile item; can be used as a "do rag" among other things)

___ Clothes to travel home in

___ Toiletries (toothbrush, paste, lotions, aloe, etc,)

___ Sunscreen ( 20 strength or stronger) & lip balm with sunscreen

___ Sunglasses with leash

___ Hat with visor or wide rim

___ Gift for Host Family in the Maya Center

___ Small Dry Bag to protect personal gear such as cameras, extra clothing and binoculars while kayaking

___ Insect repellent (non aerosol pump) Anti- itch cream (i.e. benedral) - for insect bites

___ Avon Skin So Soft bath oil, small amount which can be diluted with 1/2 water....a gentle but effective defense against  sand gnats (no see ems)

___ Baby powder--great for removing sand from feet

___ Personal medicines ( anti diarrhea,bandaids,neosporine, pain reliever)

___ Joy dishwashing soap for laundry and bathing (Joy, Dawn and CampSuds are biodegradable; Dr. Brommer's is not recommended`does not suds up well)

___ Day pack

___ Quart size water bottle

___ Duffel bag for your clothing and other personal gear -- lined on the inside with a garbage bag to waterproof

___ Mask fins & snorkel - check with a local dive shop for proper fit

___ 3 Garbage bags & 4 1 gallon ziplocs for organizing stuff

___ Flashlight or head lamp and extra batteries

___ Journal and several pens/pencils

___ Clothes pins and line

___ 1/2 roll of toilet paper stored in ziploc bag

___ 2 Inexpensive carabiners for attaching gear to kayaks


___ Fishing gear- compact

___ Camera/film - waterproof disposables work well

___ Extra Camera Battery and memory card; camera battery charger

___ Binoculars

___ Mesh dive bag

___ Ear plugs

___ Waterproof flashlight or dive light

___ Waterproof watch

___ 1-2 Sarongs

___ Paperback book -- we carry a library of field guides

___1 Pair of flip flops

___ Small Dry Box (i.e. Pelican Boxes) to organize and waterproof miscellaneous items such as camera, binoculars, etc )

___ Sun Shower for hot water bathing on the island

___1 Rash Guard --can  be purchased at surf shops, Kayak Connection or REI; provides sun protection and warmth in water

___ Compact folded camp chair--i.e. Crazy Creek--no metal frames

LOST LUGGAGE: Just in case your luggage is misplaced during airplane transfers,  pack the following in a carry on bag: mask & snorkel, 1 pair of shorts, 1 t-shirt, bathing

suit, 1 long sleeve shirt, 1 pair of pants, camera, sunscreen, essential toiletries and personal medications.



Belize: a Natural Destination --- Richard Mahler & Steele Wotkyn

Belize and Northern Guatemala--Les Beletsky

The South American Handbook (Belize section)

Belize, Guatemala and Yucatan: The Lonely Planet Guide

Coral Reef Fishes --- Joseph Stokes

The Seaside Naturalist --- Deborah A. Coulombe

The Marine Biology Coloring Book-- Thomas M. Niesen

A Field Guide to The Coral Reefs of the Caribbean and Florida ---

Eugene Kaplan The Neotropical Companion --- John C. Kricher

Tropical Naturalist --- Adrian Forsyth & Ken Miyata A Belizean Rainforest--- Robert H. Horwich

Jaguar --- Alan Rabinowitz

Mexican Birds--- Roger Tory Peterson

The Heart Of The Sky (Travels Among the Maya) --- Peter Canley Sastun

--- Rosita Arvigo (My apprenticeship with a Maya Healer)

13 Chapters of A History of Belize--- Assad Shoman

"Ritual and resources: The Garifuna dugu" --- Carol Jenkins, in American Ethnologist 1983.