First in order, pack light!
As an ideal spot for vacations for women, Belize is a safe and casual place that’s gone troppo. But pack your stuff into a hardy roller with study wheels for handling cobblestones, busted up sidewalks or, if you’re visiting an island with no cars, just bikes and golf carts, on white sand roads. Just like Caye Caulker.
But here’s the deal.
I’m challenging myself to pack for the entire trip only the bare necessities in a 20″ carryon by Travelpro. As Travelpro’s tagline states, it’s the choice of flight crews and frequent travelers. And I always secretly envied the way flight crews jauntily march through the terminals looking all pulled together with their study rollier behind them.
Plus I’ve always wanted to see how I could handle a full-on international trip with one teensy bag. Wish me luck.
Yes, it’s tiny. Dimensions? 20″ x 16″ x 9″.
But the most exciting thing about this carryon is that it’s a spinner! For easy gliding on the tarmac. And it meets another requirement for any new piece of luggage.
It’s Not Black!
It’s blue so I actually stand a chance of locating it amid a sea of black cases in baggage claim. And when you’re dead tired from a rough trip it can be next to impossible to distinguish your bag.
Belize Demands Packing For Beach and Rainforest
Belize demands packing for the beach and the rainy forest. We’re going to the adventure center of Belize in the Cayo District for horseback riding to Mayan ruins and cave canoeing. So we’re talking heavy shoes, long sleeves and pants for the rainforest. And bathing suits and sarongs for the island part of our travel program in Caye Caulker.
So I’m stuffing this bag just the basics:
- 1 Light shirt
- 1 breathable t-shirt
- 1 tunic and capris for going out
- 1 breathable, long-sleeved insect repellant shirt
- 1 pair breathable, insect repellant pants
- 1 pair breathable, insect repellant cargo pants
- 1 dress, Little Black
- 2 bathing suits
- 1 sarong (my Hotel Bora Bora sarong, of course)
- A snorkel (Just the snorkel! I have a thing about rental snorkel gear on my face – ick)
- 2 pairs of flip flops, one flat, one that’s a higher platform style
- 1 pair of comfy shoes for hiking
- 2 pairs of socks
- 8 pairs of underwear
- 1 pair of water socks – don’t want to harm the coral heads of Hol Chan Marine Reserve
- Sunscreen for both face and body
- My Waimanalo baseball cap from Oahu (Google it)
- Electrical appliances in Belize are exactly the same as in the U.S. so I can pack a hairdryer
- Yoga pants, shirt and pashmina wrap for plane ride
- Toiletries, make-up, hair accessories, vitamins, etc.
- iPad for the plane
- Bose® IE2 Audio Headphones – ditto
- Digital camera with back-up battery, charger and extra storage card
Design Meets Chaos
So I assembled the above and carefully folded it all into the bag. And it all fit.
I did use the expansion zipper to increase the bag’s 9″ width. I stuffed important documents, such as passport into the outside zippered pocket and my shoes into another larger one. Everything is sturdily built about this bag and the zippers are no nonsense. For dressier trips, it has a small suiter set up which can be unzipped and removed. The panel of the suiter that’s left has a strap for strapping in the donated school supplies I was bringing down for Caye Caulker’s Ocean Academy school.
In all, this carryon is well-designed and thought out. In fact, I’m going to give a Travelpro suitcase away during the Passports With Purpose fundraiser.
And I’m happy to report that this little case made for a happier, more comfortable Belizean adventure.
How about you? Got a great suitcase that makes the grade?