Packing for Guatemala

Later on this month, Mrs. Lite and I will be heading to Guatemala to see some Mayan pyramids and whatever else there is to see & do in Guatemala.  Since we traveled such a long distance last year to visit Egypt, this year we chose an international destination a little closer to home.  

Most of the bucket list places we want to visit we’ve already done, so at this point we’re just brainstorming and randomly picking locations that sound interesting.  Neither of us knew much of anything about Guatemala when we chose it for our fall vacation, so I’m curious to see what the country is like when we get there.

November in Guatemala is supposed to be nice from a weather standpoint and just after the last part of the rainy season.  Packing light for this trip will be easy.

Here’s a list of everything I’m taking:

  • 3 Patagonia Lightweight Capilene T-shirts
  • 2 shorts
  • 3 Ex Officio quick dry boxers
  • Chaco sandals on my feet
  • Hat
  • Woolite
  • Bag of toiletries
  • Flexo-line
  • Drain stopper
  • Handkerchief
  • Camera, spare battery, & charger (probably the Sony RX1)
  • Mini tripod
  • Phone & charger
  • Headphones (wired Apple earbuds)
  • Shower poof
  • Swimmer’s towel
  • Book.  Currently reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.
  • Passport
  • Cash, ATM card, & credit cards
  • Antibiotics
  • Bag of peanuts
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoes (Brooks Cascadias) and one pair of quick dry socks


I typically travel with only my Chacos, but on this trip we’ll be exploring some Mayan ruins and possibly hiking up the side of a volcano, so the extra set of shoes will come along in the bag.

I’m waffling on whether or not to take a pair of jeans.  I’ve found that unless it gets cold, I don’t wear them, so I’m leaning toward going shorts only this time since it’ll be nice and warm the entire time we’re there.  

The swimmer’s towel is something I’ve had for about the last 20 years.  I don’t travel with it often when I’m in the United States, but foreign countries – especially the less prosperous ones – tend to be very stingy with towels.  Since I require a big towel to dry my clothes each day, I can use the swimmer’s towel for drying myself after showers if an extra towel is hard to come by.




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