It can get pretty hot in the middle part of the day here, so light clothing is best. If you’re going to be in the park for either sunrise or sunset consider wearing long sleeves as there are plenty of mosquitoes wanting to take a bite out of you! You’ll need comfortable walking shoes, preferably with reasonable grip on the soles for climbing, and a hat is essential when you’re in exposed places such as the Grand Plaza or tops of the temples.
Miscellaneous: At any time of day you need to use insect repellent – the only bite I got here was right at the start of our walk when I hadn’t applied it generously enough. And you’ll need suntan lotion for exposed places – see above. Carry plenty of water, although you can buy some in a few places in the park, e.g. at the foot of Temple IV and near the Grand Plaza.
And make sure your camera has plenty of memory (or film), and spare batteries – you are bound to take lots of photos here!
Luggage and bags:
Back packs are good....you don't need a lot...strictly casual clothes
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking or running shoes are necessary . We spent 5 hours walking around the park . There is lots of climbing and some rough ground. Light long pants and shirts are good ....there are mosquitos.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock and deet
Photo Equipment: Lots of digital space. I couldn't believe how many pictures I took.
Luggage and bags:
A BACKPACK WILL DO NICELY TO CARRY STUFF YOU NEED IN.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: BETTER TO WEAR LONG CLOTHING TO REDUCE THE CHANCE OF BUGS BITING YOU, SO WEAR SOME TROUSERS AS INSECTS LOVE BITING LEGS AND ANKLES!
IT'LL HELP TO BRING A THIN LONG SLEEVED TOP ALONG BUT SOMETIMES YOU CAN WEAR A T-SHIRT IF YOU'RE IN THE OPEN IF YOU GET TOO HOT.
TRAINERS OR HIKING SHOES WILL DO.
DEPENDING WHAT TIME OF YEAR IT IS, YOU MIGHT WANNA PACK A RAIN COAT IN YOUR BAG IN CASE IT RAINS.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: OF COURSE YOU'LL NEED ANTI-MALARIA PILLS IF YOU TRAVELLING TO THIS AREA OF GUATEMALA.
A BOTTLE OF DEET INSECT REPELLENT SPRAY WILL BE VERY USEFUL TO KEEP THE MOSQUITOES AT BAY. SPRAY YOUR LEGS, ANKLES, ARMS, THE BACK OF YOUR HANDS, AND NECK WITH IT.
Photo Equipment: OF COURSE YOU'D MIGHT WANNA BRING A CAMERA ALONG AS THERE ARE MANY PHOTOGENIC LOCATIONS AROUND TIKAL.
Miscellaneous: BRING A 1.5 LITRE BOTTLE OF DRINKING WATER ALONG AS YOU'LL FIND YOU'LL BE DOING A LOT OF WALKING HERE.
A LITTLE SNACK MAY HELP TOO.
Luggage and bags:
Don't take much luggage. I find a waist bag very useful for film and other stuff as it leaves my hands free. I also like a camelbak (like bike racers have) is good because it gives me a way to drink water and yet I don't have to carry a bottle around. It is better than a canteen because the canteen gets tangled in the camera straps and hat chinstrap.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Two pair comfortable shoes. Light weight clothing (jeans are too heavy), and a hat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant and sunscreen
Photo Equipment: Don't forget to have fresh batteries for your camera. High speed film (at least 400) is needed in the shade, but in the sunny areas you will need lower speed film or things will be overexposed. Both film and batteries are VERY expensive if bought there.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring something that you can easily carry a lot of drinking water in when hiking in the park. You can buy water there.
Miscellaneous: A GOOD FLASHLIGHT. Not just for getting out of the park after sunset, but also for at night after the generators shut down.
Unlike Chichen Itza, Tikal is very shady. But, you still might want to wear lightweight long-sleeve shirts and long pants to protect against the mosquitos, unless you like coating yourself in DEET.
Besides, I'm not sure that DEET works against the tarantulas.