If you will be renting a car or doing extensive road travel, consider bringing your children’s car seats. Likewise, for significant boating activities, bring along life jackets for small children.
Sun and Skin Care:
Use enough sunblock and insect repellent. Keep your kids protected from the sun and bugs as a standard procedure to avoid unwanted itching, scratching and sunburn. For extended fun in the sun (on the beach or in the pool), use swim shirts and hats, and consider swimmers/swim diapers if needed.
Clothes and Supplies:
With Belize’s warm climate, kids should be fine in typical resort wear, whether staying at a beach or jungle resort. A light sweater and long pants may come in handy on cool or rainy evenings, depending on the weather. Always keep a change of clothes handy when traveling. Diapers and baby formula can be found at major stores, but play it safe and bring your own if you are particular about the brand, especially if you will be going off-the-beaten-path. Bring any prescription medication or special bath products and creams.
Keep Them Happy:
Remember to keep the kids well hydrated with lots of drinking water. Carry snacks and try to keep meal times, nap times and bed times as consistent as possible with their regular routines. Balance your needs with theirs and include some rest stops and play time. Be sure to plan ahead. Always leave early to avoid rush and stress. Also consider bringing a few of your child’s favorite toys. A shovel and bucket are perfect for the beach, but coloring books, crayons and card games can do wonders for inside time.
Most Belize resorts welcome families with children of all ages, offering convenient amenities like high chairs, cribs, bunk beds and special kids menus. Ask about incentives such as “children under 12 years stay and eat free”, as well as child discounts on transportation and tours. Look for family-friendly accommodations, the added convenience of a kitchen is great for preparing easy snacks throughout your stay. Be on the lookout for kid friendly swimming pools, and don’t be afraid to pack a few sand toys and floaters. Some resorts also offer kids DVDs, board games, sports, babysitting and other educational programs.