What you bring to Guatemala will largely depend on what you want to do. If you’re going to be spending time in the outdoors – be it hiking in the forest or climbing volcanoes – you’ll need closed-toed shoes, long-sleeved shirts, a hat, socks, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen, water bottle, and a flashlight. If you’re going to be visiting areas where you’ll be swimming, bring a swimsuit, towel, and sandals. Travelers planning to visit Mayan ruins will also want to have good, comfortable footwear — this makes it easier to explore the sites, which often have uneven ground.
Guatemala can be hot, so bring light and breathable clothes. In the highlands, however, the temperatures can drop and be quite chilly — in these areas it’s a good idea to have a warm sweater and jacket. Bringing a rain jacket is always smart, as Guatemala sees rain at various points throughout the year.
Most hotels have laundry service. As such, try not to bring more clothing than you need — having a large bag will only weigh you down.
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