Welcome to the tacogirl Accessories Travel Store
This page features a small but quality selection of useful travel accessories for both men and women to help you easily round out your vacation packing and make the most of your trip.
For expats, online shopping in Belize is a popular way of life (Click to see Amazon Prime Exclusives and Upcoming Deals.) This page will also feature useful products that will make your move easier and items you will want to have friends and family “mule” (pack and carry) for you when they visit. Also having the “Survivalist Preparation Gene” my friend Cindy recommended I buy the following solar item: Luci Original Inflatable Solar Light. I looked it up and was very excited to find Luci Color. Anyone who knows me knows I am a Portable Disco Light fan and love color lights. One of them is definitely going in on my next order, not sure whether I will go practical white first or do funky color change option.
The first 6 reviews all come courtesy of traveler Todd Boewe. I met him online and he reached out for advice on things on Ambergris Caye. He had brought his kids here and decided to choose their adventures while here. He did, however, shop in advance of his trip to get a few useful items he knew they would benefit from to allow for a more comfortable trip.
Below are Todd’s reviews on 6 great products he and his daughter chose for their trip. These items are all ones I would classify for vacation travel and living in Belize. They are also great for people who like to bring gifts to friends they have met here, as many do. Like Captain Jeff, who was a friend to many and always loved to arrange fishing trips for his many local friends. He always brought several boxes of fish hooks for all his favorite guides and they greatly appreciated it. This Eagle Claw hook, swivel and sinker set also is a great low-cost option for fishing lovers.
For those of you who are wishing you are planning a trip or moving to Belize, did you know Amazon Prime can deliver a Marie Sharp’s Hot Sauce 6 Pack of the well loved Belize Hot sauce to your doorstep? Marie Sharp’s Belizean Season All is another great sauce. Pair your sauces with Flavors of Belize, a comprehensive collection of Belizean recipes handed down through generations from the country’s wide range of cultures. For the cocktail crew, try Kirk’s Belizean Island Drinks. You will love this funny and unique collection of Belizean drink recipes, about life as a bartender on Tobacco Caye. He also gives useful bar-tending tips.
Travel Gear Reviews
ZBRO Dry Bag
I looked at many backpack style dry bags for our Belize trip. I chose this one for two reasons:
- It is small enough that I could roll it and pack it inside my main backpack
- I could use the straps in several configurations, including my favorite – using 1 strap and wearing it like a messenger bag.
The bag did not disappoint. The 20 liter was perfect for diving, snorkeling, and beachcombing outings in Belize. The external pockets allowed me to keep items like sunscreen easily accessible, while the clips were perfect for attaching my waterproof camera and sunglass case, while the interior pocket (something that does not exist on the many dry bags I use for boating in the Pacific NW) was perfect for my wallet and passport. I received many compliments from local guides. A word of caution on size—one guide wanted to see the bag because he had just ordered the 30 liter, and after seeing my 20 liter, he thought the 30 might be too big. Click to purchase – ZBRO Waterproof Bag with Two Additional Pockets.
Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag and Travel Laundry Sheets
Need to wash clothes while you travel? No problem, with the Scrubba laundry bag. It is microbial resistant and has interior scrubbing nodules to improve washing. It’s simple to use; just fill it, wrap the top shut, use the valve to let out air, and scrub away. My daughter is planning for months of Europe travel, so she wanted Belize to be a product test. She only brought two outfits and used the Scrubba to keep her clothing clean. It worked perfectly! Click to purchase – Scrubba portable laundry system wash bag, light green.
Not checking your luggage and need to bring laundry soap? No problem. These laundry sheets work perfectly with the Scrubba. Click to purchase – Travelon Laundry Soap Sheets, 50-Count.
Kahuna Travel Blanket
This travel blanket blew my mind. It is a tiny, lightweight product that fits in the palm of your hand, and could be easily carried in your pocket, making it an easy to carry beach blanket that you can have with you all the time. But don’t let the size fool you. It unfolds to 44 x 64 and is made of durable, rip-stop nylon. I always had it with me in Belize, and it came in handy many times. As an added bonus, unlike a towel, the sand does not stick to it. And when you are done with it, you can stuff it in the tiny, built-in stuff sack without folding. Click to purchase – Kahuna Pocket Blanket – Blue Waterproof Outdoor Blanket.
Compact Technologies Ultra Absorbent Microfiber Towel
When my daughter suggested that we purchase quick-dry travel towels, I was dubious. I’ve had these products before, and they did not live up to expectations. But I decided to humor her and ordered them anyway. After all, she had spent months researching products for the trip.
Our first outing was an all-day snorkel and chill trip aboard the Yolo, a beautiful catamaran perfectly equipped for the trip. I took a pool towel from the hotel, but I also threw this microfiber towel in my dry bag. As we got underway, I overheard two young ladies lament that they had forgotten towels. Since we were in and out of the water, and getting periodically drenched by rain, that would be unfortunate, at best, so I loaned them my microfiber towel. I quickly learned that while they used the microfiber and I used a large pool towel, they had the superior product. My pool towel was worthless once it was soaked. This microfiber towel, on the other hand, was simple to wring out and reuse, over and over. It was vastly superior to similar products I had purchased previously. Well done, Compact Technologies. Click to purchase – Ultra Light Absorbent Microfiber Travel Towel. – Compact Microfiber Towel – choice of 3 colors.
Lee Men’s Dungarees Performance Cargo Short
When the weather is nice, I am a cargo short junky. But in preparing for my trip to Belize, I had a problem—I was trying to pack everything into my Osprey Farpoint 70 travel backpack, and my cargos were way to bulky. Fortunately, I found an alternative. These performance cargos were up to the challenge. I found a pair locally for about $45 and tried them. They were durable, fast drying, and included forgiving, stretchable fabric; moreover, they rolled up as small as a T-shirt. As a bonus, they included the perfect cell phone pocket that was the ideal size for my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Factory Unlocked Phone. As an added bonus, I found the shorts on Amazon for under $20. Click to purchase – Performance Cargo Short available in 18 plaid prints and sizes.