Guatemala What to Pack

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Guatemala What to Pack

  • Be Prepared for the Weather

    The weather in Guatemala depends on where you are. The whole country is in the rainy season during the summer, so definitely be prepared for wet weather. An *umbrella* is invaluable, or a good light-weight rain jacket. Besides that, the places you travel to are very different in terms of climate. Antigua and Lake Atitlan are in the highlands, so...

  • Packing List

    If you are traveling by small plane make sure you do not pack in a big suitcase. I prefer a backpack and a rolling duffel. Hiking boots, Zip-off pants and raingear or an unbrella are a must. I usually prefer an umbrella since it is normally so hot. Sting ease is essential the black fly bites really itch. Electricity is only available at certain...

  • Bring a little bag.

    30-40 L bags are plenty for Central America. One warmish outfit for night. Two options for day (yoga pants are brilliant!)RunnersSandals I was so HAPPY not to be lugging around my big pack. The little one was perfect.

  • Insects and Men

    keep it light. One bag is never enough, but try. PANTS... I prefer skirts and dresses any day... NOT IN GUATEMALA. You will find the insects and the men equally repulsive if you wear anything other than pants. ONE "GOOD" outfit. there are some VERY good restaurants and they are inexpensive by US standards. They expect tie and jacket for men and...

  • Mosquito repellent

    While in Guatemala City for a conference, we stayed at the lovely Westin Camino Real. The hotel has this lovely courtyard we used for our coffee breaks. But beware of the mosquitoes as they could be carriers of Dengue Fever! Note the mosquito net in the photo.

  • Packing List

    If you're planning a trip to the jungle - and why wouldn't you be - as the Mayan ruins are there - then I suggest you pack a pretty strong mosquito repellent! When we arrived at the airport - there we were in Flores - a group of very untanned people applying copious amounts of sun tan lotion followed by copious amounts of mosquito repellent -...

  • Packing List

    Keep listen. The sounds of the jungle are electrifying. Parrots screach ideisms, while rain slaps and thunders its intent and arrival. Definetly nature's playground..

  • Packing List

    Don't try to ship anything into the country. If you can't check it on the plane with you, don't bother. You'll pay as much in shipping and customs as you would to buy it in country and have a lot more hassle. Travel umbrella during the rainy season, April through October. Always carry it. As a general rule we find a t-shirt to be too heavy or...

  • Packing List

    If you're staying in a city or large town it doesn't matter what type of luggage you bring, although you might not want to bring anything that makes you look affluent. You'll definately want to bring some sort of backpack or daypack to hold your necessities if you plan on hiking or sightseeing. If you're going to the rainforest or undeveloped...

  • Packing List

    If you're going to the Southern region be prepared for lots of heat and humidity. Especially in the summer, take mosquito repellent, and bug bite lotion/ointment. There is a $30 departure tax--be prepared!

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